West National Mall Monuments & Memorials Self Guided Walking Tour and Printable Map

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The Three Soldiers

The maelstrom that Maya Ying Lin’s Vietnam Memorial design engendered was the catalyst for the inclusion of a more traditional, heroic depiction at the site. The chosen design consists of three, life-like figures. Known as the Three Servicemen, the memorial is the work of Frederick Hart, who finished third in the original competition. The sculptor poignantly captures the heroism and vulnerability of the young warriors. The bronze sculpture was dedicated in 1984 and is located near the west entrance to the Wall in a small stand of trees. A nearby flag flies 24 hours a day.

The figure in front is Caucasian, to his right is a Hispanic American and to his left is an African American. Hart used a 21-year-old Marine based in the District as the model for the lead figure. A Mexican American served as the model for the Hispanic soldier. The remaining figure is a composite of several African Americans models. The center figure is dressed and outfitted with the equipment of a Marine. The other two figures have equipment and clothing specific to the Army.

The statue is positioned so that the figures face the memorial wall. Some visitors feel that the infantryman and his companions are searching the wall for names of their comrades. Others say that the faces appear to have the unfocused “1,000-yard stare” of battle-weary fighters.




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