first_img333 names have been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial since the wall was dedicated in 1982.More than 40 years after Richard Daniels died in Vietnam, the name of the Washougal sailor will be added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.Daniels was 23 when he died on March 1, 1971, aboard a U.S. Navy vessel at Dong Tam, in what was then South Vietnam.Daniels’ name is one of five that will be added to the black granite wall within the next week, according to a news release from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.All five met Department of Defense criteria for addition to the wall. They died of wounds sustained in the combat zone during the Vietnam War, including one soldier who died in 2009 — 41 years after he was shot in the spine and paralyzed.Daniels was on his third tour in Vietnam when he died as a result of noncombat injuries, said his brother, Washougal resident Roger Daniels.The family never did learn the circumstances of the death, Roger Daniels said. But the essential point, he said, is that, “My brother was a casualty of the Vietnam conflict.”last_img

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