“The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial Exhibit” was recently on display at the Kenner Veterans Park. Members of the local Vieux Carre Chapter DAR volunteered to escort visitors to find the names of their deceased relatives or friends.
Gertrude M. Beauford, past regent of the chapter, escorted the chapter members to the name of her former schoolmate at Loyola University, Army Major Ronald F. Rod who was killed in action Dec. 4, 1965.
She said he had founded an orphanage there called “CO NHI_VIEN-DAI-UV Ronald Rod.” His name appears on Panel 3 E, Row 123.
Another name of interest to those in the local DAR chapter was Air Force lst Lt. Severo James Primm III, of New Orleans who was a casualty Feb. 5, 1973. He later received the Medal of Honor. His name appears on Panel 115, Row 1 W.
Charcoal rubbings were made of the names on the wall with the note, “Our nation honors the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of its Vietnam Veterans.”
The wall is one of four smaller versions of the large wall in Washington, D.C.
Chapter members attending were Regent Carolyn Morris, Marilyn Williams, Kate Chamberlain, Ysonde Hobbs, Nancy McDaniel and Gertrude Beauford. The chapter in recent years has helped with delivering goods and visiting at the local Veterans Home in LaPlace.