A member of the Permian Basin Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Midland, Texas. I am researching all 228 men who died in Vietnam from 30 West Texas Counties. Project includes finding burial sites.
I am also attempting to locate the final burial places and pictures of all Veterans who died in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund is in the process of building a new education center which will house the photos of all Vietnam casualties. I am involved in this project. If any one has a picture of a Vietnam casualty, please let me know.
I am attempting to add memorial tributes to those Vietnam deaths as I find them at findagrave. I am using data from many sources. One of the best is www.virtualwall.org. This is a copyrighted site. I have been a 10 year contributor and assist them when and where I am asked. I am not on their staff. I have obtained permission to utilize some of their material. That permission, however, is limited and does not give other contributors the permission to copy and use that material without obtaining authorization from www.virtualwall.org.
Other sources includes Department of Defense Form 1330 headstone request information. I do not have actual copies of these requests but do have means to obtain copies from other researchers such at www.virtualwall.org and Robert Sage of Austin, Texas. This information, however, was documented a short time following the death of the service member. There have been instances where a service member was disinterred and moved to another grave site at a later date. Some of the information gives a burial locale and not a specific cemetery. In those instances, the headstone was most often delivered to the Funeral Home, or when delivered to a family member, they made their own arrangements to the set the headstone.
Other sites that I utilize is the Wall Project at www.vvmf.org. This is the actual site of the Wall. Some of the information includes other contributors who have documented information there. I attempt to give credit as I can.
Other sites include www.thewall-usa.com. Finally, I have utilized information from family, friends and acquaintances to document the Vietnam casualty's final resting place. Invaluable is the contribution of the findagrave community. These volunteers have assisted in actually locating and documenting burial sites.
There are occasionally errors and omissions, but I will correct that when I receive creditable information.
If you feel that any of the images/words used on this site infringe on YOUR rights, please contact me via EDIT BUTTON FOR CORRESPONDENCE and I will be more than happy to comply with your request and remove them.
Incorrect Photo Hello, I have been on several websites honoring veterans (together we serve, find a grave etc) and have found this incorrect photo listed under my father's name. How did this happen and how do I correct it? Thank you, Shellie
question? how much info does anyone have on this soldier reason I ask is I was adopted at 5 my birth name is Daniel lee fields and trying to do family tree and looks exactly like me and I was born in Colorado.
RE: O'Connor, Mortimer Lenane Thanks for the additional information - unfortunately, this family tree has major errors. The dates of death for Richard and Theresa are incorrect. Richard never served in the military although four of his sons did. I found Richard's obituary in the New York Times which listed the correct date and place of death as well as the cemetery in which he is interred.
Therefore, as the tree has major errors I will need to verify any information from it before I add it to memorials for the O'Connor family.
Thanks for your note. I have linked him to his parents. His grandfather, Richard, was from Ireland and became a New York City Police Inspector. Four of Richard's sons were USMA graduates and his daughter married a USMA graduate. I have requested links for all. Two of Mort's uncles are interred in the USMA Post Cemetery.
Vietnam research Another good source would be databases at the public library. If you have a city AND county library - check both. Sometimes they split subscriptions. For instance my county library has Newspaperarchive while my city library has GenealogyBank.
You can usually log on with your library card number and pin. Go to Databases.
Look for GenealogyBank; Newspapers.com and Newspaperarchive.com; New York Times (historical); Newsbank.
You can use these databases to look up articles regarding Vietnam casualties. Sometimes there are more current news articles regarding the remains of MIA or KIA personnel in the 1980s and after.
Some of these articles do have photographs. You might be able to contact the newspaper to see if the original photograph is still in their archives to obtain a copy.
Google has also scanned many newspapers and you can search them here:
Search engines are also helpful as sometimes family members post information on line or obituaries of parents mention service members who died in Vietnam.