FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Beth Wilson and her husband, Danny Joe Wilson, have a lifetime of memories. But one memory stands out, the Vietnam War. The year was 1965 and Danny Joe had been drafted to the army to fight in Vietnam. Eight months later he was injured.
“By the time we had got to see him he’d lost a lot of weight, it was very difficult,” said Beth.
Danny had suffered a severe leg injury while on duty, an injury which affected his health for the rest of his life.
“It was bitter sweet because we had to lose him to get him there. But that was his wish. He had requested that his name be on the wall. He knew it was possible and he knew that his death was related to his Vietnam injuries,” said Beth.
His request was to see his name of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. A symbol of remembrance and a dream of Danny Joe Wilson.
“I had to gather all medical records from the last two years from every doctor and hospital. And once that was done, which that took a while to accomplish because he was in the hospital so much, a board had to turned it over to a medical board and they had to connect his death with his injuries in Vietnam,” said Beth.
Earlier this month, Beth visited the wall to see her husband’s dream come true.
“It was really overwhelming to walk up to the wall and see Danny Joe Wilson. And he wanted it so bad, he would be so proud, it’s such a honor,” said Beth.
An honor which came with a price and that many continue to pay for daily.