Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine 1st Lt. Brian M. McPhillips


25, of Pembroke, Massachusetts.
Killed during a firefight in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on April 4, 2003.

1996 Boston College High School photo showing 1st Lt. McPhillips.

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"I had the honor & privilege of serving under 1st Lt McPhillps until 2002 when I got out. I remember one CAX he and I spent a week on top of a mountain where he was OIC of the field exercises. I learned a lot from and about Brian. I was distraught to find out that he had passed. Amazing man. You are missed my brother. Rest in Paradise. Semper Fi!"
Lucas Cardona of Richlands NC

"I was honored to participate in the tough ruck April 16, 2016 and I carried your son on my ruck pack. I am not military but have them in my family and I thank you for,your sons service. He was with me the entire time and after 8:32 we crossed over the finish line. I carried him with as much honor a proud American could."
Tracy of Templeton. Ma

"Still remember the day, couldn't forget it if I tried. Wouldn't want to either. A real brave man stood up that day and took charge of Scout Plt knowing full well that it was probably the most dangerous place to be. But Brian knew that courage doesn't mean your not scared, it means you're going to do it anyway. As a Marine Corps officer, he displayed all the traits and virtues that we as Marine Corps grunts hold dearly. He will never be forgotten, I promise that.
Miss you sir, your still a true inspiration to myself and many others. Semper Fi
Nicholas Webb Scout Plt."
Nicholas Webb of Rochester ny

"Thank you for the greatest gift,your very life to ensure my own and the dreams and hopes of my family. May you be blessed in eternal peace."
The McKinneys of Duxbury, Ma

"Just visited your memorial in concord. What a perfect spot. Semper Fi MAC"

"Semper fi LT , you will be missed."
Mario of 2d TK BN

"Thank you for your service."
Robert McPhillips of Scranton, Pa. USA

"I think about you all the time Brian. It was an honor to roll into battle with you. Semper Fi brother! You will always be remembered."
Dale of Sunrise, FL

"On this day, ten years after the battle that claimed your life, I want you to know that your sacrifice will never ever be forgotten. Thank you for leading your men in the worst of circumstances and setting an example for them to follow. Thank you for your strength, bravery and ability to maintain composure. I remember the day I found your name on the DoD website and my heart sank. I sure wanted you all to come home safe, and I hate that it didn't happen that way. Semper Fi Lt. McPhillips. My condolences go out to your family. If my heart hurts the way it does this day and this past month, I can only imagine what they are going through."
Jackie of Nashville, TN

"Brian,

You were a hell of a Marine. You gave other Marines a great example of how to make a difference everyday. I will never forget the sacrifice you made for us and your country. My condolences to the McPhillips family.

Semper Fi,"
Ryan Corbett of Cumming, Ga

"Always remember,never forget"
Robert Burke of Milton, Ma. 02186

"Hello and my condolences to the McPhillips family. Just thinking once again about Brian during the Memorial Day weekend.

Brian and I went to the Armor Officer Basic school together at Ft. Knox. We were in the same platoon and spent pretty much every weekend together as it was three young Marines and about six young Army officers that hung out a lot. For whatever reason, I became pretty good friends with Doug Finn, Matt Ufford, and Brian and so I got to know your son really well. He was a hard headed guy and not always my favorite friend in the platoon (although socially we got along great). But he always was pushing to be the best, and I always respected him for that.

After graduation, we stayed in touch and he went to NC and I went to Korea, but I sent him an email in Jan 03 when I was deploying to let him know I'd be in Kuwait, and he wrote back, telling me that he'd be there too and that he had "chilled out" a little (as I told him many times he needed to do :-)). I was already in Kuwait at that point and his email sits unanswered in my college inbox. I regret very much that I was not able to write him back once last time and tell him how proud I was that he had chilled out a bit with his professional demeanor, and still so glad to know he always wanted to be the best and do the best.

I didn't hear about his death until late June. As I was also in the invasion, but with the Army, it was not until my company settled north of Baghdad that I ran into a fellow classmate of ours who had seen the casualty list and knew I was friends with Brian so he told me. Man, that was so unbelievable and dreamlike, I think I didn't know what to do with the info. I still had a half a year in Iraq to go, so I filed it away to deal with later. I think about Brian often, and the sacrifice that he and you all made, and I am grateful with an overflowing heart. Brian could have done so many things, but this is what he wanted to do. And just like me, he fought. Unlike me, he died. I'm so so sorry for your loss. I miss him too, but I feel dumb even saying that.

I'm still friends with Matt Ufford, so I know and hear about how you all are doing through him a bit.


I have a few photos of Brian if you're wanting things like that. If not, I understand completely.

