Pictured (top left to right): Cpl. Jose Acosta, Sergeant Major Newell Applegate, Sr., Pfc. Otis Carter, Pfc. Ronnie Alvord, Sgt. James Bunch, Jr., Seaman Richard Boyd, Pfc. Robert Girdner, and Spec. 4 James Bishop.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Kansas has become the 18th state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen.
The achievement comes after the photo of U.S. Army Pfc. Robert Girdner was submitted by Janna Hoehn and Jim Reece on Monday, Dec. 5.
Girdner's photo was collected as part of VVMF’s Wall of Faces effort, which 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.
627 Kansas service members lost their lives during the Vietnam War and now every one of them will be remembered for generations to come.
Girdner was from Shawnee Mission, Kansas and made the ultimate sacrifice in the Kien Hoa province of Vietnam on April 4, 1968. The young soldier was two weeks shy of his 20th birthday.
To date, more than 49,000 photos have been collected for the Wall of Faces and fewer than 9,000 photos are still needed to complete the effort. Kansas joins 17 other states in finding every photo for their fallen. The completed states include:
VVMF has dedicated Wall of Faces volunteers around the country who help locate photos of those who served and sacrificed. Volunteers Janna Hoehn, Jim Reece, and Dan Brodt worked diligently on the state of Kansas.
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.