ROMULUS (WWJ) – The City of Romulus has partnered with a statewide effort to discover photographs and information about residents killed during the Vietnam War.
The National Call for Photos is a campaign to collect a photograph for each of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. The photos will be used in the education center at The Wall as well as on the online Virtual Wall.
Lisa A. Lark, Michigan Call for Photos coordinator for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, said the effort also seeks brief biographical information about each of the war heroes.
Lark said the group is seeking photographs of four Romulus servicemen killed during the Vietnam War:
- Army Sgt. Kenneth Paul Ehnis
- Marine Pfc. Marion Franklin Ferguson
- Marine LCpl. Lawrence Poet
- Army Pfc. Elmer Wayne Scarborough
A photograph and biographical information has been located for a fifth Romulus serviceman, Marine Pfc. Eugenio Erasmo Fernandez Jr. Lark said Pfc. Fernandez was born on June 13, 1946. A married man, his tour of duty in Vietnam began in January 1968. He died of hostile small arms fire in the Quang Tri province.
Lark, who lives in Westland and teaches at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, said organizers have located photos of about half of Michigan’s 2,663 men and women whose names appear on The Wall.
But, Lark said half in not enough, adding that every name on The Wall deserves to behonored.
Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert and Economic Development Director Timothy Keyes, called the effort significant and committed the city’s assistance in spreading the word about the photo collection.
Photographs and information about the Romulus servicemen – and others on the Michigan list – can be forwarded to Lisa Lark by email at LisaLark@VVMF.org or by phone at 313-410-8477. Lark said every piece of information could be helpful.