Editor's post: A face for every name
Gary King | Editor | Dec. 4, 2013
Out of a holiday season known for memories that can be joyful, melancholy and oftentimes downright sad comes a noble effort to gather not toy donations or gifts of money … but photographs.
Photos that could evoke all of the aforementioned emotions, with pride added for good measure.
Wisconsin Public Radio announced this week the “Face for Every Name” project.
WPR, along with Wisconsin Public Television, Milwaukee Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Television, in partnership with Wisconsin veterans organizations and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, is inviting members of the public to identify, find and share photos of young men and women who gave their lives for their country during the Vietnam War.
A total of 738 photos of the casualties from Wisconsin have already been submitted. More than 400 are still missing, including those of young men from our area (see list below).
The list is based on the Department of Defense’s count of 1,161 names of Wisconsin casualties engraved on The Wall in Washington, D.C.
The goal is to help honor and preserve the memory of Wisconsin servicemen and women. The photographs will become part of the “Wall of Faces” - a lasting tribute planned for the Education Center at The Wall and an online memorial. See Wall of Faces.
“Our goal is to be sensitive to those who lost family and friends and honor those who gave their lives in Vietnam,” WPR stated in their news release this week.
Following is a list of names of those whose photos are still needed, according to a list posted here.
PAUL D. ABBOTT - SIREN, WI
DEAN M. BERANEK - RICE LAKE, WI
JOHN M. BRONKEMA - SHELL LAKE, WI
GREGG M. GOSLIN - SPOONER, WI
GARY J. HALVERSON - NEW RICHMOND, WI
CHARLES J. JANKE - GRANTSBURG, WI
KENT L. JOHNSTONE - AMERY, WI
DENNIS J. KROMREY - OSCEOLA, WI
GERALD L. KUHNLY - SIREN, WI
WILLIAM G. MCCANN - GRANTSBURG, WI
TIMM C. PETERSON - CLAYTON, WI
JAMES A. SCHACHTNER - SOMERSET, WI
GENE S. SWAGER - BALSAM LAKE, WI
If you’re wishing to volunteer to find a photo you can start by contacting Ellen Clark, WPR’s Green Bay Regional Manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you contact her, she can help you find the names that need a photo in your area of the state and collect your information to keep a record of who is searching for which photos. This will reduce potential confusion and a duplication of volunteer efforts.
Bryce Kelley, a former teacher, who helped find hundreds of photos developed quick guide that can be downloaded here.
Ready to submit photos or stories? The VVMF has set up a special web page for Wisconsin volunteers here.
You can submit your photos online using the form below or you can send a physical copy (no originals please) to:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Attn: Wisconsin Call for Photos
2600 Virginia Ave NW, Ste 104
Washington, DC 20037
- See more at: http://www.vvmf.org/wisconsin#sthash.NI0C9tvx.dpuf