The Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips Award of Courage is Brave Beyond the Call's highest award given. It is presented to an individual who has shown strength and courage through their individual struggles, willingness to fight the obstacles before them, battling to achieve an insurmountable goal, and showing their bravery in doing so.
This award is named in honor of Georgia native, Army Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, who made the ultimate sacrifice on July 13, 2008, when his outpost in Afghanistan was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan. While under constant fire from the enemy, Cpl. Phillips risked his life by personally grabbing an enemy sent grenade, which landed between himself and another solider, and threw it back the direction it came saving his fellow comrades. Ultimately, Cpl. Phillips was struck by an enemy RPG while throwing a grenade at the insurgents. The insurgent raid on Cpl. Phillips' camp was one of the deadliest incidents for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. At the time of this attack, Cpl. Phillips and his company were only a few days short of returning home from their deployment.
Thank you Cpl. Phillips for your service. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.