July 7, 2014
The Thomaston Times is joining other newspapers in Georgia and across the United States is helping to find photos of heroes from their communities.
The Faces Never Forgotten project, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, is a quest to get a photo of every U.S. soldier killed in action in Vietnam and listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. The foundation, which is planning to build an education center next to the wall, wants to make the photos available electronically as part of the exhibits in the center when it opens.
Newspapers, with their deep community roots, are in a unique position to help the organizers of the project fulfill their goal of getting photos for each of the soldiers. That’s why the National Newspaper Association and Georgia Press Association and other state press associations have jumped at the chance to help with the project. Presented with the opportunity to participate earlier this year, each of the organizations saw a way not only to honor fallen U.S. soldiers, but also to demonstrate the power and reach of community newspapers.
There are more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Memorial wall, and the Faces Never Forgotten project needs to find photos of more than 22,000. There are 1,583 Georgians listed, and as of June 12, photos were needed for 889 of them.
Names, hometowns and other information on the soldiers are available at www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces. At the website, click Advanced Search to the right of the Search box. Input a city, county or state name based on the desired search. Scroll down to the last box and check “Does Not Have A Default Photo.” Hit “Submit.” What appears will be a list of names of soldiers for whom photos are needed.