Facts about the Vietnam Wall

Facts about the Vietnam Wall – Here is another infographic I saw on Facebook and wanted to share with my readers. This one shares a few facts about the Vietnam Wall. #VietnamWall

  • There are 58,267 names on the wall. (now there are 58,276 names on the wall.)
  • 39,996 were just 22 or younger
  • 8,283 were 19 years old.
  • 33,103 were 18 years old.
  • 12 were 17 years old.
  • 5 were 16 years old.
Facts about the Vietnam Wall - Here is another infographic I saw on Facebook and wanted to share with my readers. This one shares a few facts about the Vietnam Wall. #VietnamWall (WIth Updates on the blog post)
  • There are 3 sets of fathers and sons on the wall.
  • 31 sets of parents lost 2 of their sons.
  • 997 were killed their first day.
  • 1,448 were killed on their last day.
  • 8 women were on the wall, nurses.
  • 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the war and 153 of them are on the wall. (Now there are 160 Medals of Honor)

More Vietnam Wall Facts

I figured I would do some research to see about these facts and to find more to share with my readers.

  • The Memorial Wall was dedicated on Veterans Day of 1982.
  • 70 separate panels make up each of the walls of the ‘V’ shape.
  • One end of the memorial wall points toward the Washington Monument, while the other points to the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial is 246 feet, 8 inches long.
  • At their vertex, the walls are 10 feet, 1.5 inches high.
  • There are 16 clergy members listed on The Wall: seven Catholic, seven Protestant, and two Jewish.
  • There are 120 individuals on The Wall who listed foreign countries as their home of record.
  • In 2018, nearly 5 million people visited The Wall in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan Scruggs conceived the idea of a national memorial for veterans of the Vietnam War in 1979.
  • Maya Lin was a 21-year-old Yale undergraduate when she won the design competition. There were 1,421 entries in the competition—the largest design competition ever held at the time.
  • 1968 was the deadliest year of the war.
  • 246 Most casualty deaths on one day (January 31, 1968)
  • 40 Sets of Brothers
  • 1500+ Still Missing in Action (MIA)
  • The youngest was 15 years old, Dan Bullock (Panel 23W, Line 96)
  • The oldest was 62 years old., Kenna Taylor, Panel 7W, Line 82)
  • 5 Years of Casualties are listed on Panel 1E
  • 5 Months of Casualties are listed on Panel 2E
  • 5 Weeks of Causalities are listed on Panel 3E

Branches of the Military on the Wall

  • Army – 65.6%
  • Marine Corp 25.5%
  • Navy 4.4%
  • Air Force 4.4%
  • Coast Guard .01%

Vietnam War Veterans Day is held annually on March 29 for all of the veterans of the Vietnam War. While Veterans Day is held on November 11 for all veterans. Learn more about those.

Special thanks to the many men, women and families of those who have served and currently serving to protect our great Nation.

Learn more about the Vietnam Wall at vvmf.org/About-The-Wall/

Again, these stats can change without notice. This can be due to more remains being found.

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