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Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Virtual Wall

This was sent to me by a friend who is a former Navy fighter pilot.  He served in Vietnam about the same time I was there.  This is a virtual tour of the Vietnam Memorial and is as in depth as anything I have seen.

Though it is not like actually standing before The Wall alongside the Mall, near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., this will still be a very moving experience for any Vietnam Veteran who lost a friend in that war, or any family members who may not have had the opportunity to travel to the actual Memorial.  It provides numerous sites for finding individual names of those killed in action and where they are located on The Wall.  

Using this site, I was able to go directly to my unit, Bravo Co. 3rd Recon Bn., 3rd Marine Division, during the time period of the Tet Offensive at Khe Sanh  and see the names of both the Marines and the Corpsmen who died while we were there in 1968.   It was very moving to see their names, to bring back their faces and the events of those 77 days under siege there.

This is a beautifully done site.  It, like the Vietnam Memorial itself, is done with simple beauty and deep respect.  The honor that this wall gives to the fallen of that war is very powerful and memorable.  Those who have been there have seen how The Wall effects the Vietnam veterans and family members who stand silently before it.  

This virtual wall, like the Memorial itself, does not need a string of words from me to describe its power.  It speaks far more eloquently than I will ever be able to.  I hope that this proves to be a valuable experience for all who go to this site.  I would encourage anyone to go to the actual Vietnam Memorial, especially any Vietnam veterans who have not done so yet.  Yes, it is a somber experience, but it is a liberating one as well.

Thank you to all who have served.  Let us never forget those who have died.

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