During the Vietnam War there was no overriding reason to
keep close track of names of the men and women who died
as a result of military service in the war zone. A decade
after the withdrawal of US forces, the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial was approved for construction. The service branches
went back through their records to identify our dead by name.
Inevitably some men who should have been named on the "Wall"
were not. Over the years additional names have been inscribed
on the Wall - some were men who died after the war as a result
of wounds received in the war, and others were men whose names
were overlooked in earlier years.
Lester had been wounded on 20 January 1968 in Quang Tri Province.
He was returned home and medically retired. He survived for over 9 years until he passed away in Enid Oklahoma on June 6, 1977.
The name Lester J Veazey was not on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall when initially created, but was added May 5, 2013, in
time for Memorial Day Ceremonies on May 31, 2013.
His name was added at the closest available spot to his date of injury, with the names of those who died on January 21, 1968.