|Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I need directions to the Wall
A: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located near the Washington Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. For maps and directions useMap Quest Here
Q: Where is the Wall located on the National Mall?
A: The Wall is located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, along Constitution Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets.
Map of the National Mall
Q: Who owns TheWall-USA.com?
A: TheWall-USA.com was created in 1996 by the
late Alan Oskvarek, a disabled Vietnam Vet, as a tribute to the dead
and missing from Vietnam. In 2001 when ill-health made it impossible
for him to continue maintaining the web site, it was purchased by
an individual who donated it to the 4th Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment
Manchu (Vietnam) Association a non-profit organization of Vietnam
Q: Who maintains the site?
A: The site is maintained by unpaid volunteer
from the 4/9 Infantry Manchu (Vietnam) Association which relies on
donations by its members and visitors to the Wall-USA to cover the
costs of operation.
Q: Some of the information on your web site is
incorrect can you change it?
A: The database that we use for our web site is
the official U.S. government database of casualties from the Vietnam
War. Its official name is The Combat Area Casualties Current File
(Southeast Asia). It is maintained by the National Archives and updated
once each year, usually in the autumn.
The CCAF database is known to contain errors. TheWall-USA.com has
tried to address this issue when possible but visitors should know
that any changes that might be made in our database will have no
effect on the official CCAF database.
Q: Why do you have the wrong hometown for an individual?
A: The database does not list hometown as such
but rather the more euphemistic Home of Record which is the town
the individual service member provided to the personnel officials
in his or her branch of service.
Q: Why have you listed the casualty date as a
date long after the war was over? Isn’t that obviously wrong?
A: It could be an error in the official database.
Or, in the case of an individual who was at one time listed as missing,
it is more likely the date when that individual’s status was
changed from missing to presumed dead.
Q: How can I get the official database changed?
A: Contact the appropriate service at the following
addresses: (Please note these offices will most likely require documentation
to ensure that the correction you are requesting them to make is
not in error. Also note that these offices deal with all casualties
from their service and not just from the Vietnam era.)
Air Force Military Personnel Center
ATTN: Ms. Lafontaine
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-6001
Director, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept 450
Fort Knox, KY 40122
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
Washington, DC 20380-0001
Department of the Navy
Casualty Assistance Branch
Washington, DC 20370-5120
Q: How can I learn more about the circumstances
of someone’s death?
A: At present only the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine
Corps offer such detail from a record known as the Individual Deceased
Personnel File (IDPF). Getting access to this information is possible
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. Write to:
FOIA OFFICER, Department of the Army
ADMIN Section, ATTN: TAP-ALP-A (FOIA)
DCS Personnel and Logistics
200 Stovall St., Alexandria, VA 22332-0405
For Marine Corps casualties write to:
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MRC)
3280 Russell Rd.
Quantico, VA 22134-5103
We do not have mailing addresses currently for the Navy or Air
Q: How do I get a name added to the memorial for
a serviceman who died as a result of his service in the Vietnam War?
A: If you feel a name should be added to the memorial,
please contact The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at their website HERE.
They built the memorial and established the criteria for determining
which names are engraved on it.
Q: I understand there is a list of things that
visitors have left at the Memorial. Where can I find it?
A: The National Park Service has a site devoted
to the collection of things that people have left at the Wall. They
are looking for help with the identification of some of these.
Q: Where can I find information about casualties?
I’m looking for such categories as Branch of Service, Type
of Casualty, Rank, Pay Grade, Home of Record etc.
A: The National Archives provides general information
about Vietnam War casualties you may find interesting. HERE
The Archives also provide a Statistics Page at HERE
Q: When will the Moving Wall be in my hometown?
A: There are two replica versions of The Vietnam
Veterans Memorial that tour the United States regularly. The first
of them which is called The Moving Wall, has been traveling the country
for almost twenty years. You can find their schedule HERE.
The second, known as The Wall That Heals, was created in 1996 by
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. You can find their schedule HERE.
Q: Who built the memorial?
A: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is the private
organization that helped obtain funding for building of the Memorial
itself. They have their own name lookup capability, and offer their
own set of useful links. HERE
Q: Where can I find the latest information on
the status of Prisoners of War and those listed as Missing in Action?
A: The Defense Prisoner of War / Missing Personnel
Office is the official government site for POW/MIA information. They
have a newsletter and current information on the official status
of missing and returned service members. HERE.
The Library of Congress also maintains POW/MIA information HERE
Q: I am looking for a soldier I served with in
Vietnam. Can you help me find his current address?
A: There is no database of all living Vietnam
veterans, and The Wall-USA.com has no way of finding anyone for you.
The Veterans Administration is prohibited by law from giving out
information on veterans in their files, but they will forward a message
from you to someone for whom they have an address. It is then up
to that person to respond to you, assuming that the address is still
good. Their page describing this service is HERE
Others have found The Viet Nam Veterans Home Page to be quite useful
in finding living veterans. They maintain a Lost and Found section
http://www.vietvet.org/lostfnd.htm, with listings of people looking
for people. The VVHP also describes "Buddy Locator" programs
offered by the military services at http://grunt.space.swri.edu/budlocat.htm.
The VVHP Reunion Notices HERE might
also be a good starting point.
The United States Marine Corps maintains a large list of "approved" reunions HERE.