Wendell Kingsley Phillips
First Lieutenant, United States Army
Lieutenant Phillips (30 April 1900-5 June 1923)
is buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. Buried with
him is Charles Lee Phillips, Captain, Quartermaster Corps, United States
Army (1 July 1879-5 September 1954), who is his Father.
LEARNS OF SON'S DEATH FROM BULLETIN BOARD
Father of Lieutenant PhilippsGets Word Of Aviator'sFall By Mere Chance
WASHINGTON, June 6, 1923 - Captain Charles Lee Phillips, recently of the Ordnance Bureau of theArmy, came to Washington today to see his aviator son, Lieutenant Wendell K. Phillips of Aberdeen, Maryland, who was to take part in the Shrine Convention after a flight from the Aberdeen Proving Grounds to this city.
Walking down New York Avenue, Captain Philipps saw a picture of his son on a newspaper bulletin board, and learned for the first time that his son had been killed while leaving the Aberdeen Field for his flight to the capital yesterday.
Captain Philipps said tonight that because of an estrangement between himself and his wife, fifteen years ago, which resulted in divorce, he had not seen his son since the latter was a little boy. Recently, however, he came into possession of a photograph of his son as an aviator, and it was this picture that he saw today.
The Captain said he had spent a long time in Mexico, Central America countries, California, Nevada and Canada, returning to New York City about a year ago. His home is said to be in Brooklyn, New York.
Tomorrow afternoon the body of the aviator will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery and both Captain and Mrs. Phillips are expected to attend the service.
Only the day before he was killed Lieutenant Phillips flew from Aberdeen to Washington bringing to Mrs. Harding flowers which had been carried by airplane all the way from Georgia.
An added note of tragedy was given today when
Lieutenant Phillips'wife, hurrying to Baltimore to take charge of her hushand's
body, was injured when her automobile collided with a motor truck.
Her injuries were not serious, but halted her trip for several hours.
She will see her husband's father for the first time tomorrow when they
meet in Arlington Cemetery.
Thank you so much for honoring my uncle through your website. He died at a very young age and left his mother, my grandmother, profoundly distraught. He saved 5 other men although he died in that crash. Just the day before his death, he had delivered flowers to Mrs. Harding. I don't know what happened to his wife. I do have a picture of Wendell that I can scan and send to you if you would like more information.
I wish you much luck with your book!
Posted: 10 August 2003 Updated: 11 September 2005 Updated: 24 August 2007 Updated: 19 October 2007 Updated: 8 June 2010
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003