Drive Underway To Put Faces With Names On Vietnam War Memorial

By KBJR News 1

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) ---To some younger people, this display case at the Bong Museum in Superior is simply filled with Vietnam War relics; remnants of ancient history.
To former Army combat engineer platoon leader Eual Moore, they're tools of a terrible trade fresh in memory.
"I was 20 years old when I was commissioned as a second lieutenant. I immediately went to Vietnam even though I was told we were not going to but we were the first OCS class to go to Vietnam." said Moore.
Moore's platoon had seven wounded and one killed in action so the Vietnam Memorial in Washington is important to him.
"It's very important to me. I was there when it was first built and there's a name on there I feel responsible for." said Moore.
A move is now on to create a website and education center that puts a picture to every name on the memorial wall.

"It's called a Face For Every Name and the object is to get a picture of every Wisconsin person who is on the wall." said Mike Simonson.
Mike Simonson is a Wisconsin Public Radio reporter at KUWS in Superior.
He says WPR is helping put out the call for photos to do a public service for Wisconsinites.
In Minnesota, Diane Finneman of Forest Lake is spearheading the drive for the Gopher State.
She's doing it to honor her Marine Corps vet brother.
"What it does for the family and friends of those guys who made the ultimate sacrifice, I don't think you can put that into words." said Bob Fuhrman of the Bong Veterans Heritage Center in Superior.
There are 58–thousand names on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall; a thousand from Minnesota, twelve hundred from Wisconsin and 2,600 from Michigan.
At least 900 of the names from the three states still need pictures.
"Vietnam veteran Eual Moore tells us that adding pictures to the names on the wall is a perfect tribute to continue honoring those who fell in battle years ago." said reporter Dave Anderson at the Bong Center.
"I think it is. I'm also a person interested in history and if you see the actual faces whether its Civil War or World War Two you really realize that it may seem like ancient history for people who are just like you and I." said Moore.
Here is a link to the

Dave Anderson
danderson@kbjr.com

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