“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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Michael Joseph Phipps was born on July 7th, 1967 in Carbondale, IL and grew up in Steubenville, OH. Michael was the eldest of five, having one sister and three brothers. After graduation from Ohio State University, the Ohio State Medical School, and passing his medical boards, Dr. Phipps worked as a Flight Surgeon with USMC squadron VMAQ-3 at NCAS in Cherry Point, NC. During this time, VMAQ-3 deployed to Aviano, Italy during the Bosnian conflict. In 1997, LCDR Michael J. Phipps, M.D. married Andrea L. Phipps (nee Granger), moving to Silver Spring, MD shortly thereafter to begin a 4-year residency in Orthopedic Surgery at what was once known as the National Naval Medical Center, now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD). After graduating from residency, Dr. Phipps completed a 1-year Spinal Reconstructive fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center, in Minnesota. In 2001, LCDR Michael J. Phipps, M.D. returned to WRNMMC as an Orthopaedic trained Spinal Surgeon. Michael’s tragic death on October 16, 2004 was sudden and unexpected. LCDR Michael J. Phipps was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Section 66.

Michael was the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Kara Lyn (97) and Meghan Kay (00), whom he adored. Michael’s daughter Meghan, honored her Daddy through service and participation in Travis Manion Foundation's 2015 Teen Expedition. Meghan attends Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD and will graduate in 2018. Kara graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Class of 2016), and is now attending High Point University, in High Point, NC. Kara's passion is to become a Special Education Teacher, with an emphasis on Mathematics. Both girls participated in Gold Star Teen Adventures' 2016 Open Water Scuba Adventure and Meghan continued her healing with Children of Fallen Patriots /No Barriers U.S.A. San Juan River Rafting Expedition. Andrea volunteers with Travis Manion Foundation's Character Does Matter program as an Ambassador and volunteers as an adaptive ski aid with Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation