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Vietnam War Veterans Memorial Defaced

This is stomach wrenching. My uncle and my husband's uncle both have friends whose names are engraved on that memorial. Now, it looks as if it's been permanently defaced.


From Redstate:

I spoke to a National Park Service employee who was livid that someone would vandalize the memorial. "It's like defacing a grave," he told me. When I asked if there were any clues as to who was responsible, he told me videotape was being reviewed. It is believed the damage was done on Friday night. Because the monument never closes, it could have taken place late in the evening when no one was around.

The most tragic part of the vandalism is that the damage appears to be permanent. The Park Service employee who talked to me said that the initial diagnosis was that the oily substance had stained the stone. He said another analysis would take place tomorrow.

At a time when America is particularly sentimental about the men and women who have given their lives for our country, this is a sad and unfortunate act. The coward who did it should be ashamed.

Michelle Malkin has much more, including video of the vandalism.


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Comments (24)

We have all heard the libs ... (Below threshold)

We have all heard the libs and far left screech about how much they love the troops, so it couldnt be them right?

Whoever did this should be hung from the nearest tree.

Just identify the perps and... (Below threshold)

Just identify the perps and they will be taken care of, permanently. Several million Vets are willing to disconnect their head from they're body. As a Vietnam Vet I will assist in the process.

The coward who did... (Below threshold)
The coward who did it should be ashamed.

Hey, they misspelled "castrated."

Has anyone saw a news organ... (Below threshold)

Has anyone saw a news organization of any stripe that has covered this traitorous act? I sent it to my local paper and TV station and they are ignoring it. Guess they wonder why no one buys their paper or watches they're programs.

This was bad. Appears that ... (Below threshold)

This was bad. Appears that desecrating monuments to the fallen warriors is quite chic.

Back in May, in Beeville, Texas, a war monument was destroyed.

And when some group like Gathering of Eagles go to guard against rumored vandalism of war monuments, the lefty's ridicule it as unnecessary, just a publicity stunt to smear the anti-war groups.

I hope the Park Service can identify the perps. I would encourage a placard be placed near the area of the vandalism, marking when it happened and the names of the instigator(s) and any group they are connected with.

They should be infamous.

Its probibly one of those j... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Its probibly one of those jerks with one of those stupid 70s antiwar posters with the sissy pink flower reading WAR IS NOT HEATHY FOR CHILDREN AND OTHER LIVING THINGS i would like to see these rotten vandals be made to pay for it right out of their own pockets and do the labor themselves

Disgraceful.The li... (Below threshold)


The linked post wondered why they didn't deface it with bright red spray paint or something similar. Apparently, the substance used was intended to permanently damage the stone, so it couldn't simply be cleaned off.

These vandals are the worst sort of lowlifes.

I bet the little A-Holes wh... (Below threshold)

I bet the little A-Holes who did it were born AFTER 1975 and have been influenced by their moonbat parents.

John in CA - do you mean li... (Below threshold)

John in CA - do you mean like the following usual suspects who first pooh-pooh'd the idea it could even happen in a report before the event.

mantis - "Why, some anonymous person could leave random comments about defacing memorials and other such icons sacred to those prone to such hysterics just to see you all come running."
Or this nutcake who blames the right-wingers.
MasterD, (Listen, if anyone defaces the Memorial (which, as I recall, was VERY unpopular among right-wingers to begin with), it'll be a right-wingnut - just so there'll be something to blame the "libruhls" on.)
The "after action" report also had it's share of deniers and nutcakes when the expected vandalism didn't happen:
bryanD - Neocon Alert! A Gathering of Eagles is a DoD (government) front group managed by Russo Marsh & Rogers, a P R firm. Paid to spin shit into sugar in Iraq and for Mark Foley, too.

astigafa - I absolutely love these people. Every prejudice, every suspicion, every condemnation of the right I have ever uttered, thought or spoke is justified, validated and made plain every time one of these constitution-burning sons of bitches types a post.

mantis - Way to protect those monuments from the imaginary commie-hippy threat! Rock Hudson would be proud.There are a couple more of the usual suspects in that thread but... I hate to upset too many stomaches of those with a sane outlook on life vice shear lunacy.

Oh give me a home,Wh... (Below threshold)

Oh give me a home,
Where this scum doesn't roam,
On my streeeets,
For the fear of my lead!

Where never is seen,
Such perversions obscene,
Cause we're sane,
And we honor our dead

Go, take your -displays,
Of hate, and shove them -sideways,
Right up yer patoot,
And we'll smash in yer snoot,
Now hold still, while I aim -my Taze!

Another example of why "tra... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Another example of why "traitors" is the only appropriate moniker for the left.

Before any of you go comple... (Below threshold)

Before any of you go completely apoplectic, you might want to take a look at what the Park Service is saying.

Washington Times:
The substance "could have been from a variety of different products," and it is not clear whether it was spread intentionally, said Sgt. Robert LaChance, Park Police spokesman.

"We are investigating to see if there was any criminal act or if it was an accident," Sgt. LaChance said. "We don't have any indication that it was intentional, but we are investigating to see if it's a possibility."

Washington Post:
Park Service spokesman Bill Line: "Until this investigation is completed, it is premature to speculate whether any intentional act was committed"

U.S. News & World Report

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund spokeswoman Lisa Gough: "The most important thing is that the National Park Service says they will be able to remove it all, so there will be no lasting damage."

What kind of vandal goes to deface a national monument and sprays oil on the paving stones and the bottom 24" of the wall?

I suspect that when the investigation is complete, the Park Service will determine that the someone on the grounds maintenance crew got a little careless applying pesticide, herbicide, etc. and ended up spraying the path and the bottom the wall. Either that or the wall was attacked by a bunch of 2 foot ant-war gnomes who couldn't reach any higher.

Rance:What kin... (Below threshold)


What kind of vandal goes to deface a national monument and sprays oil on the paving stones and the bottom 24" of the wall?

Yeh, maybe your right. After all it MUST have worked, nary a weed or dandelion is in sight along the bottom of that wall.

Ya know a wall that is part of a memorial the Park Service fastidiously keeps clean.

It is difficult to tell fro... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

It is difficult to tell from the pics, but the substance on the curb looks black. The pesticide or herbicide that I have seen goes on clear.

"Either that or the wall was attacked by a bunch of 2 foot ant-war gnomes who couldn't reach any higher."

Or the scumbag was trying to be as surreptitious as possible to avoid getting caught. Funny how the left always bends over backwards to give America-bashers the benefit of the doubt.

Next time someone catches o... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Next time someone catches one of these scum doing this they should wrap their sissy pink bicycle around their neck and shove theor granola bar up their nose

marc,The reason pa... (Below threshold)


The reason paved walkways have "nary a weed" is because the get sprayed.

Jeff Blogworthy,

If this turns out to be an act of vandalism, I will condem the perpetrator(s) as loudly as anyone else. I have friends who's names are on that wall.

However, since the Park Police haven't determined if it was deliberate or accidental, I think it's a bit early to start attacking any group for this event.

Disheartening and disgracef... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Disheartening and disgraceful.

Rance, what kind of pestici... (Below threshold)

Rance, what kind of pesticide is oil based to begin with and would stain like that? None. Curious that the Park service would be spraying pesticide that late at night too. And how convenient it just happened to have taken place the night before a major anti-war protest.

Rance,You're absolut... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

You're absolutely right. It is a stretch too far to believe that the anti-war Left had anything whatsoever to do with the defacing of the monument. I'm sure the fact that A.N.S.W.E.R. is in town is totally unrelated also. Shame on me...

At <a href="http://www.sold... (Below threshold)

At http://www.soldiersperspective.us/ there is a comment posted which I will re-post here:

Patriots and Comrades All:

After several attempts, I was able to contact SGT Booker of the National Park Service (NPS), to check on the facts about the defacement of the Vietnam Wall last weekend. He explained it was a cleaning accident by a Park Ranger and NOT a defacement as was originally reported by the Vietnam Veterans of American (VVA). The NPS is regarding this as an accident instead of an act of vandalism or terrorism.

Our National Commander Patriot Henry Cook III has the direct phone numbers for SGT Booker of the NPS, and can verify these facts with him directly. A copy of this correction is also being sent the VVA for their follow up and verification. My apology for the error, as sometimes it is not always possible to reach the NPS immediately.

Any future report of attempted or actual vandalism will be verified with the NPS in advance, even if that means a significant delay in reporting the incident.

Yours in Patriotism,

Steve Cobb
Region I, MOPH
NE/Mid-Atlantic USA
Military Order of the Purple Heart

Im in favor of making vanda... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Im in favor of making vandals pay for the damages they do and quit listening to the whinny liberal special interest groups offering rediclous excuses

Actually, they probably cou... (Below threshold)

Actually, they probably could fix it, but it would be a mammoth undertaking as they would have to resurface the entirety of the affected blocks several millimeters past where the writing is, polish, and then re-carve the names.

Via Malkin's website:... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Via Malkin's website:

There were some initial, unofficial explanations that a "cleaning accident" caused the damage. But that information is unreliable. As we noted in our report, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund says an investigation is ongoing:

On Friday, September 7, National Park Service staff and volunteers discovered a light, oily and unidentified substance that was spilled over portions of some of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial's panels and paving stones, with National Park Service (NPS) preservation and maintenance staff beginning the removal process immediately.

The United States Park Police has begun an investigation into the matter, and that investigation is ongoing. Until this investigation is completed, it is premature to speculate whether any intentional act was committed.

It is extremely unlikely that experienced, trained employees would be so careless with such a treasured national monument.

While it may be premature to assume it was intentional vandalism, I can't help myself. Such an act is totally consistent with the A.N.S.W.E.R. crowd's ideology and historical conduct.

Actually, they probably cou... (Below threshold)
John S:

Actually, they probably could fix it, but it would be a mammoth undertaking...

No, actually it isn't. The memorial was designed with removable panels that can be re-etched and replaced. That's how they add new names from time to time when omissions and spelling mistakes in the original military records are discovered.






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