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 at our nation’s capital.
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.
The Wall that Heals Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center are now at Carson Park in Paducah.
In partnership with Milner and Orr Funeral Home and the Paducah Sun, WPSD is sponsoring the wall’s visit.
You are invited to visit the wall, share your stories, and give tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. We will provide tools allowing you to learn about the Vietnam War along with the men and women who never came home.