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National foundation seeks photos of service members listed at Vietnam War memorial

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CANTON - An effort is underway to locate photographs of thousands of military service members that died during the Vietnam War, as part of a new project for the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

The project, undertaken by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, is an attempt to visualize the 58,286 service members listed at the memorial. So far, the foundation has collected 34,000 of the photos, with an additional 24,000 troops left to go.

In addition to being collected for the memorial’s online Wall of Faces, the foundation also is creating a new education center at the wall that will also use the photography collection. The new center is scheduled to open by 2019.

The New York Press Association is aiding the foundation’s search for photos of fallen service members from the state listed at the memorial.

Throughout New York, there are 2,139 such troops without a linked photo, with a small number coming from the north country.

Of the 29 named results from the memorial of troops from Jefferson County, 17 do not have photos. Twelve of the 26 listed St. Lawrence County troops do not have attached photos. Of the 14 listed people from Lewis County, six do not have images.

The current collection of photos, which can be searched by location, can be seen at www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces. Images of non-pictured troops listed at the memorial can be sent to Mdecann@nynewspapers.com. The association asked for photos to be submitted by Nov. 11.

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