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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL The wall was designed The memorial cost $8.4 million, or $18.7 million in today's money. All funds were raised privately. by Maya Lin, a NO FEDERAL FUNDS WERE USED. 21-YEAR-OLD Yale undergraduate. The deadliest day of the war was the first day of the Tet Offensive, with More than JANUARY 1968 120 MILLION people have since it opened in 1982. TET OFFENSIVE 245 DEATHS. I the memorial 1968 was the bloodiest year, with 16,592 DEATHS. The wall is 493 FEET LONG and comprised of 42 PANELS. The shortest panels The names are grouped chronologically by the year the person was killed or reported missing. Approximately The tallest panels hold more than hold fewer than 1.600 SOLDIERS 10 NAMES. 600 NAMES. The first year listed is The last year is PON ARE are still listed as POW/MIA. T FORSOTEN 1959 1975 There are currently 58,272 names on the wall, including 333 additions since 1982. 151 MEDAL OF HONOR winners are listed. More than Enlisted men and women accounted 150,000 for nearly 87 % of all deaths. items have n VALOR been left at More than 900 service members died the wal. on their FIRST DAY in Vietnam. More than 1,400 died on their scheduled DEPARTURE DAY. 16 CLERGY MEMBERS 8 WOMEN SYMBOLS ARE USED BEFORE OR AFTER EACH NAME TO INDICATE THE PERSON'S STATUS are listed, including two Medal of Honor are listed-all nurses-including Lt. Col. Annie Ruth Graham, who served in World War II, CLERGY recipients. Confirmed dead Korea and Vietnam. + POW/MIA 54 GRADUATES The most common surname is "Smith," with of Philadelphia's Thomas Edison High School died, the most of any school in the country. Missing person is declared dead. 667 NAMES. + Missing person returns alive. This has never been done. # OF DEATHS The legal age of enlistment was 18 (17 with parental consent), but dozens of 31 40,000 sets of brothers and UNDERAGE SOLDIERS 30,000 3 sets of fathers and sons were killed. served-and died-in Vietnam. 20,000 10,000 15-21 22-29 30-39 40-49 50-63 AGE OF SOLDIER AT TIME OF DEATH SOURCES: NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND A COLLABORATION BETWEEN HISTORY.COM AND THE AARDVARK BRIGADE

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

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Every year on Veterans Day, Americans pay tribute to those brave men and women who have served our are currently serving in our armed forces. Get the facts behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.


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