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First woman's name added to California Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Posted at 9:07 AM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 15:06:56-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial made history as the first woman was honored.

A special ceremony was held in Sacramento to add 20 names to the memorial. One of those veterans honored was Adrienne Lee Schamp who served in the Army in Vietnam. She died in 2001 from a heart ailment.

Those honored in the ceremony will join nearly 6,000 names already on the memorial.

The new names include vets who survived the war but later died from illnesses or injuries directly related to their service in the war. They were made eligible for the memorial under a 2013 state law.