EVERETT, WA, USA U.S. Army SGT, TROOP F, 2D SQUADRON, 3 ACR, FORT HOOD, TX BALAD RUZ, IRAQ 03/10/2008
Phillip Anderson joined the Army in October 1999. He had been assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment since August 2006. He and his companions were deployed to Iraq in November 2006 . An Everett soldier who was killed Monday in Iraq had seen previous combat. He and two others assigned to the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, died Monday in Balad Ruz, Iraq, when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Anderson was an armor crew member. This was SGT Anderson’s second tour to the region. In 2005 he was wounded , recuperated in Germany and returned to finish his first tour.
He was part of the 2nd Cav Squadron, known as Sabre Squadron, originated in 1846 as a regiment of mounted riflemen designed to provide greater mobility than the regular infantry, according to the Army. In modern times, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is equipped with M1 Abrams tanks and M3 Bradley fighting vehicles. It is the only heavy armored cavalry regiment in the Army. Two other regiments are both considered light armored cavalry regiments.
Phillip Anderson grew up in Columbia, Washington and attended Rock Bridge High School. After a year of school, he moved to Everett, Washington where his sister was living. While there, he earned his high school equivalence and joined the army in October 1999. His awards include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and Driver-Mechanic Badge.
His family includes his mother, father, his wife Melanie and son Warner.