Phillip Arthur Brannon

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
13 June 1947 - 15 September 1966
Odessa, Texas
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Phillip A Brannon

Purple Heart (2 awards), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Phillip Arthur Brannon

06 Jan 2004

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
Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Charlie 1/7 Marines lost five men on 15 Sep 1966:
  • SSgt Joseph H. Sullivan, Dillon, SC (Silver Star)
  • LCpl Phillip A. Brannon, Odessa, TX
  • LCpl Paul W. Fielder, Harvard, NE
  • LCpl John M. Glasser, Beverly, MA
  • LCpl Leonard Witcher, Alton, IL

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
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