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3 AL servicemen added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Beth Wilson, wife of PFC Danny Wilson, creates a rubbing of his spot at the memorial. (Source: Sen. Spencer Bachus) Beth Wilson, wife of PFC Danny Wilson, creates a rubbing of his spot at the memorial. (Source: Sen. Spencer Bachus)

The names of three servicemen from Alabama were among 14 new names added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC on Sunday.

The engravings recognizing the service of PFC Ronald Hall of Birmingham, SP4 Thomas Charles Littles of Brewton, and PFC Danny Joe Wilson of Florence were unveiled during a ceremony at the memorial.

The following information on the three Alabama servicemen was provided by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund:

PFC Hall completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning in 1966. In February 1967 he was assigned to Company C, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Infantry Division as a Medical Aid in Vietnam. Hall died in 1967.

SP4 Littles completed high school at Conecuh County Training School in Evergreen, then attended Dillard University briefly on a basketball scholarship. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and assigned with Company C/1/5 Mechanic – 25th Infantry Division. He was wounded in 1969 during his first tour in Vietnam and died in 1971.

PFC Wilson entered the Army in 1965 and completed basic training in Fort Jackson SC. He was then sent to Fort Ord CA for advanced combat training. He left for Vietnam in December 1965. He was assigned to Company 3, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Division, where he served as a light weapons/ammo bearer. He was injured on August 18 1966, for which he received a Purple Heart. Wilson died in 2012.

SP4 Littles was represented at the ceremony by family members including his brother Douglas and his sister, Minnie Stallworth. PFC Wilson was represented by his wife, Mrs. Beth Wilson.

Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus issued a statement on Sunday's ceremony:

We must always remember and rightly honor the proud Alabamians and all of the Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most sacred places in Washington, and the names engraved on the Wall constitute an honor roll of brave servicemen and women who have given their all for their country. Each new name added to the Wall should cause us to appreciate even more the dedication and honor of the many who served us in Vietnam.

The Department of Defense establishes the criteria for adding names to the Wall, which includes recognition of those killed on the battlefield and those who sustained wounds from which they eventually died.

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