PFC Hugh La-Ver Phelps was born 28 Jan 1924 in Ogdensburg, Wisconsin. He was the 4th of the 6 children born to Hugh B. and his second wife Anna Hulda (Peterson) Phelps. His father farmed near Saint Lawrence, Wisconsin for many years.
It is unclear when Hugh was drafted but it was most likely in late 1943 or early 1944. After his military training he was sent to the European theater. PFC Phelps was transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry on 11 Aug 1944. He was killed in action on 29 Aug 1944 as the 116th began the attack on German forces at Brest, France.
PFC Phelps was repatriated and re-interred in Ogdensburg Cemetery in Ogdensburg, Wisconsin.