940 – Illinois closing in on Wall of Faces pictures

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Wall of Faces

In this episode number 940 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast the wonderful Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will be featured. Specifically we will be talking about its Wall of Faces Project. There are 58,315 names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. The VVMF has taken on the mission of finding a picture of every person whose name is on the Memorial Wall. All those pictures will be on display in the soon to be constructed Vietnam War Education Center below ground next to the Wall.

The people of northwestern Illinois are doing their part to help locate pictures of fallen Vietnam Veterans from their area. There was an editorial in The Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com titled: Local Vietnam heroes found, but too many still missing that provided an update on their progress in Mercer, Henry, Whiteside and Rock Island counties. The editorial stated that thanks to the efforts of our community, remarkable progress has been made to find missing photos of the Quad-Cities soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.

The Illinois Press Association has provided a great deal of assistance to local papers across the state in publicizing the project. The success in finding missing pictures in the Quad-Cities area has been greatly aided by the Association’s help in finding missing pictures. All the pictures of lost Vietnam Veterans from Henry and Mercer Counties have been recently found as a result of the newspaper program.

The editorial said this about the project: “All are victories worth celebrating in the quest to put a face to every one of 58,000 names on the Vietnam Wall. But the battle won’t be won until every single one of the photos of our missing heroes join the wall. Timing also matters. We need to do so quickly if the laudable goal to fill in all of the faces by Veterans Day 2017 is to be realized.”

The remaining missing local heroes are:

Rock Island County

— Rock Island: Mark A. Foster, Kenneth J. Knoeferl, Wayne M. Lenderman.

— East Moline: James D. Raychel

— Moline: Leroy A. Rost, Leroy F. Schyska, and Rolleen C. Sorim

Whiteside County

— Morrison: Lawrence E. Howard

— Sterling: Hans L. Mills, Jack E. Searing.

— Albany: John M. Smith

Any information about these individuals that might lead to the acquisition of their photo would be greatly appreciated.

Contact the Argus-Dispatch about the project at letters@qconline.com.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the VVMF website to submit pictures or get more information about the program.

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