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George Hendrick Phifer

George Hendrick Phifer

Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Electrician's Mate, Second Class
Service Number 243 60 90
Birth Date January 1, 1914
From Lakewood, New Jersey
Decorations Purple Heart
Ship USS Canopus (AS-9)
Date of Death April 9, 1942
Location Bataan, Philippine Islands
Circumstances Killed in action
Remarks George was born in Cassville, New Jersey. 
From a letter from his mother:
"On April 9, 1942 while abandoning Bataan in small boats going
to Corregidor (P.I.) a heavy explosion threw large boulders out
into Marviveles Bay as the evacuation boats were leaving. One
large boulder struck a boat, killed three men and one officer and
broke the boat in half.  Phifer was one of the men killed."

Photo courtesy of the Lakewood Historical Society via Norm Rutan. Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

 

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