JOHN ARMOUR PHILLIPS, born Aug. 20, 1949 at Aransas Pass, TX. Enlisted in USN August 1968. Following training at Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA he was assigned to USS Ranger (CVA-61) in November 1968. Served on the USS Ranger until August 1969 in which he completed a Westpac Cruise in the Tonkin Gulf as a seaman, helmsman, rigger and coxswain of the captains gig. Received river patrol craft/riverine warfare training at Vallejo, CA September-November 1969.
Reported overseas in Vietnam to RIVDIV 593, Iron Butterfly, November 1969. He participated in 223 combat patrols and was under hostile fire on 16 patrols as boat seaman and gunner until June 30, 1970 until RIVDIV 593 was transferred to the South Vietnamese government. From July-September 1970, he served as English instructor at a Vietnamese Riverine Warfare Training Center in Saigon, Vietnam. Assigned to USS Coronado (LPD-11) at Norfolk, VA November 1970. Served as boatswains mate second class petty officer in charge of all deck operations for First Division and participated in Caribbean and Mediterranean cruise until his honorable discharge August 1972.
Awarded Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat V, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Expert Rifleman Medal and RVN Gallantry Cross.
John graduated with honors from New Mexico State University (BS in agriculture) at Las Cruces, NM and began a career with the Department of Interior for the Bureau of Land Management in 1976. He is currently serving as an associate district manager in Farmington, NM responsible for managing public lands.
Married Rebecca Ann Weber on his return from Vietnam Oct. 3, 1970 in Rockport, TX. They are happily married in Bloomfield, NM with two grown children. A son, William Erik who lives in Boise, ID with his wife, Rebecca and their daughter, Georgia Ann Johnston who lives in Bloomfield, NM with her husband, Todd.
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