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  • Phillips Hometown Hero Banner Project

    Supporting Our Local Veterans

    This project allows our community to show our pride and appreciation to all local servicepeople who have served in the armed forces. 

    Hometown Hero Banners are displayed on 17 light poles along Lake Avenue (Highway 13) in Phillips. Each banner is two-sided 24”x48” (2x4) with a photo of the veteran, name and branch of military. Banners will be displayed from Memorial Day through Veterans Day.

    Banner cost is $100.00 for each 24”x48” banner and includes the hardware and hanging of banners by the City of Phillips. Each honoree is be featured on the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce website under the Hometown Heroes tab with the option of including a statement of service provided by the applicant. Donation/Sponsorship may be available for families wishing to take part in the Hometown Banner Project but cannot afford to pay the cost/full cost of the banner. Banners will be available for pick up by the applicant at the chamber office after they are taken down in November. Banners must be picked up at the office and will not be mailed. The chamber is not responsible for any damage to the banners once they have been displayed.

    Veteran Criteria: Any honorably discharged veteran or ones who gave their life serving in the armed services, including those currently on active duty in the armed services.  They must live or have lived in the Phillips Area (54555) or attended school in the School District of Phillips.

    Applications: Applications will be available at the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce Office and on the Chamber website.  Applications will be accepted from February 15, 2024, to April 15, 2024, and will be processed in the order received. Each application must include the veteran’s name, military branch and era of service.  Please submit a military photo with application or send a scanned photo to the email address listed below. (Photos will be returned). After the first 17 applications have been accepted the remaining submitted applications will have the option to be saved for use the following banner season.

    2024 Phillips Hometown Hero Application

    Cash, Check or Money Order for $100.00 made out to PACC Hometown Hero Project can be mailed or dropped off at:

                    Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce

                    ATTN: Hometown Hero Project

                    305 S Lake Avenue

                    Phillips, WI 54555


    Signing the application and submitting a photo gives the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce permission to use the photo.

    Once the information is processed and is available for view in the computerized format a second approval will be required prior to the actual printing of the banner. No banner will be processed without completed information, payment in full and confirmation of information by the April 15, 2024 deadline.

    Thank you for supporting our local hometown heroes. Please contact the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-339-4100 or chamber@phillipswisconsin.net with any questions.


    Phillips Hometown Heroes 2023


    Charles “Chuck” Ringersma, Jr.



    July 31, 1940 – February 4, 1946

    William “Bill” Ringersma

    U.S. Army


    May 29, 1967 – June 12, 1970

    Cecil S. Russo

    U.S. Army

    Tech Sergeant


    John Socha


    CPL (T)

    1-30-52 – 1-20-54 Korean War

    Frank Strok



    WWII 1939 – 1945

    Howard Strok



    Korean War 1950 – 1953



  • Samuel L. Taylor Jr.

    U.S. Navy


    4 years Active Duty, 2 years Reserves 1994 – 2000

    Sam completed basic training Naval Bootcamp at Great Lakes, IL in 1994.  After bootcamp he was given orders to report to the Supercarrier USS Carl Vincent CVN 70.  The Supercarrier is part of the Pacific Fleet.  The carrier resided in Alameda, California prior to relocating to Bremerton, Washington in 1997.  During his time in the US Navy, Sam was a part of Operation Desert Strike in 1996.  He served 4 years of active duty and 2 years of Naval Reserves.  Sam was a Hull Technician.  After moving to Washington, he was promoted to 3rd Class (HT3).  His duty became Supply Officer for Repair 2 Division.  Sam ordered and organized all equipment needed to do their job.  This included sheet metal fabrication, pipe fitting, machine work as well as plumbing.  Sam received an Honorable Discharge from the US Navy in 2000.

