LAURENT L GOURLEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 118 OF THE WALL

LAURENT LEE GOURLEY

WALL NAME

LAURENT L GOURLEY

PANEL / LINE

20W/118

DATE OF BIRTH

09/05/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/09/1969

HOME OF RECORD

VILLISCA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Montgomery County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LAURENT LEE GOURLEY
POSTED ON 9.5.2020
POSTED BY: KR

Maj Laurent L. Gourley, USAFA 1966 - Graduate Memorial Wall

Major Laurent Lee Gourley, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1966, has his name on the USAFA Graduate Memorial Wall. Maj Gourley was a Captain at the time he went MIA in 1969, promoted with his classmates to Major, then declared dead in 1978. Additional information about Maj Gourley's military service is at the USAFA Library website at the below URL:

http://memwall.usafalibrary.com/#memwallhomepage
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POSTED ON 2.18.2020
POSTED BY: Chris (Lucas) Montgomery

Wore Capt Laurent Gourley through Junior High, High School and beyond until it broke in half.

2-18-2020
I was going through old stuff today and I found my Pow Bracelet that I wore for years, Junior High, High School and beyond until it broke in half. I could not just let it go so it was always put in with my High School remembrance.
I would like to give this to Capt. Laurent’s family if they would like it.
I always prayed for this man every day.
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POSTED ON 9.12.2019
POSTED BY: Sarah Lehl

I Think of you often and have an article I saved.

I have saved an article from the Tempe Daily New October 24th, 1973. I also chose your Bracelet as a child . Best to your Family and friends. I am someone you don't know personally but you are all in my heart and very grateful and in my thoughts.
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POSTED ON 9.5.2019
POSTED BY: KR

Former MIA Major Laurent L. Gourley - Accounted for in 2002

The DoD's Joint Task Force–Full Accounting (JTF-FA, now DPAA) accounted for and positively identified the remains of former MIA Major Laurent Lee Gourley, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1966, on 16 August 2002.

At the time of his loss on 9 August 1969, then Captain Gourley was the aircraft commander aboard an F-100F Super Sabre from the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron that took off from Tuy Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam on a forward air control and reconnaissance mission over Laos. The aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed in Salavan Province.

Details are on the DoD's DPAA website at this link:
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000utYhxEAE

The remains of the pilot of the aircraft, Jefferson S. Dotson, were also recovered and later positively identified during the crash site excavation.
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POSTED ON 1.16.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Major Laurent Gourley,
Thank you for your service as a Jet Fighter Pilot. I am glad you were identified in 2002. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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