Fewer than 4,000 photos needed to put a face to every name on The Wall

Washington, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is proud to announce a major milestone to start 2018. Through its Wall of Faces effort to collect a photo for every one of the 58,318 names on The Wall, fewer than 4,000 are now needed to complete the project.

The 4,000th photo submitted to VVMF was of Sp4. Kurt E. Ward of Dayton, Ohio. The 3,999th photo was of Pfc. Charles E. Melott of Rodgers, Ohio. Both served in the U.S. Army and both pictures were submitted by Susan Hobensack. Because of the tenacious effort by volunteers working on behalf of VVMF all across the country, more than 54,000 photos of service members who sacrificed all in Vietnam have been found and posted to the Wall of Faces.

“We were ecstatic to receive photos today that pushed us past this milestone!  Putting a face to each name helps people understand the true cost of war, to drive home the fact that every name on The Wall represents a real person with a life cut short,” said Jim Knotts president and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the nonprofit organization that founded The Wall.  “Each photo represents a family and friends forever changed.  The Wall of Faces also allows family members, friends and comrades to leave remembrances and stay connected to those they lost.

“Reaching this milestone would not be possible without dedicated volunteers across the country who have been looking for the photos.  They are researching to contact families, going through high school yearbooks, and even viewing obituary notices on newspaper microfiche.  We are so appreciative of their dedication to put faces to names,” continued Knotts.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1982 with a promise to never forget the service members who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War. The Wall of Faces effort to collect a photo of each service member on The Wall began in 2009.

There are 26 states and territories who have found every photo for their state’s fallen. The completed states include:



American Samoa














New Mexico

North Carolina

North Dakota


Rhode Island

South Dakota







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/