Phillip D Gardner

Army of the United States
01 May 1948 - 06 June 1969
Odessa, Texas
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Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Phillip D Gardner

01 Mar 2004

Phillip was from the oilfields of West Texas. He lived in Odessa prior to being drafted in the U. S. Army. Phillip is honored by the Ector County, Texas, Memorial at the courthouse and also by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial located at Midland International Airport, Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice never be forgotten.

15 Dec 2005

Philip is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Midland, Texas. He was awarded a posthumous Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762

The photo is from the Midland High School Annual for 1965.

20 Apr 2006

I remember him well. We used to sit and talk for hours and he would strum on a guitar. He is remembered by those he served with as well as by those who were at home. We were soldiers once and all very young. It was all so long ago and so far away but the memories of Dexter are fresh in my heart and mind.

From a friend,
Mark Seelbach

20 Sep 2006

I was with Phillip the day he got hit. He was in 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, not Delta. I miss him every day of my life. We called him "Chuck". He died on June 6, I969. On June 11th I got hit and sent home. Hope they fix his grave marker in Midland, Texas. Thanks.

From a friend,
Rod Davis
1878 S 2590 W, Syracuse, Ut. 84075
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

The Virtual Wall uses a variety of sources to determine unit assignments. In this instance, both the grave marker and the Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii database say D Company, 1/6 Infantry ... but both may well be wrong. It also is possible that Cpl Gardner had been in Delta and was transferred to Bravo in body but not in record.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a hometown representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Mar 2004
Last updated 10/03/2006