Heroes Should Never Be Forgotten
Los Angeles, CA He died as Phil Doe, lost in the Los Angeles County Hospital system. He was alone at that last moment ~ no sons and daughter to hold his hand; and no parents to weep, their tears touching gently upon his cheek.
Phillip Carl Arterbury was a bonafide silver star, 21-gun-salute hero of the Vietnam War. Arterbury served in Vietnam in 1968. During his tour of duty, he earned the National Defense Service Medal; the Vietnam Service Medal; the Purple Heart, with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Silver Star "V"; the Combat Infantryman's Badge; and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
In a letter home to his mother in May of 1968, this soft spoken African American man spoke modestly of what he did: "Today I received my award. Would you believe a Silver Star! To say the least, I'm quite proud of myself, but I'm no hero. Heroes are for the Late Show. I was just trying to help a couple of guys who needed help"
Arterbury's heroism has been documented in the book, "Dear America" and the HBO film by the same name. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Arterbury at the 1987-1988 Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the film, "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam" In 1989 The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission selected one of his letter's to his mother for the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Once home from the war, Arterbury worked as a silver trader in Beverly Hills; as a jazz disc jockey on KCRW in Santa Monica; and as a cameraman for CBS News in North Carolina. He was a graduate of both Columbia University in New York, and served as class president while attending North Carolina Agriculture and Technology State University at Greensboro.
Funeral services for Phillip Arterbury are scheduled for the Chapel at Angelus-Rosdale Cemetery, 1831 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles. The viewing will take place on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Funeral Services are scheduled for Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at 10 a.m. Final internment will be at the National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
Phillip Arterbury is survived by a daughter, Jamillah Arterbury of Virginia; two sons Hakeem Holloway of Los Angeles and Jabari Holloway of Irvine; parents, Joel and Jane Arterbury of Los Angeles; three sisters, Louise Miller of Los Angeles, Jeanette Emerson of Oregon, and Wilma Sharpe of Los Angeles; and a grandson, Evin Maldonado of Virginia, plus many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and a host of friends.