A wonderful site dedicated to the memory of Marine Lieutenant Allen Wesley Courtney Jr by his five sisters. They have over 70,000 pages dedicated to each name on that Wall. Their goal is "to honor all of our heroes for future generations, by gathering photographs and biographies from you, the families and friends and the ones who were there." If you can help, please e-mail them at email@example.com.
A site which has been created for the purpose of returning dog tags found from Vietnam to their respective owners and/or families. Most of the dog tags recovered have additional information on them such as service numbers, social security numbers, blood type, etc.
From P.O.W. Network, a list of the remains returned which includes: Vietnam Conflict, Mayaguez, Glomar Java Sea, and the Bay of Pigs. Also offers information about those "buried" without remains as well as information concerning WWII/Korean/Cold War remains returned.
A wonderful site. Their mission is "to locate, unite and provide support to Sons, Daughters and other family members of those who died or remain missing as a result of the Vietnam War; to produce a quarterly newsletter providing important information to all SDIT stakeholders; to promote healing via networking and special projects, to regularly address high schools and college classes in hopes of providing education on the historical and emotional legacy of war."
Displays and provides the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Names on The Wall in Washington, DC. Offers photos, poetry, screensavers and more. You may search for information there about the individuals listed on it. There is also a Bracelet Exchange which has two lists: First List is for those who wish to return a bracelet to a family member of the Veteran named on the Bracelet and the Second List is for family members trying to locate the bracelet that bears the name of their relative. Click here if you wish the no-music version to visit The Wall.
"The Virtual Wall is a digital, interactive legacy memorializing the 58,220 men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam. The Virtual Wall is a partnership between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Winstar Communications." It offers a unique experience for each visitor. Veteran profiles, remembrances, reunion postings, name rubbings, custom reports, your own Virtual Wall page, and more - they encourage each visitor to create a personal journey.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Kinko's Inc., launched the Put a Face with a Name campaign to collect a picture for each of the 58,226 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall. More than 2,500 photographs were collected for the permanent online photo collection on The Virtual Wall (www.thevirtualwall.org) during the four month campaign. Although the free opportunity at Kinko's ended on December 31, the Memorial Fund continues to work toward the goal of 58,226 pictures.
If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Wall, please help the Memorial Fund reach its goal by posting your photograph to The Virtual Wall by clicking on the banner below.
"The Virtual Wall contains virtual memorials to the men and women named on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Each name or photo on our index pages links to a personal memorial. If you do not find a name here, you may request a memorial; no fee, no donations, no commercials."
Brushed stainless steel with deep acid-etched letters, initially filled with black paint. All names distributed with family permission. No orders can be taken for specific names or states. Names available representing all services upon request. $5.50 each includes shipping & handling. Order from:
History of the POW-MIA Bracelet from P.O.W. Network. If you have a POW bracelet and are wondering what to do with it, please go here and read the information they have available concerning the how and when of returning a bracelet.
From Memorial Press: VOLUME I contains biographies of 414 Minnesota men. VOLUME II contains the stories of men from across the USA. (Both books are sold out.) "The Memorial Press is not a business. It is a one-man self-publishing endeavor by a former naval officer, historian/journalist, and graduate of the University of Minnesota who lost shipmates early in the Vietnam War. Don Ward felt a calling to report the family stories of the men killed in Vietnam. Quite simply, he felt compelled to put a face to the names etched in stone on the Memorial Wall."
"Each participating family receives a copy of the book at no charge. Some of the expenses are off-set by sponsorship of books to local high school libraries by American Legion Posts, VFW Posts, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapters, other veterans' organizations, and concerned citizens and veterans."
Note: The search continues for contacts and surviving family members for future volumes of "The Faces Behind the Names." Any help you can give is greatly appreciated! Please contact Don Ward at the following address or you may e-mail him: Don Ward, PO Box 440, Big Bear City, CA, 92314. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Amanda Y. Kidd, a relative of USAF CMSgt. James Arthur Preston who's been MIA in Laos since 1966. This information is a "consolidation of the names of POW/MIA servicemen whose remains have been rejected, disputed, or rescinded since Homecoming, January 2, 1973~ due to inexcusable inconclusiveness that has prematurely closed their cases with little or no evidence of their deaths. The families of these men have been pressured and forced into reluctantly accepting human remains that cannot be or have not been irrefutably identified. In many cases, NO remains were repatriated, yet these servicemen are nonetheless considered to be "accounted for" solely on the grounds of Identification by Association."
"A complete and official catalog of the 243 Medal of Honor citations issued for combat actions during the Vietnam War." The recipients are listed alphabetically without regard to the military branch they served in.
Have you ever wondered how the military salute started? "No one knows the precise origin of today’s hand salute. From earliest times and in many distant armies throughout history, the right hand (or "weapon hand") has been raised as a greeting of friendship."
Find out the history of the Purple Heart Medal here. Did you know that there were 3 known soldiers to receive this award during the Revolutionary War? It was originally called the Badge of Military Merit and was designed and created by Gen. George Washington.
Find out the meaning of the Purple Heart. The ORDER of the PURPLE HEART for MILITARY MERIT, commonly called "The Purple Heart," is an American decoration - the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first award made available to a common soldier.
Learn how to make your own Unity Ribbon pin. You can also order Unity
Ribbon decals/stickers here or visit Threaded Images to order Unity Ribbon clothing. Money acquired through the sale of the Unity Ribbon decals will be used to cover their web costs and the costs associated with the decals. Any extra money will be donated to the Widows and childrens fund for NYPD and FDNY and/or the American Red Cross.
Information and photos from when the U. S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen visited Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in 2000. Cohen was the first defense secretary to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
From the National Alliance of Families. It explains why mt-DNA testing has to be banned as the PRIMARY means of identifying missing servicemen and how it can be a useful tool as a Secondary or confirming means of identification.