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is honored on Panel 16W, Line 83 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Major Philippe B Fales, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Photo

    Posted on 2/23/11 - by Vern Dander, Colonel USAF (Retired)
    Ramp photo is of Phil, his instructor pilot and the 3 other students assigned to that instructor. I cannot find the original book ('57 T on Final') I scanned these photos from for the names.
  • Photo

    Posted on 2/23/11 - by Vern Dander, Colonel USAF (Retired)
    Philippe B. Fales (Second Lieutenant, USAF) while a Primary Training student in Class 57T at Marana AB, AZ from summer of 1956 to spring of 1957. His student call sign was Bandit 59. We were classmates, graduating from the US Naval Academy, Class of 1956.
  • If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. Philippe B. FALES, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!

    Posted on 3/15/07
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake,, turn again to life, and smile...Nervign thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
  • A great officer and friend.

    Posted on 4/9/06 - by William F. Buchholz, Lt/Col USAF Ret.
    My remembrances of Phil go back to Malmstrom AFB in the first days of the Minuteman Missile System activation. Although he was the son of a senior naval officer and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy he was a very down to earth person and a natural born leader who also had a great sense of humor.

    Phil owned one of the early VW's and could always be seen carrying the battery into the nearest building to keep it warm, he usually had some comment to cover this situation. These comments were always different and varied according to the current situation.

    It was with a feeling of personal loss when I heard of his death. In January 1968 I arrived in Viet Nam and was able to observe first hand the valor displayed by the FAC. Were it not for the individual actions of the FAC many of us who relied on their skills would not be here today.
    William F. Buchholz, Lt/Col USAF Ret.
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The Wall of Faces

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