Remembering Austin "Valmoric" Phillips
CS Sideways, News Editor-in-chief
Monday, November 19th, 2018
On November 6th, 2018 a member of the Star Wars Opposition community and the 501st Legion, Austin “Valmoric” Philips, passed away at the age of 22. Valmoric was one of the head developers and lead texture artist of the Star Wars Opposition mod and a beloved trooper in the 501st; Clone #8816, “Valmoric” joined the 501st on July 7th, 2017 where he eventually became a medic and achieved the rank of senior trooper, but was well known with an active personality in the unit long before then, to the earliest days of the formation of the 501st. With all of these roles, duties and histories in mind, Valmoric as a person was very friendly and kind. He always had time for those in need and went out of his way to make sure everyone around him was happy. 501st troopers are mourning him in different ways, including a large memorial service held by the battalion on Saturday 19th, 2018, which can be found below and many other individuals are holding their own personal vigils to help remember him. We send our wishes to his family and everyone that has been affected by this tragedy. Without much of Valmoric's work, this community would never have existed and he will be missed by many.
The Opposition Team have provided information on how you can help his family through this crisis. For all of you who want to help Valmoric's father (Jayson) get through these tough times, you can support him in GoFundMe by making a donation.
Valmoric's father's GoFundMe
"Thank you for any generosity, it means more than you can know to this family.”
The Opposition Team's discord can also be found here
We hope to continue growing as we hold him close to our hearts, for as long as starsim communities like this exist and as long as people continue playing his mod; Valmoric’s work and memory will be preserved forever within all of us and may that thought inspire all of us to do our very best to carry his legacy...
Written by CT War, CR-C Daedalus and CS Sideways. Edited by CS Sideways.
Transcript of Eulogy to Estes
Transcript of Eulogy to Estes
“I’ve known Estes, or Alex as he is known in real life for around 15 years.
He was a true friend.
On the two deployments I went, there was not a week that went by that he didn’t check on me and at least say what's up.
Even when all the other people I had known back home hadn’t.
Estes started out in the 212th and quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant and Squad leader. Almost completely due to the reputation and respect he garnered from his peers. It’s a shame to see him go.
I’ve had to deal with loss in combat environments from my tours, but nothing prepares you for the heartwrench of someone dying for no good reason.
But Alex didn’t care about that.
He acted like he wasn’t even sick up until the day he passed away.
He felt like he was a part of something greater than himself, and even in the last few months of his life, he still found time to devote to our community. Because he loved being a part of it.
We made him feel big, in a time where he felt small.
I would like to stress
That as a community, we continue to give this experience to our members.
To be a team, a family, something greater, even if it’s just a silly Star Wars arma unit.
With that, it’s time to bid farewell to one of our own.” - CC-1337 “Six”
We lost a brother on Dec 25th, 2017 - CS-8008 "Estes" Rest In Peace
Clone Seargent 8008 "Estes" (Alex) from 212th Attack Battalion has past away on December 25th, 2017. Alex was fighting a long battle with cancer. Everyone is in a war with cancer, cancer takes beloved friends, mothers, fathers, grandparents, sons, daughters, and anyone. There is a fundraiser going on that CC-1337 "Six" from the 212th Attack Battalion has set up, here is what he had to say:
"I will be starting a fundraiser if anyone is willing to donate to it. It will be GARC wide. The donations will be going to Alex's partner Lauren, who knows where Alex wanted to have anything donated. Alex also wished to give his higher end gaming PC to anyone that was still playing ARMA on a potato, so if you all can determine who that person may be, maybe someone who Alex knew the closest, I can facilitate that. The fact that the 212th was even brought up in his final requests should speak to how dearly he cared for all of you and our community, so keep that in your thoughts moving forward; Here is the fundraiser for Alex, the charity Alex wanted to have people donate to is in the description, and i posted a few pictures. Please spread the word around, and yoou can use your starsim designation as the name for the donation if you would like." - CC-1337 "Six" of the 212th Attack Battalion.
The image, and button bellow will take you to this fundraiser... Alex Estes was an honorable clone, and will always be rememberd here in the 501st Legion,
May The Force Be With You Alex Estes!