News

 

As the Faces On The Wall tribute travels from town to town, local papers
typically feature a story about it.  This page will contain the articles that
have been published, as well as other information.

 

This is an article from The Marion County Record
November, 2008 by Susan Berg

Wall Remembers Area Servicemen

It was a war when there were few heroes of the time.  It was a war most wanted
to forget.  There were no parades, no banners, no cheers when most soldiers
returned home.

Some gave their lives, many their youth to the Vietnam War with little fanfare
or acknowledgment.  Sometimes called the Vietnam Conflict, more than 58,000
Americans lost their lives.  Another 304,000 were wounded.

The Vietnam War was the longest military conflict in U.S. history with U.S.
troops fighting from 1959 to 1975.  "No event in American history is more
misunderstood than the Vietnam War," Richard M. Nixon said in 1985.
"It was misreported then and it is misremembered now."

So, how are those Kansas Vietnam veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice
being remembered?  It started as a small project to remember fallen Kansas
soldiers.

Bill Foreman and friend, Steve Breeding, started the project about 10 years ago
in Beloit.  Breeding has a cousin from Marshall County who was listed as
Missing in Action.  Breeding believed it would be an appropriate
remembrance for his cousin and other soldiers from Marshall County
to compile information about the soldiers so their lives would not be forgotten.

A small display was shown at the Marshall County Fair.  Before long, people were
approaching Foreman and Breeding, asking if their family member
could be included.  Meanwhile, Trevor Foreman, the son of Bill Foreman,
was living in Newton and wanted to be a part of the project as a way to
connect with his father and history.

"I have always been a history buff," Foreman said.  "I enjoyed hearing stories
about Vietnam."  Foreman said he had relatives who fought in other wars and
it was of interest to him.  So, the younger Foreman put together a website,
appropriately named "Faces On The Wall," with information about those
Kansas servicemen who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.

"What started out as five guys listed from Marshall County now is a listing
of more than 50 servicemen," Foreman said.  Personal money and donations
have kept the project alive with soldiers' pictures and information posted
on a website and the display being shown around the state.

"It's taken on a life of its own," Foreman said, emphasizing the need to
never forget those who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.

Two Marion County men are listed on the "Faces On The Wall" display.  U.S.
Army National Guard Cpl.
Robert Lee Boese of rural Marion was 22 years
old when he was killed in action.

In the June 5, 1969 issue of the Marion County Record, it was reported
that Boese first had been reported missing in action since May 23.  His body
then was found Memorial Day and the U.S. Army declared him dead
since May 23.

At the time of his death, he was on a combat operation when the unit he was
with encountered hostile forces.  He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado,
prior to going overseas Feb. 25, 1969.

He was survived by his wife, Susan; his parents, Ezra and Anna Boese; a
brother, Larry Boese; a sister Vickie; and grandmother, Mrs. David
(Anna) Helmer Sr.

U.S. Marine Corps PFC Wesley M. Sidener of Burns was 21 years old when he
died, November 22, 1969.  Sidener was a Chase County High School
graduate where he was an athlete, lettering in football, baseball, and track.

No information was found in the Marion County Record regarding
Sidener's death, but the website
www.facesonthewall.com contains detailed
information about the Combined Action Program of which Sidener was a
part of while in the Marines.

Sidener's mother, Evelyn Sidener, resides at Burns.

 

An article in The Nelson Gazette marks the dedication of the
Vietnam War National Museum where the Faces On The Wall
tribute is on permanent display.
June 8, 2006

Nelson Museum 

The Vietnam War Museum in Nelson, Nebraska held a Consecration Ceremony
last Saturday, June 3rd at its location in Nelson.  A crowd of about
40 adults, a number of representatives from the Army National
Guard and about a dozen children enjoyed a short ceremony and the
opportunity to tour the building.

Since the grand opening dedication ceremony last year, the Museum has
expanded to the third floor and director, Kyle Kopitke, noted that the next
direction for the Museum to take would be to use the lower floor and the gym
area for displays.

