GUILLORY, HUBIA JUDE

Name: Hubia Jude Guillory
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: Company D, 5th Btn, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 17 November 1947
Home City of Record: New Orleans LA
Date of Loss: 25 April 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162133N 1070641E
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1145

Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 2014.

Other Personnel In Incident: Daniel M. Kelley; David L. Scott (missing)

REMARKS: KIA AMBUSH - REM LEFT BEHIND - J

SYNOPSIS:  On April 28, 1968, SP4 Kelley, PFC Guillory and SP4 Scott were on
a search and clear mission in the vicinity of Thua Thien Province, South
Vietnam. They were riflemen in Company D, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st
Cavalry Division.  The unit was ambushed by an enemy force.

Kelley was shot in the neck and died.  Scott was shot in the chest, and
Guillory was shot and then hand grenades were thrown within 3-4 feet of him.
The three were observed for a minimum of two hours, and no signs of life
were detected.

Because of heavy fire, the unit broke into small groups in order to escape
and evade, and had to leave their casualties behind.  A search of the area
was attempted three times, but could not be completed because of hostile
action.

In 1985, a private citizen obtained a lengthy document describing in great
detail a prison camp near Hue, South Vietnam, and identified a number of
Americans he had seen held their by their photographs.  Some of them he
positively identified, and another list he considered "possible".  A number
of the Americans he identified had already been released from Vietnam in
1973. Daniel M. Kelley was one of the names on the "possible" list.

Guillory, Kelley and Scott are listed with honor among the missing because
no remains were recovered.  Despite the possible identification of the
Vietnamese source of Kelley's photo, their cases seem quite clear.  For
others who are listed missing, resolution is not as simple.  Thousands of
reports such as the one received in 1985 have surfaced since the end of the
war, convincing many authorities that hundreds of Americans were left behind
alive.  There can be no "Peace With Honor" as long as our men are held in
enemy hands.


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Feb 21, 2014

By Donna E. Elliott, SGT, USAR (Ret)
Sister of SSGT Jerry W. Elliott, MIA 21 Jan 68 Khe Sanh
 

PFC Hubia Jude Guillory, a small guy with dark hair and eyes, was from New Orleans, Louisiana, and most of his friends called him "Hubie" or "Gilley." He was a comedian with a magnetic personality who could jazz up any situation with a joke or by singing unexpectedly. Guillory was also a charismatic leader; other soldiers sort of clung to him and wanted to be on the same patrols because he had a way of making you feel good in a bad situation.

Stunningly beautiful with well-defined mountain ranges 5,000 feet in height that formed solid walls with few passages, the Ashau Valley in 1968 was far more than a bad situation; it was a perilous and violent hot spot. On 25 April, at approximately 1800 hours, the first and third platoons with the headquarters element of Company D, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry was on a search-and-destroy operation near LZ Tiger when they were ambushed by an enemy force of unknown size in well-fortified positions.

Caught in the cross fire within twenty-five feet of the enemy, Guillory on point, his best friend SP4 David L. Scott, who was right behind him, and SP4 Daniel M. Kelley were killed almost at once. The unit broke into small groups in order to escape. They took refuge in the jungle and watched over the fallen riflemen for two hours, but there was no movement or sound. Three attempts were made, but due to the volume of hostile fire, the three riflemen, Guillory, Scott, and Kelley could not be retrieved. The triple-canopy and proximity of enemy and friendly forces limited the ability of artillery and air support. Hidden thirty-feet away, close enough to see torn pants and blood, platoon members called out to the three soldiers until night fell, but there was no response. The U.S. troops broke contact and withdrew.

In July 1993, a joint investigation team traveled to Hong Van Village, A Luoi District, Thua Thien-Hue Province to investigate Case 1145. The team searched the area in the vicinity of the last know location [48QYD255097] for the unaccounted for individuals with negative results.

In 2004, a JPAC team interviewed Mr. Hoang The Phuong, former PAVN solider assigned to Anti-Aircraft Artillery Company 23. On an unrecalled date in April of 1968, his company shot a helicopter which crashed at the base of Con Meo Mountain. The next morning the weather was foggy, providing cover for Phuong and two comrades to go to the crash site. While enroute, Phuong discovered the bodies of two U.S. soldiers wearing green uniforms lying close together and face down. The bodies were stiff when he turned them over. He did not notice rank, but both men were Caucasian, and he thought they were from an Air Cavalry since his unit was conducting operations against such a unit at the time. The burial team of his unit buried the bodies in a shallow grave close to where they found them, approximately five to ten meters off the trail intersection close to Highway 39.

Phuong led JPAC to an area he identified as the site where he found the bodies and where the burial team interred them. He stated the land was about two meters higher at the time of the incident. Local officials confirmed the area had been leveled twice. The excess dirt was pushed off the side of the mountain into a ravine JPAC had previously surveyed.

JPAC returned to the area in 2005 and learned that in the approximate 2001-2002 time period, grading had been carried out in the loss area. Mr. To Duy Giang, leader of Team 5 and the person who graded the road, told the team that during the process of grading Hong Van Village they did not discover any remains, but when they leveled the Meo Slope [48Q YD2409] two graves had been discovered. It was not clear who they were, and sometime later when Giang returned the graves had been exhumed. He did not know who was responsible since this was the area of the boundary between Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri Province.

In March 2011, JPAC attempted to interview three witnesses who might have additional information on Case 1145, but one man had died, the main witness was in the hospital, and the third had no information on American burial sites.

The Vietnamese had turned over SP4 Kelley’s identification card and projection license in 1996, indicating positive knowledge of the Case 1145 loss incident and probably knowledge of the disposition of remains of Kelley, Scott, and Hubia Guillory.