Phillip Arthur BrannonLance Corporal
C CO, 1ST BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
13 June 1947 - 15 September 1966
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The database page for Phillip Arthur Brannon
Phillip was a product of the West Texas oilfields, he went into the Marines at age 18. He lost his life at 19. His unit's story is chronicled in the book "The Village" by F. J. West, Captain, USMC. Of the 15 Marines in his unit, in 485 days, seven were killed and three were wounded. He was the second Marine killed in less than a month from his home town of Odessa, Texas. In four months, there were four more, all Marines.
I knew Phillip casually. He was friendly and like many of us at that time, we didn't know where we were going, the service offered adventure and a chance to escape. A friend of Phillip's - Mike Love, also a Marine Corps vet of Vietnam - told me in a recent e-mail that he would have kicked Phillip's ass if he hadn't gotten killed, because he went into the Marines due to Phillip's encouragement.
He was way too young, one of 58,000 who never really had a chance at a real life.
Phillip is remembered on the
A Note from The Virtual WallCharlie 1/7 Marines lost five men on 15 Sep 1966:
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a hometown friend,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane
6 Jan 2004
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 05/18/2004