Phillip D Vinnedge
Saint Charles, Missouri
October 13, 2010
Killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
|From Julie Vinnedge 03/31/12:
On October 13th, 2010 nineteen year old Marine Lance Corporal Phillip Vinnedge gave his life defending our freedom. He will be missed by all that knew him, but never forgotten
|From St. Louis Today sttoday.com
St. Charles Marine killed in Afghanistan
|‘Phillip never back down from a challenge’
The Associated Press
Phillip Vinnedge once downloaded a list of “impossible” tasks from the Internet that he set out to prove could be done, such as eating a spoonful of cinnamon, friends said.
“Phil kept checking things off the list,” Zach Will, who grew up with Vinnedge, shared in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story. “He achieved everything he went for in life.”
Vinnedge, 19, of St. Charles, Mo., tackled everything with a special focus: Boy Scouts, wrestling, skydiving, welding, trap shooting.
He displayed the same drive as a Marine.
Scout leader Mike Long said Vinnedge gave up wrestling his senior year to make sure he started his Marine Corps training injury-free after graduating from Francis Owell High School in 2009.
He loved challenges, according to his obituary. “From simple childhood bets and dares, to personal goals and accomplishments, Phillip never backed down from a challenge,” it said.
The Camp Pendleton-based Marine was killed Oct. 13 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Survivors include his parents, Dave and Julie Vinnedge, and his brothers, Corey and Jason.
|4 Pendleton Marines killed in Helmand IED blast
By Gidget Fuentes
Four members of the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, died Wednesday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced.
The Marines were killed by an improvised explosive device while they were conducting mounted operations, the 1st Marine Division said in statements that also expressed condolences to the Marines’ families.
The Marines killed:
* Cpl. Justin J. Cain, 22, of Manitowoc, Wis.
Cain, a machine gunner, had enlisted in June 2007. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
* Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald, 21, of Albany, Ore.
The machine gunner, who enlisted in November 2007, was on his first combat deployment. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. His family told the Albany Democrat Herald newspaper that their son, a former high school wrestler and track-and-field athlete, was engaged to be married he would have turned 22 on Oct. 26.
* Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge, 19, of Saint Charles, Mo.
The anti-tank assaultman joined the Corps in September 2009. His military awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
* Pfc. Victor A. Dew, 20, of Granite Bay, Calif.
Dew was an anti-tank assaultman on his first deployment since he enlisted in September 2009. He has been awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
|Vinnedge, US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip D. died the way he lived, serving others. He was born February 22, 1991 in Spokane, Washington and died October 13, 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 19 years old. Phillip wanted to join the military since 9/11 and in September of 2009 his dream was fulfilled when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Marine, a Boy Scout, an Order of the Arrow member, a wrestler, a skydiver, a welder, a member of a trap shooting club, a brother, a friend, and a son. He graduated from Francis Howell Central in 2009 while also attending Lewis & Clark Technical School for two years. Phillip loved life, and he loved challenges. From simple childhood bets and dares, to personal goals and accomplishments, Phillip never backed down from a challenge. Despite his determination and frequent success, Phillip never sought accolades or recognition for his accomplishments, instead being content with reaching his own personal goals.|
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