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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: August 30, 1918
Date of death: January 23, 1953
Age: 34

Lucky Bag

1940 Phillips LB.jpg

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Honolulu, Hawaii

Denny has lived a full and carefree life in many corners of the earth, and it is impossible to state whether his character reflects more of California, Boston, or Honolulu. This cosmopolitan training has produced a lad with a perfect nature. If bent on a lively conversation with a bit of laughter, one only need find Denny. His Utopia is a new "Sep" leave and an old roadster, with a rumble full of tweeds and golf sticks. At the Academy, his one all-absorbing interest is crew, which he eats and dreams. The service will find in Denny a real officer and a true gentleman; shipmates will find a friend.


Denny was lost on January 23, 1953 in combat over Korea. He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander Denny Powell Phillips (NSN: 0-85286), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11), embarked in U.S.S. KEARSARGE (CV-33), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 23 January 1953.

General Orders: All Hands (December 1953)
Action Date: January 23, 1953
Rank: Commander
Company: Fighter Squadron 11 (VF-11)
Division: U.S.S. Kearsarge (CV-33)

Bronze Star

His gravestone cites him as recipient of a Bronze Star; unable to find the citation.

Class Navigation

Class of 1940
Denny is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.
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