The service opened with remarks by Mr. Kopitke, followed by an opening prayer
by Pastor David Sellers and the Pledge of Allegiance by Sgt. Paul Swenson.

Four men, all military veterans from the Vietnam era, spoke during the ceremony.
All gave personal, and at times emotional, recollections, facts and figures from the
War era.

The initial speaker was Mr. Donald Pageler, a survivor of the USS Liberty which
was attacked by the Israeli Air Force and Navy on June 8, 1967.  The little known
incident during the Vietnam era saw 34 US Navy men die and 171 more injured.
The attack was kept secret at the highest levels of government and still today,
almost 40 years later, the reasons for the attack are not fully known.

The next speaker was Mr. Jim Nelson of Jewell, Kansas.  Mr. Nelson is a painter
at this time, but served in the infantry during the Vietnam War.  During his service
and after battles, he would sketch layouts of the battle areas and his skills
soon found him doing work at the headquarters for planning during the war.  After
the war, he eventually found the interest in painting war scenes and now is a well
known artist with his work in many prominent government buildings.  At the
present time, he has 40 paintings in the military headquarters in Hawaii.  He showed a
few of his paintings, but mostly talked about his experiences during and since the war.

Bill Foreman, from Beloit, Kansas, talked about his experience somewhat.  He served
with the 4th Infantry Division during Vietnam.  His primary interest is his project
called "Faces On The Wall".  Mr. Foreman has donated one of his displays to
the Museum and it is now on the third floor.  The display has pictures of men
killed or missing in the Vietnam War from the Kansas and Nebraska area.  He
regularly takes a display to area high schools and noted that one of the most
common responses he receives from students today is how young the men were that
died.  His motivation for doing the work is that the Men may never be forgotten.

The final speaker for the ceremony was Mr. Lloyd DeWitt, a Nebraska native
who presently lives in Idaho.  As a Marine in Vietnam, Mr. DeWitt was a Forward
Observer for Artillery for the Marines and was injured, losing the lower part of his
leg.  In 1998, he returned to Vietnam on a tour and was surprised to see and experience
the respect the US veterans received from the people of Vietnam.  Since 1998 he has
made repeated trips to Vietnam with many veterans and the response has been
the same each trip.

Mr. DeWitt said he noticed in his first trip how much the rural areas of
Vietnam were still suffering, compared to the cities.  In an effort to continue
the original reason for involvement in the 1960's and '70's (that was "to help
the people") he organized veterans to buy bicycles for people in the rural areas.
In his first return trip, he purchased 50 bicycles and gave them away to needy
Vietnam citizens in the rural areas.  He has made repeated trips since that time
and not only have veterans purchased and distributed almost 1,100 bikes, but they have
expanded their efforts to build homes, schools and whatever is needed.  He now
helps plan "reconciliation trips" for vets.  He noted that while the effort originally
was to help stop Communism from destroying the Vietnam country, the current
effort is to help the people have a better life and to turn a negative into a positive.

Mr. Kopitke gave closing remarks and talked about the expansion plans
for the Museum.

During the ceremony, an Army helicopter flew in for display.

The Consecration Ceremony was not publicized locally at all and as a result, very few,
if any, area residents knew of the ceremony or attended.

 

A Thank You letter from the Vietnam War National Museum.
September 26, 2005.

Vietnam War National Museum 

On behalf of the City of Nelson and the Vietnam War National Museum, we want to thank
you for joining us for the Dedication Ceremony of the museum and for all your work in
setting up the "Faces On The Wall" display at the event.  Your display was a wonderful
addition to the gallery exhibits that we have available, to date.  The "Faces On The Wall"
tribute appeared to have a definite impact on the people who went through the museum.  We
look forward to working with you in the future and the possible establishment of a similar
permanent display for the museum that would be ready for our Grand Opening on June 3,
2006.  Thank you again for bringing the "Faces On The Wall" display to our Dedication
Ceremony of the Vietnam War National Museum in Nelson, Nebraska.

