July 10, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) is seeking photos of Vietnam War veterans from Senate District 26 who were killed in action in order to honor the fallen heroes at a new facility which compliments the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. The photos will be part of a multimedia display at the new Education Center at the Wall, which will be built between the existing Wall and the Lincoln Memorial.
The effort is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Gresham, who represents Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, McNairy, Henderson and Haywood Counties, was enlisted to help in the initiative by Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) who is heading up the effort statewide.
“The Education Center already has photos for 596 soldiers of the 1,295 Tennesseans who are listed on ‘The Wall’ in Washington,” said Senator Gresham, who is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps. “We are looking for photos for the remaining 699 heroes so that they are honored in a way they so richly deserve.”
Moscow: Robert L. Wright, Army
Oakland: Dwight A. Bremmer, Army and Joe N. Watson, Marine Corps
Rossville: Roger D. Reed, Marine Corps
Somerville: Charles Turner, Army and Simon Dean, Jr., Army
Bolivar: John W. Howell, Army and Silvester Beauregard, Army
Middleton: Ronnie L. McCormick, Marine Corps
Darden: John A. Kolwyck, Army
Lexington: Donald H. Powers, Army
Bethel: William E. Humphrey, Army
Finger: Charles D. Crowe, Army
McNairy County: Dennis W. Taylor, Army
Stanton: Albert N. Wright, Jr., Marine Corps, R. T. Perry, Army and William A. Ferrell, Army
Brownsville: Andrew Currie, Marine Corps; James E. Young, Army; Larry A. Land, Marine Corps; Richard K. Johnston, Army; William L. Haak, Marine Corps and Willie Coleman, Jr., Army
Parsons: Oscar B. Lyles, Jr., Army
Decatur: James T. Davis, Army
Saltillo: David H. Brown, Marine Corps
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a tremendous visual reminder of the sacrifices paid by many American soldiers. This is an effort to compliment the wall by adding a face to the name,” Gresham added.
Photos can be submitted to Senator Dolores Gresham, 308 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243 or call 615 741-2368 (toll free 1-800 449-TENN ext 12368).
To view the photos that have already been submitted or see if someone you know is among those without a photo, please visit The Wall of Faces website at www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces.