Lt. Colonel Philip Chernis
July 4, 1922 - Jan. 31, 2011
Lt. Col. Philip B. (Phil) Chernis was born on July 4, 1922, in Tacoma. He considered among his military career highlights the Army Quartermaster Corp, truck driver on the Alaska Highway during its initial construction and over 150 missions as a pilot on the Berlin Airlift.
He served in various budget and comptroller assignments in Germany, Turkey, Panama and several stateside bases including joint duty in Washington, D.C., and the Ballistic Missile Division in California.
He was a command pilot (Class of 44K) and a missile pioneer. His awards included the Missile Badge, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and Medal for Humane Action with Berlin Airlift Device.
Phil was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mildred. He is survived by their son, Lawrence and wife, Sandy of Castroville, Texas; his daughter, Marilyn A. Ramsey and husband, Robert of Tucson, Ariz;
his sister, Helen D. Trousdale of Seattle; his brother, Morris L. Chernis and wife, Anne of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and numerous nieces and
He graduated from Walla Walla High School. He was a member of the Military Officers Association, The Daedalians and Mount Mariah #11 Masonic Lodge.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the AFVII Health Care Center or
Freedom House (please make check payable to Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation or AFVCF).