Signed by Wayne Garrison and Kyle Kopitke.

 

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sammy L. Davis addresses the crowd
during the Faces On The Wall Ceremony in Beloit, KS, October 2001.

Sammy L. Davis 

 

Sammy L. Davis 

 

Richard Schwarz leaves a message...

I don't remember much about being there or any names but I was in charge of
pusher boat #2 Deuce at Cua Viet in 67-68.  I was also on ammo barge 52 after
getting off the pusher boat.  It was a tough time, I think I survived.

 

The Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Junction City

Kansas Memorial 

 

The students at Beatrice, Nebraska Jr.-Sr. High School took a collection and
donated $78.86 to the Faces tribute.  Below is the card they sent with the donation.

Beatrice Students 

Beatrice Students 

 

Updated pictures of the Faces On The Wall parade van...

Parade Van 

 

Parade Van 

 

Parade Van 

 

Marion County Record
March 19, 2003
Faces On The Wall tribute to be at CHS

The "Faces On The Wall" tribute to Kansas military men who died during the Vietnam
conflict will be on display March 26-28 at Centre High School.  Area residents are
invited to visit any time during those days.

The display originally was created in 2000 to honor five men from Marshall
County in north central Kansas.  Since then, more pictures have been added.

Anyone whose name is on The Wall in Washington, D.C. and is from north central
Kansas or has a relative in that area can be pictured on the display.

A picture of George Martinez, uncle of David Martinez of Peabody, is on the wall.
George was born in Florence and died at age 33.  He had three children.

Robert Boese , son of the former Ezra and Ann Boese of Marion, died May 23, 1969
at age 22.  His picture is also on the wall.  He was married.

The Faces On The Wall tribute has been in more than 60 schools in Kansas and
Nebraska.  The web site,
www.facesonthewall.com is a scrapbook of the men who
are pictured on the display.  It also has a section for any Kansas veteran who perished
in Vietnam.

Harvey and Betty Sanders' niece, Kelli Foreman, is the wife of Trevor Foreman who
designed and maintains the web site.  He said it is averaging 60 hits a day.

 

The Hays Daily News
January 28, 2003

Smith Center - The black wall represented so much more than simple service to a
country.  The treasured photographs instead depicted the faces of young men lost to
war almost 30 years ago.  Some of the photographs are older than the men pictured,
the youthful victims of the Vietnam War.

But that's the thought behind Faces On The Wall, a traveling memorial exhibit of men
who died in Vietnam.  More than another long list of names of soldiers from all corners
of the country, this memorial is at home in north-central Kansas.

Every name, every face has a connection to the region.

For the past week, the wall has been on display inside Smith Center High School, a
perfect place, notes one its organizers, because the teenagers inside the school's
classrooms aren't much younger than the men memorialized on the wall.

Trevor Foreman's father, Bill, of Beloit was one of a trio of Vietnam veterans who created
Faces On The Wall.  Trevor Foreman said the display is a tangible piece of evidence
to show young people today how men only a few years older than they are fought
and died for American freedoms.

"Often war casualties seem to be older servicemen.  Kids don't necessarily stop to
think that these guys were little more than teenagers themselves," Foreman said.

The memorial began a few years ago when Foreman, Steve Breeding, Concordia, and
Larry LeDuc, Jamestown, posted the photos of a few Vietnam casualties from the area
on a bulletin board at a county fair in north-central Kansas.  Since then, others have asked
that their loved ones be remembered in a similar fashion.  Now, the wall includes 44
photographs and biographies of men from Kansas and a few neighboring states.

In addition to the wall itself, the group has developed a web site, www.facesonthewall.com

As word of the project spread, more families have asked that their loved ones be
remembered.  The number of casualties has outgrown space on the wall, so new names
and photos are added to the web site.

