Martha Sparks Society Editor
August 28, 2013
An escort consisting of West Virginia State Troopers, helicopters and bikers will escort the West Virginia Vietnam Mobile Wall from Danville to Fountain Place Mall this Thursday.
The Wall, constructed by the West Virginia State Council Vietnam Veterans, serves as a memorial for all West Virginia’s Vietnam Veterans who served during the Vietnam War.
Sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Chapter 308 and The West Virginia State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, the Wall will be at Fountain Place from Thurs., Aug. 29, to Mon., Sept. 2.
Dedication ceremonies for the walls arrival in Logan County will be held at 5 p.m.
Names listed on the Wall are only from West Virginia and includes those who were killed in action, held as Prisoners Of War, and those still Missing in Action on the soils of South Vietnam, North Vietnam its seaways and theater of operation.
The wall lists over 732 West Virginians, but area veterans think that more names could be entered on the wall.
“We’re looking for people not on the wall,” Chavis Miller, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 308 Board of Director member, said. “Many moved to other parts of the country when they got out of high school to find jobs. Whatever state they were in when they left to go to the military then their name would be listed under that state. But if anyone died that was from West Virginia during the conflict then we need to know it.”
Miller said gave the example of Frankie Molnar. Molnar was raised in West Virginia, but was living in New Jersey when he was drafted. Molnar is honored with a memorial bridge located on U.S. 119 between Fountain Place Mall and the Whitman exit.
“There is no way of knowing how many West Virginians were killed during the Vietnam War era unless family members step forward and let us know,” Miller said.
Miller said if anyone knows of someone who should be listed on the wall they can call the Vietnam Veterans at 304-752-2110 or 304-752-3722.
The West Virginia State Council Mobile Wall travels throughout the state of West Virginia and will visit every county. The mobile wall does not have a permanent home.