Adding a Name to The Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund receives numerous requests each year from individuals who desire to have particular names placed on the Memorial. And while the Memorial Fund finances the name additions to The Wall, we do not determine whose names are to be inscribed. It is the Department of Defense that makes these difficult and often very technical decisions. Our organization does not have the authority to overrule those who adjudicate these matters. 

According to current DoD guidelines, service members are eligible for inscription on The Wall if they have:

  •  died (no matter the cause) within the defined combat zone of Vietnam (varies based on dates)
  •  died while on a combat/combat support mission to/from the defined combat zone of Vietnam
  •  died within 120 days of wounds, physical injuries, or illnesses incurred or diagnosed in the defined combat zone of Vietnam.

Examples of deaths that do not fit the Department of Defense criteria include, but are not limited to: 

  • PTSD related illnesses / events
  • Exposure to Agent Orange and similar chemicals
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart Attack

All of the above items do fit the criteria for inclusion in VVMF’s In Memory program.  Each year we honor these fallen heroes and their families at the In Memory Day ceremony. Learn more about the In Memory Program. 

For further explanation of the parameters for inclusion, please contact the relevant service branch below:

Headquarters U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept. 450
Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121
VOX: 502-613-8225

Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center
Missing Persons Branch
550 C. Street West, Suite 14
Randolph AFB, TX  78150-4716
Fax: 210-565-3805

Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps
Manpower and Reserve Affairs, MRC
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5103
Fax: 703-784-9823 or 703-784-4134

Navy Personnel Command
Casualty Assistance Branch (PERS-621P
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-6210
Fax: 901-874-6654