Program Seeks Photos of Local Vets Who Died in Vietnam War
National Call for Photos hopes to put faces with names engraved on walls of Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The 58,193 Americans who died for their country in the Vietnam War are memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is trying to put a picture with each of those names engraved on the iconic walls of the memorial, with 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, one of whom is from Centreville.
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).