Dedicated on December 10, 1988, the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in on the grounds Capitol Park, Sacramento California. It may be found near the rose garden in the quiet northeast section of the park at Capitol Avenue and 15th Street.
2013's Assembly Bill No. 1289 was introduced on February 25, 2013. Its lead author was Assemblyman Ken Cooley. He was joined, as coauthors, by 16 other members of the California State Assembly.
The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial became the official state Vietnam veterans war memorial when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1289 on August 28, 2013.
Assembly Bill No. 1289
[ Approved by Governor August 28, 2013. Filed with Secretary of State August 28, 2013. ]
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 1289, Cooley. State government: California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Existing law establishes the state flag and the state's emblems, including, among other things, the poppy as the official state flower and the California redwood as the official state tree.
This bill would establish the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial as the official state Vietnam veterans war memorial.
Vote: majority Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: no Local Program: no
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California has the largest United States veteran population in the nation, comprised of approximately one million eight hundred thousand armed services veterans, which is 8.3 percent of the nationwide veteran population of approximately 22 million veterans.
(b) More than 350,000 California veterans served in Vietnam, resulting in 5,822 killed or missing in action, which comprised more than 10 percent of the nation's total, and 40,000 wounded.
(c) More California residents died in Vietnam than residents of any other state and California veterans received more Medals of Honor, Bronze Stars, and Purple Hearts than veterans of any other state.
(d) The history of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial began when Herman Woods, a double amputee who served in the 1st Air Cavalry Division, United States Army (1970), returned to California from the dedication of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C., in 1982.
(e) Assembly Member Richard Floyd subsequently held a rally on the steps of the State Capitol and over 800 people attended; he was convinced that construction of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial was the will of California Vietnam veterans.
(f) Assembly Member Richard Floyd introduced Assembly Bill 650, which created the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park, and was signed into law by Governor Deukmejian in September 1983.
(g) The newly formed Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission was comprised of nine veterans, eight of whom served in Vietnam, including Linda J. McClenahan, Chairperson, Leo K. Thorsness, Medal of Honor recipient and Vice Chairperson, and members Gregory C. Green, Treasurer, Abel A. Cota, Secretary, B.T. Collins, Don A. Drumheller, Jesse G. Ugalde, Senator Jim Ellis, Assembly Member Richard E. Floyd, member and author of Assembly Bill 650, and Jerri L. Dale, Executive Officer, which led to the creation of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
(h) The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in the northeast section of the Capitol Park grounds of the State Capitol and is a standing tribute to the 5,822 servicemen and servicewomen killed and missing in action.
(i) The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on December 10, 1988, in Capitol Park; there were thousands in attendance at the dedication ceremonies where Brigadier General George B. Price was the keynote speaker at the dedication; and the dedication events were spread out over a two-day period, commencing with “Buddy Search” registrations, unit reunions, open houses, and concluding with the dedication ceremony in Capitol Park.
(j) The theme of the memorial reflects the overwhelming majority of those who were killed in Vietnam, including 19-year-old infantry soldiers, their youth, camaraderie, the fatigue of the war, and the American women who served, with the winning entry in the opening design competition awarded to Michael Larson, a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, and Thomas Chytrowski.
(k) B.T. Collins and Stan Atkinson, who had traveled to Vietnam together after the war, undertook the mission of raising the necessary funds to complete the memorial.
SEC. 2. Section 429.9 is added to the Government Code, to read:
429.9. The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the official state Vietnam veterans war memorial.
Cooley, Ken. "AB-1289 State government: California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.(2013-2014)." California Legislative Information. State of California, 28 Aug 2013. Web. 5 Sep 2013.
Fulks, Ron. "The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial." Vietnam Veterans Home Page. Bill McBride and The VVHP Platoon, 03 Jan 2011. Web. 5 Sep 2013.
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The Best and the Brightest, by David Halberstam. 720 pages. Publisher: Ballantine Books; 20 Anv edition (October 26, 1993)
The Best and the Brightest offers an account of the origins of the Vietnam War. The focus of the book is on the foreign policy crafted by the academics and intellectuals who were in John F. Kennedy's administration and the consequences of those policies in Vietnam.
Halberstam provides a great deal of detail on how the decisions were made in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations that led to the war, focusing on a period from 1960 to 1965 but also covering earlier and later years up to publication. The gradual escalation of activity in Vietnam initially allowed the Johnson Administration to avoid negative publicity, criticism from Congress and avoid possible confrontation with China. Unfortunately, the escalation also lessened the likelihood of either victory or withdrawal.
A Rumor of War, by Philip Caputo. 365 pages. Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 15, 1996)
In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit committed to fight in Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history's ugliest wars, he returned home--physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone. A decade after leaving Vietnam, Caputo wrote this book, which he said was "simply a story about war, about the things men do in war and the things war does to them."
A Rumor of War is far more than that. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America's indifference to the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War, but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history.