West Point Graduate Donates in Honor of his Fallen Classmates

William Murdy has been involved with VVMF, trying to build the Education Center at The Wall, from the start. The Vietnam veteran and Chairman of Comfort Systems USA provided some of the initial funding to begin the project, and now he has donated again. Like others, Murdy has accepted the challenge to become part of the Faces Never Forgotten campaign, and has contributed in honor of his 23 fallen 1964 West Point classmates.

Murdy served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1974, including one year in the Dominican Republic with the 82nd Airborne, two years in Vietnam with the Corps of Engineers and 173rd Airborne Brigade, and three years teaching economics at West Point.  He left active duty as a Major and continued his service  in the Army Reserves.

Murdy said he knew most of his 23 classmates who died in Vietnam personally, and that seven of them were especially close friends of his.houcsComfortUSA_00000006936

“As Jim Wright, the former President of Dartmouth, said at a ceremony at The Wall, the names on The Wall ‘cry out to be known,’” Murdy said. “Their lives were cut short by the Vietnam War; the Education Center offers a way for them to be heard…and seen…and further honored.  An extended description of their sacrifice should help visitors focus on the serious human consequences of the Vietnam War, and indeed, all wars, past and future.”

The Education Center at The Wall will be a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With completion planned for 2014, the Center is a multi-million dollar, state-of- the-art visitor’s center and learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials.

Murdy is eager to see the Education Center open its doors to the American public, and to begin teaching the lessons of the Vietnam War.

“Like many, I think I ‘grew up’ in Vietnam, or at least grew at a faster rate toward maturity by virtue of the war,” Murdy said. “My service was not heroic, but being there and serving gave me a more complete appreciation for the heroes of that war and the service of those who gave their last full measure of devotion.”