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Vietnam War Memorial: Three Servicemen statue in Washington, D.C.
by Frederick E Hart (click name for more of that artist's work)
located in James M. Goode's The Mall area (click link for more in that area)

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national war memorial located in Washington, D.C., that honors members of the U.S. armed forces who had died in service or are unaccounted for during the Vietnam War. Its construction and related issues have been the source of numerous controversies, some of which have resulted in additions to the memorial complex. It currently consists of three separate parts: the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall designed by Maya Lin, which is the most recognized part of the memorial. The main part of the memorial was completed in 1982. It receives around 3 million visitors each year. Source: Wikipedia

The Vietnam War occurred from 1965 to April 30, 1975. It concluded with the North Vietnamese military victory after more than 15 years and was the first ever major military defeat for the United States. Over 1.4 million military personnel were killed in the war (approximately 6% were members of the United States armed forces), while estimates of civilian fatalities range from 2 to 5.1 million. On April 30, 1975, the capital of South Vietnam, Saigon fell to the communist forces of North Vietnam, effectively ending the Vietnam War. Source: Wikipedia

"The Three Servicemen Statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial captures a full range of emotions. Taken as a whole, the statue symbolizes the spirit of compromise and reconciliation. Like the the Vietnam War itself, the controversy over the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial divided America while inflicting deep wounds among the veterans. The proposed design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial angered some Vietnam veterans and others who felt that it did not convey the heroism, patriotism, and honor inherent in most war memorials. To them, placement of the memorial below ground level hid it from view, while its color further hinted at a feeling of shame. They thought the memorial focused too much on death and loss. The Three Servicemen Statue was a compromise to that controversy, a compromise that sought to continue the healing of a nation."
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More Info
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James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 316 Item #7.28; The Mall area)

Medium: Bronze
Artist: Frederick E Hart (click name for more of that artist's work)
Related subjects: Vietnam War
Location: Constitution Ave. & 21st St NW (northeast of Lincoln Memorial) Washington, D.C.
See The Mall area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Foggy Bottom - GWU (George Washington University) (Orange - Blue - Silver) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number DC000026 (dcMem ID #1270 )

Links & other sources
National Parks Service website
'Who is That Man Anyway?' on 3 Servicemen
Museum collection of items left at the memorial (133)
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures 3 Servicement statue
TheWall-USA.com
Vietnam Vets Memorial Fund on the 3 Servicemen

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