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May 26, 2014

Soldier's photo important, too

PLATTSBURGH — Carl J. Latour’s name is etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., with those of all U.S. military personnel who died in that war.

His brother, Leonard Latour, saw the traveling version of that wall when it came to the area. But he hopes to someday see the entire wall in person. 

Recently, he read an editorial in the Press-Republican about how the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation has posted photos of war dead on its electronic “Wall of Faces,” and his brother was listed as one local man whose image was not yet there.

So Leonard visited the newsroom to ask for help submitting it.

A quick search of the website showed Carl’s name with his date of birth, May 27, 1943; date of death, June 24, 1966; placement on the memorial wall, Wall Panel 8E/87; and hometown of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

But there was an illustration of a soldier where the photo would go.

It’s important that his brother’s image be there, Leonard noted, so that people who served with Carl can remember him. 

While they may not recognize his name, he said, perhaps they will see his photo and say, “Oh, I was in the war with him.”

“It means a lot,” he said. 

Press-Republican Staff Writer Ashleigh Livingston figured out how to submit Carl’s picture, which as of Saturday was awaiting approval by the website. 

Carl is not the only local Vietnam War soldier whose photo has not been included on the website.

Others the Press-Republican came up with are: Edward F. Brown Jr., Thomas E. Townsley, Robert C. Wallace, Robert V. Snipe, Gene A. LaBounty, Albert W. Cudworth, Eugene E. Bonnett, Michael F. Conley and Arthur R. Duprey, all of Plattsburgh; Michael J. Petrashune of Lyon Mountain; John F. Snow of Rouses Point; and Gerard M. McDonald of Ellenburg Depot.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation wants those photos not only for the website, but for an electronic “Wall of Faces” planned for a new education center that will be built at the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Construction is set to start in 2016 and to be completed in 2019.

Learn more and submit photos at www.vvmf.org.

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