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THE WALL PROJECT

THE WALL OF FACES: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

TO:
All American Indian Tribal Leaders in the Nation;
All Family Members of American Indian Veterans

FROM:
Ernie C. Salgado, Jr., Executive Director, Ahmium Learning Center, Inc., Soboba Tribal Member

SUBJECT:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, "Call for Photos Project"

SKIP THE NEWS & READ THE TRIBAL LETTER

BREAKING NEWS:

VETERANS MUSEUM & MEMORIAL CENTER BALBOA PARK SAN DIEGO CA

VETERANS MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL CENTER, BALBOA PARK — Representatives of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial "Faces Never Forgotten" project launched their national photo drive in San Diego, California, May 14, 2013. Some 365 San Diego Vietnam MIA/KIA are memorialized on The Wall. Of those, 133 still need photos for the project, according to museum representatives.

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US DEPT VETERAN AFFAIRS TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS
OFFICE OF TRIBAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Eastern Region Training Summit for military veterans
WHEN: April 9-10, 2013
WHERE: Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala, California
DOWNLOAD BROCHURE PDF

VETERANS

Eastern Region Training Summit, April 9, 2013.

Ernie Salgado shows a poster to local tribal veterans listing the 230 Indian warriors listed as "Native American" on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Mr. Salgado is collaborating with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and American tribes to identify all the American Indian and Alaska Natives on The Wall project.... STORY & MORE PHOTOS.

WE NEED YOUR HELP and support to identify our tribal members who gave their life in the Vietnam War.

As of April, 2013, there are approximately 230 names identified as being American Indian or Alaska Native on The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Their status as "Native American" on The Wall project was dependent on if they checked the Native American check box on their induction papers — so there are likely many more Tribal members who are not properly designated.

Please click on the poster below to download the small PDF and look for your tribal members' information — if they are not listed we need you to contact us (we are developing a Form and process for you to submit this information):

MISSING IN ACTION MIA KILLED IN ACHION KIA LIST OF AMERICAN INDIAN VETERANS

PLEASE PRINT THIS POSTER AND POST IT IN YOUR TRIBAL AREAS.

VETERANS MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL CENTER, BALBOA PARK

VETERANS MUSEUM & MEMORIAL CENTER BALBOA PARK SAN DIEGO CA

May 14, 2013 — Representatives of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial project "Faces Never launched their national photo drive in San Diego, Calif. Some 365 San Diego Vietnam MIA/KIA are memorialized on The Wall. Of those, 133 still need photos for the project, according to museum representatives.

VIETNAM MEMORIAL: Inland volunteers seek photos of the fallen

BY MARK MUCKENFUSS STAFF WRITER May 26, 2013
Source: pe.com

Jack Ruffer keeps the faces of the fallen on his iPhone. There are 46 of them who look out from moments captured more than 40 years ago.

Ruffer, 71, of Palm Desert, was a career military man, a decorated Marine who served as a Charlie Company platoon commander in Vietnam. His service is highlighted in a book about the war, “Lions of Medina....” READ STORY.

Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall comes to Fair Oaks

By Richard Chang May. 23, 2013
Source: sacbee.com

Nearly 40 years after the last shots of the Vietnam War were fired in Saigon, South Vietnam, Daniel Williams, 74, still remembers vividly the battles he fought in rice fields during the conflict.

"I was part of the 1st Infantry Division," Williams said. "We were just 60 miles north of Saigon."... READ STORY.

BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION

VVMF

BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION, JANUARY 23, 2013 — Janna Hoehn (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund VVMF), representing Jan Scruggs, presented the "Faces Never Forgotten" project to American Indian veterans to develop Tribal involvement in the national project.

The seven-foot tall retractable banner Ernie Salgado created for the meeting is an earlier version of this web page, and features his Tribal community letter.

DENIS TURNER, TRIBAL CHAIRMENS

DENIS TURNER, Executive Director of Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, Inc. (SCTCA), summed up the meeting as "very enlightening, a very great honoring."

