The Marine Corps League’s 5th Annual Heroes Among Us Speaker Series-2017 - Guest of Honor Sgt. John Phillips USA, Bronze Star, Republic of Korea.
Pensacola, Fla. – The Cpl. J.R. Spears Detachment of the Marine Corps League announces its 5th Annual Heroes Among Us speaker series event Korean War Remembrance Night for 27 July 2017 to be held at Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park.
John W. Phillips is a native of Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from college in June 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for 16 weeks of basic and advanced infantry training followed by eight weeks of Infantry Leadership School in preparation for Officer Candidate School (OCS). However, the Army had different plans and instead of OCS sent him and all but one of his Leadership School classmates to Korea. In Korea he was assigned to the 7th Infantry Division. He started as the last ammo bearer in an 81mm mortar squad in H Company, 17th Infantry Regiment. In the mortar platoon he held progressive positions as ammo bearer, radio operator, forward observer, computer, gunnery sergeant, and platoon sergeant. In Korea he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB), a Bronze Star with “V” device, and other ribbons. He contributed to the book On Hallowed Ground: The Last Battle for Pork Chop Hill written by Bill McWilliams and published by The Naval Institute Press in 2004. When he was discharged from the Army in 1954 he returned to Mobile where he entered the real estate business. In 1957 he entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and was ordained in the Episcopal Church. He has served churches in Alabama and Florida. In 1975 he joined the faculty of the University of West Florida for 16 years. More recently he has served as Chaplain for the 17th Infantry Regiment Association. He is a Life Member of the American Legion.
The series, now in its fifth year, is held at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month from May through October. It is presented by the local Marine Corps League, J. R. Spears Detachment 066. Water and light food will be provided; people should bring their own chairs or blankets
Admission is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted for the Veterans in Distress Fund to help veterans in need.
Donations for the “Marines in Distress” Fund can be sent to:
Edward Rouse CPA, 6825 Oak Street, Milton, FL 32570
Checks payable to: MCL DETACHMENT 066
MEDIA NOTE: To arrange interviews or for more information, please contact Edward M. Rouse, MCL, POA (850) 393-3507.
About “Heroes Among Us”
The “Heroes among Us” series, founded in 2013, features veterans from all branches of the military service. The goal is to let those people share their experiences with others, civilians and military as well as those on active duty. The events are organized and sponsored by the Marine Corps League, J. R. Spears Detachment 066.
About the Marine Corps League
Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. This is accomplished by banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans, and by perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps through fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines. The Marine Corps League is a Federally Chartered Veterans Organization open to all honorably discharged veterans and is a recognized tax exempt organization under the IRS code section 501 c (4).More Public Affairs