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Phillip Edwin Harbert



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Born Hoopeston, Illinois 3 April 1922
Died near St. Vith, Belgium 25 January 1945

Jubilation over the day's sensational success was tempered by one sober note. On a low strafing run against enemy transport in the morning, Second Lieutenant Philip E. Harbert was seen by his 506th flight members to fly into a snow bank. His plane exploded.

Sycamore True Republican, Sycamore, IL
Friday, April 15, 1949 p. 7


Killed In Action During The Battle of the Bulge

The casketed remains of Second Lieutenant Philip Edwin Harbert, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Harbert of Sycamore will arrive here over the Great Western R.R. next Tuesday evening and be taken to the Kebil Funeral Home, where, that same evening at 8:30 o'clock , the Rosary is to be read. The following morning at 9:30 o'clock funeral rites are to be held at St. Mary's church in this city with Bishop John O'Hara of Buffalo, N.Y., first cousin of Mr. G. E. Harbert, officiating. Full military honors will be accorded by the Sycamore Post of the American Legion and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel cemetery.
Lieutenant Harbert, fighter pilot in World War II was killed on January 25, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge. At the time of his death, this esteemed young man was only 23 years of age. He had been sent on a bombing mission, his orders being to fly low and drop a bomb on the retreating German army and return. The Major for whom Philip was serving as ring man, saw his plane hit and then disappear into the mountain side. He was buried in a cemetery at Hamm, Luxemburg.
Prior to his entering the service, young Harbert had completed his pre-medical course at Notre Dame University and had finished half of his first semester in the course of medicine at DePaul University in Chicago. He went overseas in September of 1944 and was killed the following January.
For his heroic service to his country he received the Air Medal, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit, Sharp Shooter's Award and the Belgian Fourgeurre medal for distinguished service.
Lieut. Harbert was born in Hoopeston, Ill., on April 3, 1922. He is survived by his parents and three brothers, Richard, who is completing his senior year in law at DePaul University in Chicago, David, who is a senior at Notre Dame in the School of Commerce and Bill, who is in his sophomore year at the Marmion Military Academy in Aurora.

Buried Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Sycamore, Illinois 20 April 1949

Mount Carmel Cemetery
Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA


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