The Pentagon recently decided to dishonor every Vietnam War veteran in the country after they decided not to add the names of 74 sailors who died on their way to serve in Vietnam.
According to Fox News, 74 sailors died in a collision between the USS Frank E. Evans and an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China sea in 1969 after the Evans was sliced in two by the Australian aircraft carrier.
The 74 sailors who died never got the chance to serve in Vietnam, and because of this, the Pentagon doesn’t think their names should be added to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Conservative Tribune reports:
In a decision this month, the Pentagon said it wouldn’t grant an exception to the rule that casualties must have occurred within the Vietnam War zone to be listed on the memorial. The Pentagon did offer to put the names of the deceased on a plaque outside a planned Vietnam War education center to be built at the memorial.
The problem with that plan is less than half of the $130 million needed to build the center has been raised so far, and it’s not entirely certain the center will even be built. There’s also the fact that the Evans received a Vietnam Service Medal just two days before its sinking — meaning the Navy tacitly acknowledged it was involved in the Vietnam theater.
“I’m not happy with the whole thing,” said retired Navy Master Chief Lawrence Reilly Sr., a 92-year-old veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War who lost his son Lawrence Jr. in the collision nearly a half a century ago. “It’s a bad deal.”
This is a terrible decision by the Pentagon. Those brave men and women would have happily served in the war if it wasn’t for that tragic accident that claimed their lives.
Since when do we treat our fallen soldiers like this? Are we so short on funds that we cannot afford to put their names on the wall?
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