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September 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Preserve its purpose

Ensign Alan Armstrong died in the South China Sea in 1969. (USS Frank E. Evans Assoc.)

In response to the article “Hoping ‘Lost 74’ will finally be counted” [Local News, Sept 28]:

Alan Armstrong’s sister makes the point that he would not have been participating in this training mission in the first place had it not been for the war. This is undeniably true. But if I may, I’d like to advance the opposing point by relating it to my experiences.

I was also a member of the military in Vietnam. By the same token, I would not have been drafted had we not been embroiled in this action. Had I been fatally injured while training for deployment, should my name appear on the memorial? Of course not.

The important thing to remember is the exact purpose for the memorial. It is to honor those who were taken from us while involved directly in the conflict. It is very significant to adhere to this requirement. To do otherwise would diminish the deep meaning that is attached to it, for the sake of the friends and families of every man and woman whose names rightfully appear.

Tom Likai, Shoreline

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