(Paul Kavanaugh) Vietnam Wall of Faces By Barb Cessna, VFV Project Coordinator: Patrick Kavanagh, Historian and Archivist, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, has worked tirelessly with Norman Murray, who had contacted him for help in finishing the eight counties of western NY on the Vietnam Veteran Wall of Faces. Kavanagh contacted the Fenton History CenterC, and has enjoyed the additional research help from members of Vets Finding Vets.
VFV Project Coordinator Barb Cessna assured Kavanagh the group would be honored to focus on the three soldiers to help them finish the western NY portion of the Wall of Faces. Many phone calls and much online research, plus timely newspaper articles, social media, the Local Jamestown Chapter #865 of Vietnam Veterans of America, Sunset Hill Cemetery, and many interested people in the community have produced the desired goal.
Photos and information have yet to been found for Dahl LaPorte, Nicholas Ligammari (information has since been found on Ligammari), and Charles Thielges, as well as several others. We are, however, still in search of head and shoulder or full body photos of Dahl LaPorte and Charles Thielges.
Kavanagh was thankful enough to drive to Jamestown early one morning to deliver a gift to those who would make it accessible to the public. He explained that as a Vietnam Veteran himself, he is committed to making sure these men and women and their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Twenty years ago he began collecting photos, obituaries, stories, military background, anything that helps define that person. He has compiled many bios from the fallen men and one woman (532) in the eight counties of western NY, and bound them in a large notebook.
He has titled this work “In Remembrance Of”. His connection to Forest Lawn Cemetery makes it possible for anyone to access the notebook info online at Forest-lawn.com Click on “Honoring Vietnam Veterans Killed in Action. Immediately after Kavanagh’s video, you will see an alphabetical list of names. By clicking on each name, you can see each item for that name which is in the notebook. He has emphasized that the project is not yet complete, as there are still a few he seeks. His info is included on the Wall of Faces (www.vvmf.org/wall-of-faces/).
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