Vietnam Memorial Stolen From Walnut Park

Discovered missing yesterday, although theft may have occurred earlier


A bronze plaque commemorating 15 Petaluma soldiers who died in the Vietnam War has been stolen from Walnut Park.

The plaque was reported stolen Monday, but may have been removed as early as Christmas, said Petaluma Police Department spokesman Lt. Tim Lyons.

The memorial plaque was located near the Walnut Park gazebo and appears to have been sanded off, said Joe Noriel, president of the Petaluma Historical Museum, which is now raising money to replace the memorial.

“This is a really sacred memorial and has been turned into an economic opportunity for someone,” Noriel said.

The plaque is approximately 25 inches wide and 30 inches loong and was first put in the '70s.

Items made from bronze, copper and other precious metals are regularly targeted by thieves who take them to scrap yards in exchange for cash.

Donations for a new Vietnam War Memorial can be sent to the Petaluma Museum at 20 4th St. Petaluma, CA 94952.

MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I hope he runs into a Vietnam veteran scrap yard owner. Boy that would be sweet justice.
Perry Tradesman January 11, 2013 at 08:11 AM
I just saw this about the memorial being stolen- and I could never imagine so disrespecting anyone who died- let alone died while serving there country, omg this makes me so angry.........
Craig Belfor January 11, 2013 at 03:34 PM
We need to do a sting operation on scrap yards. They promote this crime by being the fence for stolen goods. All scrap yards should get ID, photos of the perp and the goods, and issue only checks. Scrap yards should be fined for violations, caught by the same sting operations that police use to target stores selling booze to kids.
r bobbie January 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM
that already happens. I work construction and occasionally have scrap wire to turn in. The scrap yard takes a photo copy of sellers D.L. and the seller is made to wait 7 days for any theft reports.
Perry Tradesman January 16, 2013 at 06:40 AM
This is off the topic-(MICHAEL P WILSON "Republican Kid") I was just wondering why do you have the American flag pic upside down? What does it symbolize?


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