PHILLIPS, MARVIN FOSTER
Remains ID'd 08/2011 Name: Marvin Foster Phillips Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: 114th Assault Helicopter Company Date of Birth: 30 June 1946 (Palmer TN) Home City of Record: Gruetli TN Date of Loss: 26 September 1966 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 094014N 1063454E (XR735693) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1B Refno: 0474 Other Personnel in Incident: Henry L. Mosburg (missing) 2 unnamed crewmen: 1 rescued, one body recovered. Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2011. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Capt. Henry L. Mosburg was a pilot assigned to the 114th Assault Helicopter Company. On September 26, 1966, he was assigned a combat assault mission in the Delta region of South Vietnam over Vinh Binh Province. He departed with a crew of four, including himself. On the second pass on a target near the mouth of the Son Co Chien River, Mosburg's aircraft was fired on by small arms. As the aircraft prepared for a third pass, it was noticed that one of the helicopter's rockets was on fire on the left side of the aircraft. Observers watched the tail section of the aircraft fall away, causing the helicopter to fall toward the water in a steep spin. The helicopter landed on its right side in approximately nine feet of water. One person (unnamed) was rescued, and one body was recovered. Mosburg was not found, nor was his gunner, SP4 Marvin F. Phillips. An exhaustive ocean search was made surrounding the crash area, but no trace of Phillips or Mosburg was ever found. Because of the over-water area, it was considered that the two were killed, and that it would be impossible to recover their remains. For Mosburg and Phillips, death seems a certainty. For hundreds of others, however, simple answers are not possible. Adding to the torment of nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia is the certain knowledge that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of war were not released at the end of the war. Others were suspected to be prisoners, and still others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers when last seen alive. Many were known to have survived their loss incidents, only to disappear without a trace. The problem of Americans still missing torments not only the families of those who are missing, but the men who fought by their sides, and those in the general public who realize the full implication of leaving men unaccounted for at the end of a war. Tragically, many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still alive in captivity in Southeast Asia today. What must they be thinking of us? What will our next generation say if called to fight if we are unable to bring these men home from Southeast Asia?
....Phillips and another soldier were never found. It wasn't until last month the Phillips family learned his remains had been positively identified after extensive DNA research in Hawaii. He will be laid to rest next to his parents on Sept. 26 in the Palmer Cemetery. "Forty-five years to the day," said Phillips. "We just feel closure that its over with."......