USA — Six Names Added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2010 — This week, the names of six Amer­i­can ser­vice­mem­bers will join the list of oth­er depart­ed or miss­ing troops fea­tured on the inter­sect­ing black-gran­ite walls of the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­r­i­al

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Expert stonework­er James Lee cleans the work after engrav­ing the name of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Tay­lor to Pan­el 7W, Line 81 of the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­r­i­al in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., May 4, 2010. Taylor’s name is one of six added to the memo­r­i­al. The new names rep­re­sent vet­er­ans who sur­vived seri­ous injury in the war, but were deter­mined by Defense Depart­ment offi­cials to have died as a result of wounds sus­tained in the com­bat zone.
Bildquelle: DoD pho­to by William D. Moss
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Army Lt. Col. William Taylor’s name was engraved at a cer­e­mo­ny today at the memo­r­i­al on the Nation­al Mall here. The names of Marine Corps Lance Cpls. John Granville and Clay­ton Hough Jr., Marine Corps Cpl. Ronald Vivona, Army Capt. Edward Miles and Army Sgt. Michael More­house will be added lat­er this week. 

The new addi­tions are vet­er­ans who sur­vived seri­ous injury in the war but were deter­mined by Defense Depart­ment offi­cials to have “died as a result of wounds [com­bat or hos­tile relat­ed] sus­tained in the com­bat zone” that required dras­tic mea­sures, such as amputation. 

“It’s an impor­tant hon­or to pay trib­ute to our nation’s vet­er­ans – of Viet­nam, espe­cial­ly,” said J.C. Cum­mings, the archi­tect of record for the memo­r­i­al. The main part of the memo­r­i­al was com­plet­ed in 1982. 

Cum­mings said a space on the wall allows Taylor’s name to fit the chrono­log­i­cal scheme as if his name had been in the data­base of fall­en sol­diers when the wall was first built. Of the six names being added to the wall this week, three of them can be placed as such, he said. 

“When these young men were over there, their units became a fam­i­ly, a mil­i­tary fam­i­ly,” Cum­mings said. “We’re lucky because we can put the name where it belongs, with their broth­ers and sis­ters in arms.” 

Taylor’s nephew, Thomas Car­pen­ter, was in atten­dance today, along with fam­i­ly mem­bers of the five oth­er ser­vice­mem­bers whose names are being added to the wall. Pho­tos of each man were shown as each fam­i­ly gave a small trib­ute to their lost relative. 

“I’m hum­bled in front of this wall,” Car­pen­ter said, “where they are for­ev­er young, strong and brave.” 

James Lee, a stonework­er whose Col­orado-based com­pa­ny has worked at the wall since 1987, said each name takes at least a few days to pre­pare. Mul­ti­ple test stones are used to ensure the new­ly engraved names match the old­er ones in shape, size and depth. 

“Every name that we add to the memo­r­i­al fur­ther com­pletes it,” he said. 

The engrav­ings for 11 oth­er ser­vice­mem­bers, from the Army and Air Force, will be mod­i­fied to reflect that they’re no longer con­sid­ered miss­ing in action. 

The changes will bring the total num­ber of names on the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­r­i­al to 58,267 men and women who were killed or remain miss­ing in action. The six new names will become offi­cial when they are read aloud dur­ing the annu­al Memo­r­i­al Day cer­e­mo­ny May 31 at 1 p.m.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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