16 March 1968 to 1 August 1969
Enlisted in the United States Army Reserve Corps, 16 October 1942
On 15 March 1943, he was called to active duty and reported to Fort Lewis, Washington.
He was transferred to the Army Air Corps on 10 July 1943, and entered the Aviation Cadet Program at Sheppard Field, Texas.
On 10 September 1944, he completed Bombardier/Navigator training and was assigned to a combat crew on a B-17 at Biggs Field, Texas.
He was reassigned to a B-29 bomber aircraft on 20 July 1945 at Barksdale AFB, California and on 10 October 1945, he was released from active duty and assigned to the US Army Reserve.
On 10 January 1950, he was assigned to the Oregon National Guard as a First Lieutenant in the Infantry.
On 1 April 1954, he was assigned to the Oregon Air National Guard as a First Lieutenant, Weapons Controller.
He attended Communications Officer training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi.
On 16 October 1962, he accepted a position as Deputy Commander of the 142nd Communications Squadron.
On 16 March 1968, he was appointed to the position of Commander of the 244th Mobile Communications Squadron.
From 15 August 1969 to 15 June 1970, he attended Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
On 15 June 1970, he was assigned as Commander of the 142nd Communications Squadron until its deactivation on 9 June 1971, at which time he was reassigned to the 153rd Tactical Control Group as Director of Operations.
On 1 September 1974, he was assigned as Deputy Commander of the 153rd Tactical Control Group.
Colonel Saxton retired from technician status, Oregon Air National Guard, on 20 Septermber 1976, and assigned to the Air Force Reserve.
Philip George Saxton was born to Agnes & Clifford Saxton in Pierre South Dakota on April 6, 1923. He passed away on January 24, 2016 in Portland Oregon. He spent the first eleven years of his life on a farm where he learned to ride horses and milk cows. He attended a one room school where the teacher often boarded with him and his parents. With the coming of the dust bowl, the family migrated to Oregon where his father ran a small grocery store. Phil graduated from Jefferson High School. He enlisted in the army and later graduated from aviation cadets going on to be a bombardier in B-17s and B-29s. After the war he returned home to marry the love of his life Vera Doern. Immediately following the war he worked as a building contractor with his father. Some years later he graduated from the University of Portland with a business degree. He returned to military life through the Oregon Air National Guard and retired as a Colonel. After military retirement he worked at several different jobs and was active in church and local civic affairs. He is survived by his wife Vera, five children Philip Saxton Jr., Gregory Saxton, Mary Edwards, Mark Saxton, Lori Schultz, two brothers Clifford Saxton and Richard Saxton and sixteen grandchildren.
A Funeral mass will be conducted on Thursday February 11, 2016 at St. Therese Catholic Church located at NE Halsey St. & 132nd Ave.
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