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b. 08/03/1862 Coles Island, New Brunswick, Canada. d. 04/06/1904 Cambridge, Mass.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/06/1898 Santiago da Cuba.

 

George Phillips went to Galveston, Texas where he joined the United States Navy in March 1898. During the Spanish–American War he was aboard ship that made its way to the entrance to the harbor at Santiago de Cuba. There, the USS Merrimac, a 3362-ton collier, was supplying coal to U.S. warships. On June 3, 1898, in a daring attempt to bottle up the Spanish cruiser squadron, the Merrimac was scuttled inside the entrance of Santiago Harbor. Under heavy fire from the Spanish shore batteries, Machinist First Class Phillips displayed extraordinary heroism throughout this operation.

 

In recognition of his valor, on November 2, 1899 he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest United States military decoration.

 

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In connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. Merrimac at the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba 2 June 1898. Despite heavy fire from the Spanish shore batteries, Phillips displayed extraordinary heroism throughout this operation.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: FERNHILL CEMETERY, SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Frederick Phillips

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