After graduating from Northeastern High School in 1965, Phil enlisted in the Marines.
He figured he’d be in uniform for life. A couple of years later, he found himself on a plane to Vietnam.
Today, Phil’s fingers on his left arm hook under and cannot open. Because the bones in his arm fused during the healing process, he can’t roll his wrist.
After the war, the Springettsbury Township man went into building design – working as a designer for 17 years, then as a specifications writer for 26 years – all with several York County engineering firms before retiring six years ago.
Even with the injury, Phil wouldn’t trade in his military experience, and he finds ways to still be involved with veterans. He’s the Commandant for the First Capitol Detachment of the Marine Corps League and attends reunions every two years with the Marines he served with in Vietnam.
“When you spend half a year of your life sleeping in the mud with a group of guys, or sitting under a poncho during a night ambush, you realize the brotherhood that makes you the man that you are,” Phil says. “The three and a half years I was in the Corps made me more of the man that I am today.”