Let the memory of Phillip be with us forever
  • 19 years old
  • Born on February 22, 1991 .
  • Passed away on October 13, 2010 .

Phillip loved life, and he loved challenges. A couple of Phillip’s favorite quotes are, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” and, “I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Phillip would keep trying until he accomplished whatever challenge was given to him. From simple childhood bets and dares, to personal goals and accomplishments, Phillip never backed down from a challenge. Despite his determination and frequent success, Phillip never sought accolades or recognition for his accomplishments, instead being content with reaching his own personal goals.

Phillip believed that, “The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.” This is how Phillip lived his life every day.  “He loved working with younger kids trying to bring them up and playing football with kids in the neighborhood because he was always looking for leadership roles,” said family friend Robert Palmer.

Phillip did not take his service in the Marines lightly. He readily and knowingly accepted that, as it came to pass, by serving our country he might have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Without hesitation, Phillip was willing to do this.  He was on his first combat deployment when he was killed along with three other Marines. Phillip deployed to Afghanistan on September 27, 2010 and died 16 days later.

Please remember, “When you look upon Heaven’s scene, you will see the streets are guarded by United States Marines,” and one of those Marines is LCpl Phillip Vinnedge.

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