3 servicememembers' names added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall

A veteran scans the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on May 11, 2016, for the name of a friend killed in action in Vietnam.


Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War. "The Vietnam War" features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

By LAUREN KING | STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — The names of three American servicemembers have been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Marine Cpl. Kenneth R. McGuire of Rib Lake, Wisconsin and Army Sgts. John T. Whitson of Huntsville, Texas and Edward L. Wilmers of Lapeer, Michigan have joined 58,315 others listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall who lost their lives or remain missing in action as a result of combat in Vietnam, according to a news release from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

In 2016, five servicemembers who were previously listed as missing were accounted for and their statuses have been changed from missing in action to killed in action. They will be officially welcomed home at the Memorial Day ceremony in Washington. They are:

  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Alan L. Boyer of Missoula, Montana
  • Air Force Col. William E. Campbell of McAllen, Texas
  • Navy Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby of Orlando, Florida
  • Air Force Maj. Dean A. Klenda of Marion, Kansas
  • Air Force Col. Patrick H. Wood of Kansas City, Missouri

On Monday at 1 p.m., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service will host the annual Memorial Day Observance at The Wall. All the changes will be commemorated.

This year, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, co-directors of “The Vietnam War” on PBS will deliver keynote remarks. Their series will begin airing in September.


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