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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: 2nd Tank Battalion
  • Location of Service: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Iraq
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

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"People that remember... Brian in all this are the other veterans." (Audio Interview, 26:17)

Brian McPhillips graduated in 2000 from Providence College, and he enlisted in the Marines. When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, Brian was a platoon commander in charge of a convoy of 35 vehicles. The officer in charge of a scout platoon was injured, and Brian took his place. During the drive to capture Baghdad, determined to stop for nothing, they ran into an ambush on April 4. Brian was killed by a shot to the back of his head. In this 2005 interview, his father David, himself a veteran of the Vietnam War, talks about his son's commitment to his men and his mission.

Brian M. McPhillips Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Brian M. McPhillips Collection

Names

  • McPhillips, Brian M.
  • Concord Oral History Program
  • Garrelick, Renee

State of Birth

  • MA

Home State

  • MA

Headings

  • -  McPhillips, Brian M.
  • -  Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: 2nd Tank Battalion
    • Location of Service: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Iraq
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 2000-2003
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 04/14/2005)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 03/18/2005)
  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [1 item] -- Portrait (collected [2001])
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 03/18/2005)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 03/18/2005)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/30813

Cite as

  • Brian M. McPhillips Collection (AFC/2001/001/30813), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image

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Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

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Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Mcphillips, Brian M, Concord Oral History Program, and Renee Garrelick. Brian M. McPhillips Collection. 2000. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.30813/.

APA citation style:

McPhillips, B. M., Concord Oral History Program & Garrelick, R. (2000) Brian M. McPhillips Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.30813/.

MLA citation style:

Mcphillips, Brian M, Concord Oral History Program, and Renee Garrelick. Brian M. McPhillips Collection. 2000. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.30813/>.