Chapman Phillips – husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather – is one of the most honorable men one could ever meet. He was raised by parents and extended family who were wonderful role models and provided a solid foundation for becoming the man he is. That family combined with his strong Christian faith are a winning combination for a life that is being well lived. Even though his military experience was a difficult time for him during his deployment to war in Vietnam, he has no regrets. He says, “the Marine Corps made a man of me, as I came home a disabled veteran at age 20.” He served his country admirably receiving two Purple Heart commendations for being wounded twice and a Bronze Star commendation for bravery in combat. He seldom speaks of this time in his life but he, like many others, has had his share of disturbing nightmares and has lived with chronic pain for over 50 years. However, as the saying goes “once a Marine, always a Marine”, and he manages these difficulties in the stoic manner that is engrained in him from that long-ago training. He might best be described by the words of his children and their families: Protector, Leader, Dependable, Patriot, Resourceful, Mentor, Emblematic, Role Model, Provider, Spiritual, Loving, and Kind He is the revered patriarch and spiritual leader of a family which feels blessed that he is ours. Each of us are better individuals, community members and American citizens because of his influence.
Tahlequah Proudly honors Chapman Phillips who served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.