Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Army Spc. Philip C.S. Schiller

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Philip C.S. Schiller, 21, of The Colony, Texas

Spc. Schiller was assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died April 11, 2012 in Panjwa, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire.

SPC Schiller once lived in West Hartford, Connecticut and many friends there are mourning his loss.

SPC Schiller had relocated to Texas where he graduated from The Colony High School in 2010 and was active in the ROTC program.

He enlisted in the Army in 2009 and successfully completed both Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia He went on to complete Military Occupational Speciality 11B, Infantryman, in 2010 and Combat Lifesavers Course in 2011. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Neighbors described SPC Schiller as a very kind hearted person who always tried to live by a high moral code.

His sister, Courtney, said he was her best friend and wanted to help everyone in every way he could.

The descriptions of this tremendous hero certainly depict this young man who died while defending his unit. Witnesses say SPC Schiller continued to provide machine gun cover for his brothers in arms despite a mortal chest wound during his last battle with the enemy.

SPC Schiller had visited home last month and Courtney had been able to speak to him by phone just 6 days before his death.

SPC Schiller’s awards and decorations include the following:

Purple Heart
Bronze Star
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Combat Infantry Badge

Army Spc. Philip C.S. Schiller was killed in action on 4/11/12.

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