Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge

  • Born: February 22, 1991
  • Died: October 13, 2010
  • Location: Saint Charles, Missouri

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Phillip by adding your memories and photos.

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, 3950 West Clay, St Charles, Missouri 63301. Burial with full military honors will follow services at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Those wishing to honor Phillips life through a donation may drop off unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program at the church, funeral home, or Francis Howell Central High School. Memorials may also be sent in his memory to Marine Toys for Tots, c/o Baue Funeral Home 3950 West Clay, St Charles, Missouri 63301. To share memories and condolences please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

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.

Posted by Al Ebert - St. Peters, MO - Citizen   October 28, 2010

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 willingness and ultimately his sacrifice for our country. My brother is currently serving in Afghanistan and I worry constantly that he may not come home. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure you are extremely proud of Phillip and he is smiling down on you now.

Posted by Lisa - Clinton, MO - None   October 28, 2010


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 years older than my son. It breaks my heart to even begin to imagine the pain your family is suffering.

I pray that your family and friends find Peace in God and in the promise that you are sitting with HIM in heaven and that one day you shall meet again!
Until that day you are am incredible Angel.

You are a who served with out reservation to make America the home of the Free and the Brave.

YOU shall NEVER be forgotten...

YOU are (although we never met), who makes my job as a parent a little easier...knowing that there are men and woman protecting and defending our Homeland.

For that I SALUTE YOU!!!

Your bravery, Your passion, Your Commitment deserves the utmost in respect.
I pray too, that one day some in the US will understand, that it isn't the men and woman who serve that they should's the hatered they should protest. Hatered and Evil n the world that they are being protected against.

May God Bless You and Keep You in HIS Loving Arms!

Posted by A Thankful Local Citizen    October 28, 2010


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 beautiful place and is looking down with love on each of you every day.... Thank you for sharing your son with us all.

Tammy Henderson-McGregor

Posted by Tammy Henderson-McGregor - Worked with Julie   October 27, 2010

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 heard he was a wonderful Marine who truly loved his country and family. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. We will keep your family, Phillip and all our brave military in our prayers.

Posted by Annette Cisewski - Greenwood, MO   October 26, 2010

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 Phillip at Francis Howell Central and graduated in 2009 with him. He was a great young man when i met him my freshman you! I want to tell you THANKS for doing things others are not strong enough to do! You will never be forgotten!!! You will always be a hero in my eyes and many others! Watch over us while your in Heaven!!! Thank you again for serving our country and defending my freedom!!! You are a wonderful man and will surely be missed!

Ashley Newell
Francis Howell Central 2009

Posted by Ashley Newell    October 25, 2010

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 Corps. I am so proud of his service to this country as well as all others who are serving too. The death of you hit me hard due to this. I kept thinking of my brother's future deployments but I know he will be quite alright. He has you and many other service members who fell looking over him. May you rest in peace Marine. Again, thanks for your sacrifice. You are truly a hero.



Posted by Danielle M. Sanders - Florissant, MO - Friend   October 24, 2010

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 smile on his face, no matter what. my heart hurts deeply for the family and friends of this young man, god must have needed a wonderful angle. god bless family and friends will continue to be in my prayers.

Posted by Angelia - St. Charles, MO   October 23, 2010

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers and God Bless your son as he was fighting for our freedom. Deepest sympathies

Posted by heather horn    October 22, 2010


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

My thoughts and prayers are with the Vinnedge family.

God Bless and thank you Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge for service to
your country.

Posted by Mary Mackey - O'Fallon, MO   October 22, 2010


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 planning on going to the military when I get older to serve my country. When the casket arrived with all the wind rider guards. It saddened me, but also made me feel a little bit happy that he was being honored for serving his country. I want the family to know that when the whole crew arrived at the school. Everyone got silent in respect and a lot of us students who were freshman and sophomores who didn't know him got emotional to see a fellow spartan had pass away. My chest was pounding because he has gone too soon.

I wish good luck with the family!

Posted by Devin Albrecht - St.Charles, MO - Went to Francis Howell Central   October 21, 2010


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 morning and I was running late. I arrived at Central only to not be able to pull in the parking lot. Why??? because there were 2,500 plus students and staff lining the entrance, sidewalk, and parking lot. Standing shoulder to shoulder each one holding an American Flag and in complete silence. I have never been so humbled, PROUD, overwhelmed, and sad all at the same time. As I stood there amongst the students I watched with tears streaming down my face as the Patriot Guard, police from all municipalities and then Phillip passed by me. I did not have a flag but my hand was over my heart. Then the family car passed and I just thought to myself how comforting it had to have been for you as parents to see all of those kids paying tribute to your son. You must be so proud of your son. I know that I am.... I am so thankful that I was running late and was able to be a part of this wonderful tribute that Francis Howell Cental and the Community has paid to your son. I am still overwhelmed. May God Bless you and your family.

