Touch The Wall Fingers touching James W Herrick Jr's name on the Wall


Updating 22 July 2015

Memorial Accountability

After the National Salute to Vietnam Veterans at the dedication ceremonies of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on November 11, 1982, it was determined that there were names inadvertently left off the memorial.

It was decided that these names would be included on either the Memorial Day or Veterans Day ceremonies at the Wall.

Date that veterans were added

- Veterans Day 1983
- Veterans Day 1984
- Memorial Day 1986
- Veterans Day 1987
- Veterans Day 1989
- Veterans Day 1991
- Memorial Day 1993
- Veterans Day 1994
- Memorial Day 1996
- Memorial Day 1997
- Memorial Day 1998
- Memorial Day 1999
- Memorial Day 2000
- Memorial Day 2001
- Memorial Day 2002
- Mother's Day 2003
- Mother's Day 2004
- Mother's Day 2005
- Memorial Day 2006
- Memorial Day 2007
- Memorial Day 2008
- Memorial Day 2009
- Memorial Day 2010
- Memorial Day 2011
- Mother's Day 2012
- Mother's Day 2013
- Mother's Day 2014
- Mother's Day 2015

Veterans Day 1983

Initially, at the National Salute To Vietnam Veterans dedication on November 11, 1982, a total of 57,939 names were on the Wall.

The first group of 68 servicemen names were added in 1983, all of whom were killed in an airplane crash flying from the combat zone to Tokyo for R&R. This insertion was authorized by President Reagan.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
68 57,939 58,007

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Veterans Day 1984

Added in time for Veterans Day 1984 were the names of 15 servicemen who died outside of the Veterans Administration hospital system after 1975, the last year of the Vietnam War.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
15 58,007 58,022

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Memorial Day 1986

The addition of 110 names in time for Memorial Day 1986 resulted from a decision to include deaths of mostly aircraft pilots and crew who were on, or in support of, direct combat missions during the Vietnam War.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
110 58,022 58,132

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Veterans Day 1987

Names added to the Memorial for Veterans Day 1987 were approved by the Department of Defense (DOD) after it was determined that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
24 58,132 58,156

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Veterans Day 1989

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
19 46,156 58,175

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Veterans Day 1991

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
8 58,175 58,183

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Memorial Day 1993

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
8 * 58,183 58,191
* Although 8 veterans were added to the Memorial in 1993, one veteran's name was disallowed due to an error. He actually returned alive and was never MIA/KIA.

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Veterans Day 1994

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
5 58,191 58,196

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Memorial Day 1996

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
6 58,196 58,202

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Memorial Day 1997

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
7 58,202 58,209

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Memorial Day 1998

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
5 58,209 58,214

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Memorial Day 1999

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
5 58,214 58,219

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Memorial Day 2000

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
1 ** 58,219 58,220
** The veteran's name was added unofficially in 1999 but officially engraved during the 2000 Memorial Day celebrations.

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Memorial Day 2001

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
6 58,220 58,226

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Mother's Day 2003

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
6 58,229 58,235

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Mother's Day 2004

Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
10 58,235 58,245

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Mother's Day 2005 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
4 58,245 58,249

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Memorial Day 2006 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.


Names Added Existing Names Total Names
4 58,249 58,253 ***

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Memorial Day 2007 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.


Names Added Existing Names Total Names
3 58,253 58,256

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Memorial Day 2008 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.



Names Added Existing Names Total Names
4 58,256 58,260

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Memorial Day 2009 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.



Names Added Existing Names Total Names
1 58,260 58,261

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Memorial Day 2010 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.


Names Added Existing Names Total Names
6 58,261 58,267

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Memorial Day 2011 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
5 58,267 58,272

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Mother's Day 2012 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
10 58,272 58,282 ***

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Mother's Day 2013 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
4 58,282 58,286 ***

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Mother's Day 2014 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
13 58,286 58,299***

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Mother's Day 2015 Approved by the Department of Defense after determining that eligibility requirements were met, in the case of a recent death, or met but overlooked when the list of names were originally prepared.

Names Added Existing Names Total Names
7 58,299 58,307***

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*** The total number of veterans on the Wall is stated as 58,307 is not completely accurate. There are numerous spelling errors creating duplication of veterans names on more than one panel. There are also multiple living veterans mistakenly engraved on the Memorial. However, we agreed to agree with Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund on the number as 58,307. One name was honored last year but his name was not engraved to a spelling mistake. His name was officially engraved this year. I will provide more clarification on the discrepancies when I receive them. (see the Discrepancy Information section)


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