Best,

Mark Hoffmann

I can be reached at mark.hoffmann at alumni.duke.edu"
Mark Hoffmann of Durham, NC

"I was with Lt. McPhillips the day that he was killed. I was a gunner/ dismount scout serving in 2nd Tank Battalion H&S Co. Scout Plt. I would like for Brian's friends and family to know how bravely he fought when he volunteered to come fight with us that day. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. I wish I could have fought just a little harder or killed a few more so maybe he could have survived. I will never forget that day and I will never forget you. Semper Fidelis my brother. I know you have a command of Marines guarding the streets of heaven as we speak."
Kenneth Wiecek of Waldo, Florida

"Nothing lasts forever. I wish you lasted longer. Still think of you every day."
Cousin Caitlin of San Rafael, CA

"Thinking about you always, but especially today. Your friend"
Brian Crocker of Hanover MA 5/31/11

"Ten years later and your memory is still as strong as ever. I can almost see you jumping on the trampoline out back right now. I went by the memorial off of route 1. Looks good. The plaques in Concord center have been phenomenally cared for and look nothing short of suitable for a true hero. Jim and I salute you with a thunderous Concord Independent Battery boom! as often as the town of Concord lets us. You still make me laugh. Hey if you happen to bump into him, say hello to my Dad up there for me! (Green Beret Medic "Batman" Bruce Wayne Williams!) R.I.P. Pops and 1st Lieutenant McPhillips. FOREVER in your debt and ALWAYS on my mind."
C.Williams of Concord, Ma. in the greatest country ever! The UNITED STATES of AMERICA

""To the family of Brian M. McPhillips ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Always remembering Brian but especially today, veterans day... As I've said before of Brian, a great American. I'm glad I knew him, even just briefly."
Jon Frattasio of Hanover

"A great American and a great young man. Forever remembered and always missed."
Jon Frattasio of Hanover MA., USA

"Semper Fi MAC"
G of W

"Brian-
We had some fun times at Providence College. I never knew that an RA could also be a friend. The Meagher Boys will always keep you in our hearts. Thanks for protecting our country. I salute you!"
Nick Stebenne of Wakefield, RI

"Dear family and friends I WAS IN A SCOUT PLATOON A.T. TOW CO. 2nd tanks, we had just started this new concept, with 50 cals mark 19 automatic grenade launchers and of course tows, and some of us got too go to scout sniper school,it makes us proud of marines like Lt. mCphillips crries on the pride and the ethos of atrue warrior GOD BLESS ALL THAT KNEW HIM . Semper Fi. Cpl. Dan Kuehl SCOUT PLT. A,T. TOW CO. 2ND TANKS GULF WAR"
DANIEL KUEHL of ASHBURNHAM MA.

""SCOUT 6 IS NEVER DOWN""
ROBERT Burke of MILTON ,MA.

"My condolences to the family and friends of Lt. McPhillips.
I was a Navy Corpsman who served with Lt. McPhillips in Operation Iraqi Freedom. God Bless Sir and SEMPER FIDELIS."
HM3 Mario Colbert of Philadelphia, Pa

"semper fi and God bless."
Cpl. Alexander T. Berte Jr., USMC of Pembroke, Ma. USA

"I apologize for being late on this update. I just want to let you know your Miami Marines got together again on 04/04/08 we will never forget you. We plan to keep this tradition forever."
Sgt. Alex de Sousa of Florida

"Dave, Julie, Carrie,
You are in my thoughts and prayers on this memorial day for Brian. God bless."
Dawn Morse-DaMore of Revere, MA

"4/4/2008
Thinking about you today and every day. You are missed more than you could ever know."
Stephanie Finigan of NY NY

"I had the great honor of serving and fighting right behind Lt. McPhillips for most of the war. One memory I will never forget is of April 2th the first time we saw combat . It was a terrifying moment, and I still see him standing tall, calm and collected on the radio with no fear leading his troops. Seeing him gave me strength knowing what a great leader the lord had given us. He is a true hero that I will never forget. My twins where born on March 15, 2003 and he was the one that came to give the message on a small green paper pad that I still have to this day in his memory. I will never forget & my family will never forget. God bless you & your family Sr.

Semper Fi."
Sgt. Erick Jimenez of Miami , FL Tow

"I had the great honor of serving and fighting right behind Lt. McPhillips for most of the war. One memory I will never forget is of April 2th the first time we saw combat . It was a terrifying moment, and I still see him standing tall, calm and collected on the radio with no fear leading his troops. Seeing him gave me strength knowing what a great leader the lord had given us. He is a true hero that I will never forget. My twins where born on March 15, 2003 and he was the one that came to give the message on a small green paper pad that I still have to this day in his memory. I will never forget & my family will never foget. God bless you & your family Sr.

