The memorial was originally constructed by the family of U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant Victor David Westphall III, who died in battle in 1968.
A memorial chapel opened in 1971, and a visitor center in 1985. The site now includes an amphitheater and a Huey helicopter used in Vietnam.
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