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Philip M. Downey

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Philip M. Downey, 64, of Bayonet Point, FL, formerly of Franklin, MA and Upton, MA, passed away on January 5, 2014. He was born on October 18, 1949 in Orange, NJ to the late Stephen and Helen (Tracey) Downey. After graduating from Scituate High School, Philip enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country faithfully during two tours of duty with the Army Special Forces in Vietnam. His first tour was with the 5th Special Forces Group's 3d Mobile Strike Force at Long Hai, where he served as a recon team leader. His second tour was with Special Forces Detachment B-33 at Hon Quan. His numerous honors include a Bronze Star Medal, awarded for heroic action while under fire. Philip is survived by three children: Rachel Downey of Boston, MA; Sarah Downey of Takoma Park, MD; and Matthew Downey of Janesville, WI. He is also survived by eleven siblings: Stephen Downey, Mary Downey, Theresa Downey, Ann Banach, John Downey, William Downey, Patrick Downey, Joseph Downey, James Downey, Agnes Downey, and David Downey. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers: Martin Downey and Vincent Downey. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org). Calling hours will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 15th at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA. Funeral services and a burial with military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery will follow.

Published in Milford Daily News on Jan. 13, 2014
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