The Vietnam Veterans War Memorial

   

The dates listed on the wall in Washington, D.C., are 1959 and 1975.

The dates cover a greater expanse of time than the official dates of the Vietnam War because American troops were actually present in Vietnam and suffered casualties long before the first major troop deployments took place in 1965.

Likewise, American forces continued to suffer casualties in Vietnam for years after the ceasefire of 1973.

 

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