In Memory of
Army Staff Sgt.
Philip Anthony Colvin
Philip, South Dakota
February 2, 1923 – August 2, 1945
Killed in a non-battle Accident near Chaumont, France
Philip Anthony Colvin was born in Faribault, Minnesota, on February 2, 1923,
one of six children born to Virgil and Sayde Colvin. He has one brother, John,
and two sisters, Florence (deceased) and Corrine. Philip grew up in the Powell
community, about 12 miles southeast of Philip, South Dakota, and received his
grade school education there. He graduated from Philip High School in 1940.
Philip never married. His brother John recalled,“ He never got a furlough. The
last time we ever saw him was when he left to report for duty at Ft. Snelling,
In March, 1943, Philip was drafted into the U.S. Army and reported for active
duty at Ft. Snelling. On August 2, 1943, he graduated from Army Air Force
Technical Training Command in Gulfport, Mississippi, and from there was sent to
Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1944, he was sent overseas, first to England and then to
France with the 881st Air Engineer Squadron.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Philip Anthony Colvin met his untimely death in a
non-battle related vehicle accident on August 2, 1945, near Chaumont, France.
Philip is buried in the National Cemetery in Normandy, France. Still alive
today and forever proud of their brother’s service to his country are Philip’s
brother, John B. Colvin of Mesa, Arizona, and a sister, Corrine Remillard of
Maple Grove, Minnesota.
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Kelsey Fitzgerald, Daniel Penticoff, and Kevin Schulz, Philip 8th
Grade Middle School, Philip, South Dakota, March 15, 2002. Information for this
entry was provided by John Colvin , Mesa, Arizona, brother of Philip Anthony