Posted by Francis Howell Central Parent    October 21, 2010

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 see right out of the building window at work...truly bittersweet and beautiful! I want to commend your loved one for selflessly fighting for our country, that shows how truly special he was, and at such a young age! I know all the words in the world cannot heal the pain and heartache you all must be feeling from this but know that I am praying for you and your family to find peace and strength throughout this difficult journey.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4

Posted by Jessica Williams - Chesterfield, MO   October 21, 2010


So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers as well as the prayers of my family.

Posted by Christine Callison    October 21, 2010

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 please look again you have to know that we are with you in our hearts. Phillip might be your son, but when he signed up to protect our country he now belongs to all of us. I was at Baue Funeral home this morning before work visiting my Dad who is buried there in the military section; this was my way of showing your son my respect. Now as I sit here at my desk for the past 2 days teary eyed looking at the clock thinking about your family and what you might be doing or thinking at that moment. I and many Americans can honestly say we have been right there with you. I thank your son and family for the sacrifice made and may you find comfort knowing he died America's Hero. So you have to believe that America's thoughts and prayers are truly with you and your family.

Posted by A Fellow American - St. Charles, MO   October 21, 2010


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.

Posted by The Lucas Family - Neighbor/schoolmate/   October 21, 2010


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 soldier up there.

Posted by Sami - unknown   October 21, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for raising such a fine young man.

Posted by The Koopmann Family - Wentzville, MO   October 21, 2010

Parents and friends of our 2009 graduates will never forget the long, standing ovation for our children, who were heading to the Military following graduation. Phillip was one of them who stood tall in his graduation robe that day.

That evening Julie and Dave worked hard providing the much needed and appreciated Food for Party Central. The parents helping that evening survived. The kids had a great time and a great memory of their high school years.

Our hearts go out to Julie and Dave, and their family. Thank you for raising a fine young man, who wanted to serve his country. Thank you, Phillip, our Marine.

Posted by FHC Parent Club 2009 - MO   October 21, 2010


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. I remember goin on walks with him way long ago with our little group of friends we had. He was such an awesome guy. Good smile, always laughing... he was just a joy to be around.

When I found out about the death of Phil, it really hit home.... I feel great sadness and heart ache for his family he will never be forgotten. Thank you Phil for your dedication to our freedom. So brave of you. May you rest in peace, and may your family stay strong.
Semper Fi.

Ashley Renda.

Posted by Ashley - Friend   October 21, 2010

Many heroes fall during battle
this fight for freedom often costs
these men and women we send to foreign shores
often it these lives that are lost

but they will not be forgotten
we honor those souls that slip away
and know that they've become angels
In heaven, on this day

The memory of them lives on
as we sleep we see their face
the dreams seem so very real
we often imagine their warm embrace

God has given them free reign
to whisper gently to the trees
to glide effortlessly among the clouds
and dry your tears with a breeze

So as long as we are alive
we will hold them in our hearts
and as long as we can breathe
our heroes will never be apart

So as we bury you with honor
we will grieve, then heal & pray
and even though we'll miss you you
we'll be reunited in heaven one day

Linda Racaniello

Posted by Christine Lehman - St Charles, MO   October 21, 2010


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.

Posted by Jeffrey Struyk - TWA pilot, flew with David   October 21, 2010

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 proud of you for doing what you always wanted to do. I love you Phil, and I will never forget you.


Posted by Patricia McCawley Brewster - kennewick,, WA - cousin   October 21, 2010

Lance Cpl. Phillip D Vinnedge , May Our Lord send guardian angels to protect your family along with strength, understanding , during this sad time.
In the name of our Lord please listen to our prayers

Posted by Mayor Len & Joyce Pagano - St Peters, MO   October 20, 2010

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 class with Phil and I remember him talking about how excited he was to go into the Marines. He loved what he did and you should be proud. Heaven just gained another gaurdian.

God Bless.

