Adding Faces to Names: Vietnam Memorial Seeking Photos of 12 Waukesha Soldiers
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund wants a photo for every name on "The Wall" in D.C., and 12 of the 14 Waukesha veterans are still missing pictures.
What if you could put a face to every name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial?
The VVMF hopes you can.
The Call for Photos is a project organized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to match a headshot or portrait photograph to every service member listed on The Wall.
The pictures will be displayed in an exhibit at the future Education Center at The Wall, an underground visitors center to be built near the Vietnam Veterans and the Lincoln memorials. Everyday, the center will celebrate the birthdays of service members who died during the Vietnam War by featuring their photos on a giant digital wall.
So far, 25,526 veterans have complete profiles with at least one photograph, according to George Pojani, a research associate at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. These profiles are currently featured on The Virtual Wall, an online database of the Memorial's veterans.
Here are the 14 veterans from Waukesha. Missing photos are Walter Clay Booth, Donald Glen Dingeldein, Otto Robert Ensslin, Fred Anderson Fredder, James Peter Harteau, Dennis Lee McCormick, John D. Morris, John Robert Poff, Lawrence Edward Schmidt, Cornelius A. Vandersterren, Robert Lee Weeden, and Aaron Lee Wood.
Those with photos include:
The VVMF recommends contacting family and friends of the veterans to find photographs or visit local libraries and search through yearbooks or newspaper obituaries.
To submit a photograph, contributors should obtain a high quality scan of the image and post a remembrance online. The VVMF will send an e-mail to contributors when their photograph is posted with a matching profile. Even if you don't have a photo to submit, text remembrances can be posted below each soldier's profile.
Relatives of service members with complete profiles are encouraged to submit photographs to the VVMF, even if there is already a photo available.
Pojani says that the contributors to the National Call for Photos will help improve the visitor's experience at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
"It's a place where people can go back and find stories about all the casualties on the Wall," Pojani said about the future Education Center. "It will be more personal than just names on the Wall."