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Honoring Georgia’s 753 Fallen, Faceless Vietnam Veterans

November 12, 2015
Sen. Hill speaking at a podium

In 1955, the United States began contributing troops and support to South Vietnam. America lost more than 58,000 troops in the conflict.

Today, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the names of these fallen soldiers are displayed. In coordination with the memorial wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has a multimedia display at the new Education Center at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (‘The Wall’) that shows the faces and stories of every veteran on the wall.

The problem is that so many of these veterans remain faceless on this digital display. For example, 1,584 Georgians were killed in action or considered missing in action during the Vietnam War. Currently, only 831 Georgians are on the museum wall, which leaves 753 fallen Vietnam veterans from Georgia faceless. 

To honor the courage and sacrifice of Georgia’s Vietnam veterans, I’m asking my constituents, citizens across Georgia, members of the media and community groups to come together in a unified effort to find the faces to go with these 753 faceless Vietnam vets. The task is not easy, but it’s not impossible. It can be done. Let’s do it now.

Please take a moment to see if there is a name you recognize on this list. To see if someone you know is among those without a picture, or to view submitted pictures, visit The Wall of Faces website and view the full announcement online. To me, the best way we can identify these faces is to tap into old high school yearbooks in the communities where these veterans are from. I also think that community groups like Rotary Clubs or church groups could take on a couple names in their area to research with the hopes of finding a picture that can be put on ‘The Wall’.

Photos of fallen veterans can be submitted on the VVMF website, or feel free to mail them to:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Attn: Call for Photos
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 104
Washington, DC 20037

Please send a COPY of the original photo because the VVMF will not be responsible for returning any photos.

When I think about these veterans, I’m reminded of a quote from General George Patton that says, “It is wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

It is my hope that through some hard work our state can put a face to every name that paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. It is our duty to honor every last one.

About the Author

Sen. Judson Hill is a Republican state Senator from Marietta. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee as well as on the Senate’s Rules, Appropriations and Health and Human Services Committee. He represents Georgia’s 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. 

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