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Philip W. Stokes
War: World War II
Branch: United States Marines
Unit: HQ CO., 1st Batt., 5th Marine Division
Highest Rank: Sergeant
Birth Year: January 26, 1926
Place of Birth: East Cleveland, Ohio
Citations: Asiatic/Pacific, Navy Occupation, Victory Medal, Presidential Citation, Bronze Star at Iwo Jima


Philip Stokes was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Ypsilanti, MI when he was eleven years old. He graduated from Ypsilanti High School in June of 1943 and enlisted in the Marines in November of 1943.

After Boot and Basic he was assigned to the newly formed Marine 5th Division, the Division landed on Iwo in February 19 of 1944. They were responsible for cutting the Japanese forces in two. Philip was assigned to the Battalion Headquarters as a clerk. Casualties were heavy, two of every three Marines were killed or wounded.

The Marines received a big morale boost when on the 27th of March a damaged B29 landed on Iwo even though the island was not fully secured. That had been part of their mission to provide a landing area close to Japan.

Philip's Division returned to Hawaii and began preparing for the invasion of Japan. Philip was sent to Washington D.C. where he was responsible for reviewing requests for hardship discharges.

Philip was discharged in April of 1946 and was married in September of 1946. He attended Cleary College and received an Associate Degree, which eventually helped to secure a position at a local bank, from which he retired. Philip has four children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He continues to live in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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