Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park-Angel Fire, NM
In the 1960s, Victor Westphall (Doc) and his wife, Jeanne, purchased more than 800 acres of the Val Verde ranch near Angel Fire, NM, with the intention of building a resort complete with homes, a golf course, and ski slopes. Then on May 22, 1968, their eldest son, Lt. Victor David Westphall lll, was killed in an ambush in Vietnam just south of the DMZ. David Westphall was buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in early June 1968. David’s mother, Jeanne, suggested using David’s life insurance money to build a chapel to honor the memory of their son and the fifteen men who died with him. Construction of the Peace and Brotherhood Chapel began in September 1968. The vision for the Chapel soon expanded to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Vietnam veterans. The Chapel was the first major memorial created to honor the veterans of the Vietnam War.
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