The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVMF) Based in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War. The VVMF is responsible for the Wall, the Vietnam Vets Statue and the Statue honoring Women in Vietnam
The Call for Photos is a campaign to collect a photograph for each of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall. Collected pictures will be used in the education center at The Wall and can also be found on The Wall of Faces (www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces).
Pennsylvania has 3,142 names on the wall, of those 860 do not have photos, eight of these warriors are from Warren County (names, date of death, hometown):
John E. Ishman, 2/22/1968, Clarendon;
Robert E. Sherlock, 2/3/1969, Pittsfield;
William C. Olson, 1/15/1969, Russell;
Frank E. Gregory, 6/6/1968, Sugar Grove;
John A. Surgalski, 2/7/1968, Tidioute;
William D. Lounsbury, 7/21/1969; ;
Quenton E. Slocum Jr., 5/17/1968; ;
Willis M. Sullivan Jr., 6/16/1967, Youngsville;
"I am looking for anyone who may have any photos of these men and women," said committee member Jerry Richmond. "Relatives, friends, co-workers, classmates any one that may have any photos of these warriors that were killed in action in Vietnam or any conflict since that time. I am seeking photos, bibliographic information and stories of these brave men and women. Any information collected will be used solely for the purpose of updating information for the Vietnam Memorial Education Center being built next to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. It is extremely important that we never forget those that served, their sacrifice and the impact this war had for generations to come. This information may be submitted directly to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at www.vvmf.org, or may be forwarded to me for inclusion."
New Mexico is the only state at this time that has 100% of their KIA with photos. Let us strive to add Pennsylvania to that honor.
It is important to note that photos and stories should be submitted for all those killed, even if photos already exists for an individual. We should all remember that these men and women had family, friends, hope and aspirations as we all have. The www.vvmf.org webpage is a fitting tribute to those we honor. Please visit it online and leave your own remembrance. It is very easy to use, click on Wall of Faces, here you can type in the veterans name or use advanced search to sort by City, State, etc.
Criteria to have a veterans name added to the wall is the responsibility of the Department of Defense.
Project Recognition Vietnam Honor Roll Memorial is dedicated for the men and women that died as a result of injuries or illness attributed to their Vietnam service and are not included on the Wall. This information will be available online only. The Honor Roll is available to everyone at .www.vvmr.org/honor-roll. Proof of service in Vietnam (DD 214), Photo and Death certificate are required. You can submit this information directly to the above web address or forward to me for inclusion on this project.
Iraq, Afghanistan, War on Terror
This exhibit will also include a fitting tribute to those who have sacrificed all in Iraq and Afghanistan. Until such time as they get their own memorial, the Education Center will serve as a place to celebrate and remember the service of these veterans.
If you wish to help but do not have photos to contribute you can make a donation to help fund this research at or contribute your time doing research for information on veterans in your area. Please contact me via email for further information.
Jerry Richmond can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 3240 Hardwood Dr., Murfreesboro, TN 37129