WILLIAM R PHILLIPS
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HONORED ON PANEL 14E, LINE 113 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM RUSSEL PHILLIPS

WALL NAME

WILLIAM R PHILLIPS

PANEL / LINE

14E/113

DATE OF BIRTH

09/14/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

HUA NGHIA

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/03/1967

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COUNTY OF RECORD

Coffee County

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LEFT FOR WILLIAM RUSSEL PHILLIPS
POSTED ON 5.10.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear LTC William Phillips, Thank you for your service as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander - Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 6.1.2016

Final Mission of MAJ William Phillips

On February 3, 1967, MAJ Paul R. Karas, the XO, and MAJ William Phillips, the Operations Officer, were killed while on a lift south of Saigon in the area know as the “Testicles.” They were lead ship (66-00908) on a joint U.S./ARVN lift. The U.S. and ARVN troops were to land in different LZ’s. Enroute to the first LZ the U.S. commander switched the LZ’s and the U.S. troops were landed in the ARVN LZ, right in the middle of a huge rice paddy with no trees for at least a mile on each side. The ARVNs, on the other hand, were to land in the apex of a V-shaped area with a river and trees on each side. On short final of a 10-ship staggered trail formation, the ARVN commander changed plans and shouted for MAJ Karas to land short. He quickly informed the flight of the change and the ships landed along a dike line with the lead ship in roughly the spot where the trail ship would have been. As the troops unloaded, a massive explosion lifted the lead ship up about 10 feet and rolled it over on its left side where it beat itself to death, ending bottom up at a 45 degree angle. The pilot, MAJ Phillips, was killed instantly and MAJ Karas was mortally wounded while the flight surgeon going along as gunner (CAPT Frank Anzalone) incurred shrapnel wounds in his chest and legs. The crew chief was also wounded seriously. The rest of the flight was taking heavy fire and pulled pitch. It was several hours before a rescue ship could land. MAJ Karas was still alive and strapped into his seat upside down but his wounds were severe. He died on the medivac ship. It was later learned that there were mines all along the dike leading to the apex. Since the ARVN commander told MAJ Karas to land short, it appears that he may well have known about the planned ambush of U.S. troops. [Taken from vhpadata.org]
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POSTED ON 11.9.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTC William Russel Phillips, sir

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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 10.17.2012

Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00908

MAJ Paul R. Karas was XO (Vulture 5) and Major (LTC) William R. Phillips was Operations Officer of the 162nd AHC. They were in the lead ship of a 10 ship ARVN CA south of Saigon. Their ship was destroyed by a command detonated mine as it touched down in the LZ. The flight surgeon, flying as gunner, was wounded. [Taken from vhpa.org]

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POSTED ON 11.10.2011
POSTED BY: Faye James Dalrymple

Army Photo

Lt. Col. Phillips was my uncle from Corinth MS. He was a helicopter flight instructor at Ft Rucker, and was in Vietnam 30 days when his helicopter was blown up by a land mine. He left a wife and 5 children.
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