Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge

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“I thank you and your son for his service and sacrifice to protect my freedoms. I pray you may find comfort and peace in his example. ”
1 of 66 | Posted by: Al Ebert - St. Peters, MO

“I did not know Phillip, and I do not know his family. I wanted to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to Phillip for his bravery and his...Read More »
2 of 66 | Posted by: Lisa - Clinton, MO - None

“May You Rest In Peace Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Winnedge.Such a Brave Young Man...and...Yet Such A Young Child. I look at your pictures and you are 4...Read More »
3 of 66 | Posted by: A Thankful Local Citizen

“Julie & Family ~ I was so saddened to hear of your loss. I can't imagine your pain. Please take comfort in the knowledge that Phillip is in a...Read More »
4 of 66 | Posted by: Tammy Henderson-McGregor

“While I personally did not know Phillip, my son who is also a Marine in Helmand province, has a friend who served in the same unit with Phillip. I...Read More »
5 of 66 | Posted by: Annette Cisewski - Greenwood, MO

“First off I want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss! Phillip was such an amazing man and more of an amazing friend! I attended High School with...Read More »
6 of 66 | Posted by: Ashley Newell

“Dear Philip,I never did get a chance to meet you in person but I feel as though we have a bond. My brother, LCPL Sanders, serves in the US Marine...Read More »
7 of 66 | Posted by: Danielle M. Sanders - Florissant, MO

“I didnt know Phillip very well but i used to see him in the rectuiters office all the time, he always had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a...Read More »
8 of 66 | Posted by: Angelia - St. Charles, MO

“Your family is in my thoughts and prayers and God Bless your son as he was fighting for our freedom. Deepest sympathies ”
9 of 66 | Posted by: heather horn

“My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this brave young man. His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten,he is a true American hero. My...Read More »
10 of 66 | Posted by: Mary Mackey - O'Fallon, MO

“My name is Devin Albrecht. When Phillip was a senior at FHC. I was a freshman. I never knew Phillip, but I bet if I did, we could relate alot. I am...Read More »
11 of 66 | Posted by: Devin Albrecht - St.Charles, MO

“I just wanted to share with you what I witnessed today and how honored I am to have been a part of it. I had to pick my daughter up early this...Read More »
12 of 66 | Posted by: Francis Howell Central Parent

“I am so sorry for your loss. I had to write something after viewing the procession journey to the burial, the firefighters set up the flag so I could...Read More »
13 of 66 | Posted by: Jessica Williams - Chesterfield, MO

“So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers as well as the prayers of my family. ”
14 of 66 | Posted by: Christine Callison

“To the Vinnedge Family: I know it might seem to you as you make that journey today to bury your son that everyone else is "business as usual", but...Read More »
15 of 66 | Posted by: A Fellow American - St. Charles, MO

“Our prayers are with you. Your son was a great young man. God will help you . He is a loving God. Your son will rest in his arms in heaven. ”
16 of 66 | Posted by: The Lucas Family

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Philip, such a brave man. Only the good die young. God must have needed a...Read More »
17 of 66 | Posted by: Sami - unknown

“We are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for raising such a fine young man. ”
18 of 66 | Posted by: The Koopmann Family - Wentzville, MO

“Parents and friends of our 2009 graduates will never forget the long, standing ovation for our children, who were heading to the Military following...Read More »
19 of 66 | Posted by: FHC Parent Club 2009 - MO

“I went to school with phillip from elementary all the way to high school. He was always a happy person, very strong, smart, hard working & dedicated...Read More »
20 of 66 | Posted by: Ashley - Friend

“Many heroes fall during battlethis fight for freedom often coststhese men and women we send to foreign shoresoften it these lives that are lostbut...Read More »
21 of 66 | Posted by: Christine Lehman - St Charles, MO

“I am so sorry to learn of your family's loss, Dave. May you take comfort in knowing that he will be remembered as a hero for his sacrifice. ”
22 of 66 | Posted by: Jeffrey Struyk

“I am so lost for words of what to say. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Please give Grandma and Grandpa Vinnedge a hug for me. I am so...Read More »
23 of 66 | Posted by: Patricia McCawley Brewster - WA

“Lance Cpl. Phillip D Vinnedge , May Our Lord send guardian angels to protect your family along with strength, understanding , during this sad time. ...Read More »
24 of 66 | Posted by: Mayor Len & Joyce Pagano - MO

“Dear Vinnedge family, I am so sorry for what has happened. I know there is nothing I can say that can make the pain of losing him go away. I had a...Read More »
25 of 66 | Posted by: D - Friend

