Sunday, February 24, 2008

Army Spc. Micheal E. Phillips

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Micheal E. Phillips, 19, of Ardmore, Okla.

Spc. Phillips was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Air Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Feb. 24, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

KTEN -- A 19-year-old Ardmore soldier is killed in Iraq. PFC Micheal Phillips graduated from high school in Ardmore.

He has two brothers and a sister who also attend school there. Monday, grief counselors were at the high school to talk with students.

Staff members and students spent the day grieving the death of Phillips, who they say was dedicated and honorable.

Phillips was killed last week, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The military notified his family over the weekend.

Phillips joined the military out of high school and friends say he joined to fight for his friends, family and country.

Ardmore H.S. Assistant Principal Jake Falvey says, "Last year, I got a letter from him talking about his commitment to what he was going and he had found his place in life. The Phillips are a wonderful family and this affects everybody in the community."

Counselor Donnell Cox says, "When an actual crisis happens, we are on call to come to a school and assist the counselors and principal on how to facilitate kids."

Army Spc. Micheal E. Phillips was killed in action on 2/24/08.

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