Phil, 22, died August 5, 1949, along with 11 other Missoula smokejumpers in the Mann Gulch Fire. He was born April 1, 1927, in Choteau, Montana, and served in the Navy 1945-46. Phil attended grammar schools in North Port, Washington, and graduated from high school at Browning, Montana. He attended the University of Montana for one year.
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