Ceremony in Washington, D.C. honors Vietnam veterans who sacrificed after the war ended

Washington, D.C. – The names of 166 Vietnam veterans, including eight veterans from New Jersey, will be inducted into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In Memory Honor Roll for 2015. In Memory honors those who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but whose deaths do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion upon the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C.  

While The Wall shows the names of those soldiers who died in the war, veterans who suffered from medical issues caused by their service in Vietnam, including exposure to defoliant spray and psychological wounds, are absent from The Wall. VVMF believes that all those who served should be honored. The annual In Memory ceremony takes place on the National Mall and is attended by friends and family. During the ceremony, the names of all the honorees are read aloud and tributes bearing the honorees’ names are placed at The Wall. These tributes are later collected by the National Park Service and stored in a permanent archive.

  • Fred John Cresthull of Pennsauken served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1971 and was a well-respected amateur archaeologist and painter.
  • Nicholas Ciarocco of Lodi bravely served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1967.
  • James Everett Catanese of Piscataway served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1972.
  • Ricky J. Loften of Hillsborough served from 1966 to 1969 in the U.S. Navy.
  • Patrick James Palumbo of Elizabeth served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.
  • Henry Hoffman Jr. of Rumson served from 1958 to 1982 of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Francisco Tony Primiano of Monroe Township served in the U.S. Marine Corp for 1966 to 1968.
  • John Michael Roduik of Trenton served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968. 

These service members will be honored at the seventeenth annual In Memory ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 20, 2015. The keynote speaker will be Jim Knotts, CEO of VVMF and the master of ceremonies will be Captain Denis Faherty, USN (Ret.)

More than 2,000 service members have been inducted into the In Memory Honor Roll. More information on the In Memory program, including the In MemoryHonor Roll and information on applying to be honored in 2016, please visit:  www.vvmf.org/InMemoryProgram.

About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF is dedicated to preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating future generations about the impact of the Vietnam War through programs, ceremonies and education.

Three decades later, the mission continues as VVMF raises funds to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation's Armed Forces today. The lead gift for the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall was provided by Time Warner, Inc. To learn more about VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall, visit www.vvmf.org or call 866-990-WALL.