WEST HAVEN, Aug. 21, 2023 — Current and former city residents who served in the Vietnam War are sought by the West Haven Vietnam Memorial Inc. Committee to have their names inscribed on a new section of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Bradley Point Park.
To qualify for name recognition on the memorial “wall,” Vietnam veterans must apply and meet the following requirements:
— Applicants must live or have lived in West Haven. Veterans living in West Haven must provide proof of residence, such as a utility bill.
— Applicants must have served in-country during the Vietnam War.
— Applicants must have been honorably discharged from military service. A DD214 form (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) is required.
— Applicants must share potential costs, if any.
The committee does not have a formal application. Veterans must mail all documents, which are due Jan. 1, 2024, to West Haven Vietnam Veterans, City Hall, lower level, 355 Main St., West Haven, CT 06516.
Those with questions can call Bill at 203-521-2356, Steve at 475-655-2993 or Paul at 203-500-2159.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial includes a black granite wall inscribed with the names of those from West Haven who served or gave their lives in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975, along with three white flagpoles draped with the American, Connecticut and prisoner-of-war flags.
The memorial, dedicated Nov. 12, 2003, also includes a black granite map of the four battle districts of Vietnam bearing the inscription “All Gave Some, Some Gave All,” as well as five bronze insignia markers atop black granite posts representing each branch of the U.S. armed forces.