Still, the men hope the memorial eventually can travel all of Kansas.  It's something that
the younger generation needs to comprehend and appreciate, according to its organizers.

Loren Schultz' military service ended during the peacekeeping missions that followed the
Korean War, but the Smith Center resident still felt a need to visit the memorial wall.  As he
stared at the names and faces on the wall, Schultz pointed to the ones he knew.  Many
had lifelong connections to the region, he said.

Eldon Nevins of Osborne was five months from his 21st birthday when he died in the Vietnam
War in March 1968.  His tour of duty with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam lasted less than
two months.

Esbon resident Larry Belden served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  His final tour ended at
age 19.

As Schultz and others looked at the men's photos, their eyes reddened.  They talked about
their own military experiences, and they talked about the hundreds of soldiers, just as
young as those on the memorial standing in the high school hallway, who are headed
overseas for what could be the next big war.

"I don't like the sounds of it," Schultz said.

 

Here is a brief history of the Faces On The Wall tribute...

The Faces On The Wall tribute began in the summer of 2000 at the Marshall
County, Kansas Fair with the pictures of the five men from Marshall County who
were lost in Vietnam.  As the tribute traveled around, people began requesting that
pictures of their loved ones be added, and that is where we are today.

If you would like to add a picture to our display, simply contact facesonthewall@yahoo.com
Anyone whose name is on The Wall in Washington D.C. and is from the North Central
part of Kansas, or who may have relatives in that area can have a picture
added to the display.  We do require permission from the family members before
a picture is added to the tribute.

In June of 2001 we added a web site to serve as a scrapbook of the men who are on the
tribute.  Almost all of the information on the site has been provided by the families of the men.
The web site also has a section for ANY Kansas veteran who perished in Vietnam.

The Faces On The Wall tribute has been in over 60 schools (through spring, 2003) in
Kansas and Nebraska and is entirely non-for-profit.  We do not charge for the
display or to have pictures added, but we will accept donations.

 

This is the first picture taken of what later became Faces On The Wall.
However, the original had only the middle panel, with 5 pictures.

Faces On The Wall Original 

 

As the memorial expanded, we moved the pictures to the current
Faces On The Wall.  This picture was the first taken of the current
tribute, which currently has 48 pictures.

Faces On The Wall 

 

This is the next picture in the progression of the Faces On The Wall tribute.

 

 

The Red Cloud Chief
Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Vietnam display shows photo of local serviceman

Thanks to the efforts of four Vietnam veterans, a memorial display of photos
of servicemen/women who lost their lives in Vietnam is traveling through
Nebraska and Kansas.  The display, "Faces On The Wall" arrived at Red
Cloud High School last Wednesday.  The wall of 44 photos stays at each school
visited about one week.

According to Trevor Foreman of Newton, Kansas, whose father, Bill Foreman
was one of the founders of the project, "Faces On The Wall" is displayed at schools
where the war casualties attended or graduated.  "We contact the high school
superintendents or principals and ask if we might put the display in their school,"
Trevor explained.

Although there were two young men who had graduated from RCHS killed while
in Vietnam, a photograph of only one,
Paul Thomas, is shown on the display.  The
reason for this, according to Foreman, is that family members contact the founders
of the project, requesting their loved one be portrayed.  "We will be glad to include photos
of other Vietnam causalities if the families will send us the photo," he said.  "We
have not solicited for the photos; rather people contact us."

SGT Paul Thomas, 21, was killed April 5, 1970.  The other causality from Red
Cloud killed in Vietnam was HN Terry Sutton, 22, who died on February 18, 1968.
Paul was the son of Vurl and Theda Thomas who lived near Esbon, Kansas.  Terry's
parents were Harry and Dorothy Sutton.  He grew up on a farm south of Inavale.

Besides Bill Foreman, other Vietnam veterans who traveled to Red Cloud and
to other schools to put the display in place were Steve Breeding, Larry LeDuc and
Jim Lane.  Trevor Foreman helps with the project whenever possible.

