Pictured: Army PVT Michael Steven Lyle of Denver, Colorado, who died in 1967. Michael became the final photo found for the state of Colorado.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Colorado has become the 14th state to find every photo for their fallen. The achievement comes after the photo for PVT Michael S. Lyle was submitted.
Michael, who fell in 1967, is one of the 626 Colorado veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. His photo was collected as part of the Wall of Faces effort, which aims to put a face to every name inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C. Now, every one of them can be remembered for generations to come.
To date, VVMF has found more than 47,000 photos. Fewer than 11,000 photos are still missing. Colorado joins 13 other states in this accomplishment. Alaska, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have put a face to their state's fallen.
A dedicated team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to reach this goal. Wall of Faces volunteer Janna Hoehn submitted the final photo but the accomplishment couldn’t have been made possible without the help of volunteers: Dana Kwist, Delbert Schmeling, Jim Reece, Dan Brodt, Robert Harik, Robert Seal, Denis Jahn, Al Schegelberger, Barbara Ruby, and Gregory Hunter.
The state now closest to completion is Washington, with three photos remaining.