Names misspelled, omitted on Washington, D.C. Korean War memorial
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Hal and Ted Barker are two Texas brothers who have dedicated their lives to preserving Korean War history. They say at least 1,000 names are misspelled – and hundreds of service members’ names are missing – on the new Korean War Memorial Wall of Remembrance in Washington, D.C.
Over the last three decades through countless hours of interviews, they’ve compiled an online database and book filled with thousands of names of those who fought in the Korean War.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation held a dedication on the National Mall in in Washington, D.C. for the new Wall of Remembrance, last summer with the names of more than 36,000 Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice. That’s when the brothers caught wind of the major problem.
Besides the many misspellings, they say some names on the wall shouldn’t even be there and at least 500 names are missing.
The Department of Defense said in a statement the errors are a very unfortunate mistake and they’re working to correct it.
They say official records themselves may have contained errors which made the review process challenging.
However, the Barker brothers say they warned government officials years ago and sent their book with the correct names, but never heard back.