Fewer than 3,000 photos needed to put a face to every name on The Wall

(Pictured L to R: U.S. Army Pfc. Roger Carpenter and U.S. Army Pvt. Archie L. Nelson)

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 3,000 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 last two photos submitted to VVMF were U.S. Army Pfc. Roger L. Carpenter of Columbia, South Carolina and U.S. Army Pvt. Archie L. Nelson of Delray Beach, Florida. The submission of these photos brought the Wall of Faces count to exactly 3,000. These are also the first photos to be submitted for both service members. VVMF thanks the hundreds of volunteers around the country who have been instrumental in locating these photos. Because of their tenacious effort, more than 55,000 photos of service members who sacrificed all in Vietnam have been found and posted to the Wall of Faces.

“We were ecstatic to receive photos today that pushed us past this milestone!  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.

“Reaching this milestone would not be possible without dedicated volunteers across the country who have been looking for the photos.  They are researching to contact families, going through high school yearbooks, and even viewing obituary notices on newspaper microfiche.  We are so appreciative of their dedication to put faces to names,” continued Knotts.

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 to collect a photo of each service member on The Wall began in 2009.

There are 27 states and American territories who have found every photo for their state’s fallen. The completed states include:

 Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Colorado

Delaware

Hawaii

Idaho

Iowa

Kansas

Maryland

Minnesota

Mississippi

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Mexico

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oregon

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Washington

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: