Sgt Phillip Allen Bocks
Born: March 1, 1979 in Detroit, Michigan
Died: November 9, 2007 in Afghanistan
Phillip moved with his family from Michigan to Truckee California when he was in seventh grade. While living there he developed a love for snowboarding and skiing and acting in the school plays. He returned to Michigan for his senior year, graduating from Niles Community High School in Troy. After graduating from high school he learned to love cooking and worked for several Detroit restaurants. In 2000 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed during his career in Hawaii, Japan, California, Bahrain and Afghanistan. He spent three years training his fellow Marines in the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center at Bridgeport, California. He trained them how to survive winter, especially in the mountains, how to pack mules and be comfortable working with them on supply missions. He was killed during an ambush in Aranus, Afghanistan while conducting combat operations. Phillip was not required to return for another tour in Afghanistan, but did as he was dedicated to his mission. His ashes were scattered, half in Michigan and half in the mountains he loved so much near MWTC.