LtCol. Louis A. Gulling

Pensacola News Journal
October 29, 2003



Louis A. Gulling, Lt. Col. (USMC Ret.), 74, of Pensacola, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2003.

Lt. Col. Gulling was born August 28, 1929 in Maximo, Ohio to Harry R. and Wilda Marie Gulling.

He had been a resident of Pensacola for nine years, prior to living in Houston, Texas. He and his wife, Ann, returned to Pensacola in 1997.

He was a pilot in the United States Marine Corps. His career allowed him to serve two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Korea in which he fought ferocious battles. He was admired by all who served under and with him.

Lt. Colonel Gulling was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Navy Yacht Club and the Retired Officer's Association.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivor's include his wife of 48 years, Ann Gulling, their children, Charlotte, Mary Lou, Theresa, Shirley, David, Jacquie, Suzanne and Kathy; his brother, Eddie; sisters, Barbara and Carol; and eleven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 30, 2003 at St. John Catholic Church, 303 South Navy Blvd., with Father Richard Altenbaugh serving as celebrant.

Interment with military honors will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 5:00- 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 619 New Warrington Rd.

Recitation of the Rosary will be 6:30 P.M. Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Although I haven't seen Lou Gulling for several years, he was one of my friends.  We served together at HMX, New River, and Viet Nam.  Last night I received a call from his wife, Ann.  Understandably she was reticient, but she gave me some details, all of which you may already know.

About six months ago Lou underwent open heart bypass surgery for several, (I think she said 4 or 5), bypasses and a valve replacement.  Not your run of the mill ingrown toenail treatment.  But she said he made a wonderful recovery and felt thirty years younger.

Then about the first of October he was diagonsed with two kinds of blood cancer, and passed away on October 29th.

Lou was CO of 364 in Viet Nam.  In fact, I think he was CO when it went over.

Ann said she will be selling the house, but her current address is 301 Teakwood Circle, Pensacola, FL 32506.

Semper Fi,

Harvey Britt

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