Pictured: Sgt. Stephen J. Smith, who became the 40,000th service member to have his photo collected for VVMF's Faces Never Forgotten campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 2015.
VVMF’s Faces Never Forgotten photo collection campaign has reached another milestone. With the addition of the photo of SGT Stephen J. Smith of Convoy, Ohio, VVMF has now reached 40,000 photos collected. Sgt. Smith’s photo was submitted by his sister, Beth Smith Rahko, along with this remembrance:
“Steve was the oldest of five children – a hero to everyone who met him long before his service in Vietnam. Steve was 6’6” tall and a basketball star at Monroeville High School in 1966. Friends in Monroeville still honor him at their VFW. Steve had a college deferment but volunteered for the draft. He was hardworking, humble, kind and brave. Everyone loved him.”
These are the kinds of stories that VVMF is trying to collect for each of the 58,300 names on The Wall so we can keep the legacies of these service members alive for future generations. All photos collected will be featured in VVMF’s Virtual Wall of Faces and in the future Education Center at The Wall.