Semper Fi."
Sgt. Erick Jimenez of Miami , FL Tow

"Feb 23 2008

Sir,

Well Its been 5 years next month. And I still remeber sitting with you playing dominos in kuwait, getting ready for the push. I remeber talking with you about God and how it was so important to have him involved in your relationship. Well I finaly took your advice. And Ill be getting married in Aug and we have made God the center of our relationship.
Sir, I know your life is perfect where you are now, just wanted to tell you thanks for opening my eyes to how to make life here a bit better. Semper FI sir, You are and wil always be our hero."
Sgt, Jason Morgan of Camp Lejeune NC

"I met Lt. McPhillips when my father was stationed at Camp Lejeune. I was only 14 years old at the time, but Brian would play pool in the community room with me when my dad was working and talk to me like we were old friends. He was great man, and I am honored to have known him. My family's thoughts go out to his friends and loved ones."
Vince Martino of Epsom, NH

"I was thinking about you today sir when I saw an image of the boys out in the sand box. I hope you're doing fine up there and I wish your family nothing but the best. You made the greatest sacrafice anyone could make and I'll never forget what you said before we made that march with you in April. It was an honor being chosen by you as the section that went into Iraq with you."
Sgt. Alex de Sousa of South Florida, USA

"AS THE FATHER OF A 7 YR.OLD BOY,WHO WAS
BORN ON VETERANS DAY.AND WHOSE GRANDAD
WAS A MARINE IN WW II.EVERY YEAR,WE SAY
A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR YOUR FAMILY."
J.SPILLANE of PEMBROKE, MA.

"January 1, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Brian M. McPhillips:
Brian gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Today I woke up went to work and on my ride home Brian came to mind. I am not sure why that was. It was 4 years ago and I am still thinking about that day that I turned on the TV and saw those eyes. I knew who it was before they even said. Brian had the best eyes. I remember playing with him and Carrie when we were little.
Well to all the McPhillips Family I just want to say Brian will never be forgot here in Brockton!"
Maria "Rowan" Malenfant of Brockton, MA

"Some of us are trying hard to learn, but most of us, never had to fight a war, but all of us, feel the pain of those who served, in this fight." -from the song "When Ever You Wake Up" written by Jon Frattasio for Marine Lt. Brian McPhillips
Miss you Brian, I'll never forget our incredible chat on Monroe Street, that cold, snowy, March day, before the war began. I was in a different uniform than you that day, a police officers uniform when we met. You respected me just the same. I knew you were a great leader right then. You're in my thoughts my friend and everytime I sing my song, "When Ever You Wake Up", we're together again, in that conversation on Monroe Street, young, proud, ready, rightous and alive... "When you wake up, to find that I am gone, remember, with a prayer it won't be long, and I'll be there, right back where I belong, yes I will." -Jon Frattasio of Hanover MA."
Jon Frattasio of Hanover MA.

"hey sir, well its memorial day and i just wanted to let you know that im thinking about ya. i remember our trip down to south carolina when you were in bravo company you were such a funny guy looking for a girl that went to church every sunday and knew how 2 bore sight a tank ill never forget that. i wish you were still here. i think about ya every day and ill never forget the passion you had for the marine corps and tanks no matter what task was layed before you, you were always prepared to tackle it. You will never be forgotten and I will always be proud of the fact that i was privleged enough to serve with you. I hope your enjoying some well deserved R&R up there in heaven and not re-writing training manuals or something. Your a true master of the Iron Horse. Semper Fi brother"
Pete Nicholsen of Cape Coral Fl

"I sat quietly still for a few minutes as I stumbled across the announcement of your passing today.

I was a childhood friend of your sister's, and in all these years, I remember the startling sharp blue eyes that both of you share and you as a happy 15 year old riding your bike everywhere. I admired you as a kid your confidence and the closeness of your family. I remember the good times in the past, but now I sit here and silently thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you made for our country. Now, you are no longer a childhood memory but a hero to me as well.

Thank you Brian, for being an outstanding person. It was and still is a privelage to know you."
Annie Yang of Los Angeles, California USA

"Brian, you are truly missed, and even over time, I find it very difficult to talk about. You were a true friend, and I will see you again in heaven. Your picture remains on my wall, and reminds me every day of what you meant to me, and those who had the priviledge to know you. God bless you and your family"
Gunny of Westminster, Ma

"Julie, David & Carolyn,

I just wanted to let you all know that I still think of Brian on a daily basis and he is still always in my prayers nightly. He was truly an inspiration to all young people today in a rapidly changing world. He was dedicated to his country, family, and all those who knew him. He will be for ever missed, rest in peace, God bless, and Godspeed."
William Stone of Acton, MA

