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LASTING MEMORIAL TO A SOLDIER

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Members of the Haskins family pose with retired U.S. Army Capt. Phillip Haskins in front of the bench that was dedicated in his honor Wednesday at the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial in Clarksville.
SoVaNow.com / November 18, 2020
The children of retired U.S. Army Capt. Philip H. Haskins honored him on Veterans Day with a granite bench installed in front of the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial in Clarksville.

The bench, designed by members of the Haskins family, is engraved with symbols that marked his time in service — a bronze star which he received for heroic service while in a combat zone, and a helicopter that represents his certification to fly UH-1 Huey and the OH-58 Kowa helicopters.

Clarksville vice mayor Mike Sizemore, who serves on the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial Committee, presided over the tribute, which due to the pandemic was attended by a small group of family — children Teresa Tally, Philip Haskins Jr., Michael Haskins, Mitchell Haskins, Shawn Haskins and Jeff Haskins and their spouses and a few friends.

Ahead of the unveiling, Sizemore read a tribute to Haskins detailing his service to the country which included basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. followed by Airborne Jump School at Fort Bragg, N.C. Haskins served as a parachute rigger with the First Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan and Yuma, Az.

After completing Officer Candidate School, Haskins was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to Fort Lee where he attended quartermaster school before being accepted as a candidate for helicopter flight school at Fort Walters, Texas and advanced helicopter flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Haskins served stints in Viet Nam as a member of C Company with the 101st Assault Helicopter Battalion before completing his service, first at Fort Campbell, Ky. and then teaching quartermaster courses at Fort Eustis in Virginia.

He retired from the Army in 1977 after 20 years of service.

Sizemore said of Haskins, “not only has he served our country well, but he is a fantastic father and role model.” With that, members of the Haskins family uncovered the bench they had installed at the memorial in his honor.

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