According to multiple news accounts, the activist is 64 years old, which means he 
would have been 18 years old in 1973, the last year any U.S. combat units were 
stationed in Vietnam. Mr. Phillips also claims to be a Marine veteran, although
 the last Marine combat units left Vietnam in 1971.
A careful reading of Mr. Phillips‘ own descriptions does not make clear if 
he ever set foot in Vietnam. Instead, he has used much more careful 
language claiming he is a “Vietnam times veteran,” an 
ambiguous phrasing that led many media accounts 
to conclude he was a combat veteran.