CHESAPEAKE, VA, USA U.S. Marines LCPL, I CO, 3D BN, 6TH MAR (RCT-2), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC AL QAIM, IRAQ 02/07/2006
Lance Corporal Steven L. Phillips, 27, was killed Tuesday from a non-hostile vehicle accident while conducting combat operations near Qaim, Iraq, according to a statement from the military.
The Department of Defense listed Phillips as a resident of Chesapeake, Va., but his family told the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter that he was from Spraggs, Pa. Phillips, an anti-tank assault man, had been in Iraq for about a year, an aunt, Anita Phillips, said from Spraggs.
He was a 1996 graduate of Waynesburg Central High School in Pennsylvania and joined the Marines in 2003.
“He was such a wonderful, caring, intelligent young man. What a waste,” his aunt said.
Debbie Longstreth, Phillips’ high school English teacher, said Phillips kept in touch with several teachers and visited the school before he was deployed.
“His personality was what you remembered about Steven. He was always smiling,” Longstreth said.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.