Misspelled name of fallen Vietnam veteran being corrected

Apr 11, 2012

The National Parks Service is promising to make right a 30-year wrong, with the correction of the misspelled name of a fallen Western New York hero on Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

For a Niagara Falls area family who lost a loved one in the Vietnam War, there is closure at last.

The family of army medic and Bishop Duffy High School graduate Roland Settimi has waited 30 years for a wrong to be made right.  Roland was killed in action in 1969. 

In 1982, when the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington opened, Settimi's name was on it, but it was the wrong name. Roland was spelled "Ronald."

The family tried unsuccessfully to have the wrong made right.  Through the intervention of Senator Charles Schumer, their wishes are being granted.  

"This was a serious mistake that needed to be corrected. Roland gave his life to this country," said Schumer at a brief ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Vietnam Memorial in the Buffalo Naval Park.

Roland Settimi's correct first name will be etched onto the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., in time for Memorial Day.