Information on Major Louis Guillermin

MIA Major Louis Fulda Guillermin, USAF, accounted for on 28 May 2013.

Major Guillermin was assigned to the 609th Air Commando Squadron in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. Louis joined the Air Force as an Aviation Cadet. He received his pilots training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Louis received further training in radar and celestial navigation instruction at Connelly Air Force Base in Texas. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and awarded his silver wings in April 1964.

Louis rose through the ranks to major while on MIA status.  He was sent to Vietnam , serving two tours of duty.   He flew counter insurgency missions along the Ho Chi Minh trail as a navigator in an A-26A Invader aircraft, converted from a World War II B-26 – a fast twin-engine bomber.

On April 28, 1968, Major Louis Fulda Guillermin was Missing In Action on a mission over Savannakhet Province, Laos.  His last known position was about 10 miles east of the city of Ban Muong Sen.  This was his second tour in South East Asia.

His remains were recovered, and Major Guillermin was accounted for on 28 May 2013.  His A-26 aircraft was located years earlier and the crash site was quarantined while the required removal of weapons and armaments was accomplished.  Louis’ remains will be flown, in a full casket, from Honolulu to Philadelphia International Airport on Friday 4 Oct 2013. At the airport there will be a dignified transfer to the funeral director, Edward L. Collins Funeral Home.   The Warriors Watch Riders (WWR) will escort the hearse to Oxford, PA.  The following day, Saturday, 5 Oct 2013 there will be a funeral service from 9:00AM until 10:00 AM followed by a short ceremony. The funeral procession will proceed to the Glenwood Memorial Cemetery in Broomall, PA.  Participating in the procession will be Vietnam Veterans of America, Louis F. Guillermin Memorial Chapter436, Chester County, PA, A Hero’s Welcome, Warriors Watch Riders, and all Veterans and others interested in showing love for the supreme sacrifice of Louis while serving our country in South East Asia.

Personal

Louis Fulda Guillermin was born on January 6, 1943 to Mr. and Mrs. Wister P. Guillermin who lived at 137 Howard Road in West Chester, PA. Louis attended the West Chester Joint Senior High School in West Chester, graduating in 1960. The high school was located at Lincoln and Montgomery Avenues, which opened in 1951 and later renamed Henderson High School in 1963. Louis was in the school’s marching band from 10th -12th grade and on the Golf team from 11th –12th grade.  The High School yearbook says of him: “Lou”…plays a terrific trumpet…drives a cool red ’49 Chevy…interested in electronics…enjoys hunting and fishing….”

After graduation from high school, Louis attended Penn State University, obtaining an associate degree in Engineering, and completed his undergrad studies at West Chester University, PA.  Louis is survived only by a few first and second  cousins.

Funeral Procession on Saturday, October 5, 2013

The funeral will leave the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, 86 Pine Street, Oxford, PA 19363 after the 9:00 to 10:00 AM Funeral Services on Saturday, October 5, 2013, and proceed on Route 1 North,  for 26 miles  (30 Minutes)

To Route 202 North (Wilmington Pike & Baltimore Pike, Concord, PA,) turn left and proceed for 7 miles (16 minutes)

To Route 3 North (High & Market Streets, West Chester, PA) and turn right, and proceed 15 Miles (34 Minutes)

to the Glenwood Memorial Cemetery, 2321 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA, 19008.

Total Miles:  48

Total Minutes: 1 hour, 20 Minutes (80 Minutes)