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Reuben Jasper Phillips
Reuben J. Phillips headstone.JPG
Phillips' gravestone in San Francisco National Cemetery
Born (1874-07-28)July 28, 1874
Died February 8, 1936(1936-02-08) (aged 61)
Place of birth Cambria, California
Place of burial San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1898 - 1903
Rank Sergeant
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

Reuben J. Phillips (July 28, 1874 – February 8, 1936) was an American marine serving during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Phillips was born July 28, 1874 in Cambria, California and enlisted into the Marine Corps from Mare Island, California July 16, 1898.[1] After entering the Marine Corps he was sent to fight in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.[2]

He received the Medal for his actions in China on 13 and 20–22 June 1900 and it was presented to him July 19, 1901.[2]

He was discharged from the Marine Corps on July 21, 1903 at the rank of sergeant. He died February 8, 1936 and is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, California and his grave can be found in plot D.[1][3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 28 July 1874, Cambria, Calif. Accredited to: California. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Phillips distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Schuon, Karl (June 1963). U. S. Marine Corps biographical dictionary: the corps' fighting men, what they did, where they served. Franklin Watts, Inc.. p. 171. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "PHILLIPS, REUBEN JASPER". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  3. "Reuben Jasper Phillips". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 

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