Mr. Phillips was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and has a bachelor’s degree in business from LaVerne University, and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
His background includes over 30 years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted man, officer, and in civil service, and is a retired Marine Corps Captain. Starting out in the infantry with Mike 3/5 in Vietnam, he moved on to positions of increased responsibility, including a tour as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Platoon Commander, G-3 operations Staff NCO and Fleet Marine Force Pacific Ammunition Officer, and ended his career as the Program Manager for Ammunition for the Marine Corps.
Mr. Phillips and his wife Cathy have been married for 50 years and have 3 children, Christine, Deirdre, and Matthew and 10 grandchildren.
On the September 4, 1967, I was a Corporal with the 1st Platoon, Mike 3/5 on the knoll when Father Capodanno was killed. I knew Father Capodanno from previous encounters at Mass and his visits to the troops. In the late 1980’s, then Deacon Mode, interviewed me for his thesis on Father Capodanno that ultimately was published as The Grunt Padre. I have always known that Father Capodanno was something special and have been praying to him since 1967. When Archbishop Broglio asked me to be on the Guild I immediately accepted. I am confident in the success of his Cause and will work diligently to support it.