The Morning Brew: One to go in Oklahoma for Vietnam project
Vietnam Project inches closer
In a story in The Oklahoman last week, I wrote about the Wall of Faces project, which seeks photos of the more than 58,000 American men and women who were killed during the Vietnam War.
In Oklahoma alone, that meant collecting nearly 1,000 photos. As of last week, the project still needed two photos from Oklahoma - Army Pfc. Jesse Dowling and Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Christiansen, volunteer Janna Hoehn said.
Now, they are down to one. Sort of. The Fort Polk Museum at Fort Polk, Louisiana submitted a photo of Dowling earlier this week leaving only Christiansen. Hoehn said she is in touch with a member of his family and hopes to have one soon.
Christiansen died in action Feb. 21, 1969, in a mortar attack about 20 miles south of the North Vietnamese border.
Unfortunately, when you're dealing with thousands of names and photos there are bound to be a few problems. Hoehn and her volunteers found one this week.
"We discovered one young man had the wrong photo posted to his profile," she said in an email. "We are searching for family. I believe I found some. We should be completed with Oklahoma soon."
For now, The Wall of Faces project is a virtual companion, of sorts, for the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Eventually the images will be found inside a proposed education center to be built at the memorial by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.