R.H. Deason of Belledeau (left) and John M. Muckleroy Jr. of Natchitoches display the photo of the USS Guam that Deason bought at a flea market. The photo was owned by Muckleroy’s father, who served aboard the Guam during WWII operations around Okinawa and the South China Sea in 1945. Deason, 97, was an Army spotter and gunner in the Philippines during the same time the Guam was patroling in that area. The two men never met. Muckleroy died in 1994 at the age of 68. {Natchitoches Times photo}

R.H. Deason of Belledeau reads the Natchitoches Times article about his efforts to return a fellow WWII veteran’s photo to his family. Deason, an Army veteran of the South Pacific, found the photo of the USS Guam at a flea market. The photo had Navy Seaman 2nd Class John Muckleroy’s name on it. Deason undertook the mission to locate the sailor’s family and return the photo to them. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Hessmer WWII vet returns photo to Natchitoches Navy vet’s family

{Editor’s Note: The following article, which features World War II veteran R.H.



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