Pictured: SGT Harry T. Petersen of Salt Lake City, Utah who died in 1970. Harry became the final photo found for the state of Utah.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Utah has become the 12th state to find every photo for their fallen. The achievement comes after the photo for SGT Harry T. Petersen was submitted.
Harry is one of the 364 Utah veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War and now every one of them can be remembered for generations to come.
Harry fell in 1970 in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam. 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 nearly 47,000 photos. Approximately 11,000 photos are still missing. Utah joins 11 other states in this accomplishment. Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have put a face to their state's fallen.
A dedicated team of volunteers have worked on Utah for about 18 months. Wall of Faces volunteer Janna Hoehn found the final photo but the accomplishment couldn’t have been made possible without the help of Dan Brodt, Jim Reece, and Robert Harik.
States now closest to completion include: Alaska (2), Colorado (6), and Washington (5). Every photo collected is seen on VVMF’s Virtual Wall of Faces and will be displayed at the future Education Center at The Wall.