Delaware becomes 20th state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen

Pictured: 1st Lt. Thomas B. Adams (left: as a life guard in Bethany Beach, DE and right: in-country during the Vietnam War). Adams was from Selbyville, Delaware and made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam in 1968. 

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Delaware has become the 20th state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen.

In an effort that took 15 years and many dedicated volunteers, all 123 service members from Delaware listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial now have their photo displayed on VVMF’s Wall of Faces.

In January of 2002, John Rickards provided us two photos for Thomas B. Adams of Selbyville (honored on Panel 42 East, Line 60 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial).  In his remembrance he noted, “Tom was a classmate of mine and a good friend even though we didn’t hang around together.  He was the wild one and I was the quiet one.”  His photos don’t portray the “wild one” instead they show a serious young graduate of OCS and an eager 1st Lieutenant in Vietnam.

Rickards recognized the opportunity to honor a classmate and friend and provided us one of the first of the 123 photos necessary to complete Delaware.  In 2012, Adams’ sister Marjorie would leave a remembrance along with a photo showing the “wild” side of Tom, showing off with a one-armed handstand on Bethany Beach.  

VVMF’s Wall of Faces effort aims to put a face to the more than 58,000 names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Submitted photos are currently seen on VVMF’s virtual Wall of Faces, where family and friends can share memories, remembrances, and photos.

To date, more than 51,000 photos have been collected for the Wall of Faces and fewer than 7,000 photos are still needed to complete the effort. Delaware joins 19 other states in finding every photo for their fallen. The completed states include:

Alaska

Colorado

Hawaii

Idaho

Kansas

Maryland

Minnesota

Mississippi

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Mexico

North Dakota

Oregon

South Dakota

Utah

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

VVMF has dedicated Wall of Faces volunteers around the country who help locate photos of those who served and sacrificed. Putting a face to every name helps further preserve the legacies of all the service members with names inscribed on The Wall.

If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Wall, please help VVMF honor these individuals by submitting a photo. VVMF encourages the public to submit as many photos of each individual as possible. 

Along with the virtual Wall of Faces, photos and stories of the more than 58,000 veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War will also be displayed at the future Education Center at The Wall.

To submit a photo to the Wall of Faces, click here.