Posted by D - Friend   October 20, 2010


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 your sons sacrifice to our country. It is because of men and women, many just like your son, that I can lay my head down at night and know that I am safe. I will not even begin to imagine the pain you are going through, but I want you to know that I am grateful for your son, and the service he gave to all of us. I know, that he is now in a better place, though I am sure it will be a long time before that will give you any comfort. To L CPL Phillip Vinnedge, thank you for being so courageous, thank you for your service, and thank you for making our world a much better place. My family will never take for granted the freedom for which you fought so bravely for. Forever you will always be in our hearts. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU.

Posted by Mike McCarthy - House Springs, MO   October 20, 2010

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. Thank you for your son's ultimate sacrifice so that others may live free.

Posted by Teresa H. - St. Peters, MO   October 20, 2010

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 thoughts and prayers during this tragic time. May God ease your sorrow as you recollect on the treasured memories of this wonderful young man. God bless!

Posted by Laura Morris - St. Charles, MO   October 20, 2010


I am so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you during this hard time.

Posted by Emily - Friend   October 20, 2010

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 other, more or less it was kind of like brotherly love (so I think). He was like the older brother I never really got to see and when I did, most of the time we didn't get along; but he was a brother nonetheless.
I miss him. So if Phil can somehow hear this, just remember the time you stole my hat and I tackled you haha

Posted by Zach Lund - St. Peters, MO - Friend, Scout   October 20, 2010

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 his choices in life. From what I have read that others have written, all agree he was a special person. He came to me looking for information, but he is the one who made a profound impact on me in that one hour. I am honored to have met him and I thank him for volunteering to do what so few people would do.

Posted by Jim Wood - St. Louis, MO - acquaintance   October 20, 2010


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 son getting ready to deploy again to Afghanistan soon, so I am feeling the loss of your son more than I thought I would. Your son's sacrifice will never be forgotten by my family, and neither will the sacrifice made by you and your family. I hear many say that they are willing to die to protect the ones they love, but your son proved it and that is an incredible testament to the character of a 19 year old boy. God Bless you all.

Posted by Abby - MO - A grateful citizen   October 20, 2010


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 the late 1990s and am so proud when I think of Phillip's great courage and valor. He is a true American hero.

Posted by Elizabeth Algutifan - O'Fallon, MO   October 20, 2010

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 life for our freedoms. I am grateful that Joe is able to travel to his funeral and wish I could join him. Please know that my heart and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. God bless.

Nancy Day

Posted by Nancy Day - West Valley City, UT - cousin   October 20, 2010

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 to see me before he left for Afghanistan and despite my deep sadness, I am comforted to know that he died doing exactly what he felt called to do. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you - you are a wonderful family.
Kathy Bargeon

Posted by Kathy Bargeon - Lake St Louis, MO   October 20, 2010

To the Vinnedge's

I knew Phillip for just under two years and I'll always remember board games and playing different versions of Munchkin trying to beat Jason and Corey. You were blessed with three wonderful sons and I hope my prayers will reach God with those of others and help to soothe your family in need. You have so much to be proud for! I pray for your strength for the tough times ahead and thank your son for the service he gave to our country.


Posted by Amanda Johnson - friend   October 20, 2010

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 Pro to show our respect for your son. It brought a lump to my throat.

I can only imagine the heartache you're going through. My heart breaks for all of you, but especially for the young man who is gone too soon.

My deepest sympathies.

Posted by Alma Saale - St. Charles, MO   October 20, 2010

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 great person and an even better friend. I'll never forget him. It's people like Phillip that made this world a better place. He will be forever remembered as an American hero, who served his country and made everyone around him very proud. I'll miss you buddy.

Posted by Mark Williams - Saint Charles, MO - Friend   October 20, 2010

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

Posted by Chris Volker - St. Charles MO, MO - citizen of St. Charles County   October 20, 2010

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 as a Boy Scout. We recall how he was always cheerful and ready to help others. We pray God will comfort you and give you peace during this time. May you stand proudly knowing you raised a wonderful son who loved his family and his country.
With Great Sympathy,
Kim and John

Posted by John and Kim Harnagel - St. Charles, MO - Boy Scout Troop   October 20, 2010

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 served in the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton. Although we cannot know the pain you are going through right now we know in our hearts that your son was a special and dedicated person to join the Marine Corp to defend our freedoms. We know that he is standing guard in Heaven with all the Marines who have gone before him. Lance Cpl. Vinnedge, One of the Few, the Proud, A Marine. Semper Fidelis.
Mark and Donna Buchheit

Posted by Mark and Donna Buchheit - St. Peters, MO   October 20, 2010


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 and love are with you at this most difficult time. May God
hold Phillip in his arms and love him as much as you do. God Bless.

