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Phillip L. Willis

Phillip L. Willis
Full Name: Phillip LaFrance Willis
Birth date: August 2, 1918
Death date: January 26, 1995

Terms of Service

  • House, 51st (1) Legislature
    1/11/1949 - 8/28/1949
    Democrat
  • House, 50th Legislature
    1/14/1947 - 1/11/1949
    Democrat
(1) Fred V. Meridith, in special election 11/8/1949, sworn 1/31/1950, succeeded Phillip L. Willis, resigned 8/28/1949. First session was 51st 1st Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • United States Army Air Corps, Lieutenant, World War II. Detailed description of World War II service as a pilot, especially in the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, flying one of the two 86th Observation Squadron planes: "at daybreak, December 8, 1941, Lieutenant Willis captured the United States' first prisoner of war in World War II, the surviving member of a two-man Japanese suicide submarine caught on a reef," earned Silver Star as a B-17 bomber pilot in the Battle of Midway, June 1942, and many other military awards: "the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, the World War II Victory Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Bronze Star, the Air Force Combat Readiness Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal, along with eight theater and service medals." Resolutions - Memorial .
  • 74th Legislature, R.S., HR 1059. Memorializing 35 members who died in the past two years. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • 74th Legislature, R.S., HCR 179. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • 74th Legislature, R.S., HR 95. Relatives: Doyle Willis and Phillip Willis - brothers. Resolutions - Memorial .
  • 74th Legislature, R.S., SR 129. Resolutions - Memorial .

Photographs

Other Resources

  • Obituary, photo, guest book entries, 6/24/2006, "[Doyle] Willis served with his brother, Phillip . . . They were the first brothers to serve together in the Texas House." Doyle Willis was "known as the dean of the Texas Legislature." Fort Worth Star-Telegram .
  • Oral history interview available in Oral History Collection, University of North Texas .
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