Jimmy Wayne Phipps

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
01 November 1950 - 27 May 1969
Culver City, California
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Jimmy Phipps Medal of Honor

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service

More photos are below.

The database page for Jimmy Wayne Phipps


"PFC Phipps was attached to Company C, 1st Bn, 5th Marines at the time of his death. We were then operating in the Arizona Territory northwest of An Hoa.

I was Platoon Commander of 3d Platoon Charlie Company. On the morning of May 27, 1969, we found the dud 175 round that eventually killed him during our morning patrol. Because I did not have an engineer attached to my patrol, we returned to the Company perimeter and reported the location of the round.

2d Lt Neil Meier, platoon commander of 1st platoon, took out the afternoon patrol, and PFC Phipps accompanied the platoon. It was Neil who was one of the men Phipps saved by his gallant action.

I remember him as a friendly young man who was glad to be attached to a rifle company and away from the humdrum of the garrison-like life of an Engineer Company. He was a gallant Marine."

Michael R. McCarty
LtCol, USMC (Ret)

Other remembrances of PFC Jimmy Wayne Phipps may be found on
Neil Mishalov's site

Private First Class Phipps rests in the
Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, California.

Jimmy Phipps in high school
Jimmy W. Phipps, US Marine

The picture of Jimmy in civilian clothes is his late high school picture, 11th grade, I think.

Jimmy left high school to join the Marines. He said that he wanted to do something with his life, so my parents signed papers to let him join, since he was only 17 at the time. 

My brother Jimmy had a very kind heart, he always was helping
everyone. He used to help me with my homework if I had trouble.

Jimmy was the second of four children (3 boys and 1 girl). 
I am the youngest. 

memorial from his Sister,
Cordy Phipps Henry
31 May 2001 

Jimmy Phipps in Marine Corps dress blues
Two other Marines and Jimmy Phipps

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)