• Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela touches the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. President Barack Obama awarded Rodela the medal a day earlier.

    Touching 'The Wall'

    Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela touches the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. President Barack Obama awarded Rodela the medal a day earlier.

  • Pete Corrall touches his friend's name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Corrall accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late uncle Sgt. Eduardo C. Gomez from President Barack Obama the previous day at the White House.

    Touching 'the wall'

    Pete Corrall touches his friend's name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Corrall accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late uncle Sgt. Eduardo C. Gomez from President Barack Obama the previous day at the White...

  • Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia takes pictures at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his family in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Erevia toured the memorial with his family, Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela, and others who accepted Medals of Honor on behalf of a family member a day earlier.

    Photo of 'the wall'

    Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia takes pictures at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his family in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Erevia toured the memorial with his family, Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose...

  • Medal of Honor recipients, and families who accepted Medals of Honor on behalf of a family member, mix in with tourists at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014.

    Walking 'The Wall'

    Medal of Honor recipients, and families who accepted Medals of Honor on behalf of a family member, mix in with tourists at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014.

  • Pete Corrall reacts to finding a friend's name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Corrall accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late uncle Sgt. Eduardo C. Gomez from President Barack Obama the previous day at the White House. Gomez toured the memorial with others who accepted Medals of Honor on behalf of a family member, and also with living recipients of the medal.

    Reaction to 'the wall'

    Pete Corrall reacts to finding a friend's name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Corrall accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late uncle Sgt. Eduardo C. Gomez from President Barack Obama the previous day at...

  • Buffy Evans, niece of the late Medal of Honor recipient Army Spec. 4 Ardie R. Copas, takes a photo at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014.

    Photo of 'the wall'

    Buffy Evans, niece of the late Medal of Honor recipient Army Spec. 4 Ardie R. Copas, takes a photo at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Kincaid holds up Lenora Alvarado so that she may touch the name of her father, Medal of Honor recipient Spc. 4 Leonard L. Alvarado, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Kinkaid is a member of the Old Guard, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment in Fort Myer, Va.

    Reaching for father on 'The Wall'

    Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Kincaid holds up Lenora Alvarado so that she may touch the name of her father, Medal of Honor recipient Spc. 4 Leonard L. Alvarado, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Kinkaid is a member of the...

  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial reflects the hand of Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014.  President Barack Obama awarded Rodela the medal a day earlier.

    Names on 'the wall'

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial reflects the hand of Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. President Barack Obama awarded Rodela the medal a day earlier.

  • Raindrops adorn a rose placed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014.

    Rose for 'the wall'

    Raindrops adorn a rose placed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014.

  • A reflection in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial shows Shyrell Jean Copas wiping her eyes in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Shyell Jean Copas accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late father Spc. 4 Ardie R. Copas a day earlier.

    Reflection on 'the wall'

    A reflection in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial shows Shyrell Jean Copas wiping her eyes in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Shyell Jean Copas accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late father Spc. 4 Ardie R. Copas a day earlier.

  • Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela stencils a friend's name from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Rodela toured the memorial with his family, Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia, and others who accepted Medals of Honor on behalf of a family member a day earlier.

    Stecil of name on 'the wall'

    Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela stencils a friend's name from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Rodela toured the memorial with his family, Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Santiago J...

  • Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia picks up a memento after touring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his family in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Erevia toured the memorial with his family, Medal of Honor recipient Army Master Sgt. Jose Rodela, and others who accepted Medals of Honor on behalf of a family member a day earlier.

    Momento

    Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia picks up a memento after touring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his family in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Erevia toured the memorial with his family, Medal of Honor recipient Army Master...

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 20, 2014) -- After their induction into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes yesterday, two Vietnam veterans went to the memorial simply known as "The Wall."

The day before, they had accepted the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama for their acts of valor in Vietnam. Twenty-two other veterans were awarded the medal -- all but one posthumously -- for heroism in Vietnam, Korea and World War II. Family members of those who could not be there accompanied the living recipients in the walk along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela touched a friend's name from the wall. Then he stenciled the name onto a blank sheet of paper.

Rodela, a Special Forces Soldier, commanded a company under attack for 18 hours, Sept. 1, 1969, in Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam. In spite of his wounds, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to attend to the fallen and eliminate an enemy rocket position.

Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia took pictures at the wall with members of his family.

On a hill near Tam Ky, May 21, 1968, Erevia cleared out Viet Cong bunkers while firing two M16s and throwing grenades. He protected a group of wounded under his charge in the 21st Infantry Regiment and called in medevac helicopters.

Lenora Alvarado, who had accepted a Medal of Honor for her father, was lifted onto the back of a Soldier so that she could touch her father's name on the wall. Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Kincaid, of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, helped her.

Her father, Spc. 4 Leonard L. Alvarado, had been killed in action, Aug. 12, 1969, after he disrupted an enemy raid and saved the lives of several comrades in Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam.

Some who walked along the memorial that day left flowers, some struggled to hold back tears, and all left with memories of heroes whose names were etched on "The Wall."

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