Fewer than 2,500 photos needed to put a face to every name on The Wall

(Pictured: U.S. Army Pfc. Leonard B. Washington Jr., who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Kontum Province of Vietnam in 1967.)

Washington, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is proud to announce a major milestone. Through its Wall of Faces effort to collect a photo for every one of the 58,318 names on The Wall, fewer than 2,500 are now needed to complete the project.

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 on American families. 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.

The milestone was reached after the photo of U.S. Army Pfc. Leonard B. Washington Jr. from Chicago, Illinois was submitted. Washington served with A Co, 1/503d Inf, 173d Abn, and was killed on November 18, 1967 during the battle of Dak To. This is the first photo to be submitted for Washington. VVMF thanks the hundreds of volunteers around the country who have been instrumental in locating these photos. Because of their tenacious effort, nearly 56,000 photos of service members who sacrificed all in Vietnam have been found and posted to the Wall of Faces.

“Putting a face to each name helps people understand the true cost of war, to drive home the fact that every name on The Wall represents a real person with a life cut short,” said Jim Knotts president and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the nonprofit organization that founded The Wall.  “Each photo represents a family and friends forever changed.  The Wall of Faces also allows family members, friends and comrades to leave remembrances and stay connected to those they lost.”

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1982 with a promise to never forget the service members who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War. The Wall of Faces effort began in 2009.

There are 31 states and American territories that have found every photo for their fallen. The completed states and territories include:

 Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Colorado

Delaware

Hawaii

Idaho

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Submitted photos currently are available on VVMF’s Wall of Faces. To see photos missing by state, visit: vvmf.org/state-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. To learn more about the future Education Center, please visit: