The Vietnam War claimed tens of thousands of American lives, including many from our community.
The National Archives says at least 58,220 U.S. military members died including:
- 1,056 from Kentucky
- 2,936 from Illinois
- 1,418 from Missouri
- 1,295 from Tennessee
Those numbers reflect deaths recorded in the war – not official totals.
Their names live on in many hearts, and are etched in black granite.
The Wall that Heals is a 3/4 replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Both bear the names of U.S. servicemen, nurses, chaplains and others who gave their lives during the conflict. It also lists people that have been missing since.
The memorial can help Vietnam veterans and their loved ones heal and remember the three million plus Americans who served in the war.
It will soon be available in our area.
The Wall that Heals Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center will be in Paducah October 25-28 at Carson Park.
In partnership with Milner and Orr Funeral Home and the Paducah Sun, WPSD is sponsoring the wall’s visit to Paducah.
In advance of the visit, Local 6 is sharing weekly stories each Thursday from local veterans and surviving families describing their memories. We will frequently add new content to this page.
You are invited to visit the wall. You can also volunteer to help with this important work. Sign up below to help guide visitors at the memorial and mobile education center.