Mary de la Houssaye Belleau
The Vietnam War: Louisiana Remembers
Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority
Date Issued: 2017-08-16
Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | United States. Marine Corps. | Military
- Belleau, Mary de la Houssaye Interviewee
An oral history interview conducted on August 16, 2017, with Mary de la Houssaye Belleau of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She shares the story of her husband, Captain Arthur J. de la Houssaye of Lafayette, Louisiana, who served as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. She discusses: her husband’s training; his assignment to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323; his role in flying 89 missions; his death during the Tet Offensive on January 31, 1968; how she learned about his death; how the Marines honored him; and her advice for young people who are interested in joining the military.