Project to honor every soldier killed in action

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About Jerry Richmond

• Born in Scranton in 1951, raised in Dunmore and graduated from Dunmore High School Class of 1969.

• Enlisted in the Army in December, 1969, and was in Vietnam from August 1970 to 1971.

• Served in the 1st Cavalry Division in Phouc Vinh and FSB Buttons.

• Returned to Dunmore at the end of his enlistment and attended Penn State Worthington Campus as well as the University of Scranton.

• Moved to Florida in 1980 and began a career with the Department of Veteran Affairs until retirement in 1988.

• A life member of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Space Coast Florida Chapter as well as the VFW Post in Smyrna, Tennessee.

• His work on this project is voluntary and he is not reimbursed for any expenses.

• To donate to help fund the research for the project, go to: https://donate.vvmf.org/page/outreach/view/faces-never-forgotten/PennsylvaniaKIA

Call for Photos

• Photos needed for:

Edmund Skunda, Pittston, KIA 1/24/1968

Richard M. Rovinsky, Kingston, KIA 3/27/1970

Francis J. Valkos, Port Griffith, KIA 2/10/1965

Joseph M. Sinkewicz, Plymouth, KIA 2/26/1968

Boyd E. Morrow, Forty Fort, KIA 10/13/1967

Daniel R. Romanko, Avoca, KIA 9/27/1965

Maurice W. Mosher, Glen Lyon, KIA 5/25/1965

Richard R. Rynkiewicz, Luzerne, KIA 1/13/1966

Louis V. Romanelli, West Hazleton, KIA 3/16/1969

Thomas A. Williams, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 2/18/1970

John E. Lynch, Forty Fort, KIA 6/15/1969

Larry M. Rodgers, Shavertown, KIA 3/6/1969

Glen T. Fey, Ashley, KIA 5/5/1968

Gary L. Owens, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 12/4/1968

Robert W. Homschek, Duryea, KIA 4/4/1971

Ronald M. Urbanski, Pittston, KIA 2/20/1968

Stanley B. Hojnowski, Glen Lyon, KIA 8/6/1969

Robert R. Perrins, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 4/4/1968

Michael J. Clifford, Avoca, KIA 6/13/1967

William E. Brunn, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 1/19/1968

Thomas H. Zaremba, Nanticoke, KIA 9/24/1970

Michael J. Purcell, Shavertown, KIA 4/1/1968

Thomas W. Kloran, Luzerne, KIA 2/17/1968

Frank J. Shovlin, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 6/7/1967

Daniel S. Walko, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 8/8/1970

Thomas D. Steele, Kingston, KIA 4/11/1966

Lawrence J. McRae, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 4/30/1968

Raymond M. Dasilva, Jr., Swoyersville, KIA 5/8/1968

Ralph E. Smith, Conyngham, KIA 6/2/1967

Nate F. Lee, Hazleton, KIA 5/17/1968

John T. Dixon, Plains Township, KIA 6/9/1966

Gerald Woods, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 12/27/1968

John R. Kreidler, Trucksville, KIA 3/11/1967

Leonard T. Bish, Plymouth, KIA 5/16/1967

Joseph J. Borick, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 4/28/1967

George B. Ayers, Wilkes-Barre, KIA 4/24/1968

Frank A. Glowiak, Plymouth, KIA 10/27/1966

Peter S. Reinhart, Hazleton, KIA 3/2/1968

Patrick Herron, Sugar Notch, KIA 9/6/1967

Charles G. Hughes, Freeland, KIA 11/11/1970

Walter M. Novak, Nanticoke, KIA 5/13/1970

• Those with information are asked to submit it to:

Jerry Richmond: Email - jrflanc@hotmail.com

3240 Hardwood Drive

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

WILKES-BARRE — Ned Lynch remembers the last day he saw his brother, John.

It was July 1968, and John was boarding a bus on Public Square shortly after he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

It was the height of the Vietnam War and Lynch would be sent to the jungle soon. John Lynch was killed in Vietnam in June 1969 in a helicopter. The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear, but Ned said his brother did receive the Bronze Star posthumously.

When Ned Lynch was told about a project called “Call for Photos,” he listened intently.

Jerry Richmond, a Vietnam veteran who came back from the battle in Southeast Asia, has taken on a project that will forever memorialize every soldier who was killed in action in the war.

Richmond, a Dunmore native now living in Tennessee, wants to help update the “Wall of Faces” for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. The foundation is accepting funding and hopes to break ground soon on the education center being built next to the Wall on the Mall that will provide a face and story about each of those who died in the Vietnam War in larger-than-life format.

Richmond said Pennsylvania has 3,142 citizens listed on the Wall, 860 of whom do not have photos to honor their memory.

Luzerne County’s 41

He said Luzerne County currently has 41 of its veterans without photos — John Lynch being one. Richmond’s goal is to have 100 percent of all the state’s Vietnam vets updated to include photos and hopefully more remembrances left on the Virtual Wall in their honor.

Ned Lynch said he would call and email Richmond because he wants his brother to get the recognition he and all Vietnam veterans killed in action deserve.

“They deserve the respect that they didn’t get back then,” Ned said. “It still eats at me.”

Ned Lynch enlisted in the Air Force shortly after John left for the Army. He was stationed in Okinawa and never saw battle in Vietnam. But when Ned returned from his tour, he was shocked at what he found.

“When I returned from Okinawa, I landed at Travis Air Force Base in San Francisco and I was told to change out of my uniform and into civilian clothes,” Lynch said. “They told me not to travel in my uniform because I wouldn’t be treated well.”

Lynch said he still can’t imagine how the veterans returning from Vietnam must have felt when they got back.

“Those were the guys who were in battle, under fire, risking their lives for their country,” he said. “How could they have felt when told to change out of their uniforms?”

‘Call for Photos’

The project — “Call for Photos Hometown Heroes” — is a campaign to collect a photograph for each of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall. Collected pictures will be used in the education center at The Wall and can also be found on The Wall of Faces.

Richmond said any photos will be accepted, such as a high school yearbook photo or a military photo.

“We want a photo to show that these were real people,” he said. “We want to show who they were. It is extremely important that we never forget those that served, their sacrifice and the impact this war had for generations to come.”

Richmond said any information collected will be used solely for the purpose of updating information for the Vietnam Memorial Education Center being built next to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Richmond said the information may be submitted directly to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at http://www.vvmf.org/ or forwarded to him for inclusion.

He said New Mexico is the only state at this time that has 100 percent of their KIA with photos.

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