Frequently Asked Questions

The Wall That Heals

News Media Information/Rules

The Wall That Heals is open 24-hours a day from 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 22 until midnight Thursday, April 28, 2016. Out of respect for veterans and their families along with the public, the LBJ Library asks that news media comply with these requests: News crews should consult with a Library/University of Texas representative when choosing live shot/stand up/interview locations. Interviews will be conducted on the east side of planters on the LBJ Library Plaza. This allows The Wall That Heals as a backdrop while maintaining a quiet place of reflection.

FAQs - The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original memorial, is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels.

As on the original memorial, the names on The Wall are listed by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the east wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the west wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex, joining the beginning and end of the conflict at the center.

Panel numbers are on the bottom of every panel. Names are arranged alphabetically by date of casualty, beginning at the center apex with panel IE (under 1959), down panel 1E, then moving right towards 70E, then from 70W towards the center, and ending in the middle on 1W. The first and last casualties are side by side at the heart of the memorial. Line numbers count down from the top of each panel. On the edge of every other panel are white dots every 10 lines. Count down 4 dots and you’re on line 40.

There are currently 58,307 names on The Wall which includes both KIA and MIA. There are still more than 1,600 service members unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

The Department of Defense compiled a list of combat zone casualties according to Presidential Executive Order #11216, handed down by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 24, 1965. It specified Vietnam, and adjacent coastal waters, as a combat zone. This zone was later expanded to include Laos, Cambodia, and Air Force bases in Thailand.

Name rubbings cannot be done on The Wall That Heals, but The VVMF would be happy to send you an authentic rubbing from The Wall in Washington, D.C. Please visit the Information Tent for Name Rubbing Request Forms.

You must refer to a database, which gives the names in alphabetical order and includes the position of each on the memorial. This can be in the form of a book, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Directory of Names, or one of various databases. The directory can be purchased by calling (202) 223-6706. You also may search VVMF's online database.

The VVMF receives numerous requests each year from individuals who want to have particular names placed on the memorial. And while VVMF finances the addition of names on The Wall, they do not determine whose names are to be inscribed. It is the Department of Defense that makes these difficult and often very technical decisions. The VVMF does not have the authority to overrule those who adjudicate these matters. The policy is that only those persons who died of a combat injury suffered in Vietnam be added to the memorial. If you would like a more detailed explanation of the parameters for inclusion, please contact the relevant service branch. The VVMF stresses that the memorial stands to honor all who served in Vietnam, not just those whose individual names it bears.

The names of eight women, all nurses (seven from the Army and one from the Air Force) are inscribed on The Wall.

The names of 151 Medal of Honor recipients are on The Wall.

There are 16 total clergy (seven Catholic, seven Protestant, and two Jewish) listed on The Wall.

There are 120 persons who listed foreign countries as their home of record (this is not place of birth or actual residence necessarily, but sometimes place at which the person wanted to be discharged). The countries include: Australia, 1; Bahama Islands, 1; Bolivia, 1; Brazil, 1; Canada, 56; Colombia, 1; Costa Rica, 1; England, 3; France, 2; Germany, 7; Ireland, 17; Italy, 1; Jamaica, 2; Japan, 2; Mexico, 5; New Zealand, 2; Pacific Island, 1; Panama, 2; Peru, 1; Philippines, 27; Puerto Rico, 1; Switzerland, 1.

Yes. There is no definitive answer to exactly how many, but there could be as many as 38 names of personnel who survived, but through clerical errors, were added to the list of fatalities provided by the Department of Defense. One person, whose name was added as late as 1992, had gone AWOL immediately upon his return to the United States after his second completed tour of duty. His survival only came to the attention of government authorities in 1996. His name has been removed from the Directory of Names; however, it cannot be removed from The Wall.


Live trucks and news media cars have reserved parking in LBJ Library lot #39 at the north end. (map) Lot #39 is located on Red River Street between Dean Keeton and Clyde Littlefield Drive. Please let the parking attendant know you’re news media.

If media parking spots are taken in lot #39 and you’re visiting The Wall That Heals, you may then park in the LBJ Library visitors' lot (#38). Please let the parking attendant know you're visiting The Wall. Note: We anticipate hundreds of visitors to The Wall daily. This parking is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

If lots #38 and 39 are full, overflow parking will be available in the Manor Garage, located at 2017 Robert Dedman Dr., for a fee of $3 per hour to a daily maximum of $18. For more information, visit our plan your visit page.

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Anne Wheeler
LBJ Presidential Library
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