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Philip Vincent Brennan, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on a kitchen table in Crown Heights on July 8th, 1926. He attended Brooklyn Prep. In 1943 he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served in the U.S. and Pacific theaters, as well as attending the United States Naval Academy Prep School. On February 26, 1949 he married the love of his life Beatrice Barbara Bourne, who was to give him the gift of seven beautiful children. After moving to Fredericksburg VA, in 1957, he worked in Washington D.C. In Washington he was assigned to help handle the Washington end of the Alaska Statehood campaign. Their work helped to win Statehood for Alaska and add another star to old glory. He then served as a laison between Congressional Republicans and former President Eisenhower. In 1960 he served as press secretary to Rep., Gerald Ford at the GOP convention when Ford sought the Presidential nomination. After the convention he served on Nixon's campaign staff. In 1961 he was named Director of Public Relations and Special Projects for the Republican Policy Committee where he worked from 1961-1966. From 1963 until 1966, he was also a Washington columnist for Bill Buckley's National Review writing under the name of Cato. He also served as intelligence analysts for the House GOP leadership, specializing in Counterintelligence work during the Cold War. He was one of twenty one people who served the draft Goldwater group in 1963 and organized and ran the GOP truth squad for Barry Goldwater in 1964. In 1968 he served as Press Secretary to Ronald Reagan in his bid for the Republican Nomination in Miami. He and his family then moved to Boca Raton, Florida where he became staff editor for the National Enquirer. He also wrote a column for News Max Media with an estimated weekly readership of 1 million. He also edited his friend radio talk show host, Michael Reagans syndicated newspaper column. He was editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web which was read in over 50 countries around the world. He was recently named Man of the Year by Defend Our Marines organization in recognition of his work as the only journalist from the very beginning who exposed the false charges levied against eight marines in November 19, 2005 Haditha incident. In 2007 he was guest of honor at the Marine Corps Birthday ball in Virginia Beach. General James Mattis United States Marine Corps, Commander said of Philip Brennan, "He is considered a hero in the Marine Corps." He is a member of the Association of former Intelligence Officers and a Trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Foundation. A devout Roman Catholic, he served as a Sacristan in his Boca Raton, Florida Parrish for many years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara, and loving son Frederick Gilbert. He is survived by his sons Philip Vincent of Ormond Beach, Florida, Matthew Thomas of Deerfield Beach, Lawrence Walsh of West Palm Beach, Peter Hollins of Boca Raton,
Mary Patricia of Delray Beach, and Constance Marie, of Boca Raton. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Palm Beach.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 19, 2014