About The 3417
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument pays tribute to all Texans who served, and it also will stand as a permanent memorial to the Texans who died in the Vietnam War. Dog tags engraved with the name, rank, branch of service, home of record and date of loss of each Texan who died in Vietnam will be entombed inside the monument, symbolically surrounded and watched over in perpetuity by the men and women who served alongside them.
The 3417 are also honored on the traveling Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit, an interactive display of dog tags honoring each Texan who died in the Vietnam War.
TCVVM has diligently researched official records to determine the most accurate list of those Texans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country during the Vietnam War. Discrepancies exist between the official government record of the National Archives which lists 3,415 Texans who died in Vietnam, and the list maintained by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, “The Wall,” which lists 3,417 individuals from Texas. TCVVM has also consulted the Coffelt Group, which works to update Vietnam War death lists.
Though the National Archives has not updated its official record since 2008, names have since been added to The Wall. The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will personally honor those Texans included on The Wall as of December 1, 2012. Two blank dog tags will be dedicated and interred in the Monument in symbolic memory of those Texans who died in the Vietnam War whose names are known only to God.
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument does not have authority to adjudicate the official record of Vietnam War dead. Questions about such issues should be directed to the appropriate service branch at the U.S. Department of Defense.
For a complete alphabetical listing of the names of these 3,417 Texans, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund here.
Texas Vietnam Heroes
“The may not be the greatest generation, but by God they’re the greatest of their generation.” — Joe Galloway
Photos courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund