WASHINGTON, D.C. – Photographs of area men killed during the Vietnam War are being sought as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation (VVMF) project "Faces Never Forgotten."
The VVMF is seeking to locate photos of all 58,286 soldiers listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The foundation plans to build a new education center near the existing memorial on the National Mall. Construction is expected to begin in 2016 and to be completed in 2019.
Included in the new center will be an electronic "Wall of Faces" corresponding to the names on the wall. So far, 34,000 photos have been collected and more than 24,000 are left to find.
Of the missing photos, 1,426 are from Texas. The goal is to find them all by Nov. 11 of this year.
Photos also may be brought to the offices of the Houston County Courier in Crockett, Trinity Standard in Trinity, Groveton News in Groveton, Polk County Enterprise in Livingston or the Tyler County Booster in Woodville to have them digitally scanned.
The collection of the photos in Texas is being coordinated through the Texas Press Association. All local photos collected will be forwarded to VVMF.
Below is a listing of the men whose photos are still needed, their age at the time of their death, their branch of military service, the date they were killed and the location of their names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Family members of those not listed as being from any of these counties who have photos of men killed during the war also may submit photos and they will be forwarded to the VVMF.
Be sure to include the soldier's full name, his branch of service and the county where he had resided prior to entering military service.
Pfc. Ruzell Gray, 20, U.S. Marine Corps, killed May 31, 1968: Panel 62W, Row 10.
Spc. 4 Willie Craig Warren, 20, U.S. Army, killed June 22, 1967: Panel 22E, Row 52.
Spc. 4 Johnny Franklin Richards, 24, U.S. Army, killed Sept. 5, 1968: Panel 45W, Row 44.
Seaman John Edward Hollis, 24, U.S. Navy, killed Nov. 11, 1970: Panel 6W, Row 51.
Sgt. Billy Mac Brister, 21, U.S. Army, killed May 11, 1968: Panel 65E, Row 5.
Sgt. Albert C. Horace Jr., 21, U.S. Army, killed Aug. 29, 1967: Panel 25E, Row 63.
Cpl. Ollie Curtis Freeman, 21, U.S. Army, killed May 11, 1968: Panel 58E, Row 20.
Pfc. Tom Willis Simmons Jr., 20, U.S. Marine Corps, killed Jan. 22, 1968: Panel 35E, Row 12.
Pfc. Andrew Lewis Stephens, 22, U.S. Army, killed Nov. 21, 1966: Panel 12E, Row 106.
Spc. 5 Marvin Ray Robinson, 23, U.S. Army, killed Sept. 11, 1969: Panel 18W, Row 72.
Lance Cpl. Johnny Clarence Spears, 22, U.S. Marine Corps, killed Jan. 30, 1971: Panel 5W, Row 70
Cpl. Peter Louis Winter, 23, U.S. Army, killed April 1, 1971: Panel 4W, Row 100.
Pfc. Leroy Wood, 18, U.S. Marine Corps, killed July 13, 1968: Panel 52W, Row 25.
Staff Sgt. Arthur Lee Beaty, 25, U.S. Army, killed May 12, 1968: Panel 58E, Row 30.