November 10, 2011

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Collects Photos & Washington State Makes Banners





Visiting the Vietnam Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is collecting photos for each of the 58,272 men and women listed on The Wall in Washington, D. C.

     “These photos are national treasures—they will help us all connect a face and personal story to the names from communities across America that are etched into that black granite wall…By helping to collect the photos, and donating to the Education Center at The Wall, Americans are helping us all remember these brave men and women and show them long-overdue  gratitude for their unthinkable sacrifices,” said founder Jan Scruggs .


Submit by e-mail:

     Scan your photograph at the highest resolution

     Go to

     Search for the name of the service member, then click on Post a Remembrance

     Fill out all fields and select Attach an image from my computer

     Once submitted, WMF will process the donation and you will receive a confirmation e-mail

Submit by snail-mail



In this 1992 photo I am tracing the name of my step-brother, Michael Lipsius.



Copy a photo, asking the professional copier to make an 8×10 at the highest resolution possible

Mail the COPY of the photograph to:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

2600 Virginia Avenue, NW

Suite 104

Washington, D. C.   20037

(NOTE: WMF is not responsible for returning photos)*


     At their last count, the State of Washington had about five hundred forty soldiers kill fighting ht Global War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     The state’s Fallen Soldiers Banner Project has undertaken to memorialize these casualties with sturdy vinyl banners bearing bigger-than-life-size photos of these veterans.

     Three years ago a Gold Star Mother, Kim Cole, wanted to help foster the healing process for Gold Star families by printing banners to honor individual soldiers and to testify to the sacrifices they made for their country. Families give permission and input, choose the photographs, and the banners include the soldier’s name, birthday, hometown, service branch, rank, and date of death.

     When the Project stalled due to financial reasons the V. F. W. Ladies Auxiliary stepped in with fundraising assistance.

     To date, more than two hundred banners are competed and money is on hand for one hundred forty more. Families receive a magnetic replica of the banner.

     Small groups of the banners are carried at events by active-duty soldiers and/or volunteers from military units, fire departments, Junior ROTC group members, and V. F. W. and Ladies Auxiliary members. The events include parades, deployment events, award ceremonies and memorial services, and the annual Gold Star Families Time of Remembrance Weekend.

     The banners serve as healing symbols for Gold Star families, raise awareness and media attention in numerous communities, and provide Auxiliaries a way to work the Americanism Program and draw new members.**


For further information contact Juey Leu at or Diane Small at


*Can You Share a National Treasure?, Ladies VFW Auxiliary Magazine, Vol. 72, No. 4, Nov. 2011, pp. 17    

**Banners Bear Witness, Ladies VFW Auxiliary Magazine, Vol. 72, No. 4, Nov. 2011, pp. 18    



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  1. At their last count, the State of Washington had about five hundred forty soldiers kill(ed) fighting ht (the) Global War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Comment by Joan — November 10, 2011 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  2. Mmm its nice to see that the are more Michael Lipsius in this world 🙂
    but lipsius is one familie the is not another stam of the lipsius

    Comment by Michael — January 27, 2012 @ 8:44 am | Reply

    • Hi Michael. You are Michael Lipsius too? Wasn’t sure what your comment meant, please explain?

      Comment by Cynthia Lipsius — January 27, 2012 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Cynthia, I came across this page while doing some research on my Uncle, who also served in Vietnam. He was in the 5/7, Company A. As you probably already know, 5/7 stands for 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment. I believe Michael was in D Co. In any event, my Uncle was up on the mountain LZ (Tiger I believe) in support of Operation Delaware (search/destroy, locate weapons caches throughout the A Shau Valley) when Michael’s huey took small arms fire (.51 caliber) and went down. I understand from the eyewitnesses (including my Uncle and others who were in the huey at the time) that Michael got hit by this fire while in the huey before it went down. Him and another troop (Curtis Glenn Riley) died as a result of that crash. You will know that my Uncle was given the task of recovering Michael and Glenn’s bodies and ensuring they were properly cared for as they were brought down from the LZ and taken – ultimately – to the States. I’m not sure if you ever heard any of this before but this is how I understand the events as they transpired on 19 April. If you have any questions, I will certainly do my best to answer them…my contact info is as follows: I am a Captain in the USAFR and took an interest in learning about my Uncle’s experiences for the purpose of logging them in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project Archive. Best, Chris

    Comment by Chris — September 3, 2014 @ 7:37 am | Reply

  4. Reply to Chris. Your information is mostly accurate. From going to the 5/7 reunions I know of 2 who took care of Michael’s and Curtis’ bodies. What is your Uncle’s name?

    Comment by 1littlesisterJane — September 8, 2014 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

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