By CHRIS AGEE
The fourth annual update at the National Vietnam War Museum Saturday included the addition of 10 names to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
In accordance with law, soldiers’ names are not added to the local half-sized replica until they have been displayed for one year on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
As in previous years, Saturday’s event kicked off with the arrival of the Patriot Guard Riders. Former U.S. Army Golden Knight and double-amputee Dana Bowman also returned for a skydiving exhibition and offered introductory comments.
Monica Harvey was on hand to sing the National Anthem.
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Spivey offered an invocation before welcoming the ceremony’s guest speakers, remembering “those even this week who have fallen in service to this country.”
NVWM Treasurer Jim Messinger used the opportunity to publicly announce Spivey’s new role within the museum.
“Last year I made an issue of asking him if he would be the official chaplain ofthe Vietnam War Museum,” Messinger said. “He said he thought he already was.”
Bill Kane represented the museum’s board by introducing the keynote speakers and explained the importance of the event.
“We’re here to honor the 10 men whose names are added to that wall,” he said, explaining they are being “welcomed home from their final mission.”
Those added to the wall at Saturday’s ceremony include:
• U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Joseph W. Aubin – panel 09E, Line 012.
• U.S. Army Aviation Electronics Technician Pfc. Johnny O. Brooks – panel 16W, Line 106.
• Army Specialist-4 David L. Deckard – panel 28W, Line 094.
• Navy Lt.j.g. David M. Desilets – panel 10E, Line 077.
• Navy Aviation Electronics Technician (radar) 3rd Class Richard C. Hunt – panel 07E, Line 112.
• Navy Airman Albert K. Kuewa – panel 02E, Line 042.
• Army Lt. Walter A. Linzy – panel 08E, Line 017.
• U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Frank A. Neary – panel 15E, Line 096.
• Navy ATR3 Richard D. Stocker – panel 15E, Line 036.