Pictured: U.S. Army SP4 Allen Arthur Straus of Omaha, became the final photo found for the state of Nebraska.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Nebraska has become the 16th state to find every photo for their fallen.
The achievement comes after the photo of Allen Arthur Straus was submitted.
Straus spent only a few months in-country, serving as an Indirect Fire Infantryman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, A Company. "He was a good guy...but he had this thing about saying he wasn't going to make it home," wrote his Squad Leader Sgt. Stone.
Straus fell near the Thua Thien province of Vietnam on May 6, 1968. He was 23 years old.
Straus is one of 395 Nebraska veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. His photo was collected as part of the Wall of Faces effort, which aims to put a face to every name inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C. and ensure they are never forgotten.
To date, VVMF has found more than 47,500 photos. Fewer than 11,000 photos are still missing.
Nebraska joins 15 other states in finding every photo for their fallen. This comes one week after Washington reached this milestone.
These achievements are made possible by dedicated Wall of Faces volunteers across the country. The devoted team who found the final photo for Nebraska included: Monica Harvey, Kathy Nichols, Shirley Beekman, Denis Jahn, Dan Brodt and Janna Hoehn.
States now closest to completion include Maryland with eight photos remaining and Kansas, with 24 photos remaining.
Photos and stories of the more than 58,000 veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War can be seen on VVMF’s Virtual Wall of Faces. They will also be displayed at the future Education Center at The Wall.