Jul 30, 2014

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Seeks Photos of McLean Veterans

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

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is looking for pictures of three McLean men who died in that war.

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

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is trying to put a picture with each of the names engraved on the iconic walls of the memorial with a National Call for Photos. Collected pictures will be used in the Education Center at The Wall and can also be found on  The Virtual Wall.

The McLean men are Sgt. Bruce Joel Dunham and Staff Sgt. Charles Richard McNulty, who served in the U.S. Army, and Pfc. David Dawson Peppin Jr., who served in the U.S. Marines.

If you know how to reach their relatives or have a photo to share:

HometownNameMilitary BranchDate of DeathSpringfieldFirst 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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