David Joseph Phillips, JrCaptain
10TH FTR CMDO SQD, 3RD TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
02 May 1934 - 03 July 1966
Miami Beach, Florida
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The database page for David Joseph Phillips, Jr
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN DAVID, your bracelet is worn with great pride and I will keep the vigil for you, until "YOU" are brought back home.
Vikki L. Wells
Notes from The Virtaul WallThere is no dispute that Captain David J. Phillips, flying F-5C tail number 64-13319 out of Bien Hoa Air Base, was shot down on 03 July 1966, nor that it was decided that he died in the crash with the status of Killed in Action/Body not recovered with a casualty date of 03 July 1966.
However, there are conflicting views on the details of his loss. The POW Network biography states that
"Capt. David J. Phillips Jr. was a Freedom Fighter pilot in Vietnam. On July 3, 1966, he was flying near the western coastline of South Vietnam several miles south of the Cambodian border when his aircraft was hit by enemy fire, crashed and exploded. Capt. Phillips was declared Killed, Body Not Recovered. His aircraft crashed on the coastline about 15 miles northwest of the city of Rach Gia in Kien Giang Province, South Vietnam."while Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses contains the following:
"The [10th Fighter Commando Squadron] lost its second aircraft and pilot on 3 July when Capt Phillips was shot down by small arms fire as he was about to drop napalm on a VC position five miles west of Ben Cat, 20 miles north of Saigon."The following news story was placed on the wires in March 2003:
In this instance it appears that the POW Network correctly located the site of the loss, and that Hobson is incorrect ... Hon Dat District, Kien Giang Province, is well to the southwest of Saigon.
Captain Phillips' remains were repatriated on 20 April 2004 and identified on 14 Sep 2004. The Defense Department publicly announced Captain Phillips' identification in a press release dated 22 Jun 2005. The following article is from the 03 July 2005 Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bonaventure Cemetery is located in Savannah, Georgia.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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