Birth: 1917,  Honolulu Hawaii

Death: Nov. 24, 2012
    Lancaster  California, USA

Mannie Woodrow Phillips "Woodie" was born in Honolulu Hawaii in 1917 and passed away peacefully, in the company of his family, in Lancaster California on November 24, 2012. Woodie and his brother Paul were among a few Pacific Islanders recruited by the Federal Government to colonize the Line Islands in the South Pacific before the beginning of WWII. Woodie came to the mainland and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering then joined the Army Air Force, completed pilot training, and became command pilot of a B-17D bomber. During his pilot training days, he met the love of his life Beverly, one of the original June Taylor Danceres of Chicago, and they married a year later in 1945. After the war ended, Bev and Woodie moved to Hawaii where Woodie worked at the Hickam Air Depot as an aeronautical engineer. He was subsequently transferred to Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, before coming to Edwards Air Force Base, CA in the early 1950's where they lived in base housing for a couple of years. Bev and Woodie bought a house and moved to Lancaster in the mid 1950's where they lived in marital bliss, ultimately celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary in June, 2012. While at Edwards, Woodie served as Chief of the Space Positioning Branch, rose to the rank of Major in the Air Force Reserves, and retired from the Air Force after 35 years of Federal service. Woodie is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, their three children, his brother Paul and sister-in law Patricia, cousins, and four generations of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces, all living in loving memory of Mannie Woodrow Phillips.

From Bob Hoey.  Woody Phillips was one of the early range guys that came out from WPAFB in the fifties.