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Shocked officials learn servicemen's names are missing from Montrose war memorial

September 6, 2010 |  9:33 am

 More than 40 years after the Vietnam War Memorial in Montrose was first dedicated, community members learned that five local servicemen had been left off of the plaques.

First dedicated in 1968, the memorial at Ocean View Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue currently lists 14 names of men from Montrose, La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge and Tujunga who were killed while serving in Vietnam.

The missing names were discovered when retired Glendale firefighter Bill Dodson, who has maintained the memorial for decades, asked a friend to research the history behind the names on the memorial.

"I was shocked," Dodson said. "It all just kind of happened by accident because I was looking for information about the names that were on there."

The five fallen servicemen left off the Montrose memorial are listed as residents of Montrose, La Crescenta, La Cañada and Tujunga, according to the official Internet database of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It is unclear why they were left off of the memorial, Dodson said, although two of them had been classified as missing in action and were not declared dead until years after the memorial was built.

Dodson has since notified Glendale Councilman John Drayman and the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., which oversees the memorial, of his discovery.

Dale Dawson, president of the association, said the cost of adding new plaques to the memorial would be absorbed within the organization's budget.

Read the full story here.

-- Melanie Hicken, Times Community News

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