A Face for Every Name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall - WBAY

A Face for Every Name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall

Green Bay -

During the Vietnam War, the State of Wisconsin suffered 1,244 casualties. The names of those soldiers are forever etched in stone at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

The tribute, though, is about to grow.

Public broadcasters around the state are joining Wisconsin veterans groups and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to spread the word and find a photo of every Wisconsin service member listed on the wall.

The images will become part of the "Wall of Faces" -- a lasting tribute planned for the Vietnam Memorial Education Center, expected to open next year near the National Mall.

"Of the 1,244 names on the wall, there's a little over 600 names we've found thanks to a wonderful former teacher Bryce Kelly, he's really involved with it and really committed to it," says Ellen Clark, Wisconsin Public Radio's Green Bay regional manager.

With more than 600 photos still to collect, how-to-get-involved workshops are scheduled around the state.

The first one Thursday night at the Brown County Central Library is already full.

"This community always helps out when there's something selfless and can help others," says Clark.

Library historian Mary Jane Herber says relatives and high school annuals are the best place to start.

After that, she recommends turning to your local library or historical society.

"This is where you get the genealogy people that say oh, you got names, you got dates, oh well that's not so hard, because they're used to doing that kind of research," says Herber.

"And the wonderful thing about it is if you find one photo to go with one name, it moves the project forward," says Clark.

When completed, the $85 million museum will contain the pictures of more than 58,000 fallen soldiers.

"The difference between a name and a picture is incredible. It takes it from just being those names to a face you can look at and someone that you think, oh my God he looks like my brother or he looks like my cousin, or oh I remember him from my class," says Herber.

For more information on how to submit a photo and to see the list of remaining photos needed, click here.

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