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Boise Vietnam War Memorial Vandalized

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Boise's Vietnam Veterans Memorial, unveiled to the public only three weeks ago, has been vandalized. The granite memorial, modeled after the iconic memorial in Washington, D.C., honors the 217 Idaho veterans who died between 1961 and 1975 during the Vietnam conflict.

KTVB-TV reports six custom-made medallions, which represent branches of the armed forces and cost about $3,350 each, were pried from the granite. One of the medallions took as long as six months to craft. Boise Police are investigating the incident.

"I was sick to my stomach when I saw it," J.D. Poss, president of the Treasure Valley Chapter 1025 of the Vietnam Veterans of America told KTVB-TV

More than two dozen local companies helped make the memorial a reality with donations of labor and building materials.