Soldier From The Colony Laid to Rest

Spc. Philip Schiller posthumously awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

By Randy McIlwain
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:53 PM CDT
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Army Specialist Philip Schiller of The Colony was laid to rest Tuesday. Schiller was killed April 11 in a firefight in Afghanistan. His family was presented with his Bronze Star, Purple Heart other medals and his dog tags.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

Army Specialist Philip Schiller of The Colony was laid to rest Tuesday. Schiller was killed April 11 in a firefight in Afghanistan. His family was presented with his Bronze Star, Purple Heart other medals and his dog tags.

Funeral services were held Tuesday for a soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Army Spc. Philip Schiller, of The Colony, died on April 11. He was severely wounded to the chest area when his unit was engaged in combat, but he kept firing rounds from his machine gun to give cover to the rest of the men in his unit.

Schiller, 21, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service.

During the funeral, pastor Joe Campbell quoted from a letter written by Schiller's mother.

"I only wish you and I had more time together. ... I will miss you so very much," Campbell read.

Schiller was laid to rest at the DFW National Cemetery.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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