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Six Names To Be Added To The Wall

30 April 2010


The names of six American servicemen will be inscribed on the black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial next week, and the status designations will be changed for 11 others whose names are already on The Wall.

Work will begin April 29 and proceed through May 4. A press event at 10 a.m on May 4th will showcase the addition of one name, that of Army Lt. Col. William L. Taylor, whose name will be added to Panel 7W, Line 81 of the Memorial.

In a short ceremony before the name addition, JC Cummings, AIA, the architect of record for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will offer some history of the Memorial and the addition of names. Expert stoneworker James Lee of Colorado-based Engrave Write, who will be adding the names, will give details about the process. VVMF President Jan Scruggs will offer remarks. Family members of all the service members whose names are being added to The Wall will be on hand, and a member of each family will speak about their family member whose name is being added and what the day means to them.

By May 4, the other names will have been added and all of the designations will have been changed. A variety of factors, including the weather and where the sun is hitting The Wall, determine when each of the changes or additions is made. When names are added, the highly technical procedure requires meticulous work to match the stroke and depth of the surrounding names to within one-thousandth of an inch.

Names Being Added to The Wall
The six names being added this year meet the Department of Defense (DOD) criteria for addition to The Wall: all of the men died as a result of wounds sustained in the combat zone during the Vietnam War.

Lance Cpl. John E. Granville, U.S. Marine Corps
Los Angeles, Calif..
Jan. 7, 1949 – April 26, 2007
Date of Casualty: June 12, 1968
Wall Location: Panel 56W, Line 34
The Department of Defense (DOD) ruled that medical evidence submitted by the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) about Lance Cpl. Granville shows that he qualifies as having "died as a result of wounds (combat or hostile related) sustained in the combat zone" due to the amputations that he received as a result of his wounds.

Lance Cpl. Clayton K. Hough Jr., U.S. Marine Corps
Holyoke, Mass.
Oct. 1, 1947 – Feb. 9, 2004
Date of Casualty: Feb. 22, 1969
Wall Location: Panel 8W, Line 3
Medical evidence submitted by the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) indicates that Lance Cpl. Hough qualifies as having "died as a result of wounds (combat or hostile related) sustained in the combat zone" due to the amputations that he received as a result of his wounds.

Capt. Edward F. Miles, U.S. Army
Manhasset, N.Y.
Aug. 17, 1944 – Jan. 26, 2004
Date of Casualty: April 26, 1969
Wall Location: Panel 26W, Line 55
The U. S. Army Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) has made the determination that Capt. Miles died as a result of wounds sustained on April 26, 1969 from a “booby trap” set by hostile forces.
Sgt. Michael J. Morehouse, U.S. Army
Covington, Ky.
Feb. 15, 1949 – Aug. 14, 2004
Date of Casualty: April 1969
Wall Location: Panel 26W, Line 1
The U. S. Army Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) has made the determination that Sgt. Morehouse died as a result of wounds sustained by hostile action in April of 1969 in Vietnam.

Lt. Col. William L. Taylor, U.S. Army
Tampa, Fla.
Dec. 19, 1941 – Jan. 23, 2009
Date of Casualty: Sept. 21, 1970
Wall Location: Panel 7W, Line 81
The U. S. Army Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) has made the determination that Lt. Col. Taylor died as a result of wounds sustained by hostile action on Sept. 21, 1970 in Vietnam.

Cpl. Ronald M. Vivona, U.S. Marine Corps
Suffolk, N.Y.
Nov. 30, 1946 – Apr. 28, 2008
Date of Casualty: Apr. 6, 1968
Wall Location: Panel 50E, Line 36
Medical evidence submitted by the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) indicates that Cpl. Vivona died as a result of wounds (combat or hostile related) sustained in the combat zone.

“We will add the names as close as possible to their dates of casualty, so these servicemen can remain in the company of those they served with,” said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Taylor will be added on the location corresponding to his exact date of casualty.

Status Changes
Beside each name on the Memorial is a symbol designating status. The diamond symbol denotes confirmed death. The cross represents missing in action. When a service member’s remains are returned or accounted for, the diamond is superimposed over the cross. In addition to the six names being added this year, 11 designation changes will be made as well.

The Speakers
James Lee has performed the name additions for many years through his former company, Great Panes Glassworks. Now with Engrave Write, he will continue making the inscriptions for The Wall. Before adding Taylor’s name, Lee will explain some of the technical aspects of the work.

JC Cummings, AIA, is the architect of record for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He worked for the Cooper Lecky architectural firm that helped build The Wall back in 1982.
In addition, representatives from each of the families of the service members whose names are being added will make remarks about their loved ones.

Adding Names
Next week’s 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 at The Wall on Monday, May 31, at 1:00 p.m.

The Department of Defense sets the criteria for and makes decisions about whose names are eligible for inscription on The Wall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund pays for the name additions and status changes, and works with the National Park Service to ensure long-term preservation and maintenance of The Wall.

Dedicated on Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built to honor all who served with the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War. It has become known as an international symbol of healing and is the most-visited memorial on the National Mall.
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