For Dave Kerr - Capt Charles J Phillips US 3rd Army
Dave - I have just discovered the following information from his obituary about a close friend who died in 1986. I am interested in determining what unit he served in and how to obtain copies of his valor citations. He has no surviving children and his widow who was several years younger may have remarried.
I knew that he was a tank company commander, and enlisted in Jan 1942. I have found all the available information in Ancestry.com.
Copied from his obituary:
"Charles J Phillips, 67 of Bemus Point, NY (Jamestown NY) died Feb 14, 1986. He was born Jan 17, 1919 in Buffalo, NY the son of Percy J and Catherine MacDowell Phillips.
He was a 1941 graduate of Amherst College, a 1948 graduate of Cornell University School of Law, and was admitted to the New York State bar in 1956.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served as a captain with the Third Army Infantry Division in Europe under General Patron from the time of the Normandy Invasion to VE- Day. He also served at Nuremberg during the Nuremberg Trials.
Phillips was one of the first officers to relieve the U.S. forces at Bastogne. Between VE Day and the Nuremberg Trial, he was one in a group that General Pat ton sent to liberate the Lippizaner Horses.
He was wounded twice in battles and was decorated by both the U.S. and British governments for distinguished service. He was the most decorated Army officer from the Jamestown area, having received the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Medal."