“It is with a heavy heart that I write this to you. Even though I personally do not know you, I want you to know how much I am deeply touched by...Read More »
26 of 66 | Posted by: Mike McCarthy - House Springs, MO

“To the Vinnedge Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God's loving arms surround you and give you peace and comfort. ...Read More »
27 of 66 | Posted by: Teresa H. - St. Peters, MO

“My heart bleeds for the family of this fallen soldier. What a hero you are, Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge! Your family and friends are in my...Read More »
28 of 66 | Posted by: Laura Morris - St. Charles, MO

“I am so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you during this hard time. ”
29 of 66 | Posted by: Emily - Friend

“I met Phil when I just got into Boy Scout Troop 674 around 6 or so years ago. I gotta tell ya, we didn't get along. But it wasn't like we hated each...Read More »
30 of 66 | Posted by: Zach Lund - St. Peters, MO

“I met Phillip once this past August for just an hour. I was impressed that this 19 year-old kid was so composed, so resolute, and so certain about...Read More »
31 of 66 | Posted by: Jim Wood - St. Louis, MO

“I only know your son through the articles that I have read the past week, but I also have a 19 year old son in the Marine Corps and I have an older...Read More »
32 of 66 | Posted by: Abby - MO - A grateful citizen

“I just wanted to express my condolences to the Vinnedge family during this time of grief and anguish. I was a volunteer with Cub Scout Pack 674 in...Read More »
33 of 66 | Posted by: Elizabeth Algutifan - O'Fallon, MO

“Dear Dave, Julie, Corey & Jason, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know Phillip well, he was a true hero for sacrificing his...Read More »
34 of 66 | Posted by: Nancy Day - West Valley City, UT

“Dear Dave, Julie, Corey and Jason, It was my privilege to know and work with Phillp during his time at Central. I was so pleased that he stopped by...Read More »
35 of 66 | Posted by: Kathy Bargeon - Lake St Louis, MO

“To the Vinnedge'sI knew Phillip for just under two years and I'll always remember board games and playing different versions of Munchkin trying to...Read More »
36 of 66 | Posted by: Amanda Johnson - friend

“To the family of Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge, I didn't know your son, but he is a true Hero to us all. We were standing on the overpass by Bass...Read More »
37 of 66 | Posted by: Alma Saale - St. Charles, MO

“I graduated with Phillip from Francis Howell Central in 2009 and had the honor of having two classes with him during our senior year. He was such a...Read More »
38 of 66 | Posted by: Mark Williams - Saint Charles, MO

“Thank you for serving our country! I have a son in the military. I pray for those left behind that are missing you! God bless ”
39 of 66 | Posted by: Chris Volker - St. Charles MO, MO

“Dear Dave and Julie, We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss and the loss to the ranks of our brave Marines. We knew Phillip as a Cub Scout and...Read More »
40 of 66 | Posted by: John and Kim Harnagel - MO

“We would like to express out deepest sympathies to the Vinnedge family. Our son was in the United States Marine Corps until January 2010. He also...Read More »
41 of 66 | Posted by: Mark and Donna Buchheit - MO

“As a family that lost our Marine in Afghanistan on Aug. 9, 2009, we understand all of the pain and emotions you are feeling right now. Our prayers...Read More »
42 of 66 | Posted by: Mary Jean Schimmel

“Our family would like to send our deepest sympathy to your family.Our son,Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher, was killed in Afghanistan on July14,2010. We know...Read More »
43 of 66 | Posted by: Susan and James Jacobs - Ballwin, MO

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Day's and Vinnedge family! My heart aches for everyone of you! I never met Lance, but he was a great man. He...Read More »
44 of 66 | Posted by: Tammi Plum - Richland, WA

“I have no words to express my feelings. I never had the honor or pleasure of knowing Phillip, but I know a few members of his family. They are good...Read More »
45 of 66 | Posted by: Daryl Benkendorfer - Austin, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. We thank Phillip for his ultimate sacrifice he took for our country. I am...Read More »
46 of 66 | Posted by: Mary Webb - OFallon, MO

“To Lance Cpl. Phillip D Vinnedge and Family Thank You for your gift of protecting our country. You and your family are in my prayers. Karen ”
47 of 66 | Posted by: Karen - cottleville, MO

“Dear Vinnedge Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your son Phillip. I was a graduate of Francis Howell Central class of 2009, with him. I want to...Read More »
48 of 66 | Posted by: Caitlin Schmidt - St. Charles, MO

“To the Family of Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge: We did not know Phillip, but he is a Marine brother. What a hard and sad time for the family. Phillip...Read More »
49 of 66 | Posted by: Brian Weaver and Judy - MO

