Honoring Texas’ Fallen
The Mission of the 3417 Project
The 3417 Project is a personalized tribute by the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee to honor and remember each of the Texans who died in the Vietnam War, including the 105 Texans who remain Missing In Action. Each is individually represented on two dog tags that include his name, rank, branch of service, home of record and date of loss. Two blank tags have been added to represent Texans known only to God who died in Vietnam.
One set of Texas Hero Tags is encased in a vintage ammunition can entombed inside the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument. A duplicate set is displayed for the public in The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit.
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee created the 3417 Project in 2012 to honor the Texans who died in the Vietnam War. Committee member Don Dorsey, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of the Vietnam War, led the creation of this exhibit by hand embossing the tags with the assistance of Marine Corps veteran James Hart.
Reading of the Names
March 24, 2013
On March 24, 2013, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument coordinated an historic Reading of the Names of the 3,417 Texans who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. The event took place in the Lady Bird Auditorium at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. More than 110 volunteers participated in the event, which lasted more than 9 hours. Robert Floyd, chairman of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument, delivered a brief statement before the first of more than 110 volunteers stepped to the microphone to read the name, rank, branch of service and home of record for each Texan who died in the Vietnam War. Hundreds of people came from across the state – and two from out of state – to volunteer as readers, or to listen as witnesses as the names of men, some known to them, many not, all honored, were spoken aloud. Among the volunteer readers were many Gold Star family members, friends, and comrades of the war dead.