Through a bill sponsored by Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and signed into law by President Trump, March 29 is hereby permanently designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The historical significance of the day is that it was this day in 1975 that the last combat troops were ordered from Vietnam.
As a fitting tribute to all of the men and women from Pennsylvania who died as a result of the Vietnam War, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is asking the public for help in finding the remaining 105 Vietnam veterans from Pennsylvania who are not yet included in the agency’s Wall of Faces project.
For the past two years the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends and others from around the world.
A complete list of Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans whose photos are still needed can be found by going to veterans.pa.gov, and clicking on Wall of Faces. Instructions on how to submit a photo can be found here.
You can view the virtual Wall of Faces here.
Thank you for any assistance provided to help honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation.
Duane D. Milne
Captain, US Army Reserve