IRVINE — Official Department of Defense casualty records contain errors regarding about 3% of American servicemen and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Orange County veterans advocates.
Whether it's a misspelled name, an incorrect age or wrong date of death, the documents have incorrect indentifying facts about an estimated 171 military service men and women.
"You can imagine that it's hard enough to lose a loved one in the war," said Irvine resident Pam Rogan, "and how painful it is for the family to fly all the way out [to a memorial] and their son's or daughter's name is spelled wrong."
Rogan is a board member of the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial, a permanent memorial to every American lost in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom set to be dedicated Sunday by the city and Gold Star Families and Friends of the Fallen.
And members of the board state with confidence that the 5,714 names etched into the granite sentinels do not contain a single mistake.