“Too many of our fellow Texans breathed their last in a muddy hole or a delta swamp or a tangled jungle in Vietnam. 3,417 Texans did not survive to come home from Vietnam. They are heroes by any definition of the word. They are the best of us. They are the best of Texas.” – Joe Galloway
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will stand as a permanent honor to all Texans who served in the Vietnam War – and it will also serve as a permanent memorial to the 3,417 Texans who never came home. This memorial will be made through The 3417 Project, which will individually honor each Texan who died in the Vietnam War.
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument 3417 Project created a set of two dog tags for every Texan who died in service to his country in Vietnam, each personalized and hand-embossed with the name, branch of service, rank, date of loss and hometown of the Texas hero. One tag is displayed in the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit, and the other was dedicated for entombment in the Monument during the Groundbreaking Ceremony March 25, 2013.
As part of the 3417 Project, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument held a public Reading of the Names on March 24, 2013 at the LBJ Presidential Library Lady Bird Auditorium in Austin.
Our Texas heroes’ 3417 memorial is being hand crafted by Texas Vietnam veterans, led by Don Dorsey, a United States Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran and a member of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee. Click to order Hero Tags of your Texas Vietnam Hero.