Philip Ray Dearing

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
23 October 1947 - 19 May 1971
Florence, South Carolina
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Philip R Dearing

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27 Mar 1999

Philip Ray Dearing was a classmate of mine at the 95th Student Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia (OCS). Plus, we were in adjoining Infantry Companies at the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning. Philip was in A Company and I was in B Company. I remember well some times when we were both acting Company Commanders, which meant we would talk through the adjoining door between Company Commander offices.

I don't remember Philip's wife or children, but I would like to say hello and let them know that someone from a long time ago knew Philip and thought a lot of him. He started his tour in Viet Nam 2 June 1970, I didn't get there until September.

I learned of his death in the Stars and Stripes and have always wanted to let his widow and children know that I thought the world of him and was glad and proud to have know him.

Just wanted to let anyone that cares know that I still think of him regularly, even though it's been 28 years since we last talked.

Norm Ball
12720 Grandview
Overland Park, KS 66213

18 Apr 2003


by his daughter,
Lisa Dearing Matthews
13 Sep 2003

So close to home now and so well remembered.
You are in a heavenly host of so many familiars.
May you continue to rest in the knowledge that you loved and were loved and that love remains.
You lead and never were lead.
You have to know what a love our Lisa is and her family.
You are still an integral part of our daily life and our history.
All of us.
God bless the USA!

Your brother in law, Bobby

Robert W Cayden Crosby

10 Jun 2007

I just ran across this when I was thinking of some of the guys I served with. I was in OCS with Phil at Fort Benning and all my memories of him bring smiles. Despite all the hassles of OCS, Phil was always joking and was usually one of the ringleaders in a variety of pranks. I was in the 82nd Airborne after OCS while Phil apparently stayed at Ft. Benning.

We all arrived in Vietnam at the same time and we thought we were all going home together. I was with the 72nd Vietnamese Rangers along the Cambodian border and left Saigon right away. I think Phil was going to language school with some of our classmates. At that time "Vietnamization" was going on and most of us ended up as advisors with a Vietnamese unit.

To this day I can remember arriving at out-processing in Saigon and seeing some of our OCS classmates. It was then that I found out Phil had been killed just a few days before we were all scheduled to go home. What a shame. He would have been a wonderful husband, father, and citizen ... and I still smile whenever I think of him.

My best wishes to his family.

From an OCS classmate,
Patrick Luby
1900 Kelly Maureen Circle, Anchorage, Alaska 99515

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his daughter,
Lisa Dearing Matthews

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Mar 1999
Last updated 01/20/2008