Mr. Phillips, age 64, does claim to be a Marine Vietnam Combat Vet, he was not, the Catholic boys did nothing but stare him down, Phillips was the instigator he approached the boys, not the other way around, the boys just stood their ground, facts are the facts. By end of June 1971 all Marine combat units were no longer in Vietnam. In 1971, Mr. Phillips was 16 years old. The earliest he could have enlisted, either as an emancipated minor or with parental consent, was 1972 when he was 17. He was never in Vietnam in 1972 as a young combat Marine, no one was.
By the end of 1970, more Marines were leaving than arriving as replacements. On 14 April 1971, III MAF redeployed to Okinawa, and two months later the last ground troops, the 13,000 men of the 3d MAB, flew out from Da Nang, By end of June 1971 Marine combat units were no longer in Vietnam. In 1971, Phillips was 16 years old. The earliest he could have enlisted, either as an emancipated minor or with parental consent, was 1972. And Phillips does claim to have enlisted at 17. Junior enlisted guys and junior officers weren’t sent as advisers to Vietnam in the last days of the war in 1972, after US ground involvement had essentially halted. A Marine infantry private was not going to go to Vietnam a year after the last Marines left Vietnam.What we know with mathematical certainty is that if Phillips is a veteran, and we really don’t know that at this point though some good guys have requested his DD-214 under FOIA, he did not serve in the Vietnam War. Phillips, in my view, seems eager to toss out the “Vietnam times” identification which could be mistaken, and I would tend to believe that is his intent, for Vietnam War service. Having said that, he doesn’t seem like a deliberate Stolen Valor candidate because there is no record of him actually claiming to have served in Vietnam.You can judge for yourself whether allowing yourself to be referred to as a Vietnam veteran rather than correcting the record is an honorable act.
Bill Warner firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota 941-926-1926 - SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com