"Lt. McPhillips,
Sir, on today, the fourth anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you, I wish that I had had the chance to have served with you.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Brian was a student of mine here at Providence College, and I still think of him quite often. In over 16 years of college teaching, he stands out in my mind as a special young man: so unusually thoughtful, open-minded, curious, decent, and good-hearted. It was a course on Political Ideologies, which covered a wide range of competing perspectives (including Communism, Fascism, Islamism, and Radical Feminism). Brian was striking to me, in the sense that although he clearly had strong beliefs and values of his own, he was never dogmatic, but simply tried to understand how and why other people might have outlooks that differed from his. What a rare quality this is, and how important in a democratic society! Once, in the middle of class, I stopped what I was doing and told him how much I admired him. Not only was it a true pleasure to have taught him, but it was also a joy to have known him, however briefly."
Professor Douglas Blum of Providence, RI

"I never had the great honor of meeting LT. McPhillips but with every great event the Miami Marines participate in, his fond memory and courage are told with reverance again and again. I am part of a newer generation that has seen the photos, admired the room at Lejune, and heard if other officers measure up, yet never met the man. Men of this caliber are greatly needed and never really perish! His memory lives on with the next generation. God Bless, and Semper Fidelis!"
CPL. M.Scags of Miami Tow/Scout

"Brian was my R.A. at Providence College my sophomore year. With Veteran's Day upcoming I am reminded what a priviledge it is that I got to live on the same floor with him. Always a friend to everyone, I am proud to say that he was a friend to me. God Bless You, Brian."
James Murphy of West Roxbury, MA USA

"From a former classmate and fellow servicemen,
I didn't know Brian well, but I knew his likeable personallity. He's always stood out to me as a quiet but effective leader. I could only hope to serve under an officer and gentlemen as he. He won't soon be forgotten by anyone."
SSGT Greg Sullivan, USAF, ANG of Bridgewater, MA

"To the families of my fellow servicemen our prayers are with you always. Semper Fi"
erick zamora of Sunrise, Fl

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

-- Robert Kennedy"
Vi Holland of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"To the family of Lt. Brian McPhillips: Thank you for your sacrifice, and my heart and prayers go out to you. To Lt. McPhillips: Sir, you took the lead of Scout Platoon when all others were too scared to. April, 4 2006 is a day that is burned into my memory, and is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Your bravery, leadership, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis Sir, and may you rest in peace."
Cpl. Andrew Gush of Marlton, NJ United States of America

"I didn't know Brian at all, but I know his awesome parents, Julie & David. If Brian was anything like his mother told me then he is someone you would want to be friends with. Brian, watch over us!"
Lizzy of Pembroke, Ma, USA

"I didn't know Brian the soldier, I knew Brian the fun loving, friend from back in Hobomock Elementary school. He was full of life, humor, and love. He was a good friend that was always kind to others and made everyone feel welcome. I lost touch with Brian over the years as he went off to a new school, but I will never forget him and how he has touch not only mine but so many other people's lives as well. He was a hero before he went into the service and gave his life, he became a hero the moment he came into this world. I define a hero as someone that you can look up to, admire and respect and Brian was always that person regardless of if he became a soldier or not. I feel privileged to have known him even if it were for only a short time. My heart goes out to his friend's and family. Thank you Brian for touching my life, I will never forget you!"
Dawnelle D. Villiard of Pembroke, MA

"It is so difficult to put into words what is in my heart for a man of such honor and nobility. You were a great man and a great Marine. Thank you for your service and courage. May God grant your family His peace and comfort.

Semper Fidelis."
Judith of Birmingham, AL

"Your leadership, bravery, and unselfishness was an inspiration to all of the Marines of Scout Platoon and you will be forever held in the highest regards for your actions and courage displayed that day. It is of the highest honor to have served under you. Semper Fi, Sir"
Dan Steuber Scout Plt, USMC of Albion, NY USA

"Sir, I knew you for about fifteen minutes. I never had the honor of getting to know you any better than that. But I will say this: You were steady when others faltered. You accepted an assignment that others declined. You were a true man, and a true leader, when others found it impossible to be so within themselves. Anybody can talk about being tough, so long as action is not required as proof. You never talked, Sir. Your actions on April 4th, 2003 spoke for you, and they still do. To this day (April 4th, 2006), there is not a man in Scout Platoon that doesn't wish that he could trade places with you. I will continue to salute your memory every single day I am alive, and especially on this day. I will never forget."
Nathan Ward of USMC

"You stood up when no one else would, when everyone else backed down, when hell was in the air and we thank you for it. I will never forget, never."
Nicholas webb, Scout Platoon of rochester ny

"You stood up when no one else would, when everyone else backed down, when hell was in the air and we thank you for it. I will never forget, never. The Webb"
Nicholas webb of rochester ny

""For Honor, For Country..."
To a great leader, you will forever live in our memories."
Sgt. Luquez of Hialeah, FL TOW PLT

"Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. /salute
Semper Fi!"
John Dale of Miami TOWs

"Hello, we do not know each other but my heart goes out to you and your son, and each fallen soldier, each face I see on the news, I think of that person, their family and the others over there to experience the same fate. As I see the faces shown each day of the fallen, I look hard to see if its someone I know, and how young and handsome they are and how much their family is hurting right now, and I sit and cry for awhile and I feel so torn between wanting to support the "cause" and wanting the dying to stop and get our people out of there. In one sense I want to support the troops but I am really wanting this war to end soon. I wish I could bring the fallen back, and bring the rest home, but I know I cant. Im so sorry for your loss and Im also sorry that I do not support the war, I certainly do support the troops and the families I cry with every night. God bless and keep you."
Stephanie of Missoula, MT

"Dear Julia, David, and Carolyn,

I wanted you to know that even after all this time, 2 1/2 years, Brian continues to be an inspiration to those of us left behind. His unfailing, selfless loyalty to his men, the Marine Corps, his country, his family, and God continues to set the highest possible standard for those of us who are charged with leading men and women.

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Brian, it's clear to me that he cared deeply for the men he led, and they loved and respected him.

God Bless you, his family and friends. You continue to be in my prayers.

Brian, until we meet on the other side, Slainte, and Semper Fi."
Captain Jennifer Sullivan Nash, USNR of Newport, RI

"Dear Mom and Dad
I pray every single day for your comfort. My name is Jason Moragn, and I am sure you have known better strories than this, but mine is a story of just a simple Marine who met a man, who by his actions has changed this life forever. I First met you son as a Corpral in Scout platoon. He was a LT. with Tow plt. I never had a chnce to serve under him until Iraq. He served with humility. Meaning, he served not only as an officer, but as a christian. Knowing he could order men to there deaths if need be, but never willing to make that call unless he himself was the one who went first. I remeber the day he took scout plt. After LT zummo was wounded he came up from Tows and took over as our O.I.C. The first and last thing he said to us was "It is an honor serving with you I have looked forward to this since we got to Iraq. God bless you and God bless the Marine Corps". He met his maker in a sacrifice. A sacrifice for us, his men. For his country, and for our God. Thank you. I know I will ner be able to express my love for you, or my thanks. But, my family is from Brokton. I am a southern boy who's life was made better from your son. Maybe even saved. I know this wont make anything better, but God bless you, God bless Brian. Thank you for listening to this.. I dont know, Its 2 years in the makeing, I was to scared to write, I am scared of alot now. But you deserve to know how he made us believe. I thank GOD YOU YOU AND FOR HIM. God bless Jason Morgan"
Jason Morgan of St. Louis Mo

"Semper Fi Brian. You are not forgotten. To the Family of Brian McPhillips, my condolences and my prayers."
1stLt Michael L. Aldrich of 2D Tank Bn Camp Lejeune, NC

"My name is Shadow Billingsley, and while I have never met Lt. Mcphillips, I have Idolized him ever since I heard the story of his courage and loyalty. I am Currently in the Shawnnee Mission West NJROTC program and am a Petty Officer First Class. I am well on my way to going to the Marine Academy and the Marine Corps. And I have been discouraged from it time and time again... And when that has happened, I think of Lt. Mcphillips story, and I pick myself back up and keep going... I can only hope to meet someone like Lt. Mcphillips much less be like him... And for this I salute him and his story of bravery... No... Not his story... His Legacy... Semper Fi... Oorah?..."
PO1 Shadow Billingsley of Overland Park, KS, USA

"Rest in peace, sir. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and your devotion. Semper Fidelis."
SSgt Rick Langille of USMC

"Hello, I am writting today in memory about my cousin, my hero, my gaurdian. Brian we all love and
miss you."
Kelly Mcmanama of Concord

"Hello,
I'm writting to let you know that a small temple, Temple Beth Hillel, in South Windsor Connecticut honored Brian Michael during our High Holidays this year.
We will be forever greatful to Brian Michael for his ultimate sacrifice. The rest of us are enjoying freedom because of Brian Michael. God bless you and your family."
Darlene Sternberg of Manchester, Ct

"Lt. McPhillips was my Plt Commander. I was 2nd squad leader, 2nd section, TOW Plt, 2nd Tank Bn. I was fighting with him that day, April 4th, when he was killed. Everyday I remember that firefight and that day. I will never forget Lt. McPhillips. I'm now stationed at Quantico, Va and I'm a combat instructor at TBS. I talk about Lt. McPhillips all the time to the student Lt. I teach them about the TOW system and tell them what a great man Lt. Brian M. McPhillips was. RIP Sir....SEMPER FI"
Sgt. mazzan, G.A. of Quantico, Va gianca718@hotmail.com

