I-Team investigates missing Vietnam memorial

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A memorial honoring veterans of the Vietnam War was erected on The Belvedere in Louisville 30 years ago.

Today, that memorial is missing. 

The WHAS11 I-Team recently went searching for the memorial.  The team spoke with community leaders and veterans who were there the day the plaque and flag pole memorial were put in place.

The former director of Public Works, Mike French, had the memorial installed in 1983, but said he is not sure where it is now.

“It drives everybody crazy,” French said.  “We continue to search properties.”

Jim Lundgard was present the day the memorial was unveiled on The Belvedere.  He said he would occasionally visit the plaque and flag pole as a reminder of the “hell” he endured in Vietnam from January to June in 1969.

“Every single day was ambushes, snipers and booby traps and you just basically tried to stay alive,” he said.

He said the memorial was also a reminder of the men who fought by his side.

“I have not been able to find anyone who knows anything about it,” Lundgard said.

He has contacted the Mayor’s office, the Waterfront Development Corp and Public Works.  Still, no one knows where the memorial could be.

Mark Zoeller, director of facilities and project management for Public Works, said he believes the memorial was taken down during the Jerry Abramson administration

WHAS11 I-Team investigators followed some tips that led them deep into a storage area at The Belvedere.  There they uncovered a flagpole that seemed consistent with the missing memorial flagpole.  Still, though, there is no trace of the missing plaque.

French said he is not looking for a bad guy, just a “favorable resolution.”

Lundgard said he hopes the memorial will fly again.

“I think it means a lot,” he said.
 

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