Guillermin, Louis Fulda, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1535Z-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 609th Air Commando Squadron
Service Years
1963 - 1968
Major

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
West Chester, PA
Last Address
Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Apr 30, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
53E 014

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  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Navigator Observer (Senior)
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolAdvancement Schools and CoursesStrategic Air Command (SAC)56th Air Commando Wing
609th Air Commando Squadron
  1963-1963, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1963-1964, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1967-1967, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1968-1968, 56th Air Commando Wing
  1968-1968, 609th Air Commando Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War2
  1968-1968 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg
  1960-1962, Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-26 (B-26) Invader  
  1968-1968, A-26 (B-26) Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Synopsis: Maj. (then 1st Lt) Luis Guillermin and Lt. Colonel (then Capt.) Robert Pietsch were flying an A26A aircraft over Laos when the plane was downed in Savannakhet Province, Laos. Their last known location was about 10 miles east of the city of Ban Muong Sen."

Source: http://www.pownetwork.org


"Toward the end of 1967 and early in 1968 new crews arrived to replace the Nimrods who had survived a year over the trail. They were soon in action flying close-air-support missions for the Marine defenders of Khe Sanh, a fact often neglected in histories of the siege. As the 1967-68 truck hunting season drew to a close with the start of the rains, more Nimrods were lost to the enemy gunners...On 30 April Captain Bob Pietsch, pilot, and First Lieutenant Lou Guillermin, navigator, were lost, and both are still missing in action."

Source: Air Commando -Fifty Year Of the USAF Air Commando and Special Operations Forces, 1944-1994 by Philip D. Chinnery, St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1994, Page 173

A Memorial Stone is placed in Arlington National Cemetery to honor Major Louis Fulda Guillermin

   
Comments/Citation
UPDATE: As noted in the Tributes from Members narrative, the DPMO website reports that the remains of Major Guillermin were officially accounted for on May 28, 2013. Group burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery 16 Oct 2013.

"Name: Louis Fulda Guillermin
Birth Date: 6 Jan 1943
Death Date: 28 Apr 1978 (Presumptive death date)
Gender: Male
Age: 35
Home City: West Chester
Home State: Pennsylvania
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: Single (Note: Although the record indicates he was single, Major Guillermin was married. He married Donna MacKenzie in a ceremony at the Grand Forks Air Force Base chapel, North Dakota in September of 1967)

SSN/Service #: (Note: deleted for the purposes of this profile)
Death Date: 28 Apr 1978
Processed Date: May 1978
Casualty Country: Laos
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Other Aircrew
Body Status: Body Not Recovered
Service Branch: Department of the Air Force
Component: Reserve
Military Grade: Major
Pay Grade: Major
Data Source (Original): Combat  Area Casualties Current File"
Source: Vietnam War: U.S. Military Casualties, 1956-1998, Ancestry.com

Additional Information from http://www.footnote.com:

Major Command: 7th AF
Air Wing: 56th ACW
Squadron: 609th ACS
   
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