Does anyone really have a sense of what they want to do with their lives? Of course, success and financial stability are key, but what drives someone to put their lives on the line as a career choice? Phillip Myers made the conscientious choice to risk his life for his family, fellow soldiers and country.
Growing up in Hopewell, Virginia, Phillip was your typical teenage boy with a love of music and cars. After graduation from Hopewell High School in 1996, Philip took a job as a prison corrections officer at Riverside Regional Jail. Three years later, Phillip decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force and completed basic training on June 28, 1999. Before being assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron in Lakenheath, UK, Philip
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became part of the explosive ordinance disposal team which carried out bomb sweeps at the Capitol for President Bush. He also served in Iraq and Kuwait. Phillip knew that his job was dangerous but it didn’t seem to bother him. His father remembers him half jokingly saying the only reason he took the job was because it paid more, but he began to love it and was dedicated to his airmen.
Serving in Iraq, Philip was placed in charge of explosive ordinance disposal equipment and took his job and the safety of his men very seriously. On April 4, 2009, Phillip was killed by an IED (improvised explosive device). He lost his life while trying to save the lives of others. After being told of his son’s death, Phillip’s father stated, “If there’s anything we can find comfort in, its knowing that he died doing what he loved to do.” But the sting of pain does not subside quickly. He left behind a wife and two young children, whose lives would be changed forever.
We honor Phillip and all the other fallen Virginia soldiers at the Virginia War Memorial. Their stories of heroism and selflessness are a testament to all Americans.
Philip Myers’ information on the the Wall of Honor.