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1st Lt. Philip Hill Doherty


Born: 12 June 1915 - Chicago, Illinois

Parents: Philip R. Doherty & Hannah Hill-Doherty

Siblings: 1 brother

Hometown:

    - 1405 South 17th Avenue, Maywood, Illinois

Education:

    - Roosevelt School

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1933

    - Northwestern University

    - University of Illinois

        - Class of 1938 - Bachelors of Science

Occupation: High School Teacher

Married: Jeanette Doherty

Residence: 1417 South 17th Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Enlisted:

    - Illinois National Guard

    - U. S. Army

        - 5 March 1941

            - rank of corporal 

    - HQ 33rd Infantry Division - Camp Robinson, Arkansas

Officer Candidate School:

    - Fort Benning, Georgia

        - commissioned second lieutenant after three month course - 18 December 1941

Serial Number: O&451713

Training: 

    - Camp Forrest, Tennessee

    - Fort Ord, California

        - Company F, 134th Infantry Regiment

    - New Caledonia

        - left fall of 1942

Unit: Troop B Mobile Combat Reconnaissance Squadron, Americal Division

Engagements:

    - Battle of Guadalcanal - 13 October 1942 

       - major two day battle at Henderson Field - over 1000 Japanese killed

Killed in Action:

    - 4 January 1943 - Doherty volunteered to take a patrol out to determine the damage

      done to a Japanese position. When Doherty was within five yards of the position, he

      was hit by Japanese fire.  The area was open terrain which made observation easy

      for both sides.  American observers could see Doherty's body, but troops sent in to

      recover it were driven back by enemy fire.  To insure he was dead, the Japanese

      shot his body several times.  Since his body was not recovered, he was reported as Missing in Action.

    - After the war three officers and 32 enlisted men attempted to recover Doherty's

       remains.  On October 27, 1948, he was officially declared dead.

Memorial:

    - Tablets of the Missing - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

Medals:

    - Purple Heart

    - Silver Star

Note: At this time, his family has contributed DNA to see if remains found by U.S. Army Human Resource Command are those of 1st Lt. Philip H. Doherty.




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