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Man hopes to find pictures of fallen Vietnam soldiers from Wis.

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A Medford son who wants to learn more about his father's war in Vietnam has a mission: to find a picture of every Wisconsin soldier killed in the war.

Bryce Kelley wants the pictures to be part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Kelley has spent years tracking down pictures of nearly 1,300 Wisconsin men and woman killed in the Vietnam war. Nearly 58,000 American soldiers and Marines died in the fighting.

"What we're trying to do is add a face to those names," said Kelley.

The project is called "A Face for Every Name,"and for Kelley his search is personal.

"My father is a Vietnam veteran and I’ve always wanted to learn more," added Kelley.

Kelley says he has contacted hundreds of families searching for the pictures.

He's also visited some states and he's talked to people at various veteran's organizations.

"It's just tracking down leads, it's someone who knows someone who knows someone, who eventually leads me to the right family member," said Kelley.

In the past five years Kelley tells Newsline9, he's already collected more than 600 soldiers photos, and that's out of the 1,244 total Wisconsin casualties, that were in Vietnam.

"I didn't know it would take 5 years to get this far, I was hoping it would take one or two, but we're going to keep going until we have them all," added Kelley.

Kelly tells Newsline9 he's after stories too.

He's learned that one soldier who died had been arrested for stealing a car.

That young man, Kelley adds, was given two options by the judge, either go to jail, or join the military.

"To share their stories, not just the military part of their story, but their childhoods and what they did before, their hopes and their dreams," said Kelley.

If you have a photo or information that would help you can contact Bryce Kelley at (715)379-7612 or E-mail him at Brkell@tds.net.

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