What if you could put a face to every name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial?
The VVMF hopes you can.
The National Call for Photos is a project organized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to match a headshot or portrait photograph to every service member listed on The Wall.
The pictures will be displayed in an exhibit at the future Education Center at The Wall, an underground visitors center to be built near the Vietnam Veterans and the Lincoln memorials. Everyday, the center will celebrate the birthdays of service members who died during the Vietnam War by featuring their photos on a giant digital wall.
So far, 25,526 veterans have complete profiles with at least one photograph, according to George Pojani, a research associate at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. These profiles are currently featured on The Virtual Wall, an online database of the Memorial's veterans.
To locate photos for the project, contributors can visit www.vvmf.org/thewall and search for veterans who enlisted in their area. You can also see a list of all Somerset County veterans in the database below. The VVMF recommends contacting family and friends of the veterans to find photographs or visit local libraries and search through yearbooks or newspaper obituaries.
To submit a photograph, contributors should obtain a high quality scan of the image and post a remembrance at http://www.vvmf.org/remembrances. The VVMF will send an email to contributors when their photograph is posted with a matching profile.
Relatives of service members with complete profiles are encouraged to submit photographs to the VVMF, even if there is already a photo available.
Pojani says that the contributors to the National Call for Photos will help improve the visitor's experience at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
"It's a place where people can go back and find stories about all the casualties on the Wall," Pojani said about the future Education Center. "It will be more personal than just names on the Wall."
Somerset County veterans listed on The Wall:WILLARD LEE ARNTZ SSGT ARMY BERNARDSVILLE NJ 7/5/1946 - 10/18/1968 Profile JOHN FRANK BARANOSKI PFC MARINE CORPS NORTH PLAINFIELD NJ 9/29/1947 - 2/20/1968 Profile JOHN EDWARD BUSCH PFC ARMY SOMERSET NJ 2/11/1947 - 1/12/1967 Profile WILLIAM B CHRISTENSON CWO ARMY NORTH PLAINFIELD NJ 3/22/1945 - 7/10/1969 Profile RAFAEL COLON-SANTOS SGT ARMY HAMILTON NJ 9/28/1948 - 4/17/1970 Profile MYRON DIDURYK MAJ ARMY SOMERVILLE NJ 7/15/1938 - 4/24/1970 Profile JOHN FRANCIS DUDASH COL AIR FORCE MANVILLE NJ 11/25/1929 - 4/26/1967 Profile THOMAS WILLIAM FRECH SP4 ARMY SOMERVILLE NJ 11/26/1948 - 12/1/1970 Profile RICKY DEAN GILCHRIST SGT ARMY SOMERSET NJ 1/2/1950 - 6/23/1971 Profile JULES T GIRTANNER SP4 ARMY NESHANIC NJ 6/9/1935 - 8/26/1966 Profile MICHAEL JOHN HAYES JR PFC MARINE CORPS BOUND BROOK NJ 3/23/1948 - 3/14/1969 Profile VINS RONALD HOOPER SP4 ARMY SOMERSET NJ 7/6/1946 - 6/22/1967 Profile ANDREW HORVATH SGT ARMY MANVILLE NJ 8/8/1946 - 3/22/1967 Profile STEPHEN CRAWFORD JONES 1LT ARMY WATCHUNG NJ 7/13/1944 - 3/8/1968 Profile BRENDAN JOHN KEARNS A1C AIR FORCE BERNARDSVILLE NJ 5/3/1948 - 11/10/1967 Profile ROBERT CHARLES KERI PFC MARINE CORPS SOMERSET NJ 3/8/1948 - 2/1/1967 Profile FREDERICK C KINSLER JR LCPL MARINE CORPS NORTH PLAINFIELD NJ 7/18/1949 - 8/23/1969 Profile DONALD PETER LINDSLEY SP4 ARMY WATCHUNG NJ 12/25/1940 - 4/30/1967 Profile CHARLES LOUIS MAGLIARO PFC MARINE CORPS SOMERVILLE NJ 10/14/1947 - 8/30/1967 Profile MICHAEL WILLIAM MARTINEAU PFC ARMY MANVILLE NJ 3/5/1947 - 4/4/1967 Profile WALTER PETER MILLER JR SP4 ARMY FAR HILLS NJ 12/18/1940 - 3/2/1967 Profile FRED JOHN PAUL PFC ARMY BOUNDBROOK NJ 10/27/1949 - 12/3/1968 Profile JOSEPH JOHN POLONKO JR CAPT ARMY PLUCKEMIN NJ 7/24/1939 - 4/29/1966 Profile ANTANAS ARVIDA PRIZGINTAS 2LT MARINE CORPS BOUND BROOK NJ 11/1/1945 - 12/30/1968 Profile DWIGHT FRANCIS RAND SGT ARMY SOMERVILLE NJ 11/4/1945 - 1/4/1968 Profile RONALD PETER SANTORO LCPL MARINE CORPS NORTH PLAINFIELD NJ 1/9/1949 - 8/3/1968 Profile ROBERT FRANCIS SCHERDIN SSGT ARMY SOMERVILLE NJ 2/14/1947 - 12/29/1968 Profile DENNIS RICHARD SCHMIDT CPL MARINE CORPS NORTH PLAINFIELD NJ 6/6/1945 - 8/8/1966 Profile RICHARD J SEIBERT 2LT ARMY FAR HILLS NJ 9/28/1942 - 1/10/1968 Profile WILLIAM JAMES STEPHENSON 1LT ARMY BOUND BROOK NJ 6/6/1941 - 2/23/1966 Profile RICHARD JOSEPH VALLONE AE3 NAVY SOMERVILLE NJ 12/22/1945 - 7/29/1967 Profile STEPHEN HENRY WARNER SP4 ARMY SKILLMAN NJ 2/21/1946 - 2/14/1971 Profile WILLIAM LYNN WILLIAMS CPL ARMY BERNARDSVILLE NJ 8/9/1950 - 2/11/1971 Profile MICHAEL YAWORSKY SP4 ARMY SOMERSET NJ 12/20/1946 - 1/19/1968 Profile