1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Isaac C. Phillips - Company D, 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Isaac C. "Curtis" Phillips
Isaac C. Phillips, better known
as Curtis, served with Company D of the 22nd Infantry
in World War II. After the war he married and settled down in Belgium.
The 1st Battalion website was contacted by Xavier Van Daele, a Belgian citizen who met and became friends with Curtis.
Xavier told us how Curtis had lost touch with his fellow buddies from World War II.
and how he would very much like to get in contact with any of them,
to share old memories and renew the friendship and camraderie they knew during the war.
Curtis was born in Georgia on
June 10, 1924. His mother died when he was very young, and he was
by his father, along with four brothers and two sisters. He worked on the family farm until he entered the US Army
on November 29, 1943. He was trained in infantry heavy weapons, including mortars, bazooka and heavy machine gun.
On May 2, 1944 he departed for
England, arriving there on May 16. What little time he spent in
was occupied with more training, until, on June 3, 1944 he embarked with the 4th Infantry Division
headed for France. He landed in the second wave on Utah beach, on D-Day June 6, 1944,
as part of Company D, 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment. He fought as a machine gunner
in the drive to capture Cherbourg, in Operation Cobra ( the break-out from Normandy ),
the drive to Paris, and into Belgium.
Curtis was wounded three times,
and on September 17, 1944, in the fighting along the Siegfried
he received serious wounds from artillery fire, which caused him to be evacuated from the front lines.
He was in a coma in the hospital for 2 or 3 weeks, and when he awoke from the coma
it was some time before he regained his speech. His wounds kept him in the rear echelon
for the remainder of the war. In Binche, Belgium he met Arlette HAUTMONT, his future wife. After the war
they lived in the US for one year, before moving permanently to Belgium, where they have lived ever since.
Binche, Belgium April 15, 1945
Curtis and Arlette
Binche, Belgium 1945
Binche, Belgium Sunday March 12, 1945
The name of Isaac C. "Curtis"
Phillips in the casualty listings of the 22nd Infantry After
for September 1944. The notation "SWA" indicates "Seriously Wounded in Action."
Isaac Curtis Phillips
Curtis' military service mementos
Curtis' separation paper
Curtis' medal certificates
Alain Duez with Curtis
Alain Duez and Xavier Van Daele
have been active in helping Curtis to regain contact with his
and have been posting info about Curtis on a website in Europe. You may view that website
by clicking on the following banner:
Curtis would like to hear from anyone who served with him. His address is:
Isaac C Phillips
151 Avenue Vanderpepen
Or you may contact Xavier or Alain by e-mail, and he will get in touch with Curtis.
Xavier's e-mail is:
Alain's e-mail is:
Curtis with his friend Dominique
Dominique is a Sergeant in the Belgian Army
Curtis and friend, Bastogne, June 1, 2009
Curtis and forum team
from World War II website.
2nd from left is Alain Duez, 3rd from left is Xavier Van Daele
Bastogne, Belgiun 2009
Curtis on the right
meeting a fellow US veteran in the cellar used by
GEN Anthony McAuliffe in Bastogne, June 2009
Xavier and Curtis
Curtis speaks with a US Soldier during a dinner at Picauville
Curtis and a US Soldier from 1-22 Infantry 4th Infantry Division
Curtis at the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, France 2009
Curtis at a reeinactment
in Normandy June 2017.
Note he is wearing the Legion of Honor Medal
awarded to him by the government of France.
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