Family and Friends Remember Fallen Kentucky Soldier

Another Kentucky National Guardsman has died making him the third in just two weeks.

Private First Class Sammie E. Phillips died Monday at 19 years-old in Iraq when his car overturned near a traffic checkpoint. Today those who worked closely with him are remembering the young man.

Those who knew Private Sammie Phillips describe him as an excellent gunman with unlimited potential. Guard officials are mourning the loss of one they say was "the cream of the crop.'

A 2006 North Hardin High School graduate, Private Phillips was assigned to the 138th field artillery based out of Carlisle, Kentucky.

19-year-old Phillips joined the Kentucky National Guard last year and left for Iraq just last month. He is the third Kentucky Guardsman in just two weeks to be killed in action.

The driver of the army vehicle was trying to avoid a civilian car that was coming straight for them. Two other soldiers inside the car were injured. Phillips leaves behind a 19-year-old wife Ashley Marie and is survived by his mother and step-father.

Phillips is the 18th Kentucky soldier to die in combat.

Funeral services for a member of Phillips' unit who died last week will take place Friday. The body of Staff Sargent Delmar White arrived Monday morning at Blue Grass Airport.

He died September 2nd after a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy.

Friends and family will remember White later this week. His funeral is set for Friday at noon at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington. A graveside memorial will follow at Camp Nelson Cemetery in Jessamine County.


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  • by Kim Location: Harlan County on Sep 12, 2007 at 09:13 AM
    Im so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you at this time, I know how you feel we just lost our hero last week (Delmar White) and its hard, but know that GOD will get you through this and Your son and my Dale and the rest of these men and women are the best HEROS this country could ever have. God Bless all the families and God bless the USA!!!
  • by Tonia Location: Akron, CO on Sep 12, 2007 at 08:56 AM
    My thoughts & Prayers go out to Ashley, The Phillips Family & the Wilcox Family!!
  • by brenda Location: corbin on Sep 11, 2007 at 09:05 PM
    May God bless the family and comfort them in this time of their great sorrow.
  • by John Location: Winchester on Sep 11, 2007 at 11:28 AM
    Another Brave Hero has fallen.God bless his soul and his family.

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