Lt. Howard Phillips
City Lieutenant Killed in Action In Italian Assault Lt. William Howard Phillips was killed in action February 8 while leading his unit in a furious assault against the Nazis in Northern Italy, the War Department informed his widow, Mrs. Sara.Alycp Parsons Phillips, 9 South Sixteenth street Sunday. ' He had been overseas since last September with the 92nd Infantry Division, recently commended for its action in repelling a Nazi of fensive. One of the best mile runners ever developed in this city, he first gained recognition in sports j as a mile runner at John Harris High School, from which he grad uated in 1928. A member of the Harrisburg AAA track and field team, he twice won the Middle Atlantic States AAU mile run, his best time in championship meets for a mile being 4 minutes and 23 seconds. He was a point scorer in races of longer distances and was a member of the basketball and soft - ball teams of Forster Street Y. M. C. A. A postal clerk in the Harrisburg Post Office for many years, Lt. Phillips entered the Army July 27, 1942, as a voluntary of ficers candidate, took his basic training at Fort McClelland, Ala., and was graduate the following March from O. C. S. at Fort Ben - ning with a lieutat's commission Following his' selection to attend the adjutant general's school, Fort Washington, Md., he was stationed at camps in New York and in the southwest, before going over seas with the Fifth Army. In addition to . his widow, he is survived by his mother, Mrs, Elizabeth Phillips, 1820 Swatara street, one brother, Capt. J. D. Phillips, with the Medical Corps at Fort Lewis, Wash., and six sisters, Mrs. Frances Howard, Mrs Ruth Hays, and Miss Gladys Phil lips, all of Harrisburg, and Mrs. Ethel Rich, Mrs. Nettie Young an 3 Miss Mary Phillips, all ot Balti more.