Iowa becomes 22nd state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Iowa has become the 22nd state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen.

There are 855 service members from Iowa listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and now each of them have their photo displayed on VVMF’s Wall of Faces. 


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 Wall of Faces, where family and friends can share memories, remembrances, and photos. Putting a face to every name helps further preserve the legacies of all the service members with names inscribed on The Wall. 


VVMF has dedicated volunteers around the country who help locate photos of those who served and sacrificed. Two of these volunteers who were instrumental in completing Iowa are Tom Brickman and his daughter Shari Kirkpatrick, residents of Janesville and Reinbeck, Iowa. They got involved in the photo collection effort three years ago when they set out to find photos of Iowa’s fallen service members. When they started their project, little did they know the healing process that would begin for Tom, the veterans and family members they had contacted.

 
"Of those families you know they were so, so appreciative of us doing this project for the fallen so it was really gratifying and…felt good to be able to talk to them,” Tom Brickman said. The duo have found 512 photos of fallen heroes.


To date, nearly 52,000 photos have been collected for the Wall of Faces and more than 6,000 photos are still needed to complete the effort. Iowa joins 21 other states in finding every photo for their fallen. The completed states include:

Alaska

Colorado

Delaware

Hawaii

Idaho

Kansas

Maryland

Minnesota

Mississippi

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Mexico

North Dakota

Oregon

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Utah

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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 service member 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.