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A BIOGRAPHICAL TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS
This page is reserved for the placement of biographys (short or long) of our men and women who serve in the military, past and present. Written by a family member or yourself is fine, we will accept all and if you have placed one on one of the military websites, just send the link, that will do as well. If possible, please include a photograph. Send by E-mail to kf4ro@bellsouth.net
Here is an example of a WWII veteran's bio that was sent to us by a S.C.A.R.S. member, click on the link.
Loyce Dean
Bio's do not have to be this elaborate.
AOCM David Phillips, USN, Retired. KF4RO #93
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HONOR
COURAGE
COMMITMENT
FLY
FIGHT
WIN
SEMPER FIDELIS
SEMPER PARATUS
THE ONLY EASY DAY WAS YESTERDAY
THIS WE'LL DEFEND
By Thomas Campbell
TD3/TDC William C. (WC) Phillips, USN,
Deceased (not in combat) on active duty
1956 - 1958
William (WC) Phillips was born February 16, 1938 in Bradenton, FL. At an early stage of his lif he picked up the nick name “WC,” when this took place or by whom is not known. As far back as I can remember, he was always called “WC.” WC’s youth was spent growing up in Bradenton, FL. and he started school at Ballard Elementary in 1942, then transferred to Oneco Elementary in 1945. He attended Manatee High School until 1956, when he turned 18. He joined the United States Navy and was sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Chicago, IL. for Boot Camp. After completion he was transferred to Norfolk, VA., assigned to Fleet Aviation and Surface Operations Training Group Atlantic. Here he worked and trained in the Tradesman (TD) rating. He learned how to operate and repair state of the art training devices and flight simulators.

WC, in 1958 was on his way home on leave to attended his brothers High School graduation. He was traveling by train from Norfolk, VA., and had to stop over in Jacksonville, FL. He was setting in the train station’s cantina talking with another sailor. A civilian heard them talking about where they were traveling to. This guy came over and offered to drive them if they would buy the gas for his car. It would be faster then waiting for and taking the train. This was a fatal decision for WC. The date was May 16, 1958, around Midnight, the car they were in went off the road on a sharp curve and hit a large oak tree broadside, right where WC was setting. He was killed instantly!


On July 1, 2008, The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Joe R. Campa, Jr.; with recognition and heartfelt approval of the Chief Petty Officers of the Navy, declared the appointment of Honorary Chief Petty Officer, Posthumously, to Airman William C. Phillips.

How was this possible you may be asking. Just 10 years after the death of William, twins were born. My oldest brother named one, William Chester Phillips after our older brother. To make a long story short, William pursued a career in the Navy and served twenty two years and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer, Sep. 16, 2000. He retired on July 25, 2008. He took the necessary action to go through the Chain-of-Command to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy to have this great honor bestowed upon his Uncle and namesake.
MAC William C. (Will) Phillips, USN, Retired
1986 - 2008

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YN3 J. Daniel Weisenburger, USN
1967 - 1973
KW4T #8118
The Picture above is from my home in the US Navy (click on picture). The picture is of the USS Newport News, www.uss-newport-news.com, the worlds largest Heavy Cruiser; on 07 DEC 68 we sailed past the USS ARIZONA and rendered honors in Pearl Harbor on our way to Vietnam to fire those big guns in suport of our Marines, Army and ARVN forces.  Spent some time in the MeKong River and drank water laced with Agent Orange and that is catching up with me now but the VA has been good to me. I had the triggers for those big guns and from the foreward director and once during a training exercise, I squeezed off a broadside of all 9 guns.  We had the fastest guns in the west or anywhere else,  We could fire 90 rounds of large caliber projectiles in one minute, they could all be in the air before the first one hit.
The following year we did a NATO cruise and I assisted in the ships ham shack with phone patch traffic back to the states with Lt Richard Crouch WA4END and now N6RC. Click on my call:
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AE2 Peter (Pete) Wingard, USN
1955 - 1959
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SFC Walter C. Phillips, USA, Ret. 1987 - 2018
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SSGT Charles M. Mitchell, USAF
1972 - 1977

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AT 2 Steven Tate, USN
 1968 - 1972

KD4IW # 3939
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