Phillips High School Military Service

On this page is a list of persons and their stories who graduated from Phillips High School that have served in the Armed Services of the United States. For our visitors, if you do not find someone who served, or you find an error, please send an email to The only information required is their name. However, we would like to know the year they graduated, the service they were in, a picture, and other useful information.

Emmett Meads, Navy, PHS1955, KIA

Sidney Thomas Davis, Navy, PHS1934, Served on a mine sweeper during 2nd World War

John Isgett, USAF 1955-1975, PHS1955

Vernon Pendergras, Marine, PHS1966, KIA Vietnam

Charles Salter, Marine, PHS1966, KIA Vietnam,


The following was copied from the virtual wall posted by Robert Fitzpatrick

You were a dear friend from second grade through high school. I wish I had been with you that dark night you were taken from us. You were on a mission with a reaction force coming to the aid of your fellow marines when a flare revealed your position outside that little village near the DMZ. I will always wonder why things happened the way they did. You were always someone I looked up to and I will always regret that there was nothing I could do to save you. You should have lived to be a grandfather and a leader in your community. You were smart and strong and could have been anything you chose to be. You were a good marine and that will have to be enough. I hope to see you again one day. Nov 7, 2012

Frank Kitchens, ,PHS1969, KIA Vietnam

Wayne Clements

Edward Williams,,,PHS1964

John Phillip ZaretkI, from his obituary: He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956. After attending Nuclear Power School he served aboard the USS Nautilus on the historic first submarine transit to, and under, the North Pole, for which he was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (1958). He earned a BA Degree in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1962 and was commissioned as an officer the same year. He earned an MS Degree in Oceanography from the Naval Post Graduate School at Monterey, California in 1969, later serving as Staff Oceanographer, Tactical Institute of the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare School, San Diego, CA. For his service in Vietnam the US Navy awarded him a Combat Action Ribbon (1971, Vietnam), the Vietnam Service Medal with Four Bronze Stars (1966-1972), the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" (1970-1971, Senior advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Navy, River Assault Group 27) and a Navy Unit Commendation (1972, USS Chicago in the waters off Vietnam). The Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces also awarded him their Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device in 1972 for his service to their country. - See more at:

John Allen Harris, Marines,PHS1954, While severely wounded in a fire fight, pulled two of his squad to safety. I understand that he received a medal for that. Have not determined whether it was a Silver Medal as my mother reported.

Felix E. Bearden, CAP, ALA ANG, USAF, PHS1954