The Schimmel Family

Posted by Mary Jean Schimmel - another Marine Corps mom   October 20, 2010

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 your pain, and if there is anything we can do ,please don't hesitate to let us know.Your son was a brave and honorable soldier and we will be grateful to him, for his sacrifice.We are here anytime,to listen,cry, or just hold your hand.

With our heartfelt sympathy,
Susan and James Jacobs

Posted by Susan and James Jacobs - Ballwin, MO - military family   October 20, 2010

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 has touched so many lives. he is my HERO! I'm so lost for you Lance, and thank you for serving our country!

Posted by Tammi Plum - Richland, WA - sister of Joe and Keith Day   October 19, 2010

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 people as I am sure Phillip was as well.
God Bless Phillip and his family. America cares and is proud of you all.

Posted by Daryl Benkendorfer - Austin, TX - Friend of Kim Day (Green)   October 19, 2010

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 very priviledged to be able to put together a condolence book for your family from all the marine parents and friends in this country. I feel like I have gotten to know Phillip thru this book. You will treasure all the thoughts and prayers that are in it.
Phillip may be gone, but his spirit lives with us everyday in our thoughts.
Please accept our condolences.
Mary (Marine Mom Online)
PMM of LCpl Brian in Okinawa Japan

Posted by Mary Webb - OFallon, MO - Marine Mom   October 19, 2010

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

Posted by Karen - cottleville, MO   October 19, 2010

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 take this time to THANK him for his service. It's the men and women like your son, who make me proud to be an American! He will always have a special spot in everyone's heart who had the HONOR to graduate with him!

And Shelby
Hang in there sweetheart! His family needs you right now! I will always be here if you need anything! It shocks us all that he is gone, but he is in a better place now and in the arms of God. He will always love you and his family and will take the best care of everyone.

So sorry for your loss,

Caitlin Schmidt
FHC Class of 2009

Posted by Caitlin Schmidt - St. Charles, MO - Friend   October 19, 2010

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 gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. He is a hero and we will never forget. I am the proud father of a marine too. My son Lcpl. Drew Weaver KIA 02/21/2008. Please know that we also know what you are going through. Our prayers are with you. Semper Fi.

Posted by Brian Weaver and Judy - MO   October 19, 2010

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 that serve in the Navy and hope I will never have to face what your parents are facing right now. May God bless you all, my prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Posted by Daniela Heppard - California, MO   October 19, 2010


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 true American Hero. God Bless!! Semper Fi!!

Posted by JuDee and Woody Wilson - Friend-Gateway Marine Families   October 19, 2010


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. One of sons decided to join the Marines. There he had the pleasure of meeting Phillip. Through my son I had the pleasure of meeting Phillip. My son is also on 3/5. As a mother, there are no words to express my sorrow for your loss. He will never be forgotten. He is my family's HERO as he has touched and was part of our lives while based in Camp Pendelton.
May God Bless you and your Family and give you all the strength that you need in your time of sorrow.
My 10 year old daughter had the pleasure of meeting him too and when she found out about Phillip she said to me "Mommy, I believe Jesus was in need a a special angel. Phillip is a special Angel now"

Posted by Patricia Martinez - Mother of a 3/5 soldier, Friend   October 19, 2010


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 are so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for everyone that is missing him. I believe there is a loving God that is embracing him now.
Karen Lindemann
mother of Becky Ilges

Posted by Karen Lindemann    October 19, 2010


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 sacrifice.

Posted by Debra Tiihonen    October 19, 2010

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 sacrifice. This priceless and selfless sacrifice will never be forgotten. We live our lives honoring these heroes. I pray fond memories shine light on your darkest days.

Posted by Laura, VPMM of Sgt Derek, 3 OIF tours - MO - Missouri Marine Mom   October 19, 2010

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 son to this war, PFC Michael R. Patton, KIA 06/14/2008. Know that he is now resing in God's loving arms. Peace be with you

Posted by Teresa Patton - Fenton, MO - Gold Star Mom   October 19, 2010

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 life to protect me. Thank you for giving up your loving son for me. God bless you
Julie Buehrle

Posted by julie Buehrle - St. charles, MO   October 19, 2010


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.

