Military Memories – With Summer of ’67 Actor Dean Phillippi

As we count down to the June 29 release of Summer of ’67, we’re celebrating Military Appreciation Month by sharing  memories from men and women who have sacrificed much for our country. Today we have a special memory from Dean Phillippi, a Vietnam Veteran who plays the role of a Navy Officer in Summer of ’67

I could tell a lot of true and actual stories; (Good bad or indifferent), and it would take too long.

In Brief:
Right after I graduated from high school, I was the last year of the Draft. That was devastating for high school grads who wanted to go on to College, and/or workforce, but on a daily basis, they chose numbers out of the 365 day year. If your birth date was in the top 10, you were immediately drafted and went straight to the Marines/Army, and were taught to carry, shoot, and protect the USA. Those days were stressful, to say the least, and I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Aircraft Flight and Aircraft Maintenance.

As a flight crew member, some of the Jet Aircrafts that I worked with were:A-1 Skyraider, A-3 Skywarrior, A-4 Skyhawk, A-6 Intruder, A-7 Corsair, C-1 Trader, E-1 Tracer, EKA-3 Skywarrior, EA-1 Skyraider, S-2 Tracker, and the propeller planes were:  SH-2/UH-2 Sea Sprite, SH-3 Sea King.

I was proud of serving our country, and learned a lot of maturity, survival, and how important it was to serve and protect our country!

Yes, we never did get the “Welcome Home” veterans at all. After a while, we were allowed to wear plain clothes during our flights home, since that era there was hatred toward the veterans serving. We were 17, too young and in some cases, did not want to go to war, let alone hurt or kill someone, but that was our obligation – survival and defend our country.

I saw a lot go to Canada to avoid the draft, saw friends come back home in wheel chairs, crippled and even in caskets, and we were affected by the Jane Fonda rebellion against our troops, but as a proud American, I served and did my duty. Our families at home were always on edge, wondering about us daily, as we were, in deep thought about them.

Today, I am a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and serve as the Color Guard Captain! We wear our Vietnam War Era uniforms, and I proudly carry the American flag. Oh yes, I had a Color Guard of 22 men, and in the picture below, I’ve lost several of them here in the past few years due to “Agent Orange”! That chemical is a totally different story since it took us several years to prove that it was Vietnam War related, and we won that battle, but so many proud Vietnam Veterans are suffering today and/or have died from it!

God Bless America, God Bless all those Vietnam War Era Veterans; (Men and Women), and thank you Sharon Campbell Wilharm and Fred Wilharm for doing this feature film, and allowing me to play the role as a Lieutenant. It meant a true value to me personally to be a part of this film.


I’d highly recommend  Summer of 67 as a must-see film for you and your family! To me it was truly inspirational, and the film gives you a true insight as to what it was like in the lives of those families, wives and girlfriends that were home waiting for their soldier to come home.  I personally lived during that era, so I personally saw the people that went through the ups and downs of emotional feelings, hardships, disbeliefs, heartbreaks and heartfelt situations, and yes, as a military veteran, I walked along side those military veterans, so personally I saw what our proud veterans did for our country.  As history states, during the Vietnam War Era, unfortunately there was no “Welcome Home”, for those military men, but the families, wives and girlfriends, were a major part of our lives to welcome us home.  This film will depict all of this, so it is definitely a must see film.

Dean Phillippi has trained and worked professionally in acting for about 10 years, and has appeared in over 40+ films, 7+ TV Series, 15+ Commercials, 5+ Live Stage Plays and 5+ Music Videos along with several print shoots for modeling! His dream work is to act in Christian Films, Action Films, Historical Films and True Story Films. 

Dean enlisted into the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War Era as a computer management professional.



Eleanor Brown – Actress

As we count down to the theatrical release of Summer of ’67, I’ll be interviewing some of the cast and crew members, and I’m kicking off with Eleanor Brown. She plays a supporting role as Mama Sooze in Summer of ’67. You may remember her from her role as Kayla Hayes in Courageous. She’s a wonderfully sweet soul as well as a great actress.

Summer of ’67 Theatrical Release

It is with great excitement that I announce that we have a release date for Summer of ’67! On June 29 Summer of ’67 will officially release at Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 in Nashville, Tennessee. It will screen for a full week. If it does well, it can continue for another week. And it will continue screening as long as it’s doing well. No small task since we’re releasing in the summer amidst blockbuster movies, but we’ll be doing everything in our power to keep it showing just as long as we can.

Melissa Anschutz – Actress and Producer

As part of my continuing coverage of Wild Faith, I’m excited to talk with Melissa Anschutz, actress and co-producer of the film. Melissa majored in theatre with a minor in literature at CMU and WMU. She’s performed in 26 films, five television series, and several commercials. I love that she produced her first theatrical show when she was seven. 

Lauren LaStrada – Actress

Lauren LaStrada, is a professional actress, singer, ordained minister and published author who studied classical piano, violin, French horn, competitive figure skating and is a former student of the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. She’s also the leading lady in the new movie Wild Faith.  She does a fabulous job as Haddie, a freed slave struggling to find her place during the Reconstruction era. 

Wild Faith – Movie Review and Recommendation

I watch a lot of movies, and, unfortunately, after awhile, they start to blend in. They all look alike. Not so with Wild Faith. I first saw the trailer last month and it jumped out as something I wanted to watch, so I was excited when I was invited to watch an early screener.

Karen Abercrombie – Actress, Writer, Director

In February 2015 we had the opportunity to watch an early screener of War Room  with Alex and Stephen Kendrick. From the moment Karen Abercrombie entered the screen as Mrs. Clara, I was a fan. She was so feisty and fun and she expressed her faith in such an authentic way. Since then, I’ve followed Karen’s career and was excited to discover that she’s now working on her own movie called Just Grace

Kathleen Cooke – Author and Media Expert

Kathleen Cooke is one busy woman! She’s a media executive, Hollywood Screen Actor’s Guild actor, speaker, writer, and founding partner and VP of Cook Pictures, a media production company in Burbank, California. I caught up with her at NRB Convention and got to learn more about her world travels and her latest book, Hope 4 Today.

Cameron Arnett – Actor, Filmmaker, TV Host

We first met Cameron Arnett at the Kingdomwood Film Festival in  2015. Since then I’m pretty sure he’s been at every film event we’ve been to, not to mention the many more he attends that we don’t go to. He’s a popular instructor sharing words of wisdom for filmmakers and actors alike. He’s also the most supportive of any individual you’ll find in the Christian film world. He has a gift for encouragement and has a way of making each person he meets feel like they’re something special. That’s why I’m excited today to turn the spotlight on him and showcase all the many wonderful projects he’s working on. 

Play the Flute – With Actors Brett Varvel and Terri Conn

You never know who you’ll see at NRB Convention. We were winding down for the day when we ran into our friend Dave Christiano.  He was there with Brett Varvel and Terri Conn promoting Rich Christiano’s upcoming movie Play the Flute. I knew a little about the movie, but after chatting with Brett and Terri, I’m even more excited to see it.