WHO WE ARE

The most important people at 
The Virtual Wall are the women

and men who are named on The Wall,

represented by these two photos
from the Faces of Freedom index.

The volunteers who work on The Virtual Wall®

Since opening in March, 1997, these volunteers, listed here in alphabetical
order, have contributed thousands of hours helping relatives and friends of
Vietnam War casualties through their work on The Virtual Wall.
If you would like to help, please tell us!

 
  Karen Asher (Emerita): Karen has been involved in Vietnam Veteran issues on the internet since it's early days. On Veterans Day 1995 and 1996, she and Tim Duffie created a web site named "The Virtual Wall" that displayed, one at a time, each of the more than 58,000 names on the Wall. They eagerly granted the use of the name "The Virtual Wall" for this web site in March, 1997.
IN MEMORY Mike Brzozowski: Mike founded a small Internet service, Integration Incorporated of Batavia, New York. When the founder of The Virtual Wall asked if he would provide free Internet service for The Virtual Wall, Mike very enthusiastically agreed, and helped us get up and running. Mike was not a Veteran but he had been to the Wall and understood its meaning. When we asked how we could advertise his donation of Internet services Mike said "Absolutely not! That would be like pasting advertising on the real Wall." For 4 1/2 years iinc.com provided Internet services to The Virtual Wall absolutely free, until failing health caused Mike to sell the business. We shall miss his help and his respect for the dignity and honor of the Wall.
Billy Brown Billy Brown: An Army Vietnam Veteran, Billy served at HQ, USARV from Feb 1968-1969 assigning Officer Replacements. He served at Fort Wolters, Texas as the Officer Records NCO. He is a board member of the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Midland, Texas. He researched and wrote bios of the 225 honorees who died in Vietnam from 30 West Texas Counties. He is active in the American Legion, VFW and Disabled American Veterans. He became involved in the The Virtual Wall in 2004 utilizing the information for various venues and research. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas and the University of Texas Permian Basin with MA degrees in Psychology and Counseling. He lives in Odessa, Texas and is a grandpa with 2 grandchildren.
Ken Davis Ken Davis: Ken served in the Navy with Attack Squadron 85 as a bomber/navigator on A6 Intruder jets, flying missions over North Vietnam and Laos from the carriers USS AMERICA and USS CONSTELLATION (1968-70). He retired as a Commander in 1988, is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ken has personally made almost 10,000 memorial pages and about 50,000 addendums on The Virtual Wall and was president of www.VirtualWall.org, Ltd. from July, 2003 to July, 2013.
Mike Davis Mike Davis: Mike served two tours in Viet Nam as an Army helicopter pilot with the UTT/68th/197th Armed Helicopter Company and the AH-1G HueyCobra NET Team. Mike is a Member of Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and Combat Helicopter Pilots Association, a Life Member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Army Aviation Association of America and he volunteers, as a member of the Board of Directors, for Veterans Empowering Veterans, Inc.™, an organization dedicated to combatting Veteran and Veteran Family homeless. Mike is the Founder and National Director of VCV, Ltd.; VET-NET™, through which he provides assistance to Veterans and their Family Members. Mike is dedicated to helping assure that Veterans and their Families are properly recognized and treated by their government and society. See Footnote
Sharon Denitto Sharon Denitto: Sharon began with her involvement with Vietnam veterans back in 1996-67 while attending San Angelo College, San Angelo, Texas home of Goodfellow Air Force Base. During the early 1970's in the Washington DC area, she became involved with distribution of the POW bracelets through Voices in Vital America (VIVA). Although, she spent the next two decades overseas, upon her return in 1993, she joined Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (FVVM) in Arlington VA and mentored under Corky Condon (daughter of Lieutenant Commander Robert Eugene Condon) with her In Touch program until May 1995 (edit by Adam Funari). In 1996, she began volunteering with VCV Ltd, THE MOVING WALL, After years of volunteering, research and ensuring thhat Vietnam Veterans information was concisely represented, she initiated her own web site, Touch The Wall All the little know facts, mis-information, discrepancies, updates, repatriations, veterans added to the Memorial and much more is accurately shared. She is an associate of The National Leagues of Families of American POWs/MIAs Missing in Southeast Asia , National Alliance of Families For the Return of America's Missing Servicemen, Vietnam Security Police Association (VSPA), Vietnam Dog Handlers Association (VDHA), and Sons and Daughters In Touch (SDIT). She cares because many in my generation can no longer "touch the wall" for themselves.
John Devitt John Devitt: John attended the opening ceremonies of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, and wanted to find a way to take "The Wall" into the cities and small towns of America. In 1984, his idea and creation, The Moving Wall™ was first displayed in Tyler Texas and has since visited more than 1000 cities and small towns. John is shown here, left, with Gerry Haver, another of the founders of The Moving Wall. SEE FOOTNOTE
