Old friends seeking a Vietnam vet nicknamed “Louisiana”

Posted at 12:09 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 13:09:10-04

A group of Vietnam veterans are trying to find a man they served with. 

He was a grunt on the ground in Vietnam: ARMY infantry; D Company; 2/8th CAVALRY; Range platoon.

The photos in the post below were taken some time between Aug. 1970 – Feb. 1971. His platoon buddies are trying to find him but, because they used so many nicknames, they’re not sure they ever knew his real name. They all called him “Louisiana." 

He had dark curly hair and wore a necklace along with his dog tags. He would have been around 18-20 yrs old in 1970. The other guys in the group photo are Doc, Joe Smith, Ray Graham, George Adamson, and Bob Recek.

The person who posted the photo is Susan Waldrop Garvin.

"My husband, Jim Garvin, is the vet in this story who is looking for his friend, Louisiana. We have not found him yet and would appreciate any info sent by private message," she said on KATC’s Tuesday post. "We’re overwhelmed by the outpouring of responses and are having a hard time keeping up with thousands of comments! Thank you, all, for your support! It means so much to our Vietnam vets!"

Garvin is asking that this post be shared far and wide, hoping that somebody will recognize "Louisiana" as a relative, friend, neighbor, etc.