“Thank You, for serving our Country with the ultimate sacrifice one can give. Your parents can be proud, you are our Hero. I am a mother of two boys...Read More »
50 of 66 | Posted by: Daniela Heppard - California, MO

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are very proud of Phillip for the sacrifice he made for our freedom and his many accomplishments. He is a...Read More »
51 of 66 | Posted by: JuDee and Woody Wilson

“I live in Arvin, California..A very small Town, Thousands of miles away from your hometown..I have never had the pleasure of meeting your family. ...Read More »
52 of 66 | Posted by: Patricia Martinez

“My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family at this time. My daughter Becky went to school with Phillip at Francis Howell Central. We...Read More »
53 of 66 | Posted by: Karen Lindemann

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve. Thank you can not express the gratitude felt towards you and your family for your...Read More »
54 of 66 | Posted by: Debra Tiihonen

“My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of LCpl Vinnedge. Your beloved Phillip fought for the freedom we cherish and paid the ultimate...Read More »
55 of 66 | Posted by: Laura, VPMM of Sgt Derek, 3 OIF tours - MO

“Those we lose and love are now a memory in your hearts forever. Thank you for you son's service. My heart aches as a Mother who has also lost her...Read More »
56 of 66 | Posted by: Teresa Patton - Fenton, MO

“Although I didn't have the opportunity to your son, I wanted to let you know how proud I am to know that there are those willing to lay down their...Read More »
57 of 66 | Posted by: julie Buehrle - St. charles, MO

“I wish I had gotten to know you, Just met your Mom and Dad and they have told me lots of happy stories about you. You will be missed. ”
58 of 66 | Posted by: Connie Ploudre - Friend

“I met Phillip when him and Shelby started to date. I just want to say it was an honor to have met him. He was such a nice polite young man. The way...Read More »
59 of 66 | Posted by: Lisa Freeman - Foriistell, MO

“Below is a poem, A Soldier's Teacher Weeps, that I wrote on hearing the news that a former student had been KIA in Iraq. I share this with the...Read More »
60 of 66 | Posted by: Christa M. Schneider - MO

“I am just a stranger to all of you.but I wanted to take the time to extend my truest sympathies to the entire vinnedge family. god bless you all...Read More »
61 of 66 | Posted by: mary kemp - saint peters, MO

“He was a great friend. He will never be forgotten. ”
62 of 66 | Posted by: D.j. Wojciehowski

“I'm very glad Phillip and I became friends my senior year of high school. Throughout our high school career we may have had classes together but the...Read More »
63 of 66 | Posted by: Jeremy Roznowski - Saint Peters, MO

“Please know that my family would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to the family of Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge. We did not know him but want...Read More »
64 of 66 | Posted by: Tammy Hobday - O'Fallon, MO

“I met Phill when I was in seventh grade he was in sixth we rode the bus together and then in high school we had a few classes together.. Phillip...Read More »
65 of 66 | Posted by: amanda roth - st.charles, MO

“It was a pleasure to know Phillip over the last two years. I am the next-door neighbor to Phillip's fiancee Shelby. My husband, Scott, and Phillip...Read More »
66 of 66 | Posted by: Katie and Scott Carpenter - MO


US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip D Vinnedge died the way he lived, serving others. He was born February 22, 1991 in Spokane, Washington and died October 13, 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 19 years old.

Phillip wanted to join the military since 9/11 and in September of 2009 his dream was fulfilled when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Marine, a Boy Scout, an Order of the Arrow member, a wrestler, a skydiver, a welder, a member of a trap shooting club, a brother, a friend, and a son. He graduated from Francis Howell Central in 2009 while also attending Lewis & Clark Technical School for two years. Phillip loved life, and he loved challenges. From simple childhood bets and dares, to personal goals and accomplishments, Phillip never backed down from a challenge. Despite his determination and frequent success, Phillip never sought accolades or recognition for his accomplishments, instead being content with reaching his own personal goals.

Phillip leaves behind his parents, Dave and Julie Vinnedge, his brothers Corey and Jason, his sister-in-law Rebekah, and his grandfather Roy Southern as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Among his many friends, he leaves behind his elementary school friends Zach Will and Brennan Weems and his girlfriend Shelby Bradshaw. We also remember those who have gone before him, especially his grandparents Chester James Vinnedge (1984), Eva Day Vinnedge (1999), and Eleanor Stockton Southern (2001).

Service: Family and Friends will be able to join in a Celebration of Life Service for Phillip on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 10:00 AM, at Church of the Shepherd, 1601 Woodstone Drive, St. Charles, Missouri 63304. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from 3:00 – 8:00 PM, at the Baue Funeral & Memorial Center, ... READ MORE →