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SGM Phillip Robert Albert
Birth: Aug. 21, 1962
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Nov. 23, 2003
Kapisa, Afghanistan

Army Sergeant Major Albert was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Albert was onboard an MH-53 Pave Low helicopter conducting combat operations for 'Operation Mountain Resolve' when it crashed nine miles east of Bagram Air Base. A compressor problem caused one of the two engines on the Pave Low to stall, leaving it with one engine operating and too much weight to carry in the thin mountain air. The pilots attempted to jettison the auxiliary tanks without success and then the other engine stalled while an emergency landing was being attempted. With all power lost, the helicopter fell from an altitude of about 200 feet onto an uneven river bank, rolled over and burst into flames. Eight people somehow managed to survive. Phillip grew up in the Terryville section of Plymouth and was the youngest of eight children. He joined the military at the age of 18 and was thinking of retiring after 22 years of service to possibly start his own business in construction. He served in the Gulf War in 1991 and was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan taking part in Operation Mountain Resolve. He loved the service and was very proud of his work; life as a soldier suited him. Phillip's fellow soldiers remember him as an ‘infantryman's infantryman' and a solid commander. His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals and the Purple Heart Medal. Phillip is buried in two locations, which is common when the cause of death has been a devastating plane or helicopter crash. The first was held for his family at Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Bristol, Connecticut on December 9, 2003. The second burial was on January 21, 2004, at Arlington National Cemetery. An honor guard preceded a horse-drawn caisson containing a single flag-draped coffin with the remains of the five servicemen killed in the crash; Air Force Maj Steven Plumhoff, Air Force Staff Sgt Thomas Walkup Jr, Air Force Tech Sgt Howard Walters, Air force Tech Sgt William Kerwood, and Sgt Albert. Because their remains were commingled, the five received a single burial. All five names appear on a single tombstone. 
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60, Site 8121
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Feb 11, 2004
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