Lester James Veazey
Private First Class
I CO, 3RD BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Enid, Oklahoma
February 02, 1948 to June 06, 1977
(Incident Date January 20, 1968)
LESTER J VEAZEY is on the Wall at Panel 35E, Line 2

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During the Vietnam War there was no overriding reason to keep close track of names of the men and women who died as a result of military service in the war zone. A decade after the withdrawal of US forces, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was approved for construction. The service branches went back through their records to identify our dead by name.

Inevitably some men who should have been named on the "Wall" were not. Over the years additional names have been inscribed on the Wall - some were men who died after the war as a result of wounds received in the war, and others were men whose names were overlooked in earlier years.

Lester had been wounded on 20 January 1968 in Quang Tri Province. He was returned home and medically retired. He survived for over 9 years until he passed away in Enid Oklahoma on June 6, 1977.

The name Lester J Veazey was not on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall when initially created, but was added May 5, 2013, in time for Memorial Day Ceremonies on May 31, 2013.

His name was added at the closest available spot to his date of injury, with the names of those who died on January 21, 1968.


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