AMERICAN INDIAN WARRIORS ASSOCIATION

ROY COOK, Vietnam War era veteran and former President of San Diego American Indian Warriors Association (SDAIWA), posed for a photograph with Janna Hoehn during the meeting at Barona Luxury Casino Hotel.

September 21, 1012

Dear Tribal Community,

A few years past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was created to honor the 58,282 brave American warriors that were killed in action (KIA) or missing in action (MIA) during the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is currently expanding the honoring of these heroes by building The Education Center next to “The Wall."
FACES NEVER FORGOTTEN

The goal of “The Wall of Faces” is to display photo images of each of the 58,282 warriors whose names are memorialized on The Vietnam Memorial Wall, giving a face to the faceless. The visitor sees that these are real people who shared the same hopes and aspirations that we all do. This exhibit will include a fitting tribute to those who have sacrificed all in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I have been in contact with the President of the project, Jan Scruggs, in Washington, D.C., and he is very interested in establishing a special section for Native Americans that have served and died for our Country.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase to the world the contribution our Native American men and women have made in the Armed Forces."

-Ernie Salgado, Jr., Soboba Tribal Member

At a recent fundraiser held in Hemet, California, we honored two of our local Native American warriors that were killed in action in Vietnam: Willie Lyons Jr. (Morongo), and Joe Pink (Pala).

SO CAL TRIBAL TIES

PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS:

JOE PINKJOSEPH PATRICK PINK is honored on Panel 28E, Row 56 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name: JOSEPH PATRICK PINK
Wall Name: JOSEPH P PINK
Date of Birth: 10/17/1947
Date of Casualty: 10/23/1967
Home of Record: SAN JACINTO
County of Record: RIVERSIDE
State: CA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: SP4
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG TIN

VIETNAM COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHY

This picture of "Joey" was taken by a magazine photographer just before he was killed. It gives you some idea of what his final moments on earth were like. God Bless him. This picture was given to me by Heather Pink, Joey's niece.

Posted by: Dan Thompson
Relationship: We served together
SOURCE: vvmf.org

MORONGO BAND OF MISSION INDIANS:

WILLIE LYONSWILLIAM JOHN LYONS is honored on Panel 3E, Row 19 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name: WILLIAM JOHN LYONS
Wall Name: WILLIAM J LYONS
Date of Birth: 7/27/1940
Date of Casualty: 11/4/1965
Home of Record: BANNING
County of Record: RIVERSIDE COUNTY
State: CA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: 1LT
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: PR & MR UNKNOWN

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE A KUMEYAAY NATION:

WILLIE LYONSJAMES GREGORY MESA is honored on Panel 42W, Row 48 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name: JAMES GREGORY MESA
Wall Name: JAMES G MESA
Date of Birth: 9/24/1948
Date of Casualty: 9/30/1968
Home of Record: JAMUL
County of Record: SAN DIEGO COUNTY
State: CA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: PFC
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG DUC

THE VIETNAM WALL EXPERIENCE:

VETERAN AMERICAN INDIANOCEANSIDE, CA — In April of 2004, a replica known as the Vietnam Wall Experience was on display in Oceanside. The wall is a three-quarter-size replica of the 10-foot tall, 493-foot-long black granite monument in Washington, D.C.: MORE.

Vietnam Wall statistics (PDF):

YOUR PERSONAL INVITATION

I would like to extend an invitation for you to join us at Ahmium in identifying any other of our brothers or sisters that were killed or missing in Vietnam or any of our Wars or “Conflicts”.

This is a great opportunity to showcase to the world the contribution our Native American men and women have made in the Armed Forces. Native Americans have the highest percentage of its population of any ethnic group to serve in the military.

SPECIAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information or to donate or participate — please contact me at Ahmium Learning Center office at 951-654-2781 — on my cell at 951-217-7205 — or by my E-MAIL.

Call toll free: 1-800-###-### (coming soon)

Very sincerely yours,

ERNIE
Ernie C. Salgado Jr.
Ahmium Learning Center, Inc., Executive Director
Tribal: Luiseño, Soboba Tribe
Founder/CEO: californiaindianeducation.org
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