Veterans' Memorial Project

Philip Henry Rathe

Mattoon, IL

Vietnam War

College: Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

Graduation Year: 1964

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: First Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 02/03/1942

Date of Death: 07/19/1966

Affiliations: ROTC

Lt. Rathe was leading a small unit of Marines to an ambush site on the Ca De River in the Da Nang area of South Vietnam. He was at the controls of an outboard motor boat when it took on water and sank. Lt. Rathe was seen swimming back to help a comrade in trouble but both were drowned.

– taken from Alumni Association archives

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