How are Vietnam Wall names arranged?
How are the names arranged on the wall? The names are arranged chronologically by date of casualty. The first names appear at the center of the wall at the top of panel 1E. The panels are filled like pages of a journal listing the men and women’s names as they fell.
How many Vietnam walls are there?
The two 200-feet-long walls contain more than 58,000 names. The names are listed in chronological order by date of their casualty and begin and end at the origin point, or center, of the memorial where the two walls meet.
What is the first name on the Vietnam Wall?
The names of Army Master Sergeant Chester Ovnand and Major Dale Buis are inscribed on Panel 1E of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall.
Are the names on the Vietnam Wall in alphabetical order?
The names are not listed alphabetically, but rather chronologically by date of death or by date of missing in action, beginning and ending in the center where the two walls meet.
What does the W mean on the Vietnam Wall?
The list starts and ends at the vertex (apex), beginning at the date 1959 (with first two names listed from the date of July 8, 1959) and the inscription (IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR.
Are MIA names on Vietnam Wall?
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency currently works to recover the remains of U.S. military personnel from the Vietnam War, as well as other conflicts. Of the more than 58,000 service members with names inscribed on The Wall, approximately 1,500 are still listed as Missing in Action.
Why did Maya list the names on the memorial in chronological order instead of alphabetically?
“I also wanted remembering the past relevant to the present. Some people wanted me to put the names in alphabetical order. I wanted them in chronological order so that a veteran could find his time within the panel. It’s like a thread of life.”