Pictured: CPL James R. Willis of Carson City, Nevada, who died in 1968. James became the final photo found for the state of Nevada.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Nevada has become the 11th state to find every photo for their fallen.
The achievement comes after the photo for CPL James R. Willis was submitted. James is one of the 147 Nevada veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War and now every one of them can be remembered for generations to come.
James fell in 1968 when he "was shot in the chest while engaged in perimeter security in Quang Nam Province."
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. To date, VVMF has found more than 46,100 photos. Approximately 12,000 photos are still missing.
Nevada joins 10 other states in this accomplishment. Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have put a face to their state's fallen.
Jim Mcllhenney found the final photo for Nevada with help from Wall of Faces volunteers Janna Hoehn, Jim Reece, Robert Seal, Robert Harik, and Cheri Collins. Many photos are also submitted by family and friends.
States now closest to completion include: Utah (3), Alaska (4), Colorado (15), and Washington (16).
Every photo collected is seen on VVMF’s Virtual Wall of Faces and will be displayed at the future Education Center at The Wall.