AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) - It’s been a long time coming, but on the grounds of the state Capitol this Saturday, the Texas Vietnam monument will finally be unveiled. The sculpture will be revealed at 10 a.m.
About 500,000 Texans served in Vietnam, and 3,417 died there. Just more than 100 Texas remain missing in action still today. The Texas casualties in that war are only exceeded by California.
Among the Texas MIAs is 25-year old Capt. Ron Forrester, a Marine aviator shot down Dec. 27, 1972, exactly one month before the peace treaty was signed. He left behind a daughter.
Karoni is now co-chair of a national crusade of sorts, the National League of POW/MIA families.
But why do so many remain missing?
Two Vietnam vets who did make it home to Texas had a hand to play in Saturday’s events.
Robert Floyd was co-chairman of the committee behind the Texas monument.
An accompanying memorial, made up of the recreated dog tags of the 3,417 Texans who died, arrived in Austin on Thursday and will be shown in the capitol rotunda.