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January 07, 2005

Family Values

Duty and honor.

LA Times photo

39 years after he left for Viet Nam, Kendall Phelps is returning to the front. This time, he'll serve with his 34 year old son, Major Chris Phelps.

"I'm a father and a Marine. I can't separate the two," said Phelps, 57, a clarinet player who runs the music program for Silver Lake's schools. "I need to be there with Chris." On Friday, Kendall Phelps will get his wish.

Father and son have been assigned to the same unit. At the end of this week, they will leave for Camp Lejeune, N.C., to meet up and train with the 5th Civil Affairs Group. They are scheduled to arrive in Iraq in March for a seven-month tour of duty in the Al Anbar province west of Baghdad, where snipers and suicide bombers have become routine.

Godspeed, father and son.

Posted by Deb at January 7, 2005 01:08 AM

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what a story...my prayers are with the wife/mother!
my dad retired 2 years after I was commissioned.

Posted by: ~rich at January 8, 2005 08:51 AM

So, there are some officers who read this? Ok, say that we are winning, but we cannot pull-out--just say--So, wouldn't it be good to install a force under no motivation to rotate out? Where can we find such people? Hhhmmm...PRISONS>>>

Posted by: Yep at January 8, 2005 11:52 PM


it is nice to see others who will serve together
with my son and 90 of his reserve unit colleagues
with this outstanding pair.

Good luck to all.

Nino Rodrigues Pereira

Posted by: Nino at January 10, 2005 04:51 PM

I don't know these two men, but I felt overwhelmed with pride when I read their story in the Reader's Digest. I know it must be very difficult for Lisa and her sons as well as Sherma and the remaining family members. I will ask God to give them strength until their heroes are home again. My father died in Vietnam serving his country for the same reasons these men are in Iraq. I am proud of him and I am thankful for men like Kendall and Chris Phelps!!

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