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Sergeant Phillip A. Rich

Sergeant Phillip A. Rich

United States Marine Corps
1953
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1956
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Sergeant Phillip A. Rich proudly served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War.  He was an honored recipient of the Marine Corp Marksmanship Competition Badge Award. He met his future wife and love Norma Jean Summerall while in training at Paris Island, where she was also in training for the Corp. After his last deployment to Cuba he returned home to Amsterdam, NY with his wife Norma Jean and daughter and began his civilian life working at the family business, Rich’s Market on East Main St. Phil loved his hometown of Amsterdam and in his later years became passionate about the Amsterdam Riverfront. He was an original member of the Waterfront Foundation to develop the riverfront and it was a cause dear to his heart.