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Webster Phillips - World War II

Webster Phillips was drafted in November, 1942, and after basic infantry training at Ft. Benning Georgia, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 117th Infantry Regiment, part of the 30th Infantry Division. The unit landed at Omaha beach just days after the D-Day invasion, and soon saw action at the St. Lo breakout. Serving with the unit's Intelligence and Reconnaissance section, Phillips earned a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars during the unit's fight through northern Europe. The division held the crucial northern 'shoulder' during the Battle of the Bulge.

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Webster Phillips prior to joining the military. )

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Webster Phillips relaxes on Aunt Mae’s porch in Makanda, Illinois in 1940.

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Makanda, Illinois

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1940

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Webster Phillips in Giant City Park before the war.

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Giant City Park

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Webster, in the center, front relaxes with several friends in happier days before the war.

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Private Phillips, home on leave before being shipped overseas, stands in front of his 1937 Chevy in.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Private Phillips relaxes with a buddy while stationed at Camp Forrest, near Tullahoma, Tennessee, circa 1943.

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Tullahoma, Tennessee

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Circa 1943

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Webster (on the left) and his army buddy Hank Hendrickson, take a moment to relax from combat somewhere in Europe.

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Europe

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Private Phillips being awarded a Bronze Star for valor from his battalion commander, one of three he earned while fighting his way across northern Europe.

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Webster (on the right) and Hank Hendrickson somewhere in Europe, circa 1945.

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Europe

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Circa 1945

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The 117th Infantry Regiment pushed into Germany by January, 1945. Phillips stands in a snowy German town.

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Germany

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January, 1945

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The 3rd Battalion S-2 (Intelligence Section) personnel gather for a photo in 1945. From left to right are Elmer Bergenero, Webster Phillips, ‘Scotty’ Shiverdecker, unknown, unknown and Hank Hendrickson.

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1945

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Captain Culb and others from the 3rd Battalion on the street, somewhere in France.

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France

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Newlyweds Sarah and Webster Phillips, in 1946.

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1946

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Webster (Bud) Phillips, born in June, 1947 to Webster and Sarah Phillips.

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Martha (Phillips) Bedford, born in June of 1948 to Webster and Sarah Phillips.

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Webster ripped down this Nazi flag while the unit moved through Germany at the end of the war. He

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