Nebraska Authors

Tom Phillips

Born Venus (in Knox County), NE (USA)

Phillips grew up near Lincoln, NE on a University of Nebraska experimental crop farm before departing to serve for 36 years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the service in 1996, and returned home to Lincoln where he began his writing career in 2004. His books celebrate the military heroes and were first drafted with pencil and paper in writing nook in his home before they were eventually published.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Nonfiction; Nebraska subjects; Military History; Guidebooks; baseball


Air Force Officer Training School
Squadron Officer School
Master’s Degree from the Air Command and Staff College
Whimsically he remarks that he “is educated beyond his intelligence.” (Lincoln Journal Star, 10/5/2016)


Air Force

Places Worked

U.S. Air Force
University of Nebraska, Lincoln


A Pilgrim in Unholy Places: The Story of a Mustang Colonel. 2004.
Battlefields of Nebraska. 2009.
A Pilgrim in Unholy Places. 2011.
Touching All the Bases. 2012.
Boots and Saddles: Military Leaders of the American West. 2015.
In the Shadows of Victory: America’s Forgotten Military Leaders. 2016.
In the Shadows of Victory II: America’s Forgotten Military Leaders. 2017.

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