Branch of Service: Army
Service years: 1918
Glen Rock: Born and raised on Highwood Ave
Jacob Phillips was born and raised in Glen Rock, the family living on Highwood (now South Highwood) Avenue and later on Ferguson Place. Jacob served in the NJ National Guard before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1918. After training at Camp McClellan in Alabama, Sgt. Phillips was sent overseas as part of the 114th Infantry, 29th Division. In October of 1918, Phillips died in France, officially of pneumonia, most likely a casualty of the virulent influenza pandemic that killed between 20 - 40 million people worldwide between 1918 and 1919. The influenza outbreak was responsible for 50% of U.S. casualties during World War I. Read more about the impact of the flu pandemic of 1918 on Glen Rock here.
Born: 1896 Glen Rock, NJ
Died: 1918 France