From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Denny Phillips '40

Date of birth: August 30, 1918

Date of death: January 23, 1953

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Denny was lost on January 23, 1953 in combat over Korea while flying for Fighter Squadron (VF) 11 from USS Kearsarge (CV 33). 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 of 1940

Denny is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.