VVA Chapter 1036 in The Villages, Fla., announced that it has finally located photos for every one of Florida’s 778 fallen heroes. The photos can be viewed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) website, www.vvmf.org/wall-of-faces. The last photo found was of Thomas John Burton, who served in the U.S. Army and was killed in action in Binh Duong in 1968.
Chapter 1036’s advanced photo search team included retired Army, Navy and Marine Officers, as well as a private investigator. The team spent hundreds of hours investigating leads, contacting friends and family members of the deceased, and requesting information form the St. Louis Military Records Office. The search was supported by the Florida State Council, state VVA chapters, local TV stations and newspapers, and county libraries, genealogy databases and historic societies.
Chapter 1036’s team will now help other states find photos to complete the Wall of Faces Project, which needs only about 2,000 photos to to put a face and story to every name etched on the black granite walls of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. An interactive Vietnam Education Center on the National Mall will display the photos once built. To learn more, visit www.buildthecenter.org.