“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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Philip joined the Navy a year after graduating high school. He took his oath during a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game and was part of the 47th Cardinal Division at RTC Great Lakes. After all his schooling at NAS Pensacola, Philip was stationed in Norfolk serving aboard the USS Bulkeley, where he was initiated into the, "Ancient Order of the Shellbacks" and earned his Suez Safari card.  

Philip was transferred to CVN-77, USS George HW Bush. Both ships offered Philip the opportunity to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq along with humanitarian aid to several ports of call along the way.  

Philip transferred to the United Kingdom where he enjoyed historical sites and spending time outdoors with his Dalmatian Bernie. Returning to Norfolk and CVN-78, USS Gerald R Ford where he became a plank owner. Philip’s final duty station was an instructor for the Information Warfare Command at Goodfellow AF Base. Philip spent 15 yrs. 10 months in the Navy. 

Philip loved to laugh and was very good at playing practical jokes on family and friends. He loved his dogs, visiting National Parks, Historical sites, fishing, hunting, hiking, and cycling. Philip also enjoyed time watching movies, playing video games and having a good cigar. 

He never hated anyone and his philosophy was to never argue with an idiot because those watching might not be able to tell the difference. 

He was a loving son, brother and uncle. His nieces will always remember how much he made them laugh.