Philip Eugene[i] Heiler was born on April 16, 1916,to Paul and Veronica White Heiler who lived in Detroit, Michigan.His mother passed away in 1918, during the Spanish Flu Pandemic. Philip was one of four children.
Philip joined the National Guard Battery C, 119th Field Artillery, the “Jackson Guard”. Philip was called to active service on April 7, 1941,[vi] and commissioned as a officer July 4, 1942.He was an instructor in the tank corps. Philip was sent overseas the European Theater of Operations in November, 1943.
Philip rose through the ranks to Captain, and served as Commanding Office (CO) of a tank company, ‘Light Company D”. He was known as a strong and quiet leader.
Captain Philip Eugene Heiler was killed in action on April 30, 1945 in Munich, Germany.
Philip was a member of the National Guard called into active service. He is the first casualty of his National Guardsmen to be returned for burial from his unit.