"a good man"
Erving Deleon of Hialeah, Florida/United States

"It has now been over a year since Brian made his greatest sacrifice in Iraq. He instantly grew from a friend and classmate at Boston College High School to a hero in my heart and mind. I still think of him always. My memories of him and his story will always bring a smile and inspire me to aim a little higher. It is an inspiration I try to pass on to others, such as my friends who never met him and the students in my classroom. Time has passed, but I am more convinced than ever that Brian's positive impact on the world will live on for a very, very long time. He will always be remembered and honored as a fun loving friend and a hero."
Mark McNulty of Marshfield, MA

"Julie, David and Carolyn,
Just wanted to say that there is not a day where I don't think about or thank Brian for his heroic journey thru Iraq. He was a special guy and a lot of other people thought so to. Remember how all those people stood out on the curbs in Pembrooke on the day of the funeral? Holding up supporting signs? That was really special to me. I am so pround of all of you. God Bless!"
Julia Stone of Acton, MA

"RIP Sir"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"I was in Brian's platoon at TBS and we were part of the same RCT during OIF I. I knew he was out there, but we never crossed paths in Iraq or Kuwait. It was some time later that I learned of his sacrifice; as for many of his TBS-mates who were out there, his loss stirred disbelief.

The one thing I remember most about Brian from TBS was his inherent understanding of the sacrifices that would be demanded of him as a Marine Officer. He projected an attitude of always being dedicated to his duties, regardless of the cost, and totally content all at the same time. It was quite admirable.

S/F,
1stLt Jason Morrison
3d (Formely 1st) Radio Battalion
MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI"
1stLt Jason Morrison of Honolulu, Hawaii

"I recall my first encounter with 1st Lt McPhillips, then Officer Candidate McPhillips, during a Pre-OCS weekend our OSO set up to prepare us for the vigors of OCS. He was a mock squad leader full of vigor and committed to his country and corps, with exemplary leadership and motivation. He embodied every trait I wanted to possess. In short, Brian was one of the primary reasons I decided to become a Marine officer. I was deeply sadened to hear of his sacrifice. A piece of Brian will live on in me and all those Marines he came in contact with.
Semper Fidelis"
1st Lt Robert Bradley, USMC of NAS Meridian, MS

"To: David, Julie, and Carolyn.

Every day when I leave for work in the morning and come home at night I look to the flagpole in our front yard and think of Brian, a brave soldier and 2nd cousin whom I never had the pleasure to meet in person. Through the many newspaper articles, and letters following his death, I got know Brian a little bit, and know what a stand up man he was, and that he had a positive impact on the people who knew him. I'm sure that our great country and what it stands for meant everything to him, as it has for many men in the McPhillips family. Some who have givin their life while serving overseas.

My wonderful wife Tanya will ask me at times why I grieve so deeply for a person I have never met. I never have a great answer, it's too hard to put into words. I just tell her it's one of those questions that if you have to ask why, you would never understand anyway.

Brian gave his life fighting to remove a brutal dictator, turn Iraq into a democracy and to make our country a safer place. Something that all Americans should be proud of. I honor his memory and his service, and pray for you to stay strong together. Brian will never be forgotten.

"Sua Sponte""
Paul McPhillips of Livermore, CA

"Brian- We never met, but our dads worked together. My father was going to ask yours if it was o.k. for me to send you a letter, however- after I finished it my mom called me at school and gave me the sad news. But here is some of the letter; I thought that you should know that what you were doing meant so much:
ďDear Brian-
You donít know me, but our dads work together. I always enjoy mail when I am at school, so I thought maybe you would enjoy some too. I would like to thank you. You donít even know me, and youíre over there fighting for me- and risking your life for so many other people. You are already my hero and I will forever be grateful for what you are doing. You should know that you are one of the bravest people I know. May God bless and you are in my prayers.Ē

To Brianís family- my thoughts and prayers are with you and will always be with you. Be proud- he will forever be a hero in mine and so many other hearts."
Lori Mackey (daughter of James) of Saugus, Ma

"To the Family of Brian McPhillips: I am the aunt of another special Brian - Sgt Brian McGinnis. I just read of your son's one-year anniversary and we just had a church service to remember the one year death of our Brian. When your son was killed, our family was in the midst of sorrow for our Brian who went down in a helicopter on March 30. We love you soldiers, one and all, and mourn for you, but we hold hope in the promise of a better life after this one - both on earth and in heaven. What a special Marine you hold in your hearts."
Pat Finn

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Brian, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/4/04)

"Lieutenant McPhillips, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I am from Missoula Montana, and we had our 1 yr memorial for the beginning of the Iraq war last night. I read Brian's name and wanted to find out more about him. I am sad so many of our young sons and daughters have fallen in the name of oil and greed. I hope we can stop this useless loss of life and find other means for democracy building."
Rebecca Holman of Missoula, Montana USA

