Anderson, Phillip Reid, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Last Primary MOS
19D20-Cavalry Scout
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2005-2008, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR)/F Troop
Service Years
1999 - 2008
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Sergeant


Three Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1979
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mexico
Last Address
Balad Ruz, Iraq

Casualty Date
Mar 10, 2008
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Tahoma National Cemetery - Kent, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 7 Site 700

 Official Badges 

3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
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 Unit Assignments
3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR)
  2005-2008, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR)/F Troop
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
  2005-2006 OIF/National Resolution (2005-07)
  2007-2008 OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Former Columbia resident killed in Iraq


Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | 4:20 p.m. CDT; updated 4:26 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008


 


COLUMBIA — During his first tour of duty in Iraq in 2005, Sgt. Phillip R. Anderson acted in a way that didn’t surprise the people who knew him well.


In the city of Aquba, a roadside bomb blew up next to the Hummer that Anderson was driving. Traveling with him were two fellow servicemen.


Anderson was thrown from the vehicle, and shrapnel became lodged in his neck. Although severely injured, he rescued his lieutenant, who had a broken leg, and a passenger in the back seat, who was also seriously injured.


After he recovered in a military hospital in Germany, he was quickly re-deployed to Iraq where he finished serving his first tour of duty.


Anderson was awarded the Purple Heart.


Besides the Purple Heart, Sgt. Anderson’s decorations included the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and Driver-Mechanic Badge.


“He was a tough kid with a kind heart,” said his father, Ken Anderson, who lives in Columbia. “He just always seemed to stand up for people and animals who couldn’t defend themselves.”


On March 10, 2008, while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, Sgt. Phillip R. Anderson, 28, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based out of Fort Hood, Texas, died after the Hummer he was driving hit a roadside bomb in the town of Balad Ruz, northeast of Baghdad. A captain, a specialist and an interpreter also died in the explosion.


Anderson’s funeral was held March 20 in Spanaway, Wash.


His sister, Beth Anderson, who lives in San Francisco, said she thought her brother was thinking about financial security for his wife and child when he decided to go back to Iraq for a second tour of duty.


“After being in the Army for almost nine years, he was thinking what would be best for his family,” Beth Anderson said. “I just think he decided that since he was almost halfway to retirement that he would stay until he could retire to try and get the benefits for his wife, Melanie, and his son, Warner.”


Ken Anderson said his son was above all a loving husband and father.


“He was a great father and he loved Warner very much,” Ken Anderson said. “He was a kid at heart and very involved father. I could tell right away after Warner was born that he was a good father.”


Anderson was born in Mexico, Mo., but grew up in Columbia where he attended Rock Bridge High School. After a year of school, he moved to Everett, Wash., where his sister Beth was living. He earned his high school equivalency and then joined the Army.


His wife and child live in Graham, Wash. His mother, Raven Bren, lives in Oakland, Calif.


Ken Anderson said that his son’s decision to join the military made him proud because it affected his son’s life in a positive way.


“The Army gave him the direction and certain way to do things, and I think he liked that,” Ken Anderson said. “I’m just proud of how he changed his life from a typical rebellious teenager to an upstanding citizen.”


 
   
Comments/Citation

Graham father among 2 killed in March in Iraq

California man based in Fort Lewis also victim of bomb

By MIKE BARBER
P-I REPORTER

EDITOR'S NOTE: Each month, the P-I remembers the servicemen and servicewomen with ties to Washington who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Phillip Reid Anderson, 28, was buried March 20 at Tahoma National Cemetery, five years after the beginning of the war in Iraq in which he died.

Anderson, whose widow, Melanie, lives in Graham with their 16-month-old son, was one of three soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter with the Texas-based 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment killed March 10 in Balad by a roadside bomb.

Anderson had already served one deployment in Iraq in 2005, during which he received a Purple Heart after saving the lives of two fellow soldiers injured by a roadside bomb.

The deaths in March in Iraq of Anderson and Cpl. Jose A. Paniagua-Morales, 22, of Bell Gardens, Calif., a member of Fort Lewis' 4th Stryker Brigade, drove to 262 the number of men and women in uniform connected to Washington's hometowns and military bases who have died there since the war began.

The number of overall U.S. military deaths in Iraq grew to more than 4,000 as the war entered its sixth year last month.

So far six members of the armed forces with Washington ties have been killed in Iraq this year, down substantially from the record pace of 101 local deaths there last year.

Anderson originally was from Mexico, Mo. His father, Ken, told the Columbia Missourian that his son "was a tough kid with a kind heart. He just always seemed to stand up for people and animals who couldn't defend themselves."

Anderson went to live with a sister in Everett while in high school and joined the Army in 1999.

During his first tour of duty in Iraq in 2005, a roadside bomb exploded beside a Humvee carrying him, his lieutenant and another soldier. Anderson was blasted from the vehicle. Despite his injuries, which included shrapnel in his neck, Anderson rushed back to the wreckage and wrestled both soldiers from it.

Anderson's sister, Beth, told the Missourian that she believed that her brother was considering financial security for his family when he decided to go back to Iraq a second time in November.

"After being in the Army for almost nine years, he was thinking what would be best for his family," Beth Anderson was quoted as saying. "I just think he decided that since he was almost halfway to retirement that he would stay until he could retire to try and get the benefits for his wife, Melanie, and his son, Warner."

Ken Anderson said his son found a sense of dedication and purpose both as a doting husband and father, and as a soldier -- after being a typically rebellious teen.

"He was a kid at heart and very involved father. I could tell right away after Warner was born that he was a good father," the slain soldier's father told the newspaper. "The Army gave him the direction and certain way to do things, and I think he liked that."

In addition to his father, wife and son, Anderson is survived by his mother, Raven Bren, of Oakland, Calif.



TROOP F, 2D SQUADRON, 3 ACR, FORT HOOD, TX LOCATION:BALAD RUZ, IRAQ
   
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