The Memorial Of The Vietnam Veterans Essay

1159 Words Apr 4th, 2016 5 Pages
After being subjected to a decade of brutality, millions of Vietnam War veterans returned to the United States only to endure further suffering. As a result, a wounded war veteran named Jan C. Scruggs embarked on a mission to erect a memorial in honor of the Vietnam veterans. In order to fund the project, Scruggs enlisted the aid of politicians, celebrities, veteran support groups and labor unions. A Yale University student named Maya Lin submitted her design for the memorial into the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Fund contest. Not long after her design won the contest, she wrote, “From the very beginning I often wondered, if it had not been an anonymous entry 1026 but rather an entry by Maya Lin, would I have been selected?” The memorial generated controversy when the design was first approved, but after some time, everyone agreed that the primary objective was to remember those who had bravely risked their lives in a conflict to defeat Communism. After completing his internship in 1960, Dr. Benjamin B. Cabell was approved for active duty in the U.S. Navy. He immediately began training to become a Naval Flight Surgeon. “Everyone in the military at that time was aware of our armed services providing low-key support and advice to the government of South Viet Nam, but didn’t pay much attention to it until the North Vietnamese allegedly twice attacked our destroyers patrolling in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964.” Dr. Cabell furthered his statement by saying, “The first…

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