What options are available online when looking at the Vietnam Wall index?


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Many online options exist for researching the Vietnam Veterans Memorial index. These options include searching by last name, by hometown, city or state, and by military unit. Alphabetical indexes are especially useful when searching by last name.

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Other online resources provide options for searching by POW/MIA status, height of valor (medals), and groups and battles. The names listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, commonly referred to as "the Wall," are listed in chronological order by date of loss yet are alphabetical within the dates. By researching the database of names online, it is possible to locate which panel of the Wall, and specifically which line, contains the name. Online research makes a visit to the Wall much easier for this very reason. For those who are unable to visit the Wall, many sites have digital name rubbings that can be printed.

There are more than 58,000 names on the Wall. The most common reason for not finding a name is a slight variation in spelling, such as Connor vs. Conner. Another common reason is that state indexes pages of casualties are listed by home of record and not hometown. Should a name not be found during an online search, searchers can simply contact the site administrators to learn the steps needed to have a name added to the Wall.

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