Michael Joseph Phipps was born in Carbondale, IL on July 7th, 1967, later moving to the small town of Steubenville, OH. After high school graduation, Michael attended Ohio State University, and the Ohio State School of Medicine. The young Doctor joined the U.S. Navy to help pay for his schooling and to serve his country. After a short time in San Diego, LT Michael J. Phipps, M.D., was selected for Flight Surgery school in Pensacola, FL, which ultimately lead the new Flight Surgeon to MCAS Cherry Point, NC to work with the U.S. Marines in an EA-6B Prowler squadron. The Marines and ‘Doc’ quickly became a family, as a training mishap led to the death of four highly regarded Marines; including the squadron’s two commanding officers.
LCDR Michael J. Phipps, M.D. married Andrea L. Granger in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, Ontario. A few weeks later, the newlyweds would buy their first home and Michael would begin Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. After graduation from residency, Dr. Phipps completed a 1-year Spinal Reconstructive fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center, located in MN. In 2001, LCDR Michael J. Phipps, M.D. returned to WRNMMC as an Orthopaedic trained spine Surgeon. Michael’s death on October 16th, 2004 was both sudden and unexpected. LCDR Michael J. Phipps, M.D. was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery (Section 66).

Michael was the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Kara Lyn (97) and Meghan Kay (00), whom he adored. Michael’s daughter Meghan, honored her Daddy through service and participation in TMF’s 2015 Teen Expedition. Both girls actively volunteer in their community. Andrea serves with Travis Manion Foundation’s Character Does Matter program as an Ambassador.  – submitted by the family

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