Mississippi becomes 19th state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen

Pictured: U.S. Army Pfc. Charles Wright of Gulfport, Mississippi. Wright died in Vietnam in 1970.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Mississippi has become the 19th state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen.

The achievement comes after the photo of  U.S. Army Pfc. Charles Wright was submitted by Dan Brodt and Bruce Gaughf on April 5th.

Wright'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.

A total of 637 Mississippi service members lost their lives during the Vietnam War and now every one of them will be remembered for generations to come.

Wright was from Gulfport, Mississippi and made the ultimate sacrifice in the Tay Ninh province of Vietnam on February 3, 1970. The young soldier was a month shy of his 20th birthday.

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. Mississippi joins 18 other states in finding every photo for their fallen. The completed states include:

Alaska

Colorado

Hawaii

Idaho

Kansas

Maryland

Minnesota

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.