The Wall: Of the 2.7 million Americans who served in the Vietnam
war, 304,000 were wounded in action, and 75,000 were disabled. Of the
casualties listed on The Wall, approximately 1,300 remain missing in
My November visit to The Wall in D.C. was not closure so much as knowing that it's okay now
... they are at rest and I am at peace with their passing. After finding
the Name of your loved-one, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandchild
or grandparent, friend, or Vietvet buddy, I invite you to return and experience Pat Camunes' touching poem, From
The Other Side, and then, walk my Autumn's
Wall with me and see and feel through photos, like
my above clickable composite panorama, of the beauty and tranquility
of the Vietnam Veterans' War Memorial.
Fighting Men paid the greatest toll in
Vietnam, America's longest war, as in other wars of our nation. I offer
four other categories of search: Generals and Flag Officer, Senior
Non Commissioned Officers (NCO), Military Women, and Native American
Warriors. Why? Too few realize that General Officers and Senior
NCOs led us and also paid the ultimate price. Too few realize that women,
along side men, died in this war as in all others. Too few know of the
tremendous sacrifice Native Americans have made in defense of our common
Names on the Memorial are in
alpha order, and include Rank, Branch of Service, City, State, Date
of Birth, Date of incident, and Wall location by Memorial-Panel and
Line-Numbers. To search by Name, Click on an above Letter for
the Last Name, then scroll to that Name.
Special Symbols beside Names: The National Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
Gardens, Washington, D.C. has symbols by each Name. Each name is
preceded on the west wall, or followed on the east wall, by one of two
symbols: a diamond or a cross () designating status. The diamond
symbol denotes that the service members death was confirmed; the cross
() symbol denotes the person was in missing or prisoner status
at the end of the war and remains missing and unaccounted for. The approximately
1,150 persons whose names are designated by the cross were either missing
or prisoners at the end of the war and remain missing and unaccounted
for. The diamond symbol is superimposed over the cross when a service
members remains are returned or otherwise accounted for (War
Stories! database uses
a lime-color cross); and a circleas a symbol of lifewill be inscribed
around the cross should a serviceman ever return alive.
Special Symbols beside Names: War
Stories! Vietnam Veterans
Memorial places a cross () following the rank of an prior or
current MIA or POW. All other Names represent a confirmed death.
Frequently Asked Questions, including Errors on The Wall: There are
many errors on The National Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitutional
Park, Washington, D.C., and there are errors on every Vietnam
Veterans' homepage that attempts to duplicate the Names on National
Memorial, commonly called, The Wall. If you notice an error, please
Poss with the error noted and the correct information. If I can
confirm your information through official sources I will correct the
error for this database.
Requesting a Rose or Flage for
You may email Don Poss and request a Rose or Flag (of any allied nation) be placed by the warrior's Name.* Or, perhaps
write a Memory. You can also ask about e-mailing a Photo of the
fallen, or something meaningful like a Unit Crest/Patch (all Unit Crests
are clickable to see the full size), and I will advise you regarding
the necessary format.
About your Request:
1) All Vietnam Veterans
who died in the Vietnam War are honored at the National Monument in
D.C., and on numerous Vietvet sites on the web. War
Stories! offers you the opportunity to place a token of your
remembrance beside the Name of your loved one or friend as a personal
gesture. This offer must remain as a personal touch by you to a
special Vietnam Veteran Named on The Wall. War
Stories! can no longer place Flags, Roses, or Unit Patches
for entire Units, lists of Names, Family Names, or Associations,
nor lists of possible relatives. Such requests should be directed
to that Unit's, or Association's, homepage, or on a Tribute page created
2) All requests must be signed. No exceptions.
3) Your request is generally copied directly from your email request to Don Poss
as-is, so use spell-check.
4) Most errors in requests are spelling of a Name. Often there are several identical Names on The Wall, so list what state
he or she was from (if known).
Requests for the same Name: It is not unusual for more than one person
to make a Request for the same Name on The Wall. When I notice those requests,
I try to contact you to see if you want to exchange E-mail with the
other Requester. Could be a friend who served with your loved one .
. . but it has also turned out to be x-girlfriends, or x-wives, or persons
you might not want contact with. I don't determine that, I just let
the e-mailers know there are existing Requests for the same Name, and
if both parties agree I then Forward E-mail addresses.
6) And finally---please use Upper and Lower Case when typing . UPPER CASE (CAPS) E-MAIL or all
lower case requests WILL NOT BE POSTED or responded to! Sorry,
but there are so many requests I cannot retype all the mixed-case e-mails.