NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Shelby County State Senators Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Reginald Tate (D-Memphis), Sara Kyle (D-Memphis) and Lee Harris (D-Memphis) said today that they are seeking photos of local Vietnam War veterans who were killed in action in order to honor the fallen heroes at a new facility which complements 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). The Center has already obtained photos for 596 of the 1,295 Tennesseans whose names are on “The Wall” in Washington.
“Veterans Day is a reminder of all the men and women who protect our freedom through service in the Armed Forces,” the lawmakers said in a joint press release. “This new media display is another way to honor those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The least we can do to honor them by gathering photos of the other 699 Tennessee heroes and put a face with the name in this new memorial display.”
The legislators are seeking photos of the following who listed their home as Memphis: Al R. Lewis, Alex L. Johnson, Anderson N. Renshaw, III, Andrew D. Parker, Jr., Andrew L. McDaniel, Anthony Smith, Billy G. Harrison, Bobby J. Clark, Carl E. Patten, Carroll W. White, Cecil W. Tillman, Charles B. Stigall, Charles D. Nowlin, Charles E. Tate, Charles E. Watkins, Charles L. Bonner, Charles O. Goodman, Chester L. Hughey, Clarence E. Smith, Claude Talbert, Jr., Dan S. Allen, III, Daniel D. Harden, Dave Cummings, Jr., David W. Derry, Dickey Chamblee, Donald V. Saller, Donnell Henderson, Donnell Howard, Donney Delaney, Duane M. Rousseau, Earl Nelson, Echol W. Coalston, Jr., Eddie J. Williams, Jr., Eddie L. Knox, Eddie O. McBroom, Jr., Edward E. Henry, Edward Johnson, Edward W. Holmes, Edwin C. Rollins, Elvis G. Hicks, Ernest G. Pipkin, Eugene P. Richardson, Jr., Eugene Walton, Frederick A. Sims, Gary R. Smith, George M. O’Donnell, Gerald D. Baker, Gerald W. Plunkett, Gilbert Edwards, Gordon J. Turpin, Jr., Harry Fisher, Harry L. Wells, Herbert L. Moore, Jr., Homer Taylor, Jr., Howard Owens, J.C. Whiting, Jr. Jack J. Cooperwood, III, Jackie J. Webb, James B. Westbrook, James D. Crawford, James D. Stokes, James E. Bentley, Jr., James E. Crawford, James E. McKee, James E. Tate, James F. Wright, James H. Martin, James L. Blanton, Jr., James M. Abbott, James Mays, Jr., James R. Bailey, James T. Douglas, Jeffrey W. Norvell, Jerome Conner, Jerry A. Hiemer, Jerry Fletcher, Jerry L. Fields, Jerry W. Spears, Jesse A. Gray, Jesse J. Bolton, Jimmie D. Gray, John C. Harris, John M. Shinault, John P. Landry, Joseph C. Hopper, Joseph L. Cox, Joseph Nesbitt, Junius C. Collier, Karl E. Shenep, Kelly E. Whitaker, Kelly P. Vaughn, L.C. Pitchford, Larry E. Newman, Lawrence, H. Collier, Lonnie R. King, Lorenzo Clark, Manfred W. Fitzgerald, Manley G. Walker, Mark A. Straub, Mark Patterson, Marvin G. Rush, Melvin F. Fort, Michael L. Pugh, Michael T. Ivory, Otha L. Monger, Paul L. Whitthorne, Jr., Percy Moore, Randle T. Woods, Richard E. Pegram, Jr., Richard H. Davis, Ricky E. Smith, Robert E. Holeyfield, Robert E. Tuttle, Robert E. Williams, Rochester Mitchell, Ronnie D. Lindley, Stephen E. Bullard, Thomas Lewis, Thomas M. Hankins, Tom A. Metcalf, Tommy Mezzles, Ulysses Wallace, Walter C. Harrison, Jr., Walter J. Hampton, Walter L. Smith, William C. Harper, William C. Madison, William Dowdy, William F. Collier, William F. Priddy, William H. Kennedy, William P. Ryland, William W. Kent, Willie J. Fleming, Willie Rogers, Jr. and Youeal D. Erwin.
In addition, photos are needed for the following soldiers who listed their home as Millington: Elton H. Alexander, James E. O’Neal, Mark F. Udell, Paul J. Strausser, Robert L. Smith, Thomett D. Campbell and Willaim L. Evans.
Photos can be submitted to Senator Tate’s office at 301 6th Ave., N., Suite 320, War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243, (615) 741-2509 (toll free 1-800 449-TENN ext. 12509) or email a scanned copy to [email protected]
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. The public can also submit a photo directly to the organization at this website address.