Stone specialists inspecting vandalism to the black granite Vietnam Veterans Memorial Friday said the damage is easy to repair but said the wall had been defaced in three separate sections. "It does not look like a serious problem," said Gene Simmons, a stone and construction specialist brought in to inspect the wall on which someone scrawled a swastika-like symbol and other lines into its highly polished face.

Simmons called the scratches "superficial," and said they can likely be fixed with "a small amount of polishing and buffing." He said the damage should take no more than a day to repair, and will not require disassembling part of the wall, which is etched with the names of more than 58,000 service personnel who died in the Vietnam War.