The monument you see in downtown #DeRidder is engraved with the name of Sgt. Maj. Edward Joseph Guillory, one of the city’s lost but not forgotten sons.
Guillory was reported missing June 18, 1967 and ultimately declared dead in South Vietnam.
Guillory is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Guillory was an observer aboard an OH-23 helicopter on a visual reconnaissance mission.
"The aircraft departed the command post at 5 p.m. with an expected time of return to the base at 6:10 p.m.," reports the Army. "At 6:45 p.m., the day officer noted the aircraft was overdue.
"An immediate air search was conducted in the last known area, with negative results."
Ground and air searches the next four days turned up nothing. No aircraft, no passengers.
Guillory was listed "missing, presumptive finding of death." He was 35 when he was listed as missing.