Phillip Reid Anderson 1979-2008My brother, my only sibling, Sgt. Phillip Anderson, was killed on March 10, 2008 in an IED explosion in Balad Ruz, Iraq. It seems so strange that whenever I talk about him now, I have to preface everything with that statement. He was 28 years old and my baby brother by two years. He had a wife and 16-month old son.
We grew up very close, partly because we had no extended family living near us. We walked to and from school together for 10 years. He always looked up to me and I helped guide him along. He was a wonderful, well-rounded man with a bright future.
Phillip was born on August 20, 1979 and grew up in Columbia, MO. Some of my happiest memories are of times we shared together. I remember us getting in trouble together. I remember the constant laughter and the many hugs. Phillip was as gentle as a kitten, but was also someone you would want to have your back in any situation. He was a challenge growing up, but he grew into a wonderful man and a dedicated soldier. He loved his job and the men he worked with.
Phillip was so bright and funny. He would have a whole room cracking up, usually because he would mess up a joke's punchline. I will never forget hearing "Hello? You're supposed to laugh now!" I will miss our phone calls. He never ended a conversation without saying, "I love you." I never wanted to be an only child and now I will never again be able to hug my big bear of a baby brother.
There is never a moment when I am not thinking about my brother.
I love you and miss you, Philly-Pup!
Proud Sister of
SSG Phillip Anderson 1979 - 2008