||US Embassy Cairo, Egypt 1998 - 1999
||motor vehicle operator
Re-enlisted after 11 Sep 2001
Iraqi Freedom 2004 - 1st Tour
Iraqi Freedom 2005 - 2nd Tour (9th ESB)
9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine
Expeditionary Force i
Photos and comments
from Mic Smith / The Post & Courier Charlston S.C.
Awards & Decorations
|- Purple Heart
- Marine Security Guard Ribbon
- Iraq Campaign Medal
- Global War on Terroism Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
|| Allen & Linda Phillips
||Stephanie Neart - Phillips
Will Phillips (deceased)
||Explosive ordnance disposal technician with 3rd MLG's 9th Engineer Support
||7 Mar 2006
|Place of internment:
||Laid to rest with full military honors at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in St.
Stephen. Charlston, SC
on Hansen to honor fallen EOD Marine
Cpl. Bryan A. Peterson
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa
(Sep 1, 2006) -- More than 200
people gathered in Camp Hansen's West Chapel Aug. 21 to honor a 3rd Marine
Logistics Group Marine who died Aug. 16 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San
Antonio from wounds he received while conducting combat operations in Anbar
province, Iraq March 7.
Sgt. John P.
Phillips, 29, of St. Stephen, S.C., was on his second tour in Iraq, serving as
an explosive ordnance disposal technician with 3rd MLG's 9th Engineer Support
Battalion, when an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was riding
in near Fallujah.
suffered severe burns on more than 77 percent of his body, and he succumbed to
his wounds after five months of treatment.
He enlisted in
the Marine Corps in 1996 and received a military occupational specialty as a
motor vehicle operator in 1997. He also served as a Marine security guard at the
American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt from 1998-1999.
2001, Phillips left the Marine Corps to pursue a new career, but after the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he reenlisted.
He deployed in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the first time in February 2004 as a
motor vehicle operator and served there for seven months. In December of that
year, Phillips moved into the EOD field.
assigned to 9th ESB in August 2005, and he deployed to Iraq in February
memorial, those who knew him recalled Phillips' dedication to his job and his
Marines, as well as his determination to make any situation calm.
his Marines as more important than himself," said Sgt. Michael Chapman, an EOD
technician with 9th ESB. "His leadership and knowledge inspired others, and he
is a representative of what all Marines should be."
remembered Phillips as a "good Christian man."
"He lived his
life with Christ, which is why I know he is in Heaven right now," Chapman
Pereira, an automotive organizational mechanic with 3rd MLG and friend of
Phillips', served with him in Iraq in 2004 when the two were assigned to 2nd
Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif.
described Phillips as an eager and energetic Marine who always wanted to be
either a reconnaissance or EOD Marine.
unit was supposed to come home from Kuwait a couple years ago, he stayed behind
for an extra three weeks so he could get himself into the EOD field," Pereira
said. "I told him he was crazy, but that's what he wanted to do because he
really believed in it."
Lt. Col. Mark
Menotti, 9th ESB's commanding officer, referred to Phillips as an absolute
fighter and praised his commitment to the Corps.
moved to a dangerous field," Menotti said. "He was a selfless Marine ... and he
made the move for his country, Marine Corps and family."
Phillips was an adept, proficient Marine who always passed on a wealth of
"He was one of
the smartest guys I have ever known," Pereira said. "He taught me a lot when he
was in his first (military occupational specialty) field. I remember one time he
went to a course at 29 Palms that was aimed at infantry tactics, and he finished
first, beating the other grunts. That's the kind of person he
Phillips' Marine Corps family mourned him here, his immediate family, loved ones
and hundreds of Americans who never even knew him attended his funeral services
in South Carolina.
The Post and
Courier newspaper of Charleston, S.C., reported that family and friends filled
the pews of Russellville Christian Church Aug. 26 while more than 200 Patriot
Guard Riders gathered outside to mourn Phillips. Phillips was laid to rest with
full military honors at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in nearby St. Stephen.
their Web site, the Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of patriots
from across America who attend funeral services of fallen American heroes as
invited guests and show sincere respect for the fallen, their families and their
communities and shield the mourning family and friends from interruptions
created by any protestors.
survived by his wife, Stephanie Phillips, whom he married in early June in a
small bedside ceremony at the hospital in Texas. The Post and Courier reported
that, "When he was inured in March, Stephanie Phillips left behind her job as an
accountant, her brand new car and the apartment that the couple shared in
She was with
him until the end.
Mission Update - posted Wednesday, August 23 @ 5:30
Staging location: Lee’s Citgo Gas Station on Hwy 52 in St. Stephen.
Street address: 3792 Byrnes Drive (Mapquest link: http://tinyurl.com/oq3hd).
9:30 at least so that you can eat,
gas up, and catch up with fellow members before the briefing.
There will be a condolence book in circulation. Please be sure to
sign it and include your town/state along with any comforting thoughts/wishes
for the Phillips family.
Mission Briefing: 1000 hours sharp
up: 1015 hours to travel to
Russellville Christian Church
up and be ready for when the family
arrives for the service at 1100 hours
After the funeral service begins, there will be a special mission for
active/retired USMC personnel. Please notify me upon arrival at Lee’s Citgo if
you would like to be part of this mini-mission.
After the services, we
will join the funeral procession to St. Stephen for
**We will need three motorcycles, two flying large USA flags and
one flying a large USMC flag, to be part of the lead of this procession. The
rest of us will fall in after the family. Road-tested, mounted flagpoles are
needed. If you can help, see Steam at the Citgo during
-We will be standing at the visitation at the Dial-Murray Funeral
Home in Moncks Corner Friday evening (August 25). If you interested in
participating in this, please contact Theresa Raley immediately.
forecast for Saturday as of today: High of 91 degrees with a 30% chance of rain.