"Though I only had the privilage to talk with Brian once, he still had a tremendous impact on my life. I was deeply saddened to hear of Brian's death. He may be gone,but his memory shall forever remain in my heart. We will never stop loving you!"
Michael Socha of Melrose MA

"Brian, you were the Lieutenant over one of my friend's husbands. He has told me about you and I will be sure to remember you in my prayers. Thank you for all that you did for our country, you will not be forgotten. May the Lord and Lady bless ~"
Jennifer Ordon of Orlando, Florida

"SEMPER FIDELIS"
CPL KANE, USMC

"Been a long time since I had seen you after you moved from Brockton to Pembroke Brian. We lost touch a bit over the years but I could never forget a great kid like you. Can't begin to describe how sad this news was for me to hear."
Jim Franklin of Arlington, MA / USA

"Thank you Brian McPhillips, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To Brian's family I want you to know what an efefct Brian and his fellow soldiers have meant to me. His ultimate sacrifice for me, someone he didnt know baffles me. His honor and commitment to freedome will be an inspiration till the day I die. Please know that my prayers will be with him and you forever. If I can do anything for you such as someone to pray with or someone to someone to talk to please dont hesitate to contact me at ctpoet1@yahoo.com"
Chris Decker of East Windsor CT USA

"Brian, you will never know how much your life has impacted me or how much I wish you were still here. Not a day has passed since you died that I have not thought of you. I am so proud of you for not just what you did in Iraq, but for the way you lived your whole life. I looked up to you when we were little, and I do so now was well. It is truly an honor to call you my cousin."
Stephanie Finigan of Brooklyn, New York

"Foremost, my sincere condolences to Brian's parents and to his sister, and to the rest of his family. My heart goes out to you.

I am glad to see Brian has touched many lives, as in this website; and undoubtably, he made quite an impression on people. On the surface one could see an outgoing, bright, handsome young man... but he was more beautiful in the inside. He was a man made of honor and integrity; he loved God and his family, especially his mother; and he has been one of the most courageous men I have had the privilage to meet. Not to mention, he had quite a persistant determination.

Brian not only touched my life; he played a critical role in it, and he taught me something we should all try to remember:

"Courage is not to not have fear; instead it is to conquer it."

Moreover, my fondest memory of Brian is him taking my hand in his right after the 'Peace be with you' during Mass in preparation for the peace song that followed. It was his favorite song of the Mass, and I feel obliged to share those words with those who knew him:

"Peace I leave with you, my friends; I'll stay with you from now until the end.""
Fernanda Ibarra, former girlfriend of Fredericksburg, VA, USA

"Brian you were the best kid! The best of the best of the best. You lost your life to a cause that leaves you the most honorable person in the galaxy in my book. I miss you so much everyday and Im sure you look down from heaven and see how you reflect in my each and every day. I think about you canstantly and wish we had more time together. I realize now through all of this how much I really cherished you as my cousin. You will forever be looked upon as one of the best influences of my life. I love you bud and I miss you every day. your cousin,
Christopher Williams Boston, MA.
P.S. Remember when Katey and I visited you at PCU? We went to the Strand downtown and you and I beat those kids in pool?"
christopher williams of boston ma

"Brian was my roommate at TBS and I don't think I could've completed the course without his enthusiasm and encouragement. You'll never be forgotten."
Lt Johnson of Havelock, NC/USA

"To Brain's family,
I am so sorry for what happened over there. I really wish that I could have done more. I just want everyone to know what a great man and leader Lt Mcphillips is!!! His leadership,bravery, and lessons will be carried on through the marine corps and myself throughout life. I spoke with David Mcphillips Brians father and tried to tell him all I could remember. But, the one thing that I forgot in all the comotion was to say thank you for the son that you raised. If it wasnt for him we could have lost a lot more men. His memory will never be forgotten and neither will yours."
Cpl Deric Keller of Camp Lejeune,NC

"Brian- I love and miss you so much, if only you knew the role model you provided for me."
Cousin Maripat of Simsbury, CT

"To Brian's family, friends, and fellow Marines:

Brian has always been and will always be a guiding light in my life. From
the day that I met him at Providence College to the last phone call with him
to the quiet conversations in my heart, Brian will always be one of the most
special people to have graced my life with his presence.

His integrity, honesty, and sincerity in every aspect of his life are just a
few words to discribe Brian as a person. I thank God every day that he came
into my life. I take comfort in the words that his fellow Marines have spoken
and written. I know that Brian fought for his country's honor before his
own. He spoke so highly of the Marines that he commanded, and he was truly
happy with his chosen path.

