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February 26, 2015

Longtime Head of Vietnam Memorial Fund Stepping Down

Jan C. Scruggs, a Vietnam veteran who spearheaded efforts to build a Washington memorial to those who died in that war and led the nonprofit that operated the landmark for 35 years, announced Wednesday that he will leave the organization this summer, The Washington Post writes. Mr. Scruggs said he has already turned over day-to-day leadership of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to a new chief executive and will officially step down as its president on June 30.

The former infantryman, who served in Vietnam in 1969 and '70, was instrumental in the campaign to build the black granite wall inscribed with the names of 58,000 war dead. Mr. Scruggs said he will "continue to sort of be the president emeritus" of the fund, raising money for it and a planned $115-million Vietnam veterans museum to be located underground near the memorial.