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He's Not on the Wall

June 13, 1998

Now that HBO's "A Bright Shining Lie" has aired, perhaps any of your readers who saw the film or, better yet, read the book, would like to right an incredible wrong.

John Paul Vann's name is not on the Vietnam Wall!

In the mind of the bureaucrats, the fact that he resigned from the Army seems to be more important than the fact that Vann died while in command of U.S. troops . . . nor his active participation in combat the very week he was killed.

Whether or not you agree with HBO's interpretation of the book, surely viewers will agree that Vann's name deserves to be on the wall.

Please, please write to: Director, Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operating Center, Total Army Personnel Agency, DAPC-PED, 2461 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22331. Thank you.

KEN CLAYTON

Redondo Beach

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