Hometown Heroes: Morgan City, LA


Vietnam Casualties from Louisiana – 884

New Orleans – 164

Shreveport – 54

Lake Charles – 25

Alexandria – 22

Monroe – 22

Morgan City – 8

Remembrances and Photographs Posted on VVMF’s Virtual Wall


LCPL Thomas E. La Coste

Morgan City, LA

You fought before my time and I never had a chance to meet you. You fought with great honor and sacrificed your life for our country. I respect you and can’t thank you enough for your bravery! — Amber Miller

CPT Douglass T. Wheless

Schreveport, LA

Time has dimmed the clarity of events on that fateful day, almost thirty years ago when Doug paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of his country. My memories of Doug, however, remain bright and clear. As I write this remembrance, Vietnam Veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment are gathering in reunion in Buffalo, NY. Doug, along with 766 fellow Blackhorse Troopers who died in Vietnam, will be remembered for their courage, friendship, love of country, and devotion to our regiment. May God bless my friend as he rests in eternal peace. Until we meet again, ALLONS!  — Thomas H. Reese

LCPL Thomas E. La Coste, U.S. Marine Corps 

CPT Douglass T. Wheless, U.S. Army

SP5 Richard W. Joles 

New Orleans, LA

It has taken thirty years, but the Casper Platoon over the past two years has learned that we need to be together as a family and share the pain with others who understand what we hold inside.  The healing, we have learned, comes from being together, remembering together, celebrating together and mourning together.  Our brothers who died in combat are missed as any family member would be, and at each reunion those of you that were lost to us are remembered in a ceremony dedicated to the memories we all share.  You were our brother, you are our brother, and our family is incomplete without you, but your memory lives on within us forever.  You are greatly missed at each reunion, but we do feel your spirit among us.  God bless America, God bless the Vietnam Combat Veteran.                                    — Casper Aviation Platoon Organization


SP5 Richard W. Joles, U.S. Army

PFC John C. Seebode, U.S. Marine Corps

Morgan City, LA

John’s mother was my best friend and John was my son Ray’s best friend.  They went to Morgan City High School and played football together.  We always replayed the games on Saturday mornings with my other children.  My baby son, Sheen, who is deceased, was always so happy to see John as were the rest of the family.  We have a 20 ft. flag pole that flies 24 hours a day (lighted at night) to honor John’s memory.  We will never forget.  God bless all who read this.           — Mrs. Raymond (Jane) Beadle, Sr.

To see these remembrances and pictures, or leave your own, please visit www.vvmf.org/thewall.

The Education Center at The Wall and The Wall That Heals are initiatives of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF).