Fairfield Soldier Added To Vietnam Wall

May 7, 2015

Forty years after his death, the name of an Iowa soldier was unveiled today on the state’s Vietnam War Monument. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen reports.

Fairfield native Douglas Peterson was severely wounded in 1969, but held on for six years of medical care and surgeries before those injuries took his life. His name was on "The Wall" in Washington, but the long paper trail complicated his inclusion here, until now. Peterson’s sister Karen spoke for the family.

“Trying to prove that his death because of his injuries. D.C. did it, so you would have thought Iowa did it sooner, but that's fine, it’s done.”

Douglas Peterson is the 867th name on Iowa’s Vietnam War Monument. Rick Fredericksen, Iowa Public Radio News.