September 6, 1950 ~ September 7, 2012
Retired Master Sergeant Philip Parker Hoffman, 62, of Whispering Pines, died Friday, September 7, 2012.
Philip (Phil) was born in Alexandria, Virginia on September 6, 1950. He is preceded in death by his mother, Priscilla Garmon Hoffman, his father, Raymond Parker Hoffman, and his sister, Meredith Lydia Hoffman. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Barnes Hoffman, sons David Raymond Hoffman and Michael Parker Hoffman and daughter Melissa Renee Hoffman, and his brother Stephen Mark Hoffman and his wife, Sue Broughton. Phil was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, the Special Forces Organization, the Moore County Wild Life and Conservation Club, and attended Christ Fellowship Church where he was active with the Youth Group.
Phil served in the U. S. Army from August 1969 retiring in 1993. He served in Vietnam from December 1970 to January 1972 with the 5th Special Forces Group. Phil then served with the 187th Infantry in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky until attending Ranger School in 1974. He was assigned to the 75th Ranger Bn. at Ft. Stewart, Georgia from 1974 until 1976. From 1976 until 1981 he served in the 10th Special Forces Group at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. From 1981 until 1984 Phil was assigned to Detachment Alpha in Berlin, Germany. From 1984 until 1989 he served with the Special Operations Training Command. In 1989 Phil was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group in Bad Toelz, Germany where he served until 1991. From 1991 until his retirement in 1993, He served as a senior instructor with the AROTC at California State University at San Bernardino where he retired.
Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2d Oak Leaf Cluster, OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), NonCommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Oversea Service Bars (2), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Expert Qualification Badge.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Christ Fellowship Church with Pastor Jim Thyne officiating.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, www.WoundedWarrior Project.org or to www. specialops.org.
Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Hoffman Family.