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Pa. seeks photos of service members killed in Vietnam

Written by Rachel McDevitt and The Associated Press | Mar 29, 2017 10:56 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Vietnam veteran Jose Angle Rivera pays his respects at the Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Annville) -- Today is Vietnam Veterans Day and to mark the occasion, the state is asking the public to open their photo albums to help complete a tribute to fallen service members.

The commonwealth's Military and Veterans Department is seeking photos of 105 service members who were killed in the Vietnam War.

It's part of a project tied to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington and includes posting the photos of those whose names are etched in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on a virtual wall of faces.

"So, people from around the world can recognize and honor these men and women virtually and recognize them for the sacrifice they did make," says Joseph Butera, who's with the department. "Instead of just seeing their name engraved, now people can see their face and put the face with the name."

The state has obtained 3,151 photos, but 105 are still missing.

Butera says efforts are focusing on assistance from the community.

"To see if people can help us by going on, taking a look at these names and maybe they recognize someone with the family or a friend that they can go and say, 'Hey, do you have a photo? We could certainly use it,'" he says. "Then, we can recognize that individual."

A range of photos has been submitted from high school portraits to ones taken during the war.

A list of Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans whose photos are still needed can be found at www.veterans.pa.gov . Users should click on Wall of Faces.

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