    George Valiga


    Staff Sergeant

    Nov 1952 – Nov 1954

    John Paul Valiga



    1942 – 1946 WWII

    Terry Wanish

    Army Airborne Ranger


    1969 – 1971 Vietnam

    George Williams

    U.S. Army

    Tech 3

    WWII Era

  • Frank Dusek

    U.S. Army

    SP 4

    3 years


    Thomas W. Farley



    1988 – 1991

    John Hertlein


    2/11/1943 – 2/3/1946

    Rudy Hlavacek



    Nov 3, 1942 – Nov 22, 1945

    Auto Mechanic, awarded the Silver Star



    John M. “Milt” Neuhauser

    U.S. Army Air Corps

    Staff Sergeant

    1940 – 1945


     John M. “Milt” Neuhauser served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific Theater of Operations from 1940 through late 1945. He was stationed on Oahu, Territory of Hawaii and was at Bellows Field on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor.

    Milt recalled that Bellows Field was strafed by two, possibly three Japanese fighter planes that caused severe damage and several casualties. On December 8, 1941, his company recovered a Japanese mini sub that got hung up on the reef off the beach near Bellows Field, and in the process captured both the United States ‘first Prisoner of War of World War II’, the sub's commander Kazuo Sakamaki, and the sub itself. The mini sub was shipped back stateside and was hauled around the country to sell war bonds.

    During his years in Hawaii he served at Bellows Field, Hilo Air Base, and Wheeler Field. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as Acting First Sgt. - Hilo Detachment 86th Reconnaissance Sqdn. (Bomber) A.A.F. July 1943 thru October 1943.

    Decorations and Citations: Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Seven (7) Overseas Service Bars, One (1) Reenlistment Bar, and the WW2 Honorable Discharge ‘Ruptured Duck’ patch.


  • 2022 Honorees

    Louis Benda - United States Army 

    Benjamin Terry Deda - United States Marine Corps

    Joseph F. Foytik - United States Army 

    Raymond Hanoski - United States Army 

    Lawrence Andrew Kalina - United States Army 

    Martin Kalina - United States Army 

    Albert Paul Kalina - United States Army 

    George Joseph Kalina - United States Navy 

    Dale Gordon Meives - United States Army 

    Robert Philippon - United States Marine Corps 

    Richard E. Reese - United States Army 

    Richard H. Schoenborn - United States Army 

    Frank Soul - United States Army / United States National Guard 

    Henry Alan Thomas - United States Army 

    Donn Allen Williams - United States Army 


    2021 Honorees

    Daniel Beck - United States Army 

    Leonard Collins - United States Army 

    Robert L. Cork - United States Navy 

    Robert Dunbar - United States Army 

    Joseph F. Foytek - United States Army 

    Carl E. Gengenbach - United States Navy 

    Ronald Heizler - United States Army 

    Donald O. Johnson - United States Army 

    Nolan Kopecky - United States Marine Corps 

    Edward Kosterman - United States Air Force 

    Daniel Petty - United States Marine Corps 

     James R. Pisca - United States Army 

    Clarence "Clink" Schilling - United States Army 

    John P. Spacek - United States Army 

    Charles Tingo - United States Army 

    Don Veverka - United States Army 

    John Zydzik - United States Marine Corps 


    2020 Honorees

    Raymond W. Bolton - United States Army 

    Allen Brazelton - United States Air Force 

    Jon Brumet - United States Navy 

    Robert Foster - United States Army 

    Charles Golden - United States Army 

    Merton E.  Gronlund - United States Army 

    Owen Hainy - United States Army 

    Lorry John Hanish - United States Air Force 

    Laddie W. Holoubek - United States Army 

    James Janak - United States Army 

    Roger Meier - United States Army 

    Craig A. Moore - United States Army 

    Karl T.A. Moravek - United States Air Force 

    Collin Precour - United States Navy 

    Kurth Prochnow - United States Navy / United States National Guard 

    Jerry Schmeiser - United States Marine Corps 

    Edwin M. Trzecinski - United States Marine Corps 

    Frank Zydzik Jr.  - United States Army