Vermont becomes the 24th state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen

Pictured: U.S. Army Spec. 4 Harvey Howard, of Danby, Vermont, who made the ultimate sacrifice in 1967.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Vermont has become the 24th state to find every photo for their Vietnam fallen. There are 100 service members from Vermont listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and now each of them have their photo displayed on the Wall of Faces. 

VVMF’s Wall of Faces effort aims to connect a face and a story to each of the more than 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C. so that future generations will better understand the impact of the Vietnam War. Each name represents a life cut short and a family changed forever by their loss. Putting a face to every name helps further preserve their legacies.

U.S. Army Spec. 4 Harvey Howard, a native of Danby, is just one Vermont’s fallen service members. His photo, taken in Vermont in 1966, shows a dapper young man proudly holding his service cap. Howard was killed on October 16, 1967 as the result of a land mine explosion while helping build a military port. He had been in Vietnam for six months and died two months shy of his 21st birthday. His sister Connie Chamberlin recalls him being a fun kid who liked to hunt and fish. She remembers how eager he was to enlist in the military and how he took his Army physical on his 18th birthday. Howard’s photo now serves as a reminder of his sacrifice to his country and the state of Vermont.

More than 52,000 photos of service members who sacrificed all in Vietnam have been found and posted to the Wall of Faces. Vermont joins 23 other states in finding every photo for their fallen. The completed states include:

Alaska
Colorado
Delaware
Hawaii
Idaho
Iowa
Kansas
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Utah
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Submitted photos are currently seen on VVMF’s online Wall of Faces, where family and friends can share memories, remembrances, and photos. In the future, the photos will also be displayed at the Education Center at The Wall – an interactive learning facility to be built on the National Mall. The capital campaign to build the Education Center is currently underway and construction will begin once fundraising is complete. To learn more about the future Education Center, please visit:  www.buildthecenter.org.

Fewer than 6,000 photos are needed to complete the Wall of Faces effort. 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 service member as possible. 

To submit a photo to the Wall of Faces, click here.