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Fourteen Names to be Added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Ceremony on Mother's Day will honor name additions and status changes

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The names of 14 American servicemen will be engraved on the black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial over the next week, and the status designations will be changed for eight others whose names are already on The Wall, announced Jan C. Scruggs, Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF).

On May 11 at 10 a.m., VVMF will host the Name Addition Ceremony, during which the changes will be unveiled in Washington, D.C.  These men have met the Department of Defense criteria for addition to The Wall, having sustained wounds in Vietnam from which they eventually perished.

The names of Jerry Leon Antrich, Frederick Joseph Baum, Henry John Drozdowski, Jr., Michael Noel Faherty, Gregory Jackson Franklin, William Arthur Gabrielsen, Ronald Hall, Robert Kroptavich, Thomas Charles Littles, Paul Luther Loidolt, Walter Hugh Mauldin, Alan Leslie Seamans, Chester Staten and Danny Joe Wilson will join the others inscribed on The Wall who lost their lives or remain missing in action as a result of combat in Vietnam. These changes will bring the total number of names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to 58,300 men and women who were killed or who remain missing in action.

Weather permitting, work to inscribe the names and change designations will be complete this week, and the changes will be unveiled during the ceremony. When names are added, the highly technical procedure requires meticulous work to match the stroke and depth of the surrounding names to within 1/1,000 of an inch. The physical work of adding the names and changing designations will be performed by James Lee of the Colorado-based company, Engrave Write.

The Department of Defense sets the criteria for and makes decisions about whose names are eligible for inscription on The Wall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund pays for the name additions and status changes, and works with the National Park Service to ensure long-term preservation and maintenance of The Wall.

Names To Be Added to The Wall

SSG Jerry Leon Antrich, U.S. Army
Houston, Texas
June 20, 1930Aug. 10, 1969
Date of Casualty: Nov. 1, 1967

SFC Frederick Joseph Baum, U.S. Army
Baltimore, Md.
Feb. 22, 1930Feb. 28, 1971
Date of Casualty: Unknown

PFC Henry John Drozdowski, Jr., U.S. Army
March 9, 1947April 30, 2011
Date of Casualty: Jan. 13, 1967

SP5 Michael Noel Faherty, U.S. Army
Marlboro, Mass.
Dec. 30, 1946July 25, 1968
Date of Casualty: Unknown

PFC Gregory Jackson Franklin, U.S. Army
Winchester, Va.
July 19, 1949Feb. 12, 1979
Date of Casualty: Nov. 27, 1968

SP4 William Arthur Gabrielsen, U.S. Army
Frankfort, Mich.
April 2, 1947March 10, 1970
Date of Casualty: Aug. 12, 1968

PFC Ronald Hall, U.S. Army
Birmingham, Ala.
July 20, 1948Oct. 2, 1967
Date of Casualty: Unknown

SP4 Robert Kroptavich, U.S. Army
Scranton, Pa.
Oct. 26, 1942Sept. 10, 1968
Date of Casualty: Unknown

SP4 Thomas Charles Littles, U.S. Army
Brewton, Ala.
Nov. 29, 1946June 3, 1971
Date of Casualty: Dec. 28, 1969

PFC Paul Luther Loidolt, U.S. Army
Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug. 30, 1948Feb. 21, 1969
Date of Casualty: April 4, 1968

MSG Walter Hugh Mauldin, U.S. Army
Doraville, Ga.
Sept. 9, 1931May 8, 1968
Date of Casualty: Unknown

SP4 Alan Leslie Seamans, U.S. Army
Grafton County, N.H.
June 10, 1949Jan. 25, 1998
Date of Casualty: Oct. 13, 1967

MM3 Chester Staten, U.S. Navy
Rayville, La.
July 4, 1943April 13, 1965
Date of Casualty:  April 13, 1965

PFC Danny Joe Wilson, U.S. Army
Florence, Ala.
July 8, 1944Nov. 16, 2012
Date of Casualty: Aug. 18, 1966

Status Changes
Beside each name on the memorial is a symbol designating status. The diamond symbol denotes confirmed death. The cross represents missing in action. When a service member's remains are returned or accounted for, the diamond is superimposed over the cross. In addition to the 14 names being added this year, eight designation changes will be made as well. They include:

  • MAJ Howard Vincent Andre, Jr.; USAF; Memphis, Tenn.; Panel 21W, Row 80
  • SP5 John Lawrence Burgess; USA; Kingsley, Mich.; Panel 9W, Row 104
  • COL Thomas Wayne Dugan; USAF; Reading, Pa.; Panel 36W, Row 14
  • MAJ Louis Fulda Guillermin; USAF; of West Chester, Pa.; Panel 53E, Row 14
  • PO3 Michael Barry Judd; USN; Cleveland, Ohio; Panel 22E, Row 88
  • LTC Robert Edward Pietsch; USAF; Cleveland, Ohio; Panel 53E, Row 21
  • MAJ James Elmo Sizemore, USAF; San Diego, Calif.; Panel 21W, Row 86
  • SSG Lawrence Woods; USA; Clarksville, Tenn.; Panel 1E, Row 68

Photos of the men whose names will be added and whose statuses will be changed, as well as stories about their lives, are being collected from their loved ones to be used in the Education Center at The Wall, which is planned in Washington, D.C. near the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. The Education Center will be an interactive learning facility that will teach the values, tell the stories and show the faces of those who served. It will also showcase the remembrances left in tribute at The Wall and celebrate the rich legacy of service in this country.

About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall

Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.

The Education Center at The Wall will be a place on our National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With plans to begin construction in 2016, the Center is a technologically-innovative learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact that the Vietnam War and other wars had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. The Center will also celebrate the legacy of service that links the heroes of America's past to those still serving today.

Learn more about the Education Center at The Wall by visiting or by calling 866-990-WALL.

Contact: Heidi Zimmerman
Phone: (202) 393-0090 ext 118

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