Capt Phil’s Marine Bio

Capt Philip Dykeman
(0302 Infantry Officer)

Age: 38    Purple Heart
Date of Birth: 05 Mar 1970  Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Date of Rank: 01 Apr 2004  Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2)
Wife’s Name: Virginia    Good Conduct (2
Children: Austin, Emilee, Ashlee

1991    Recruit Training, MCT, ITB  1992  Security Forces School
1993 Corporals Course   1995 Squad Leaders Course
1996 Sergeants Course   1998 Officer Candidate School
1999 The Basic School   2000 Infantry Officer School
2000        Assault Climbers Course       2006       Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS)

Inclusive Dates  Months        Unit/Position
200708-Pres 13 Commanding Officer, Fox Co, 2/3
200705-200708 3 Assistant Operations Officer, Officer Candidate School
200607-200705 10 Student, Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS)
200508-200607 11 Executive Officer, Advanced Infantry Training Company, School of Infantry (East)  
200405-200508 15 Company Commander B Co, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry (East)  
200307-200405  10 Instructor Group OIC, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry (East)  
200201-200307 18 Weapons Platoon Commander, E Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marines 
200103-200201 10 Training Officer, HQ Bn, 2nd Mar Div  
200006-200103 9 Platoon Commander, I Co, 3rd Bn, 6th Marines 
199907-200005 10 Student, TBS/IOC    
199708-199907 23 MECEP (Enlisted to Officer program)     
199703-199708 5 Combat Instructor, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry (East)  
199312-199703 39 Squad Leader and Platoon Guide, K Co, 3rd Bn, 2nd Marines
199307-199312 5 Fire Team Leader, K Co, 3rd Bn, 2nd Marines  
199201-199307 18 Marine Security Force Guard, Rota Spain 
199109-199201 4 Student, Marine Combat Training, Infantry Training, and Marine Corps Security Force Schools
199106-199109 3 Recruit, MCRD PI   


Captain Dykeman was born on 5 March 1970 in Syracuse, New York.  After graduating from high school and community college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1991 as a 0311 Rifleman.  Upon completion of Marine Combat Training, Infantry Training Battalion and Marine Corps Security Force School in January 1992, he was assigned as a Security Guard at Marine Corps Security Force Company, Rota Spain.  

After Security Forces, from August 1993 to February 1997, Captain Dykeman served as a fire team leader and squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, where he attained the rank of Corporal and Sergeant.  

From March 1997 to July 1997 he was assigned to Infantry Training Battalion, SOI (East) as an instructor and also first met his beautiful wife.  During this assignment, he was selected for Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and was transferred to NROTC at the University of Rochester.

After 2 years, Captain Dykeman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY in May 1999, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.  He attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, completing the courses in 2000.

After the Infantry Officer Course, Captain Dykeman was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, and served as a Rifle and Weapons Platoon Commander from July 2000 to March 2001.  

Captain Dykeman was then transferred to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division where he served as the Headquarters and Service Company Training Officer until December 2001.
In January 2002, Captain Dykeman was transferred to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and served as a Weapons Platoon Commander until July 2003.

Following his tour at 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, he reported to the Infantry Training Battalion where he was assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Weapons Instructor Group from August 2003 to April 2004.

In May 2004, Captain Dykeman took command of Bravo Company, Infantry Training Battalion, SOI (East).   In August 2005, he was assigned as the executive officer of Advanced Infantry Training Company, SOI (East) after which he received orders to Expeditionary Warfare School, class of 2007.

Captain Dykeman is currently the commanding officer of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, in Hawaii, assuming this command in August 2007.

Captain Dykeman’s deployments include:  26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2004; Operation Restore Hope, Cuba in 1995; Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa in 2006, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2002/3; Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008.    Through the Marine Corps, he has ate dirt and/or drank beer in: Spain, England, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Cuba, Okinawa, South Korea, Seychelles, Macedonia, Kosovo, Djibouti, Bahrain, and of course Iraq.
His military education includes Recruit Training at the real Boot Camp, Parris Island, Security Forces School, Corporals Course, Sergeants Course, Infantry Squad Leaders Course, Assault Climbers Course, Officer Candidate School, The Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, Quantico, and Expeditionary Warfare School.

Captain Dykeman’s personal awards include the Purple Heart, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, a Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals.  

He is lucky to be married to the former Virginia Moore.  They have a son, Austin, and twin daughters, Emilee and Ashlee.


7 Responses to Capt Phil’s Marine Bio

  1. joshua latner says:

    i just got out of the marine corps November 30th. 2008 Capt. Dykeman was my commanding officer in Fox company. i had already been with Fox for two years when he came to us. i miss him. he was the type of leader who didnt care what people thought about him when he would come around and ask us what is going on and what he could do for us. he always put us his marines fist and then himself second. he was a great marine and a awesome commanding officer. he will never be forgotten.

  2. Sean Lally says:

    Phil and I served together at MCSF Co. Rota way back when. I recently heard of his untimely passing. We were young Marines back then and we had more fun than should have been allowed. Phil was a loyal Marine and friend and my life was made better by knowing Phil. God Bless him and his family.

  3. Vanessa Wright says:

    I knew Phil while living in Rota, SP and had kept in touch with him on and off over the years, keeping tabs on the 22 year old boy as he became a man of substance. To me, Phil stood for the love of family, his men and his country; and never wavered in his beliefs. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a good, compassionate and honorable man and my heart breaks for the family he left behind.

  4. Tami Smith says:

    As we come upon the 2 year anniversary of this trajedy, the Dykeman family are on my mind and in my prayers even more. My husband was with Phil right before he was taken home to be with Jesus, we are still mourning for the loss of this wonderful man. Thank you for this blog, it is so wonderful to be able to read how Phil’s legace lives on. God bless you all.

  5. Jason Combee says:

    Phil was my squad leader while we were at Kilo Co. 3/2 together 1995 to 1996.. He was a good man and a fantastic Marine. We had some good times together and lot’s of memories.. Shocked and made me sad when I found out he was KIA..

  6. ChrisO says:

    RIP brother. You are not forgotton. S/F

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