The display is an educational tool aimed at teenagers to acquaint them to the
fact that the young faces portrayed in "Faces On The Wall" exemplify youth, not
much older than high school students, who gave their lives for their country.

"Often, war casualties are older servicemen; kids don't necessarily stop to think that
these guys were little more than teenagers themselves," Foreman reinforced.

The veterans began their project in 1999 in honor of five young men from
Marshall County, Kansas who were killed in Vietnam.  The first display was set up
with five by seven photos of the deceased servicemen at various area fairs.  As it
went around to other sites, more photographs were added, mostly in Kansas at the
time.  "The inclusions of the photos are mostly by word of mouth and then someone
calls us and lets us know of others to add," Foreman noted.

Trevor has registered a web site, facesonthewall.com which people may visit.
Through this, they click on the serviceman's/woman's name and they will be taken
to an entire page of information about that individual.  "I thought the project was so
worthy and very important to me that I wanted a part of helping my dad with it," he said.

Red Cloud High School is the 40th school the display has visited.  From here
it travels to Superior High School.

 

Ron Pariseau leaves a message...

Although I am not from Kansas, I am a Vietnam Combat Vet.  I served in-country
from October 1967 to January 1969 with the 11th "Fighting Seabees".  We were at
Dong Ha, Quant Tri, The RockPile, Con Thien, Khe Sanh, Lang Vei, Cua Viet, My
Chanh and many other places along side our Brothers of Honor, those who paid the supreme
sacrifice.  I personally lost nine high school buddies in Nam, Special Forces, Regular
Army, Air Force MIA, Marines.  I miss them terribly and think of them always.  We have
a common bond that not many understand, we were the brave, the gallant, the heroes,
the patriots of our generation.  Some of us died in Nam, some of us died and didn't know it,
as we were poisoned by our own government.  We still fight today, not a war, but for our
rights.  We will never forget, we will never give in!
God Bless our KIA's, MIA's and POW's! For we were brothers then and brothers today.
Semper Fi

 

Pictures of the Faces On The Wall parade van
Beloit, Kansas

Parade Van 

Parade Van 

Parade Van 

 

A picture from the Marion County Record, March 27, 2002

Marion High School 

 

The Newton Kansan
Wednesday, March 20, 2002

A price to pay for freedom

Faces On The Wall in Newton 

Trevor Foreman is too young to have served in the Vietnam War.  But he's not too
old to have forgotten, and the Newton man hopes future generations won't forget
either.

Foreman is curator of "Faces On The Wall," a traveling exhibit displaying pictures
and information on Kansas servicemen killed during the Vietnam War.  The
exhibit is on display this week in the commons area at Newton High School.

The display, featuring donated family pictures of fallen servicemen goes a long way
to connect today's generation with the past, Foreman said.

"Most of these kids probably think of Vietnam War vets as old, gray, fat guys.  But
the guys that went over there and died weren't much older than these kids here,"
he said.

The display began modestly two years ago as a bulletin board with five pictures of
Kansas Vietnam War vets killed in action.  The board was displayed at county fairs
and gradually, Foreman said, the collection grew as more and more families came
forward to contribute.

"Faces On The Wall" now has 32 pictures and an accompanying web site,
facesonthewall.com.  "The pictures are nice, but they've got stories to tell,"
Foreman said.

Foreman said the wall is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all the Kansans
killed in the Vietnam War, but contributions to the exhibit are always welcome.

Those interested in contributing a photo or information can reach Foreman
through the web site.

Foreman, who compiled the collection along with his father and other veterans, said
he routinely travels to meet with people who lost someone in the war.  The visits,
Foreman said, are important.

"To have someone drive two hours to sit down and talk with them and look at
scrapbooks, I think that means a lot to the families," Foreman said.  And it means
a lot to Foreman that their stories are told.

