By: Samuel J. Cox Rear Adm., USN (retired) Director of Naval History, Curator for the Navy Director, Naval History and Heritage Command
It is with deep regret I inform you of the passing of Rear Admiral Philip Arthur “Phil” Whitacre, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired) on April 14, 2020 at age 87. Phil entered the U.S. Navy and served on active duty during the Korean War. He subsequently remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 37 years and retired as a Rear Admiral.
I regret I do not have any additional documentation on his career except the limited information contained in the attached obituary. If my archivists turn up something in the archives I will try to write a more thorough biography. It is also clear he led a very full and rewarding life of service after his military retirement.