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  • Shawn Kottwitz

    Posted on 9/19/18 - by Kristy Reuber
    Lou Guillermin was my Dad's best friend. In May of 2013 after 45 years Lou's remains were found and returned to his wife the following October. Her name is Donna. Lou died very young and was an only child with no children of his own. When I was a child, his Mom who remained in contact with my Dad, used to send us Christmas gifts. I have never met Lou but have heard stories since I was little. Lou is in the center of this picture with my Dad on the right and their buddy Boris on the left. They were known as the three muskateers, all pilots. Just know that he was a beloved husband, friend, and son and his legacy lives on.
  • I wear his bracelet proudly

    Posted on 4/3/18 - by Shawn Kottwitz
    I've worn his bracelet since 1987. One day I would love to give it to his family. Until then, I will not remove it from my wrist.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 1/6/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Major Louis Fulda Guillermin, Served with 609th Air Commando Squadron, 56th Air Commando Wing, 7th Air Force.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/30/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Major Louis Fulda Guillermin, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 10/16/13
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE - No. 715-13 -

    11 October 2013


    The Department of Defense Prisoner Of War / Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two U.S.A.F. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been accounted for and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

    United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT EDWARD PIETSCH, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Major LOUIS FULDA GUILLERMIN, 25, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, will be buried as a group on Wednesday 16 October 2013, in a single casket representing the two servicemen at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Memorial Bridge from Washington, D.C.

    The individual remains of Major Guillermin were buried on Saturday 5 October 2013, in Broomall, Pennsylvania.

    On Tuesday 30 April 1968, Pietsch and Guillermin were on an armed-reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Savannakhet Province, Laos.

    Witnesses saw an explosion on the ground and did not see any signs of survivors.

    Search and rescue efforts were unsuccessful, at which Pietsch and Guillermin were listed as Missing in Action.

    In 1994, a joint United States / Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR) team, lead by the Joint POW / MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), surveyed the crash site in Savannakhet Province, Laos.

    The team recovered human remains and evidence, but was unable to fully survey the site due to the presence of dangerous unexploded ordinance.

    In 2006, joint U.S. / LPDR teams assisted by Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel cleared the site and gathered additional human remains and evidence, such as personal effects and crew-related equipment.

    The remains recovered were analyzed by scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory using circumstantial evidence and forensic analysis, such as mtDNA comparisons.

    Portions of the remains were individually identified as Guillermin through an mtDNA match from a hair sample from Guillermin's medical file.

    The rest of the remains recovered were not individually identified, but correspond to both Pietsch and Guillermin.

    More than 1,640 American service members still remain unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.



    R E M E M B R A N C E

    6 JUNE 2002

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