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Cpl. Phillip E. Baucus, R.I.P.

From an article on the funeral of Sen. Max Baucus’s nephew:

Phillip Baucus’s only brother, John, remembered the two of them building tree houses in the same trees with giant branches that shaded the crowd at the funeral. John Baucus told how he and his two children loved to watch “The Justice League” cartoons with Superman, Batman and other superheroes.

While Phillip Baucus didn’t have superpowers, “he had the powers of courage, honor and commitment,” John Baucus said.

“You were an excellent man,” John Baucus said as he looked at his brother’s casket. “You were an excellent soldier. You were an excellent husband to a great lady, and I’m going to miss you immensely.”

He called him one of his heroes and saluted his brother’s casket.

Longtime family friend Dean Bjerke told how Phillip Baucus was an organizationally challenged, “free spirit” as a young man, often bored in high school when he sometimes knew more than his teachers. He was “so smart and intelligent it was scary,” Bjerke said.

Then Baucus decided to join the Marines.

“I thought it would help Phillip get more organized and disciplined, and it did,” Bjerke said. “He was at peace with what he did – even his second tour of Iraq, a peace I couldn’t find and his family couldn’t find.”

Bjerke said Phillip Baucus’s death “left all of us here in torment and gut-wrenching despair.”

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