Photos of fallen Vietnam veterans sought

WASHINGTON — The project is underway to put a face to every name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on the National Mall.

The National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization behind the wall, is reaching out to families across the nation to collect photos of their lost loved ones.

The group is seeking high-resolution photographs of the fallen, in uniform. Families can upload the pictures for the Wall of Faces page on the organization’s website.

Jim Magone, from Montana, visited the site Thursday to see the names of two friends from high school who died while fighting in Vietnam.

“I think that’s a very good idea,” Magone said of the photo collection.

Right now, the pictures will appear on the memorial fund’s website, but in the future, USA TODAY reports, the organization will use the photos in a two-story underground education center at the memorial site.

Of the more than 58,000 names, thousands of pictures have already been submitted. In the area, the project still needs the photos of 619 fallen soldiers from Virginia, 175 from Maryland and 150 from D.C.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital reporter and editor in June 2018. He is a writer and photojournalist focusing on politics, political activism and national affairs, with recent multimedia contributions to Reuters, MSNBC and PBS.

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