WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2019 — Navy Reserve Journalist 3rd Class Raul A. Guerra, killed during the Vietnam War, was accounted for on Feb. 20, 2019.
On Oct. 8, 1967, Guerra was a passenger on board an E-1B Tracer, en route from Chu Lai Air Base to the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, on which he was stationed. Approximately ten miles northwest of Da Nang, South Vietnam, radar contact with the aircraft was lost, and adverse weather hampered subsequent search efforts. Several days later, aircraft wreckage was spotted along a mountainside, approximately 11 miles northwest of Da Nang. Because of the location, type of terrain and presence of hostile forces, a ground recovery could not be conducted. Guerra, as well as the four other servicemen on board, were declared killed in action.
DPAA is grateful to the government of Vietnam for their partnership in this mission.
Guerra’s name is recorded on the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others who are unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.