In Memory Of Captain Robert PhillipsPosted on 6/27/14 - by Jacques MaraistI landed on LZ Phillips in Cambodia the day after he was taken from us. I did not know him, but his death had a tremendous impact on my life and others, especially on a 16 year old Vietnamese-American girl named Ngan.MORE
After the war I taught high school in a large Vietnamese community outside New Orleans. In 1986 I brought 52 Vietnamese students to the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. Each student had a name of a soldier from our community to remember. Most offered thank-you cards, flowers, stuffed animals and objects that they held dear to their hearts. Ngan presented a single red rose and a poem to Captain Phillips. The local news saw a "good story" and as she stood at that wall, the image fading from his name to the red rose in her hand, she read her poem, "To My Adopted Soldier." On the evening news thousands of people heard his name and her story.
TO MY ADOPTED SOLDIER
"Liberty is the most valuabe gift that you inherit from your forefathers. You tend to want to cherish and respect that freedom and you want to share it with the whole world. It just so happens that the part of the world that you were fighting for was Vietnam, my homeland. You shared the courage of your forefathers when they fought for your liberty and you used that courage to fight for my liberty. Therefore, I would like to thank you with all my heart, for someday I might be out there fighting for some little girl's liberty."
In class the next day, she told me felt bonded to Captain Phillips and that she made a decision to work for the United Nations, go to Southeast Asia and in some way, "Fight for a little girl's liberty." High goals for a girl of sixteen, I thought. But then, she left more than a rose at that Wall.
Ngan went on to get a degree in International Relations from Harvard, got a grant from the federal government to study in Southeast Asia and worked both for OXFAM and the United Nations Children's Foundation. As President Clinton toured the Mekong Delta during his last month in office, she was part of the delegation who met with him to express her concern about plans to dam the river. When the National Geographic Channel produced an hour long special on her returning to Vietnam, they asked her what motivated her toward these acomplishments, she replied, "Well, you see, there was this soldier in Vietnam..."
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 5/6/14 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear Captain Robert Littleton Phillips, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, Sir
Never ForgottenPosted on 10/30/12 MORE
RemembrancePosted on 7/19/12 - by Bob Babcock MORE
If I should die...remembrances forCAPT. Robert Littleton PHILLIPS, USA...who died for our country!!!Posted on 3/21/12 - byI(f I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, andn weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
RemembrancePosted on 3/7/12 - by firstname.lastname@example.org MORE
We RememberPosted on 8/19/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comRobert is buried at Oxford Historical Cemetery, Oxford, Newton County,GA.
I was therePosted on 5/6/09 - by Darrell Holbrook, SSG Company C firstname.lastname@example.orgWe were cut off and our company was split that day on 2 sides of a open field. The Captain warned me as I moved forward of the area of the enemy concentration. Late in the day the Captain was hit in the head by small arms while loading wounded into Dustoff's. He died immediately. After darkness set in we recovered his body.He was a fine man and a leader. I will never forget him especially today May 6th.MORE
Gold Star MotherPosted on 7/14/03 - by Jim TudorOur church honored Robert's memory recently and presented Jean (his mom) with a gold star in remembrance of her loss. He comes from a great family that continues to serve their community faithfully. They appreciate all who continue to remember his sacrifice.MORE
My Ranger Buddy, Bob PhillipsPosted on 2/7/02 - by Ed Chamberlain, Army Ranger retired and Ranger Buddy, US Army Ranger Crs.Hey Ranger, We miss you. The "Five" think of you often and NGC remembers. Wish we could all walk the N. Georgia mountains one more time.MORE
Phillips,Robert LittletonPosted on 6/16/01 - by Sgt. Paul BurrellI served under the Captain's command in Vietnam. The day that he died only one of the platoonsMORE
of Company C landed in Cambodia. Due to heavy enemy resistance that was encountered,
the remainder of the troops could not land. The Captain came in on the last helicopter that
made it in at dusk. I will always remember him because he cared about the welfare of his men.
God bless you sir.
To the familyPosted on 9/29/99 - by David B. Weaver email@example.comI did not know Robert Littleton Phillips. However, his sister June and brother Jon were very good friends of mine, and I am sure they miss him every day. If he was anything like his siblings, he was a fine American.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.