Gunnery Sergeant Phillip Andrew Jordan, USMC, 42, of Enfield, beloved husband of Amanda (Marcroft) Jordan and father of Tyler Reece Jordan, was killed in action in An Nasariyah, Iraq, Sunday, (March 23, 2003) while performing his duties during Operation Enduring Freedom. Gunny Jordan was attached to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, NC. Born on April 20, 1960, in Brazoria, Texas, his military career had given him a tour of the world. His travels included Guam, Japan, Korea, Greece, Malta, Somalia, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, Okinawa and Kuwait. In many of these countries, he trained with their own military. Gunny Jordan enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in November 1987. He served as an Instructor at Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton, CA and most recently he completed a tour as a Drill Instructor in Parris Island, SC. His tours of duty included Desert Storm, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He was known as a Marine's Marine and was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant posthumously. His list of awards include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Coast Guard Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, NATO Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Southwest Asia Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Certificates of Commendation, Meritorious Masts and Letters of Appreciation. Phil easily established long lasting relationships with his friends. Affectionately called "Forrest" or "Gump" because of his eternal optimism and love for people, he had a heart as big as the outdoors and would help anyone at anytime. Phil was also called PJ by many of his fellow Marines. His interests included golf, fishing, bowling and cooking. Phil's greatest joy was spending time with his son, Tyler and wife, Amanda. Phil is survived by his beloved wife, Amanda; cherished son, Tyler Reece; mothers-in-law, Gretchen Marcroft and Sharen Brodeur; fathers-in-law, Jay Paretzky and Frank Marcroft; brothers-in-law, Kyle Marcroft, Jared Brodeur, Seth Brodeur and a host of friends and fellow Marines. Relatives and friends may attend the Liturgy of Christian Burial on Wednesday, April 2, at 1 p.m. in Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Road, Enfield, accompanied with full U.S. Marine Corps honors followed by burial in St. Patrick King Street Cemetery, Enfield. His family will receive friends at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield on Tuesday, April 1, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The family has requested that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of memorial contributions to the Tyler Jordan Education Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, 777 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06115 to the attention of Millie Gonzalez.
Published in Hartford Courant on Mar. 31, 2003.