Brian will forever be in my mind, my heart, and my spirit. I love you and
miss you with all my heart."
Jennifer Perrault, Class of 2001 Providence College

"To Brian's Family,
I stood accross from Brian in the squad bay in the barracks at Officer Candidate School back in the summer of 1998. From there I ran into him again at TBS and eventually here at Camp Lejeune. Your son was a good friend, and I was devestated to hear of his death. I Prayed for you every night before I fell asleep in Iraq. I offer you my deepest condolences, and please know that your Son will never be forgotten."
Lt Ben Davis USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I love you and miss you, Bri."
Cousin Caitlin of Arlington, VA, USA

"TO BRIANS FAMILY...From the bottom of my heart and my whole family we would just like to say that we love brian very much, and we thought the world of how heroic he was. My brother reminises when him and brian were kids and they use to hang out after school, and play together on the weekends. The death of brian was a major blow to him, as well as our family. Unfortunately lots of young people from our community are dying. Just this morning there was a car accident. Brian definitely is the bravest one from our community to die, but all of these kids will never be forgotten, so GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!
We love you Brian, and always will!

"I'll meet you there!"

Sincerely,"
Daniel, Linda, Joshua, Timothy, Matthew, & Alicia Reid of Pembroke, Massachusettes USA

"There hasn't been a day that has gone by since April 4th, that I have not said a prayer for Lt.McPhillips and his family. I was a .50 cal gunner with HIS Tow Platoon. It was a very glorious position to hold. It was never an easy one, but we did what we had to do, just like the rest of Tow. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. War is hard, knowing someone that died in war is harder. Lt. McPhillips, you are missed very dearly by your family, friends, and Tow Platoon. We will never forget you. I hope that when my day comes and I am standing at St.Peters gate, you are also standing there guarding it so very proudly like you did your country, so I can rendor you that salute you so dearly earned. Semper Fidelis......"Some men spend their entire lives wondering if they've made a difference, MARINES don't have that problem!""
Lcpl Watson of Miami Tow Platoon, Copper

"Dear Family and friends of 1stLt Brian McPhillips,

Scout platoon of 2D Tank BN would like to say that, Lt Mcphillips will be a great loss to the Marine Corps. His leadership was unlike any other in the Corps. He was a great and strong leader for those of us who were honored enough to have served beside him. He was attached to us during the fire fight where he gave his life for our country. Lt. McPhillips volunteered to join our platoon, at the front of the Marine Corps sector, after our Lt was severely wounded and medivaced from the previous battle. He presented himself in a proffesional and competant manner as a true leader of Marines. We would like to give our condolences to the family and friends of 1stLt Brian McPhillips. In closing, we will never forget the actions and sacrifices given in Iraq from your son. Semper Fidelis

From the Marines of Scout Platoon"
Scout Platoon of 2D TK BN CLNC

"His platoon is sitting here right now drinkin to his memory. He was the leader of leaders who wanted to know us for who we are. We are Miami TOW Platoon and we proudly stand up with him today. We love him and miss him dearly. The Marine Corps was and still is a great part of his life. We have and will keep the Marine Corps spirit alive and will meet him at the gates of heaven where "THE STREETS ARE GUARDED BY UNITED STATES MARINES". We will salute him with honor, but until then "WE WILL KEEP OUR HONOR CLEAN".

We only new him a short time, but WE WILL NEVER FORGET LT MCPHILLIPS. He was our leader, our inspiration."
Sgt Lozano, Sgt Martinez, Sgt Padmore, and the rest of Miami TOW Platoon

"Dear family,
Your son was a great leader with out a doubt I would have followed him any were. Your son was my platoon commander,and I will never foget the confidence he gave me."
L/cpl Leon H. Lucas jr. 2nd Tnk. Bn. Tow Plt. of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Dear family,
Your son was a great leader with out a doubt I would have followed him any were. Your son was my platoon commander,and I will never foget the confidence he gave me."
L/cpl Leon H. Lucas jr. 2nd Tnk. Bn. Tow Plt. of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Dear family,
I am a Marine and was a friend of Brian's and a fellow graduate of BC High Class of 1996. I am deepy sorry for your loss. Know that I think of him daily. While I am sad as I remember him, I think of the hundreds of smiling children's faces I saw as we liberated that country. Your son helped thousands to have a much brighter furure. May God bless you."
1st Lt John J. Roma, USMC of 2nd LAR BN

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrafice will never be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Dear family and friends,

I'm deeply sad for your loss. For I have lost another great hero too, my uncle, Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley. He was also killed in a friendly firefight. Both of these heros will never be forgotten."
Lindsey Seamons of Allyn, Washington

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Brian McPhillips:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Brian for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Brian McPhillips:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Brian, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Dear 1LT McPhillips. Thank you for your sacrifice to protect the freedom of this great nation. RIP Marine."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on