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Program Seeks Photos of Local Vets Who Died in Vietnam

National Call for Photos hopes to put faces with names engraved on walls of Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Program Seeks Photos of Local Vets Who Died in Vietnam Program Seeks Photos of Local Vets Who Died in Vietnam

The 58,193 Americans who died for their country in the Vietnam War are memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund wants to put a picture with each of the names engraved on the iconic walls of the memorial. They've issued a National Call for Photos. 

The National Call for Photos is still looking for photographs of the following men (see table below) from Fairfax County, several of whom are from Lorton, Springfield and Fort Belvoir.

Collected pictures will be used in the Education Center at The Wall and can also be found on  The Virtual Wall.

If you know how to reach their relatives or have a photo to share, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's "How to Submit a Photo" website.

Hometown Name Military Branch Date of Death SpringfieldFirst Lt. Charles Edward Brown Jr.Army Nov. 2, 1966 LortonPFC Paul Randolph ByrneMarine Corps Dec. 11, 1966 SpringfieldWarrant Officer Gerald Lewis CatonArmy Aug. 17, 1969 Ft. BelvoirLt. Col. Fred Vincent ColeArmy May 12, 1970 SpringfieldSP4 Randall Earl ColeArmy March 23, 1968 Ft. BelvoirChief Warrant Officer Frank Warren CrossArmy Sept. 15, 1968 RestonSP4 Frederick Willard CrossArmy August 19, 1970 McLeanSgt. Bruce Joel DunhamArmy June 9, 1969 HerndonPFC Ernest Richard FranksMarine Corps March 14, 1969 Not SpecifiedCpl. Charles William Garber Jr.Marine Corps April 9, 1968 LortonPFC William Richard GrahamMarine Corps March 6, 1966 McLeanStaff Sgt. Charles Richard McNultyArmy May 16, 1970 SpringfieldThomas Hubert MesserAugust 28, 1970 ViennaPFC Gerald Crawford MullArmy April 13, 1968 Ft. BelvoirPFC Roland Harold NadeauMarine Corps August 2, 1969 SpringfieldWarrant Officer Scott Kenton PardeeArmy March 23, 1970 McLeanPFC David Dawson Peppin Jr.Marine Corps July 10, 1969 ViennaLCPL Willard Floyd ProchaskaMarine Corps Feb. 23, 1969 LortonCaptain Harry Quincy RoseArmy Feb. 21, 1969 Dunn LoringSgt. Joseph Bradley RushArmy Jan. 31, 1969 SpringfieldPFC Jerry Waine StewardMarine Corps Oct. 1, 1970 CentrevillePFC Claude Carroll SupingerArmy Nov. 5, 1966 HerndonPFC Daniel Wesley WhiteArmy June 3, 1967 SpringfieldCaptain Hiram Michael Wolfe IVArmy Dec. 4, 1969

Of the 58,193 killed in the war, 1,306 were from Virginia. Of those, Fairfax County saw 48 killed. So far, the National Call for Photos has collected 571 photos from Virginia. Thanks to a recent partnership with the National Association of Counties, the database is searchable by county.

More about the fallen, from the National Archives:

  • Most (16,592) were killed in 1968.
  • Of those who reported their religion, most (16,815) identified themselves as Roman Catholic.  
  • The most frequent (18,518) cause for casualties was small arms fire.
  • Most were single (40,775); 17,215 were married and the rest are listed as unknown.
  • Of those killed, their ages ranged from 17 to 62, with the most (14,095) being 20 years old when they died.
  • The military service branch that saw the most deaths: Army (38,209).

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