Set off a ways from the wall of names is the bronze statue of three Vietnam era GI's. The statue is placed so that the soldiers appear to be looking over toward the wall. The men depicted in this sculpture are dressed in the manner of GI's who fought in the jungles and swamps of Vietnam. They are wearing long pants and stout combat boots, but it is clear that they are in a hot climate. The GI in the center has no shirt, just a vest, and the GI on the right has a towel around his neck to soak up sweat. In 'nam, it became the norm for most soldiers to not wear a helmet; rather they would wear a floppy hat (as seen on the GI on the left) that would keep out the sun and rain. Two of the most common weapons of GI are also portrayed in the statue--the M-16 rifle and the M-50 machine gun. The GI on the left, with the M-50 on his back, is also wearing two ammo belts for his gun. One last point to notice: there are two black soldiers, and one white soldier (who is in front). In the Vietnam war, there were often a disproportional number of black young men drafted (the white young men went off to college or Canada) and sent to Vietnam as foot soldiers. And so, black GI's died in greater numbers than their white squad mates.