Armstrong, Philip McCutcheon, Jr., LCDR

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Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1967, USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
Service Years
1953 - 1967
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Cold War
Order of the Rock
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Date of Passing
Jun 08, 1967
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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USS Liberty AttackIn the Line of Duty
  1967, USS Liberty Attack [Verified]
  2015, In the Line of Duty [Verified]

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Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (SNFM)USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
  1966-1967, Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (SNFM)
  1967-1967, USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 USS Liberty Incident (Israel)
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United States Naval Academy
  1949-1953, United States Naval Academy1
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  Jan 18, 2016, General Photos1
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Unites States Sailor. Crewman on the "U.S.S. Liberty" that was attacked by Israeli warplanes and gun boats on June 8, 1967. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for attempting to jettison flaming drums of gasoline during the air attack.

He was serving as Executive Officer of USS Liberty at the time of the attack. When he was carried below decks for trearment of his injuries he refused care until his other crewmen had been treated. He was awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously. 

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Navy Cross
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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Liberty Incident

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Philip McCutcheon Armstrong, Jr. (NSN: 0-569825/1100), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with an armed attack on the U.S.S. LIBERTY (AGTR-5) in the Eastern Mediterranean, on 8 June 1967. During the early afternoon hours, the U.S.S. LIBERTY was attacked without warning by jet fighter aircraft and three motor torpedo boats. Subjected to intense incendiary, machine-gun, and rocket fire, and placed in extreme jeopardy by a torpedo hit below the waterline on the starboard side, the U.S.S. LIBERTY sustained numerous personnel casualties and severe structural damage. Serving as Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Armstrong was on the bridge when the first strafing attack occurred. A large fire erupted in the vicinity of two 55-gallon gasoline drums, creating the grave danger that the drums might explode and cause a widespread conflagration. Lieutenant Commander Armstrong fearlessly exposed himself to overwhelmingly accurate rocket and machine-gun fire while proceeding to jettison the gasoline drums and organizing a party of men to extinguish the blazing lifeboats nearby. At this time, he received multiple injuries which proved to be fatal a few hours after the attack terminated. By his aggressiveness, composure under fire, and inspiring leadership, Lieutenant Commander Armstrong upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Action Date: 8-Jun-67
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Executive Officer
Division: U.S.S. Liberty (ATGR-5)
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