Tim Duffie: Tim has been involved in Vietnam Veteran issues on the internet since it's early days. On Veterans Day 1995 and 1996, they made a web site named "The Virtual Wall" that displayed, one at a time, each of the more than 58,000 names on the Wall. They eagerly granted the use of the name "The Virtual Wall" for this web site in March, 1997. Tim has created and maintained the CAP Vet's web site. See Footnote
Rick Fry: Rick became involved with www.no-quarter.org in 1996 and currently maintains the site. Rick volunteered his programming services to The Virtual Wall and assisted with development of the Coffelt database search engine. Rick served as a B52 Bomb/Nav avionics technician and eventually found his true calling as a computer programmer with the 42nd Logistics Group at Loring AFB, Maine from 1986 to 1994. He currently lives in Tyler, Texas. He is married, has two daughters, and became a "Grandpa" in 2004.
Philomena Garcia: (Emerita): Phil has been married for many, many years. She and her husband have 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She's an Executive Chef and Graphic Designer. Phil resided on the Mexican Riviera for 18 years and loved it. She has done community service with the poor communities over those years and helped to provide not just holidays and gifts to the local children, but also helped educate many of them, including teaching English; an experience she'll never forget! She was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania and now resides in Buena Park, California.
Kate Haberstroh Kate Haberstroh: I live with my husband Joseph on a small farm in Missouri. I retired as a building inspector for the state of Missouri and a private inspection business. We have 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren which keep us very busy. We love horseback riding and traveling west with our horses. My cousin, pilot Capt. Robert John Morris, Jr. was killed on December 26, 1972. He was the only B-52 pilot killed from Missouri and he and his crew of the Ebony-02 were honored with the dedication of a B-52 bomber at a gate at Whiteman Air Force Base. Since his death I have felt sadness and a loss that is always with me. I wanted to help with The Virtual Wall to put faces to the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
  Tom Holloway (Emeritus): Tom spent thousands of volunteer hours building the original Combat Area Casualty File, which is used for ALL Wall Search sites on the web. He wrote the extensive documentation which allows all those sites to present "details" on each name.
Deanna Shlee Hopkins Deanna Shlee Hopkins:  Deanna was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, with her parents and older brother when she was three years old. She graduated from North Phoenix High School in 1959. Deanna's brother joined the Air Force and did his basic at Lackland AFB. Deanna Shlee Hopkins' "My Vigil at the Vietnam Wall" was awarded first place for non-fiction in The Traveler, a literary and creative arts magazine. This moving article has been the subject of readings and discussions at National and Regional Collegiate and University Honor Conventions and Leadership Conferences. Deanna is also a platoon leader and dedicated hard worker of the Vietnam Veterans Home Page. SEE FOOTNOTE
Susan Jimison Susan Clotfelter Jimison is the youngest of 4 sisters of CWO Mark Clotfelter, a helicopter pilot, who served with the 361st Aviation Co. (Escort). Mark was KIA 6-16-69 on a reconnaissance mission between Dak To and Ben Het. Susan is a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Flight Crew Network's Family Contacts Committee and a Legacy Member of the Combat Helicopter Pilots Association. She has published in the history magazine Vietnam, writes in her free time and has an extensive background in customer service. Susan is married, raised 3 children, is a grandmother and resides in Georgia. SEE FOOTNOTE
Ann Kelsey Ann Kelsey (Emerita): Ann was a civilian employee of Army Special Services as a librarian at Cam Ranh Bay, Dong Ba Thin and Nha Trang, Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. Ann is very active in collecting and publishing the history of American women who served in Vietnam. Ann is a National Park Service volunteer at The Wall and is on the board of directors of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial FoundationSEE FOOTNOTE
Julie Kink Julie Kink: Julie Kink is a sister of WO1 David Kink, a helicopter pilot who served with C Troop, 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry and was killed in Vietnam in 1969. She is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul, serves on the Family Contacts Committee of the Vietnam Helicopter Flight Crew Network, is an honorary member of the VHPA, 9th Cavalry Regiment-US Army, Bullwhip Squadron Assn., and an associate member of the VHCMA, VVA Chapter 470, and the 1st Cavalry Division Assn. Julie writes for a weekly newspaper in Stillwater, Minnesota and is public relations coordinator for a private adoption agency. Julie has also been adopted as little sister by several hundred helicopter crewmen and pilots. SEE FOOTNOTE
  Lisa Lark: Lisa became involved with Vietnam Veterans in 2010 when she began researching the men from her hometown who died in Vietnam. Since then, she has located more than 1,000 photographs of those who died in Vietnam. She is the author of All They Left Behind: Legacies of the Men and Women on The Wall and the forthcoming There and Back. Both tell the stories of men and women who served and died in Vietnam.
Curt Lance Curt Lance Curt served in Vietnam, Jan-Oct 68, Combat Infantry with C Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. He is a retired Automotive Executive Manager. He is involved with The Virtual Wall for awards, medals, and ribbons, and is actively working to have the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry awarded posthumously to all who had boots on ground in Vietnam.
