By Dennis Hetzel, ONA Executive Director

Newspapers across the country are being asked to help in a national project to obtain a photo of every U.S. solider killed in action in Vietnam.

Click on this link and go to “advanced search”….  Leave all fields blank and click on “state” in the State field…find your state… go to the bottom of the page and hit “submit” and a list of all names that need a photo will appear.

The following summary was provided by my friend and colleague, David Brodewyk, director of the South Dakota Newspaper Association. Questions, please ask. Check it out!

During my March  trip to the NNA government relations conference in Washington, D.C., I accompanied Wisconsin publisher and NNA Region 6 Director Andrew Johnson on a visit to the offices of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF).

The purpose of our meeting was to become better informed about the on-going “Faces Never Forgotten” project sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation.

Specifically, we discussed how the newspaper industry might assist the project in the completion of its quest to obtain a photo of every U.S. Vietnam soldier killed in action.

Andrew, the father of a fallen Afghanistan warrior, is a past president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA).  At the time of our visit to the VVMF, Andrew had already solicited the cooperation of the WNA in obtaining the missing photos from the State of Wisconsin.

It goes without saying that newspapers offer the best means for reaching out to local audiences in an attempt to complete the goals of the “Faces Never Forgotten” project.

To that end each newspaper association is being asked to participate by forwarding the necessary information on to its member newspapers in an effort to locate photos from the readership area.  The project ideally supports any upcoming Memorial Day content published by our members.

Your support of this nationwide effort would be greatly appreciated by so many. Thank you.

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