GUILLORY, HUBIA JUDE

Name: Hubia Jude Guillory 
Rank/Branch: Private First Class/US Army 
Unit: Company D, 5th Battalion, 
7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division 
Date of Birth: 17 November 1947
Home of Record: New Orleans, LA
Date of Loss: 25 April 1968 
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162133N 1070641E (YD255097)
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Status in 1973: Killed/Body Not Recovered 
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel In Incident: Daniel M. Kelley and David L. Scott (missing) 

REMARKS:  KIA AMBUSH - REM LEFT BEHIND - J

SYNOPSIS:  On 28 April 1968, SPC Daniel Kelley, PFC Hubia Guillory and SPC David Scott were riflemen assigned to Company D, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Their company was conducting a search and destroy mission in the extremely rugged jungle covered mountains at the northern edge of the infamous A Shau Valley to disrupt enemy activity in the area.

The area in which the Company D was operating was located approximately 6 miles northeast of the northern tip of the valley itself and at a point were a primary road used by the communists to move men and supplies into South Vietnam via the Ho Chi Minh Trail formed a "C" shaped niche before it turned toward the southeast. This road entered South Vietnam north of the A Shau Valley, then ran from the northwest to the southeast along the east side of the valley where it ran next a river that flowed through the A Shau Valley. Roughly two-thirds of the way through the valley, the road turned sharply to the northeast where it headed directly toward Hue. The Company's position was located inside the C-shaped niche of the road and 2 miles north and east of it, 4 miles north-northeast of the South Vietnamese/Lao border, 26 miles southeast of Khe Sanh and 28 miles west-southwest of Hue, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam.

The NVA used this road as a major extension of the notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail. When North Vietnam began to increase its military strength in South Vietnam, NVA and Viet Cong troops again intruded on neutral Laos for sanctuary, as the Viet Minh had done during the war with the French some years before. This border road was used by the Communists to transport weapons, supplies and troops from North Vietnam into South Vietnam, and was frequently no more than a path cut through the jungle covered mountains. US forces used all assets available to them to stop this flow of men and supplies from moving south into the war zone.

At approximately 1800 hours, the 1st and 3rd platoons of Company D were on patrol near Landing Zone (LZ) Tiger when they made contact with an enemy force of unknown size that was dug in and concealed in fortified positions. While caught in the crossfire of automatic weapons, PFC Guillory was shot in the chest and hand grenades landed within a few feet of him. At the same time SPC Kelley was believed killed by a wound to the neck and SPC Scott was thought to have died after being hit multiple times by the intense enemy fire.

Other platoon members observed all three Americans for a period of two hours with no sign of motion, life or speech emanating from any of them. Due to the sustained, intense, and accurate automatic weapons fire laid down by the communist force, the wounded men could not be rescued. Eventually the surviving members of the 1st and 3rd platoons were forced to gather up their wounded and break into small groups in order to withdraw to a more secure position. As they did so, the survivors were forced to leave the bodies of all three men behind. Three separate attempts were made to re-enter the ambush site to recover PFC Guillory, SPC Scott and SPC Kelley, but none were successful due to the continued enemy action in the area. Because it was believed all three died from their wounds, Hubia Guillory, David Scott and Daniel Kelley were listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered at the time of loss.

There is little doubt that Daniel Kelly, Hubia Guillory and David Scott died of their wounds in this well planned and executed enemy ambush. Each soldier has the right to have his remains returned to his family, friends and country. In this case, there is no question the Vietnamese could return their remains any time they had the desire to do so since they were in total control of the ambush site immediately after the Americans were force to withdraw.

For other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, their fate could be quite different. Since the end of the Vietnam War well over 21,000 reports of American prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for have been received by our government. Many of these reports document LIVE American Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia TODAY.

Military men in Vietnam were called upon to fight in many dangerous circumstances, and each was prepared to be wounded, killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country so proudly served.