Samuel Phillips - 1942
Director of Apollo Lunar Landing Program
General Samuel Phillips graduated from public
schools in Cheyenne, Wyoming, prior to earning a B.S. in electrical
engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1942 and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1950.
After earning his pilot wings, during World War II
he served with the 364th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force, in England
and completed two combat tours of duty in the European Theater of
Operations. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf
Cluster, Air Medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, and the French Croix de
Guerre. After the war, he was assigned to the European Theater
headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. In July 1947 he was transferred to
Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.
Since 1950 his research and development assignments have included six
years with the Engineering Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio; duty as electronics officer with the atomic energy experiments at
Eniwetok during Operation Greenhouse; and project officer assignments
with B-52 bomber aircraft, and Falcon and Bomarc missiles programs.
Phillips was also the director of the Apollo Lunar Landing Program. On
Sept. 26, 1971, he was awarded the Smithsonian Institution's Langley
Medal for his contributions to the Apollo space program from 1964 to
1969. He was the 14th recipient of the Langley Medal since the award was
first presented to the Wright Brothers in 1909.He served as the seventh Director of the National Security Agency from 1972 to 1973, and as Commander, Air Force Systems Command (COMAFSC) from 1973 to 1975.
Phillips retired from the Air Force in 1975. He died on January 31, 1990.
Photos courtesy of United States Air Force and American Heritage Center