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Veteran nicknamed “Louisiana” found

Posted: 3:28 PM, Jun 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-03 16:28:03-04

A group of Veterans looking to find their long-lost service buddy from Vietnam has found him. 

"Louisiana" as he was called by his buddies was a part of the ARMY infantry; D Company; 2/8th CAVALRY; Range platoon.

The post, first shared by Susan Waldrop Garvin asking for help in locating "Louisiana" got immediate attention from media outlets and social media, being shared over 100,000 times. Read that story here

On Saturday, Susan posted that "Louisiana" was found but had, unfortunately, had passed away in 2015. His name was Harold Thomas and surprisingly he was not from Louisiana. 

According to his obituary, Harold Lee Thomas was born in Hemingway, South Carolina in 1950. He then found himself in several other states throughout his childhood including Oklahoma and California. 

In California, he graduated from high school in 1968 and entered the US Army where he fought in the Vietnam War. Harold was awarded three bronze stars and numerous other medals for his service. 

Sunsan Garvin updated on June 2, 2018, with this post, saying his story would soon be shared. Maybe the explanation for the nickname "Louisiana" will be one of those stories.

The post showed three photos of Thomas with the title. "Welcome Home ‘Louisiana.’"