The 58,193 Americans who died for their country in the Vietnam War are memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund wants to put a picture with each of the names engraved on the iconic walls of the memorial. They've issued a National Call for Photos.
The National Call for Photos is still looking for photographs of the following men (see table below) from Fairfax County, several of whom are from Lorton, Springfield and Fort Belvoir.
Collected pictures will be used in the Education Center at The Wall and can also be found on The Virtual Wall.
If you know how to reach their relatives or have a photo to share, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's "How to Submit a Photo" website.Hometown Name Military Branch Date of Death Springfield First Lt. Charles Edward Brown Jr. Army Nov. 2, 1966 Lorton PFC Paul Randolph Byrne Marine Corps Dec. 11, 1966 Springfield Warrant Officer Gerald Lewis Caton Army Aug. 17, 1969 Ft. Belvoir Lt. Col. Fred Vincent Cole Army May 12, 1970 Springfield SP4 Randall Earl Cole Army March 23, 1968 Ft. Belvoir Chief Warrant Officer Frank Warren Cross Army Sept. 15, 1968 Reston SP4 Frederick Willard Cross Army August 19, 1970 McLean Sgt. Bruce Joel Dunham Army June 9, 1969 Herndon PFC Ernest Richard Franks Marine Corps March 14, 1969 Not Specified Cpl. Charles William Garber Jr. Marine Corps April 9, 1968 Lorton PFC William Richard Graham Marine Corps March 6, 1966 McLean Staff Sgt. Charles Richard McNulty Army May 16, 1970 Springfield Thomas Hubert Messer August 28, 1970 Vienna PFC Gerald Crawford Mull Army April 13, 1968 Ft. Belvoir PFC Roland Harold Nadeau Marine Corps August 2, 1969 Springfield Warrant Officer Scott Kenton Pardee Army March 23, 1970 McLean PFC David Dawson Peppin Jr. Marine Corps July 10, 1969 Vienna LCPL Willard Floyd Prochaska Marine Corps Feb. 23, 1969 Lorton Captain Harry Quincy Rose Army Feb. 21, 1969 Dunn Loring Sgt. Joseph Bradley Rush Army Jan. 31, 1969 Springfield PFC Jerry Waine Steward Marine Corps Oct. 1, 1970 Centreville PFC Claude Carroll Supinger Army Nov. 5, 1966 Herndon PFC Daniel Wesley White Army June 3, 1967 Springfield Captain Hiram Michael Wolfe IV Army Dec. 4, 1969
Of the 58,193 killed in the war, 1,306 were from Virginia. Of those, Fairfax County saw 48 killed. So far, the National Call for Photos has collected 571 photos from Virginia. Thanks to a recent partnership with the National Association of Counties, the database is searchable by county.
More about the fallen, from the National Archives:
- Most (16,592) were killed in 1968.
- Of those who reported their religion, most (16,815) identified themselves as Roman Catholic.
- The most frequent (18,518) cause for casualties was small arms fire.
- Most were single (40,775); 17,215 were married and the rest are listed as unknown.
- Of those killed, their ages ranged from 17 to 62, with the most (14,095) being 20 years old when they died.
- The military service branch that saw the most deaths: Army (38,209).