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Reed, Philip D. Jr.

Philip D. Reed U.S. Marine Corps WWII
Philip D. Reed U.S. Marine Corps WWII

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Date of Birth: 6/30/1924
Died On: 9/20/2010
Street Address: 44 Dogwood Lane
Service Number: 473710
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps - Hq Co, 2nd BN, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division

Veteran Code: USMC-48

Philip Dunham Reed

Philip Dunham Reed was born on June 30, 1924, in New York City, New York, to Mabel M. Smith, age 26, and Philip Dunham Reed, age 24. In Rye his family lived at 44 Dogwood Lane and were members of the Presbyterian Church. Philip was a graduate of Andover and was attending Yale when he enlisted.

Philip enlisted on October, 1942, when he was 18 years old and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. After his marine training at Parris Island, S. C, and at New River, N. C, he served with the Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. See Muster Rolls

During World War II, Philip and the 23rd Marines participated in the following campaigns: Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Starting at Kwajalein, the 23rd Marines was assigned to land on beaches red 2 & 3 at Roi. That island was taken in a day. The Battle of Saipan came next with the 23d Marines assigned to blue beaches 1 & 2 with third Battalion 20th Marines as their Shore Party (121st Seabees). Across the strait at Tinian the 23rd Marines was the assault reserve landing on beach white 2. The 121st CB was still assigned to them. On July 24, 1944 Philip was wounded on Tinian

Marine Pfc. Reed Hit by Shrapnel
Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Reed of Blind Brook Lodge, have received word that their son, Marine Pfc. Philip Reed, Jr., 20, has been hospitalized in the South Pacific area for treatment for shrapnel wounds in both legs. He went overseas last Christmas, after enlisting in the Marine Corps two years ago. His father has been in England for two years as head of the British phase of the Lend Lease program. Pfc. Reed participated in action on the Marshall Islands, Saipan and Tinian Islands, sustaining his wounds during fighting on the latter island. He took his marine training at Parris Island, S. C, and at New River, N. C. He is a graduate of Andover and was attending Yale when he enlisted.
Friday, September 29, 1944 THE RYE CHRONICLE PAGE THIRTEEN

By February 1945, Philip had recovered from his wounds and had returned to his company for the assault on Iwo Jima. The 23rd Marines were assigned to yellow beaches with 1/23 the left assault Battalion on yellow beach 1. The right assault Battalion 2/23 was on yellow beach 2 and 3/23 was the assault reserve.

The 23rd Marines did not have a Pioneer Battalion for the assault Shore Party so the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 were task assigned that duty until relieved D-plus 18.

The 23d Marines made four assaults during WWII with Seabees as their beach support each time. In October 1945, the regiment was again relocated to Camp Pendleton and was subsequently inactivated on 15 November 1945.

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After his honorable discharge Philip resumed his studies at Yale. He married Elizabeth Nash Brainard on December 28, 1946, in Rye, New York. They had three children during their marriage.

They resided in Westfield, N.J. before moving to Princeton in 1973.

After brief work experiences in Wall Street and Esso Standard Oil Company, he entered the specialty chemical industry, culminating with his position as CEO of the S.B. Penick and Company, a division of CPC International — chemical manufacturing for the pharmaceutical and agri-businesses. In 1974, he left the chemical business and went into business for himself, primarily security trading, personal investment management, and breeding standard bred racehorses.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Medical Center at Princeton for 12 years, followed by his tenure as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Medical Center at Princeton Foundation for 15 years. He was also President of the Philip D. Reed Foundation from 1989 until liquidation in 1996 and a Former member of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and of the Board of the Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter.

An ardent gardener throughout his life, he created gardens, farms, specialty fruit orchards and collections of rare orchids. He has also been building model ships for the last 30 years. His model of the USS Constitution can be seen at the Historical Society of Princeton and additional ships can be viewed at the New Jersey Museum of Boating.

Philip Dunham Reed Jr., 86, of Skillman, died September 20, 2010 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Reed; his son, Philip D. Reed III; two daughters, Antoinette Reed and Elizabeth Reed Estridge; a sister, Kathryn Smith; 10 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

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