Phillip E. Prince

USMC Major Retired


Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.

July 9th, 2018

It is with deep sadness that I report the news of the death of Major Phillip E. Prince. Phillip passed away on Monday February 1st, 2016 at the age of 76. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends and all his Recon Buddies from the 1st Recon Battalion Association. We give thanks for Phillip's life. (Thanks to Terry Lowe from Alpha, H&S Companies 1974-1976 for the email on Phillip's passing.)

Major Phillip E. Prince



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Phillip E. Prinice

USMC Major Retired

Celebrating the life

May 6th, 1939 - February 1st, 2016

Phillip E Prinice


CO Bravo, Charlie, H&S Companies 10/70 - 10/72

CO 1st Force 10/1972 - 7/1973

USMC Major Retired

Phil Prinice

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Phillip (Phil) Prince announce his passing on February 1, 2016. Phil, born May 6, 1939, had a long and illustrious career as a United States Marine. He retired with the rank of Major as a highly decorated combat veteran. Those left to mourn his passing include his beloved wife Shawn, daughters, Debbie, Kati and Lea, son Anthony, extended family and many friends. We wish Phil "fair winds and following seas". Semper Fidelis. Visitation will be held Saturday February 6, 2016 at 2:00pm with funeral following at 3:00pm located at Chapel of the Chimes.

He came this way but once. Yet, he touched our lives in many ways while he were here. We shall remain eternally grateful for his friendship and for the influence he bestowed upon us.

Phillip E Prinice

I miss you Dad, more than you would ever imagine. We didn't see each other often but I knew you were there. 

 I loved seeing your name on my phone when you called, and was always anxious to hear that voice that was yours and yours alone. Kati, Lea and I will always love you so much. We are here for each other and will never let you be forgotten. Sleep well and be at peace our handsome and courageous Marine.

Debbie Cino
March 10, 2016

Daughters, Debbie, Kati and Lea


I love you Dad

In combat at 19...I so trusted, so looked up to Sgt. Prince...I'd gladly follow him through the gates of hell. Being reunited with him over 30 years later was one of the happiest days of my life.
My heart feels a vacancy, and the world incomplete without him here.
Keith Caywood

February 21, 2016 | Honolulu, HI

Thank you for your Service to our Country
Mary Adelaide Wade-Timonier

February 17, 2016 | Hudson, FL

He was our Skipper at 1st Force. A fine man.


Lots of great memories in the photo gallery.
Rest in Peace dear friend.
Frank & Bobbi
February 11, 2016

PHIL was Major Phil to me and my husband, Don R Duggan,also Marine. My husband was a Chief Hospitalman. His kindness to Don in his last days were such a comfort to us. They talked and also cried together(they hid it quickly),remembering Vietnam. God bless you and know he was so fondly remembered. Semper Fi
Johnie Grace Duggan

February 10, 2016 | Payson, AZ

I was honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Phil's life and his wonderful family. My daughter and I have fond memories of our time with Phil. He is a true hero and will be missed dearly.
Sharen Hammond

February 15, 2016 | Phoenix, AZ

Phil was so much fun to be around. I always felt welcomed in his presence. You will be missed. Rest in Peace.
Denise Ingalls

February 15, 2016 | Chandler, AZ

I am so sorry for your loss. Doc Gommel spoke very highly of Phil and his service together in CAC 2/4.
Cynthia Koehler Gommel

February 07, 2016 | Jasper, GA

He set the standard as one of the first CAC/CAP Marines. Semper Fi
Fred Caleffie

February 07, 2016

Met him at a reunion of our unit; a fine man and a fine Marine. Semper fi, Phil.
Bill Abernethy

February 07, 2016 | Chelsea, MI

Mr. Phil was a hero in so many ways. He received many ribbons and medals for his dedication as a Marine. He also received many honors and medals as a husband to my sister, uncle to my children, godfather to my grandson and a big brother to me. We have so many wonderful memories from the trips to Rocky Point, Payson or just family gatherings. Phil would always keep us laughing or in tears as he shared his stories. Our hearts break as we say good bye to Phil, Uncle Phil and Boppy but his memories will live forever in our hearts. We love you.
Robin Hernandez

February 08, 2016 | El Mirage, AZ

Our Deepest sympathy to Shawn, and Phil's family on the passing of a true and loyal friend. What a privilege to have crossed paths with this caring person, and true Marine. My prayers to the family. 
Phil was always the mentor, the sounding board, the listener, told you the truth, straight shooter, and had your back. We'll miss his great stories, from DC to the desert, from one security detail to the other, and from one retail store to the other. Phil was the common tread weaving between many relationships, he built many bridges and those bridges have taken him home to be our final sentry at the gate to watch over us. God Bless Phil Prince!
ROB & Karen Liddle (Fort Myers, Fl)
ROB Liddle

February 06, 2016 | Fort Myers, FL

Our love and respect for Phil is tremendous..Semper Fi , and another good soldier goes softly into the night. my prayers are with my sister Shawn who loved him heart breaks for her and her loss...candace caro and william caro...peace dear one
candace caro

February 05, 2016 | Phx, AZ

Our prayers go out to this wonderful mans family. Phil was a wonderful friend to my brother Steve who passed away November of 2011. Phil was a Marine, Steve was Navy. We apppreciated so much the wonderful things he said at my brothers funeral. Semper Fi Marine!
Sue Christiansen

February 05, 2016 | Phoenix, AZ

My deepest sympathy for the Prince family. Another Marine gone to God. Farewell and Siemper Fi!
Bill Hassett

February 05, 2016 | Saint Louis, MO

Major Phil Prince, distinguished Marine and good friend. He will be missed by many. We wish him "Fair Winds and Following Seas".

Bill Sahno
Col., USMC (Ret)
February 03, 2016

Good bye Major Prince. I'll see you later.

W. E. Colby
Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC, Retired
William Colby

February 04, 2016 | Crofton, MD

Dear Prince Family,

We would like to express our deepest sympathy in this time of loss.

Every Marine, past and present is an honored part of our Marine family.

Semper Fi,

Doug Patterson
Marine Corps League
Detachment 1296
East Valley Marines

You are loved by so many and I am glad I was so fortunate to have known you. All the fun times at Radio shack will always be remembered.
Jessie Thames

February 05, 2016 | Fort Worth, TX

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Ernalyn Goetschel

February 04, 2016 | Sun City West, AZ

The lose of our "Skipper" is felt by all who served under him at 1st Force Recon. He was the finest Commanding Officer I ever had. A true Leader and a Mentor to us all.My condolences to the Family. I wish you "Fair Winds And Following Seas". Till Valhalla Sir! Semper Fidelis.
Gary Keenan

February 04, 2016 | Marietta, GA

Phil Prince, Distinguished Marine.

Bill Sahno
Col., USMC (Ret)

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