Ardmore soldier killed in Iraq

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A recent Ardmore High School graduate was killed overseas while serving his country over the weekend. On Monday, friends, family, and the Ardmore High School campus are grieving over the loss of Micheal Phillips.

Nineteen-year-old Micheal Phillips lost his life Sunday morning in Iraq while on his way to Baghdad. Ardmore school officials tell us Phillips was a victim of an apparent roadside device.

Phillips graduated from Ardmore High School in 2006. School officials say Phillips enlisted in the Army upon graduation.

Phillips was part of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Back home, Phillips was standout on the football field as well as in the classroom at his alma mater.

We were told by his former teachers that while he was on leave, Phillips would visit students at the school who wrote letters to him while he was deployed.

"A few months ago before he got shipped out to Iraq, he came by to show me and Coach Smith his uniform. He was proud to be in the service," Ardmore Schools athletic director Mike Loyd said.

Assistant principal & Phillips’ former teacher, Jake Falvey, said Phillips kept in close contact with former classmates.

"He was on leave; he would visit the class that was writing him monthly. They were constantly communicating," Falvey said.

Phillips was known by those who knew him best as “Pokey."


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  • by Kat (Mama Echo) Location: Georgia on May 14, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    Steve and Ang.... my sincerest condolences to you both on the loss of your son.
  • by mrs. greybeard Location: arkansas on May 13, 2008 at 08:52 AM
    Fozzy and Ang, my heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts.
  • by Steve and Judy Avery Location: New Bern, NC on Mar 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    Our hearts are saddened by the news of your son. Please know that you are in our thoughts.
  • by Brandon Location: Ardmore on Mar 2, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    Deepest sympathies to the family of a true HERO. He had the courage to do what most of us could never do. We are all truly proud of what he was there to do, and deeply sorry for the life cut short. God bless "Pokey" and his family.
  • by Carla Location: FL on Feb 28, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    To the family and friends of "Pokey" we extend our deepest sympathy. Pokey is a "hero" to us all. Angie you probably don't remember me, I am your Mom's first cousin and only met you a few times, but know that God's love with help you and your family and Mom through this. We are praying for you and all the rest of the soldiers in harms way.
  • by Marvin/Martha Location: Weatherford, Tx on Feb 28, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    Angie, You probably don't remember us but we are Cousins. We are so sorry to here about your loss. If we can do anything let us know.
  • by Aunt Linda & Uncle Bill Location: Sibley, IL on Feb 27, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    Angie & Steve, we are so sorry for your loss, even though we had never met Micheal, we know he was a special loving son and brother. We pray the Lord will help you through this very difficult time. Reading these comments from his friends helps us know him. He will be a loss to all who knew him and those who just heard about him and his bravery. He certainly loved his country enough to die for it. God Bless America and especially those who are willing to give their lives for the protection of our country.
  • by Randy (Blu) Location: Geneva, IN. on Feb 27, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    Foz and Ang....my heart breaks at this news. Nothing I say can truly ease that pain but,I know Micheal was a great young man because of his 2 loving and caring parents. The world is a little worse off now because of the loss of a fine young man in duty for his country. He will ALWAYS live in your hearts and minds. Please know...You guys are in our hearts and prayers here. Im always here if you ever need ANYTHING. May God grant peace and healing to broken hearts. Your old Freind, Randy(Blu)
  • by Michelle Location: Ardmore on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:36 PM
    I am the mother of Bob's friend,Kristen, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. If there is anything you need please don't hesitate to ask. I am truly sorry for your loss. Michelle Swartzbaugh
  • by Uncle Allen Location: Porter, TX on Feb 27, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    We have been devasted to learn of Michael's death. I was looking foreward to shaking his hand and saying thank you. May God bless the Phillips family and those who continue the fight against an ungodly enemy.
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