The effort to help collect a photo of every soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War has led to 29 pictures collected out of 265 sought.
"We've now passed the 10 percent mark, so we're headed in the right direction," said Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association. "If you haven't tried this, you might contact the local high school to see if a graduation picture is available. Editors have found a few photographs that way."
KPA recently joined a nationwide effort with other state and regional press associations to help collect a photo of every soldier who died in combat during the Vietnam War.
Kansas newspapers and others providing pictures so far include the Derby Informer, Eureka Herald, Fort Hays State University, Garden City Telegram, Great Bend Tribune, Harvey County Independent, Hays Daily News, Holton Recorder, Iola Register, Kingman Leader-Courier, Lindsborg News-Record, Oberlin Herald, Osage County Online, Oskaloosa Independent/Valley Falls Vindicator, Salina Journal, Sterling Bulletin and the Wamego Smoke Signal.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation project, “Faces Never Forgotten,” wants to complete an electronic “Wall of Faces” in the new education center at the Vietnam Memorial Wall before Veterans Day in November.
Click here for a sample news release. Click on the links below to open lists of all the Kansas veterans where pictures are needed, one sorted alphabetically by hometown and the other alphabetically by name.