Diligence gave WWII soldier place on war memorial

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The last five names inscribed on the Clark County Veterans War Memorial include servicemen who died almost 67 years apart.

Two soldiers and a Marine who died in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at Monday's 11 a.m. Memorial Day observance in Vancouver Barracks.

But there's also room on the memorial for forgotten heroes like Lt. John Mulder. His name was added to the memorial a year ago, along with that of Army Pfc. Christopher Ian Walz, who was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 27, 2009.

The Columbian reports two issues kept Mulder's name off the war memorial for decades: his connection to Clark County was not clear and the Army lists his date of death as six months after the war in Europe ended.

Three Clark County men helped prove Mulder's local roots, and also established his role in a World War II battle just before he was reported as missing in action.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com