Philip, George, Jr., CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 111X, USS Twiggs (DD-591)
Service Years
1935 - 1945

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fort Pierre, SD
Last Address
25 Catherine St
Newport, RI

Casualty Date
Jun 16, 1945
Hostile, Died
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Black Hills National Cemetery - Sturgis, South Dakota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
MB 106 (memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

In June 1945, the battle for Okinawa was drawing to its close. USS Twiggs (DD-591) continued radar picket duties in the western fire support area and supported strikes on Iheya Shima and Iheya-Aguni with pre-landing bombardment and gunfire support. On 16 June, Twiggs was on radar picket duty off Senaga Shima in the western fire support area. At 20:30, a single, low-flying plane dropped a torpedo which hit Twiggs on her port side, exploding her number 2 magazine. The plane then circled and completed its kamikaze mission in a suicide crash. The explosion enveloped the destroyer in flame; and, within an hour, she sank. Despite the hazard of exploding ammunition from the blazing Twiggs, 188 survivors were rescued from the oily waters.
Among the 152 dead and missing was CDR Philip. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 074871

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Twiggs (DD-591)
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 053 (January 1, 1946)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander George Philip, Jr. (NSN: 0-74871), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. TWIGGS (DD-591), during operations against the enemy in the vicinity of Okinawa Gunto, Nansei Shoto, from 25 March 1945 to 16 June 1945. Despite frequent attacks both day and night by enemy aircraft, and in the face of tremendous difficulties, Commander Philip directed the operation of his ship in such a manner that every mission was accomplished effectively. When his ship was damaged by an enemy suicide plane, Commander Philip brought her safely through the attack and supervised repair of battle damage in the combat area, returning to action in the minimum possible time. By his heroism in the destruction of enemy aircraft and shore installations, by his courage and endurance while commanding one of the destroyer pickets at Okinawa, an extraordinarily hazardous duty, and by virtue of conspicuous personal leadership in maintaining the fighting morale of a battle-worn crew under extremely trying conditions, Commander Philip distinguished himself and his command and contributed greatly to the success of a very difficult operation. His determination and heroic conduct were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Silver Star
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander [then Lieutenant] George Philip, Jr. (NSN: 0-74871), United States Navy, for gallantry, intrepidity, and meritorious performance of duty in repeated actions against the enemy as Executive Officer and Navigator of the Destroyer U.S.S. O'BANNON (DD-450), operating as a unit of a Task Force in the Solomon Islands from 10 January to 6 April 1943. During this period his ship acquitted itself with distinction, participating in three bombardments of enemy shore installations; operated against enemy air and surface forces attempting to relieve Guadalcanal, and surprised on the surface and sank an enemy submarine on the night of 15 April. By his skill, fearlessness and outstanding leadership, Lieutenant Philip was instrumental in the successful accomplishment of all the missions of his ship in the above actions. His conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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 Duty Stations
USS Mississippi (BB-41)US NavyUSS O'Bannon (DD-450)Commander Training Command US Pacific Fleet (COMTRAPAC)
USS Twiggs (DD-591)
  1935-1937, 000X, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1937-1938, 111X, USS California (BB-44)
  1938-1940, 111X, USS Ellet (DD-398)
  1942-1943, 111X, USS O'Bannon (DD-450)
  1943-1944, 111X, Commander Training Command US Pacific Fleet (COMTRAPAC)
  1944-1945, 111X, USS Twiggs (DD-591)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyUnited States Naval Academy
  1930-1931, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 06, 1935, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Sep 04, 1944, Promoted to Commander
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  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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