Arkansas and Kentucky find every photo for their Vietnam fallen

(Pictured L to R: Pfc. Robert Clark of Tucker, Arkansas; U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. George H. Kirby Jr. of Lynch, Kentucky; U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Riggle of Flatwoods, Kentucky)

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Arkansas and Kentucky became the 32nd and 33rd states to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen. There are 596 service members from Arkansas and 1,060 service members from Kentucky listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and now every one of them have their photo displayed on the Wall of Faces. 


VVMF’s Wall of Faces effort aims to connect a face and a story to each of the more than 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C. so that future generations will better understand the impact of the Vietnam War on American families. Each name represents a life cut short and a family changed forever by their loss. Putting a face to every name helps further preserve their legacies.


The final photos for Arkansas and Kentucky were submitted to VVMF this week. The final photo for Arkansas was of U.S. Army Pfc. Robert L. Clark, who made the ultimate sacrifice on May 4, 1966. He was 21 years old. The final photos for Kentucky were of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. George H. Kirby Jr. and Robert F. Riggle, who made the ultimate sacrifice in 1965 and 1968 in the Khanh Hoa Province of Vietnam.


VVMF thanks the hundreds of volunteers around the state and country who have been instrumental in locating these photos, and spreading the word about the Wall of Faces. The effort to collect a photo of each service member on The Wall began in 2009. Nearly 56,000 photos of service members who sacrificed all in Vietnam have been found to date. 

The 33 states and U.S. territories that have found every photo for their fallen include:


Arkansas
Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
Colorado
Delaware
Hawaii
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Wisconsin
Wyoming


Submitted photos currently are available on VVMF’s Wall of Faces. To see photos missing by state, visit: vvmf.org/state-photos. In the future, the photos will also be displayed at the Education Center at The Wall – an interactive learning facility to be built on the National Mall. To learn more about the future Education Center, please visit: http://www.buildthecenter.org/