California veteran to be added to Vietnam memorial
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A California veteran who died from health complications related to his time in Vietnam will be added to the state’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Bakersfield Californian reports James E. Williams’ name is one of the three that will be added to the memorial.
The names will be unveiled in an event scheduled Saturday in Sacramento.
Spec. Williams grew up in Lamont and joined the Army in June 1966.
He died 50 years after his tour of duty in Vietnam from complications believed to be connected to exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical compound.
The Arvin High alumnus was awarded two Purple Hearts and numerous other citations for his service.
Vietnam Veterans of America Sonora chapter President Larry Bramblett says he think there should be a new medal for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.
Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com