Memorial Day in the United States was two days ago, but I didn’t learn about this site until today. Otherwise, I would have included it in my Memorial Day post.
The Vietnam War was unlike any other conflict in which the United States has been involved. One of the major differences was not only the amount of opposition to it, but also the difference in the way that our military personnel were perceived and treated at home.
Thankfully, we have come a long way since the 1960s and 1970s in terms of the support shown to our active military. However, 58,000 servicemen were killed in Vietnam. They are now honored and recognized for their service and ultimate sacrifice on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Did you know that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the founders of the national memorial, have set a new goal?
They need our help. If you have a friend or family member who is recognized on The Wall, check to see if a photo and biographical information has been added for that person.
My husband’s family were good friends with another family in their neighborhood, the Bowers. Richard Bowers was a good friend of my brother-in-law and served as his best man when he married. He later died in Vietnam. I checked the Virtual Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces and someone has shared his photo.
The home page has a search box:
Virtual Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces
I entered “Richard Bowers” and three came up, but only one from California. There is also an advanced search box next to the standard search box, so if I was looking for John Smith, I could enter more information to narrow the results:
Richard Bowers, died 1968
Notice that below his photo, there is a “More Information” link.
Richard Alan Bowers
This page gives his full name, dates of birth and death, his hometown, the branch of service and rank, the province where he died and the panel location on the wall where his name can be found.
Donations can be made in his honor and a name rubbing can be requested.
The goal of the founders of the Virtual Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces is to have each of the fallen represented by a photo and additional information.
In the 21st century, this is so do-able! Please spread the word to your own FAN club (yes, the friends, associates and neighbors club in the genealogical world) and let them know about this worthy project.
These servicemen weren’t honored during their lifetimes, but they can be thanked and honored for posterity.