-FOUR WHEELERS: If you can, please pack
an ice chest with EXTRA WATER to share with your PGR family.
- Bring a Kickstand pad if you're on two
- Bring a friend. Missions like this is
what we’re all about.
I look forward to sharing with all of
you the honor of paying respects to this war hero and his family. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
We can only imagine the hell they have been
FLAGS**BRING YOUR FLAGS**BRING YOUR FLAGS**
|"Lead, follow, or get the hell outta the
Services for Sgt John P. Phillips,
USMC, age 29, of Saint Stephen, SC, will be held at 1100 hours on Saturday,
August 26, at the Russellville Christain Church on Hwy 35 in Russellville, SC.
Burial to follow. Be prepared to escort up to ten miles.
Staging and other details to follow.
Dates and times have not
been confirmed but the family of Sgt Phillips has requested that Patriot Guard
Riders honor their Marine......and honor him we will.
I have spoken this evening with the Casualty Assistance Officer. The
service could be as early as Thursday and as late as Saturday. He and I will
maintain contact from this point forward.
Patriot Guard Riders of South Carolina, I ask that you begin now making
arrangements to attend this service. Any with reasonable striking distance from
our neighbors, North Carolina and Georgia, I humbly ask for your assistance.
This young Marine paid a high price for each of us. He has fulfilled the
words.........Semper Fidelis. His family should know that his sacrifice has
been acknoledge, is appreciated, and his memory honored.
Sandy Nelson of Charleston is Ride Captain for this CONFIRMED MISSION. She
will post the necessary updates as to staging areas, dates and times.
Again, the mission to honor Sergeant John P. Phillips, USMC, of Saint
Stephen, South Carolina is now CONFIRMED..
Randy "Steam" Stevens
State Captain - South Carolina
785-06 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2006
Media Contact: (703)
DoD Identifies Marine
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine,
who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. John P.
Phillips, 29, of St. Stephen, S.C., died Aug. 16 at Brooke Army Medical
Center, San Antonio, Texas, from wounds received while conducting combat
operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on March 7. He was assigned to 9th
Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary
Force, Okinawa, Japan.
Media with questions about this Marine can call
the Marine Corps Bases Okinawa Public Affairs Office at 011-81-611-745-0790.
|Source: Stars & Stripes
By Megan McCloskey, Stars and
Mideast edition, Tuesday, August 22,
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — Sgt. John Phillips was a man other Marines would go to
for guidance because of his honesty and his intelligence, but mostly because he
lived life from the heart, those who served with him said at a memorial service
Phillips, 29, died Aug. 16 from wounds suffered near Fallujah, Iraq, last
Marines packed into the chapel on Camp Hansen to honor the explosive ordnance
disposal technician, who was from St. Stephens, S.C., and served with the 9th
Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group on Okinawa.
Phillips’ commanding officer, Lt. Col. Mark Menotti, described him as a
“sharp, quick-minded individual” with a “calm demeanor.”
After serving as a Marine for almost five years, Phillips got out of the
service in 2001, but it only took a few months before he “heard the call again,”
Menotti said. He was back in the Corps by the end of the year.
“We knew that John was doing what he wanted to do, serving his country and
protecting all of our lives,” his father, Allen Phillips, told the Associated
Press on Friday. “He was a great son, a very devoted son, and a great
Sgt. Michael Chapman, a close friend and fellow bomb disposal technician,
told the crowd gathered for the service that Marines who knew Phillips would
“seek his counsel, knowing his mind could find solutions others could not.”
Phillips had been in Iraq for only a few weeks when on March 7 a roadside
bomb hit his vehicle near the gas tank.
Chapman, who was traveling with him, said everything caught on fire. Phillips
sustained severe burns on more than three-quarters of his body.
Phillips and Chapman, who also was burned and needed three months of
treatment, were taken to Germany and then Brooke Army Medical Center in San
Antonio. Although Phillips was unconscious for the first few weeks, he started
doing better after about two months and the early prognosis was good, Chapman
Phillips was even able to marry his girlfriend, Stephanie Neart, at his
But not long after, an infection set into his wounds. Doctors amputated his
fingers and then his legs, but his organs started shutting down.
“He was absolutely a fighter. It takes quite an individual to have had made
it this far,” Menotti said at the memorial, describing Phillips’ five-month
struggle to recover in Texas.
“John was truly a better man than me,” Chapman said before pausing to choke
back tears. “I’m a better man for having known him and been his friend.”
Comments from John's Friends
The Guestbook of Sgt. John P. Phillips
Please follow the link above to review other guestbook entries memorializing John Paul.
Scott Robbe (Orange County, CA
Date: August 22, 2006
|John was the picture perfect hard corps Marine.
I am his freind and was his roomate for 2 years out in 29 stumps. This man loved
the Marine Corps and everything it stands for. I thank God for letting me meet
John, he motivated me in so many way. John, I will miss you and you are always
in my heart. Steph you are like a sister to me and I cant even begging to
express how sorry I am for your loss.
And to the Phillips family I am deeply
sorry for everything you have had to endure. No person should ever have to got
through what you have been though. I look up to your courage that you all have.
I will see you all in a couple of days. SEMPER FI
|Carol Hatton (Culloden, WV )
Mr. and Mrs. Phillips we are so sorry to hear
of your loss. We wish we could be there to share your loss as you were with us
on May 19, 2006 when we lost Cpl. William Bradley Fulks at Brooke Medical
Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Have
thought of you often and wanted to call so many times and check on
God knows what's best and we can't question,
Kimberly Adams and Carol Hatton/Brad's Mother and Grandmother