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06/29/05

Family of Vietnam Pilot "Overwhelmed" by Community Support

The remains of a Vietnam vet shot down almost 40 years ago are one step closer to coming home to Savannah. Today the daughters of Capt. David Phillips, Jr., gathered at American Legion Post 184 in Thunderbolt to remember their father.

They looked through old photographs and memorabilia.

Capt. Phillips was killed on the first day of his first tour of duty in Vietnam in 1966. His family never knew what happened to him until a South Vietnamese farmer recently unearthed his grave.

Phillips' oldest daughter is in Hawaii to bring his remains back from the causality identification lab. She will return to Savannah on Friday.

The family says they have received a lot of support from the community since they found out Capt. Phillips was coming home.

"Overwhelmed, very overwhelmed, but I knew I wanted everyone to know," said Phillips' daughter Davida Stubbs. "38 years in foreign soil is a long time and just to have him coming home is unbelievable."

The family is holding a public memorial service for Capt. Phillips this Sunday at Bonaventure Cemetery at 1:15pm. That is the anniversary of the day his plane went down.

He will be buried next to his wife.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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