Village Vets Commission Joins National Call for Photos

Village Vets Commission Joins National Call for Photos
Posted on 11/16/2011

The Village of Orland Park Veterans Commission is joining a nationwide effort seeking the photos of the more than 58,000 names inscribed on The Vietnam Wall.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's 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 Wall. Collected pictures will be used in the Education Center at The Wall and can also be found on The Virtual Wall.

"Orland Park is glad to help with this effort, having hosted The Vietnam Moving Wall in October of 2006," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Photos of nearly 600 of the 2938 Illinois names on the wall have been collected. We're hoping that our efforts to publicize this campaign will help that number rise," the mayor added.

Photos may be submitted four ways, including submitting a photo using the group's virtual wall at, scanning and uploading from home, emailing a scanned image to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at with the subject being "Call for Photos" or mailing a copy of the photo to the group. The highest quality setting possible is requested for all photos.

"Three young men from Orland Park were killed in Vietnam and are listed on The Wall," said Veterans Commission Recording Secretary Gail Blummer. "These included Michael Reber, Ronald Zinn and Dennis Stiehler," she said, adding, "We're doing what we can to be sure the Orland Park men's photos are added." The Orland-Palos Reber-Tesmond VFW Post #2604 was named in Reber's memory.

"There are many people in the Orland Park area who lost family members and friends in Vietnam," McLaughlin said. "If you know of someone, contact their family and let them know about this national effort to collect a photograph of every name forever remembered on The Wall," he added.

Friends and family are cautioned to not send original photos as they cannot be returned. All photos should be copied or scanned. If sending a hard copy photo, the group asks that it be reproduced at the highest quality possible, using a glossy finish and printed at 8 x 10, if possible. Mailed photos should be packaged for mailing and sent to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; Attn: Call for Photos: 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW Suite 104; Washington, D.C. 20037.

Further information about how to add a photograph to the collection is available by calling Martin Kobylarczyk at 202/393-0090 or via email at

Denny Stiehler, who lived on Hale Drive in Orland Park, was one of three young men from the village who were killed in Vietnam and whose names are on the Vietnam Wall. Stiehler left Carl Sandburg High School in January, 1967 to join the U.S. Marine Corps. Private First Class Stiehler was killed on January 30, 1968 in Quang Tri, in the Republic of Vietnam. He was eighteen years old.