"It's important that people know that there is a price to pay for freedom.  It's
not an arbitrary thing.  We don't get to be free just because the U.S. is cool.
There's a price to be paid and sometimes that price is blood.  That's what these
guys paid," Foreman said.

The exhibit will next travel to Marion High School before making stops in Salina,
Gypsum and Blue Rapids schools.

"Our goal is to put it in every high school in Kansas," Foreman said.

Foreman said he hopes the display has an impact on the Newton students.

"If one more person has gotten to see it that hasn't seen it before, I consider that
a success," he said.

 

The Lincoln Sentinel-Republican
Thursday, February 28, 2002

Traveling tribute includes three former Lincoln
County residents

Lincoln High School is currently host to the Faces on the Wall tribute.  The tribute,
which honors those North Central Kansas soldiers who lost their lives in the
Vietnam War, will be in the LHS commons area through Friday.

Three former Lincoln County residents are found on the wall.  They are Lannie
Anderson, Merle Jones and Ronald Schulz.  Jones was killed in action in 1966 at
the age of 23.  Anderson and Schulz suffered the same fate in 1970, at the ages of 19
and 20 respectively.

Soldiers from area communities such as Beloit, Downs and Osborne are also pictured
on the traveling tribute among others who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.  The wall
includes photos and is accompanied by a book of background information for the
individuals who are honored on it.

Anyone interested in visiting the Faces on the Wall traveling tribute can view it from
8:30 am - 3:30 pm in the LHS commons area through Friday morning.

Other communities the tribute will travel to include:  Clay Center High School, March 2-8;
Lindsborg High School, March 9-15; Newton High School, March 18-22; and Marion
High School, March 25-29.

The tribute also has a web site at www.facesonthewall.com  Internet users can go to the
site to see photos and read background information about the individuals pictured on the
wall, as well as some who are not on the wall.

 

The Newton Kansan
Thursday, August 23, 2001

Immortalizing "Faces On The Wall"

Trevor Foreman's passion is to immortalize the memories of soldiers who fought
in Vietnam.  From the POW/MIA license tag on his car, to the decorated walls of his
home and on the Internet web site, his passion permeates much of his life.

Foreman, 28, of Newton, will show you a 24-foot-long version of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial with about 30 photographs hanging from it that his father and two of his friends
maintain.  And he'll tell you about his web site,
www.facesonthewall.com that honors
those who fought and died in the Vietnam War.

"They started the display with five guys from Washington County on a bulletin board,"
Foreman said.  "I wasn't able to travel with them as often as I liked, and I felt kind of
left out.  I was laying in bed one night, and it came to me to start a web site."

That was about four months ago and the site went online in June.  It has grown
steadily, with pictures, biographies and remembrances of more than 30 soldiers.
"My hope is to make it a personal scrapbook of the guys," Foreman said.  "Most
of the pictures on the site are military pictures but by no means is it limited to that."

Foreman maintains the site, which has countless photos and a page for each person
listed, to help Kansans remember those who didn't come back from Vietnam.
"I want people to remember the cost of war," Foreman said.  "I think my generation
has had it pretty easy."

The cost is the lives of young men like George Martinez of Newton, who died at age
33 while enlisted in the U.S. military.  Martinez has his own page, as will any soldier
from the area whose family contacts Foreman.

"The biggest reward for me is how happy the families are that someone outside of
their family is remembering," Foreman said.

 

The Belleville Telescope
Thursday, May 24, 2001

Vietnam veterans honor comrades
who never returned from war

Three area Vietnam veterans have created "Faces On The Wall", a tribute to
soldiers who died, are missing in action, or listed as prisoners of war of the
Vietnam War.  The tribute has been on display the last several weeks at
Hillcrest and Belleville High Schools.

The display, a project of Steve Breeding, Concordia, Bill Foreman, Beloit,
and Larry LeDuc, Jamestown, began with a handful of pictures first shown at
the Marshall County Fair.  The exhibit has grown to more than 25 pictures
of men with ties to North Central Kansas as family members asked that their
loved ones be included, said Breeding.

