A photograph of a 20-year-old Ewing man killed in Vietnam in 1969 is among those sought by the Benton News for a special Vietnam section to publish July 12.
The News is seeking photos and short biographies of all local Vietnam veterans for the section, but perhaps none more than that of Steven C. Webb, who died July 13, 1969, as a result of his service in Vietnam.
Webb's photograph is sought not only by the paper, but by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which conceived the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and pursues educational efforts regarding America's involvement in the conflict.
The VVMF lists 13 men from Franklin County who died as a result of the war, but Webb is the only one without a photo. The VVMF currently is engaged in a national effort to obtain missing photos in order to complete its "Wall of Faces," a digital representation of the memorial found online at vvmf.org/wall-of-faces.
However, the paper seeks veteran photos and biographies of all kinds for next week's section. Submissions may be emailed through the weekend to firstname.lastname@example.org, or messaged to the newspaper through its Facebook page. All submissions must be received by the end of the day Sunday, July 9.
Biographies are intended to be about the veteran's service history only and should include name, age, hometown, rank, branch of service, and when and where they were in Vietnam.
If the veteran died in combat, please include when and where. If he or she died after Vietnam, please include the date.
The newspaper also is asking, if possible, that submissions include a quote about the war. This is intended to be a recurring section that will cover different conflicts and branches of service at a later time.