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Family Hopes to Get Soldier's Name Spelled Right on Vietnam Wall

HINDSVILLE, AR - In 1945, JoVetta Siler named her son Cary, after seeing a Fayetteville movie theater poster featuring Cary Grant.  And more than 60 years later, Siler and her family are fighting to have her son remembered as Cary.

Cary Siler died in Vietnam when he was 22, serving as a sergeant with the 11th Armored Division.  He was honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, but his name wasa misspelled as "Gary."  The Department of Defense says it was likely an Army clerical error.

His widow, Catherine Carlock, says the least the Defense Department can do is spell her husband's name right.

Siler's name is also misspelled on a traveling Vietnam memorial exhibit, as well as on the Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Little Rock.  It's estimated that the memorial in Washington has about 60 errors in the 58,000 names listed on the wall. 

Military officials say Siler's name can be inscribed properly on the national memorial if the family requests the change and produces a birth certificate.

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