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Are there any misspelled names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall?

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A small percentage of the names engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial do contain spelling errors. Despite its general accuracy, the wall originally contained over 100 misspelled names.

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Since the wall's installation in 1982, the National Park Service has corrected the spelling of at least 62 names. For example, Charles Ovnand, originally the second name listed on the wall, was a misspelling of the name Chester Ovnand.

Fixing the errors costs around $4,000 and can range from adjusting a single letter to moving a name to an entirely different spot on the wall. Since the listing of the names is in the order of the date of death, moving any one name can cause confusion. Some misspelled names remain on the wall in order to avoid any such rearrangement.

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