Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Statement On The Death Of Sgt. Ivory Phipps

Mar 22, 2004
Press Release

Washington, DC ---- Congressman Rush released the following statement:  The Congressional Liaison Office recently notified me of the death of Illinois National Guardman Sgt. Ivory L. Phipps, age 44, who was killed on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 while with his unit at a logistics base in Baghdad when a mortar round hit and struck him with shrapnel.  Sgt. Phipps is the 4th casualty from  the Illinois National Guard killed in Iraqi Freedom
Sgt. Phipps was not only a soldier, but a father, and son. He planned to marry his fiancee, Ms. LaToya Ragsdale, this December.  The couple have a 5-month old son named Elijah Lee Phipps. 

According to the Defense Department, Sgt., Phipps first joined the military at 18 yrs. old and was a Desert Storm military veteran.  He served in the National Guard for 15 years and re-enlisted in February, 2003 to complete another 5 years and retire after 20 years of military service..  

All of our thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Phipps family, and friends.

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