John Phillips
Co E, 424th Regiment
106th Infantry Division

John Phillips
Born: 1923
Reason for entering military service: Phillips, a Waterloo native, enlisted in the Army Air Corps.
Assigned: Initially assigned to Army Air Corps but was reassigned to Company E, 424th Infantry Regiment, 106 Infantry Division.
Rank: First Lieutenant

"Suddenly we had walked into a German ambush. They were behind us. They were around us. They were in the trees. They were in the bushes. They were firing from every direction..."

Background:
In January of 1945, 22 year-old John Phillips of Waterloo was part of a group of replacement troops sent to the 106th Infantry Division fighting the Battle of the Bulge. After taking the town of Medell, Belgium, Phillips took a small group of men just beyond where most of his unit was camped.  There, he began directing the placement of two machine guns to protect against a German counterattack. Phillips was captured, sent to a front-line German field hospital for surgery, and then forced to walk 15 miles to a prison camp near Koblenz, Germany.

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Page last revised 09/12/2016
James D. West
www.IndianaMilitary.org

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