Saturday, August 31, 2019
Happy Birthday, Philip Thomas Hughes
August 31, 2019. Today is Philip Hughes' eighty-seventh birthday. Or at least that's how old he would be had he lived this long. Philip was killed in Korea when his recon patrol was ambushed on September 12, 1950, not two weeks after his 18th birthday. Philip was one of the first - and one of the youngest - of the American soldiers committed to the Korean War.
His remains were repatriated and interred in Arlington National Cemetery. A small memorial plaque bearing his name can be found in a Catholic church just a block from the same Delaware beach where he played as a kid.
Happy birthday, Philip. Peace be with you.