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Police and prosecutors may be drawing a circle around a suspected graffiti vandal who has been charged with incidents of vandalism similar to that discovered on June 2 at the Queens Vietnam Veteran Memorial.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz on Sunday announced that Kristoffer Bahamonde, 41, of Justice Avenue in Elmhurst, has been charged with three incidents dating back to May 30 and 31.

A vandal or vandals have spray-painted swastikas and hate graffiti throughout the Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park.

Doug Williams, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 in Queens, was at the site Wednesday afternoon as police from the NYPD’s 110th Precinct investigated the crime.

Harry Perks made sure he was at the opening ceremony for the Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall that was on display in Middle Village last weekend.

“But I won’t go up there,” he said. “I have too many friends on that wall. We all enlisted together. We went to school together, where a lot of us got in trouble together.”

On Memorial Day, while addressing a crowd at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, President Obama criticized the way returning servicemembers from that conflict were treated calling it a “national shame” and vowing not to send troops into harm’s way unless absolutely necessary.

For Vietnam vets in Queens, the memories of combat remain as vivid as ever, even now, nearly 50 years after the war began.

   Borough elected officials, civic leaders and residents of Maspeth, Middle Village and Elmhurst this Monday joined Mayor Bloomberg in cutting the ceremonial ribbon on gleaming new Elmhurst Park.

   The $20 million, six-acre green space, which sits on the site of the Elmhurst gas tanks, recently opened to the public, and has quickly become a popular park in what the mayor called one of “most densely populated areas” of the Big Apple.