KIA October 13, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California
LCpl. Phillip Vinnedge died October 13, 2010, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near the vehicle in which he was riding while conducting combat operations, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Also killed during the incident were Cpl. Justin J. Cain, LCpl. Joseph E. Rodewald, and Pfc. Victor A. Drew. LCpl. Vinnedge deployed to Afghanistan on September 27, 2010, and was killed 16 days after his arrival.
According to friends, Phillip 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, etc. “Phil kept checking things off that list,” shared Zach Will, a childhood friend. “He achieved everything he went for in life.” Phillip tackled everything with a special focus; whether it was Boy Scouts, or wrestling, skydiving, welding, or even trap shooting. He displayed the same unyielding drive as a Marine. Phillip had given up wrestling during his senior year at Francis Owell High School in St. Charles, to make sure he started his Marine Corps training injury-free. According to those who knew him best, what Phillip loved most was a good challenge. From simple childhood bets and dares, to personal goals and accomplishments, Phillip never backed down from a challenge.
Phillip had been wanting to join the military since the 9/11 attacks. LCpl. Vinnedge more than achieved his dream and was an anti-tank assault man who joined the Corps in September of 2009. Phillip never sought accolades or recognition for his accomplishments, instead being content with reaching his own personal goals. His military awards include the Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon. LCpl. Vinnedge is survived by his parents, Dave and Julie Vinnedge; brothers, Corey and Jason; sister-in-law, Rebekah; and his grandfather Roy Southern, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
LCpl. Phillip Vinnedge was 19 years old from St. Charles, Missouri.
Original portrait was presented to his family on November 23, 2013 at the Leake Auction in Dallas, Texas.
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