"Selective Service has no county-by-county records, we've done the best we
can do to recognize those veterans that we know have been killed, MIA or POW,
but we certainly want to include anyone we may have missed," said Breeding.

The 8 x 10 photos of soldiers are displayed on a black surface shaped like a
triangle.  The biography of each soldier is printed on handouts, along with the
explanation of the display.

The only Republic County veteran known to have been killed in action in Vietnam
is Jerry Newman, Agenda, who died August 28, 1967.

The local display will be shown in conjunction with the American Veterans
Traveling Tribute in Beloit, October 4-7 at Chautauqua Park.  The
traveling tribute is a replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Wall in Washington
D.C., and contains the names of more than 58,000 men and women killed
in Vietnam.

 

The Washington County News
Thursday, May 31, 2001

Wall features Vietnam fallen

"Faces On The Wall" arrived in Washington Tuesday morning with no fanfare or ceremony.
"The Wall" is a tribute to area soldiers who were killed or listed as Missing in Action in
the Vietnam War. It can be viewed at the Washington County Courthouse.

"The Wall" is black and has fastened to it the photographs and biographies of 28 soldiers.
The tribute is a quiet yet deeply moving display of mostly young faces. Among those
pictured are two men with ties to Washington County. One is Michael Hugh
Breeding, the brother of Pat Breeding, general manager of the Farmers Co-op
Elevator Association in Greenleaf. Michael Breeding was born March 19, 1945 and
joined the Marine Corps while living in Blue Rapids. In four years of service, he attained
the rank of 1LT/02. He is listed as Missing in Action.

La Vern William Tegtmeier died November 6, 1969 in Bihn Dihn, South Vietnam; he
was 22 years old. He was the brother of Arlen Tegtmeier of Hanover, and the son of
the late John and Martha Tegtmeier. He was the first, and maybe the only, Washington
countian to die in the Vietnam War. Tegtmeier was in the Army and had attained
the rank of SSGT/E6. He began his tour of duty on March 4, 1969. He drowned
when a bridge he was on collapsed, according to a report in the November 21, 1969
issue of the Washington County News. Tegtmeier was born September 4, 1947 in
Beatrice, Nebraska. He was a 1966 graduate of Hanover High School. He attended
Fairbury Junior College for one year when he was drafted into the service, according
to his brother, Arlen.

"The Wall" will be in Washington through Friday.

 

The Washington County News

"Faces On The Wall" to be in Washington May 29th

"Faces On The Wall", a traveling display honoring Vietnam veterans from the area, will be
at the courthouse in Washington on Tuesday, May 29th, and will be on display until
Friday, June 1st. This display is a tribute to area soldiers who gave their lives, are missing
in action, or are listed as prisoners of war in the Vietnam War. The tribute is the
creation of three Vietnam veterans from Beloit (Bill), Jamestown (Larry),
and Concordia (Steve).

The project started more than a year ago and began with the Vietnam veterans who
were killed, missing in action, or prisoners of war from Marshall County. The tribute
was first shown at the County Fair. People seeing the display wanted to add to it,
and now it includes veterans from most of the counties in North Central Kansas,
including Washington County. There are 25 photos of local soldiers displayed on
the polished black surface shaped like a wide triangle, and it includes a biography
of each soldier printed on handouts, along with an explanation of the display. The creators
add that the display is not complete. They would appreciate hearing about others that
should be included on the tribute.

Listed on this display from Washington County is La Vern Tegtmeier, Hanover, killed
in action November 6, 1969. From Marshall County:
Michael Martin, November
22, 1970;
Michael Breeding, February 12, 1970; Gerald Founds, February 7,
1965;
Gene Myers, June 9, 1969; Allen Oatney, June 22, 1970; Joseph Zutterman,
April 20, 1968 and
Ronald Munger , August 21, 1970.

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