Posted by Connie Ploudre - Friend   October 19, 2010

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 him and Shelby would look at each other and act together showed true love between them. And with Valerie he took her on like his own and she loved him more than anything in this world.
The Heavens have definately gained another Angel to look over us.
God bless the Vinnnedge family, Shelby and her family. I know this is a hard time but Phillip would not want you to be sad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Lisa Freeman - Foriistell, MO - friend of Shelby's   October 19, 2010

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 family, friends, and the teachers....This is life changing, Never Forget Lance Cpl. Vinnege through sharing him with your students and the ultimate sacrifice that he gave so that you could stand up and teach.

It was a simple, short news report

One that is heard too often

Becomes routine

Another life, given in honor, in a land far away

Then you hear a name, a familiar name

Can't be, Lord Don't let it be,

But it is

Search the internet, praying for validation

That it is not that familiar name

But it is

Memories of a troubled boy, who thought he was a man

Memories of a smile, wide and bright

Memories of mischief

Memories of fear for his future if he doesn't realize

he isn't a man, but a troubled boy

Reading watching listening

He became a man, strong proud decorated a hero

Those who knew him now

Memories of the smile the strength honor to serve

He became He did something Honor Soldier Integrity

Wishes she had known the man he became

Proud Honored To know he became

A Soldier's Teacher Weeps

In memory of Sgt Matthew F. Straughter

02/01/1980 b. d. 01/31/2008

Killed serving in Iraq

C. Martell Schneider


Posted by Christa M. Schneider - St. Charles, MO   October 19, 2010

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,and find strength to see you through this difficult time.

Posted by mary kemp - saint peters, MO   October 19, 2010


He was a great friend. He will never be forgotten.

Posted by D.j. Wojciehowski    October 19, 2010

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 best one was Volleyball, Badminton, and tennis class which was a blow off class. Because of the openness of the class Phillip and I basically had a full hour to talk about anything. Usually about how he was excited to join the Marines or debating whose '69 Camaro was better. I still think mine personally. We would always give our best at every one of those stupid games that no one else cared about. Phillip and I would always be in front of the pack for the warm up lap and our group for all of the sports would get so into each sport that we would dive for the birdie or ball or whatever and slide into the bases for kick ball. Looking back I see that he gave his best at everything and he loved what he did so I know he was a great Marine. Phillip was an outstanding guy and a will always be missed. There is no way anyone can ever thank Phil and the armed forces for the sacrifice they make to keep us safe, but I will always try by remembering Phil. Semper Fi!

Posted by Jeremy Roznowski - Saint Peters, MO - Friend   October 19, 2010

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 you to know that we appreciate the sacrifice he made so that we can continue to life free and my kids can grow up in a free country. Our prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. We appreciate your family's sacrifice more than you will ever realize. Thank you and God Bless.

Posted by Tammy Hobday - O'Fallon, MO - None   October 19, 2010

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 always had a big smile on his face he was always there for you if you needed him he was such a good friend and he will forever be missed he will always be a hero to me and my children. I can never thank him enough for giving his life so my babys can grow up knowing the feeling of freedom..R.I.P. PHILL YOU'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

Posted by amanda roth - st.charles, MO - friends   October 18, 2010


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 played in the court for hours! Two grown men playing like boys. Scott would see Phillip outside and say, "Alright! Phillip is here!" And out the door he would run.

He was a good, good person. You could tell that from day one. He was always so smiley and so eager to help.

And...I will NEVER forget the way that little Valerie would say his name, she said, "Phillip" so sweet. He was SO good with her.

You will be missed Phillip! It was a pleasure knowing you!

Posted by Katie and Scott Carpenter - St. Peters, MO - Friend   October 18, 2010

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Philmont trek, 2006.
Boy Scout summer camp, 2004.
Boy Scout ski trip, 2006
Boy Scout visit to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 2007
Boy Scout campout, 2003

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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 best one was Volleyball, Badminton, and tennis class which was a blow off class. Because of the openness of the class Phillip and I basically had a full hour to talk about anything. Usually about how he was excited to join the Marines or debating whose '69 Camaro was better. I still think mine personally. We would always give our best at every one of those stupid games that no one else cared about. Phillip and I would always be in front of the pack for the warm up lap and our group for all of the sports would get so into each sport that we would dive for the birdie or ball or whatever and slide into the bases for kick ball. Looking back I see that he gave his best at everything and he loved what he did so I know he was a great Marine. Phillip was an outstanding guy and a will always be missed. There is no way anyone can ever thank Phil and the armed forces for the sacrifice they make to keep us safe, but I will always try by remembering Phil. Semper Fi!