Rebecca LaRussa Rebecca LaRussa My husband, Lenny, and I have two daughters, two sons, three dogs and no grandchildren...yet!!! After visiting the Wall in DC last summer (2005), I connected with The Virtual Wall and the rest is history. I love proofreading and have received quite an education reading the memorials. It is something that has become very important to me and I plan to be a "lifer".
Glen Luse Glen Luse On December 3, 1969, at the age of fifteen, Glen opened the door to see two gentlemen in Army Class A uniforms ask if his parents were home. His brother Ken, the oldest of three boys, was missing in action. Two weeks later Ken's status was changed to KIA. Ken made his last flight on December 30, 1969 and was laid to rest on December 31,1969. In 2001, Glen made contact with volunters who work on The Virtual Wall and was guided to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Division. The contacts with the Vets who knew Ken have helped the Vets and Glen in their healing. Glen has become a proud Lifetime Honorary Member of The Bullwhip Squadron Assn. The closure that Glen received from this experience has given him the determination to now become a proud volunteer on The Virtual Wall. Glen's ultimate dream is that every family member and every vet Come Home, just as he has done. SEE FOOTNOTE
  Bill McBride: Bill is a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel. Bill created and still manages the first internet web site for Vietnam War veterans - the Vietnam Veterans Home Page. SEE FOOTNOTE
Jack Morrison: Jack served in the Army with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division from 1970 to 1971. He went into Cambodia on May 1, 1970 in support of the ARVN Armored Cav and the rest of his field time was with Charlie Companies, 2-8 Cav and 1-8 Cav. He left active duty in 1973 but later served in the US Army Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005. He served active duty tours for Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Bosnia, and the Gulf War. Jack retired from Department of Defense after 30 years of Federal Civilian Service. Jack and his wife Janie have 4 daughters, two dogs, and a grandson. He looks forward to serving the relatives and friends of the fallen by working for a long time on The Virtual Wall as Linkmaster.
Lauri Middleton: Lauri Middleton is the very proud sister of Ronald W. Nute, a wonderful young man who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life for our country in Vietnam. She is a registered nurse, has been married for 31 years and has three children. Lauri enjoys skiing, spending time with her family, walking the beach with her dog, and working on The Virtual Wall in her brother's memory. She thinks of him as her hero.
Dan Mouer: After having gone through one summer of midshipmens' boot camp in San Diego as a Navy ROTC midshipman in 1964, Dan quit college, got married, had a kid, and landed in the Army a year later. Trained as a combat engineer, he wound up in South Vietnam's Central Highlands with the 70th Combat Engineers. Duties included machine gunners, dump truck driver, bridge specialist, and combat materiel stock clerk for S-4 (four months). Now he is an anthropologist / archaeologist newly retired from the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University . Dan runs a general discussion list for Vietnam veterans, as well as a web site and discussion for those who served with the 70th Engineers and attached units. Dan has written much about his experiences in Vietnam, and since the war, and many veterans have read his often-published internet mini-essay, "What is a Vietnam Veteran?". SEE FOOTNOTE
Barb Piatt: Barb was one of the first persons to create personal memorials on the Internet to those who died in the Vietnam War — for her fiancé Juan Sedillo and friend Ernie Madrid. Barb's personal and deep insight into the reasons people visit The Virtual Wall and leave memorials here has provided direction, purpose, and compassion. Barb and her husband Casey have been involved in Internet Veteran activities since the early days of the Internet.
Channing Prothro Channing Prothro: A native Texan, Channing went on active duty in the US Marine Corps on October 27, 1969. He served with a Combined Action Platoon (CAP) while in Viet Nam. Channing has one daughter, Amber, and two grandchildren, Aaron and Ashley. He lives in Denton, Texas where he owns his own computer consulting company. Channing is Webmaster of The Moving Wall™ web site. SEE FOOTNOTE
Julia Reagan: Julia Reagan is the sister of Marine Lt Allen Wesley Courtney Jr, KIA May 27, 1968. Over the last ten years, traveling extensively, Julia has collected thousands of photographs and biographies of the men and women killed in action developing a website called FACES ON THE WALL. This website is no longer operational, and these photographs are now on memorial pages on The Virtual Wall. Meeting many of the men who served in combat with her brother has been a healing experience for Julia and her family and she is always thrilled to hear from the men who served with her brother in Vietnam.
Jim Reece Jim Reece: Jim was born in Glendale, California, but raised in Wilmington, NC. He is a 40 year Veteran of the US Army and US Air Force Reserves, retiring in 2009 as a First Sergeant. He also worked at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Washington as an Information Technology Specialist for 39 years. He is married with 4 Daughters and 6 Grandsons. He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1969 and utilized the VA Bill in obtaining Degrees from Fort Steilacoom Community College, Pierce College and The Community College of the Air Force. He, along with his brother Tom Reece, and Rowan County Volunteer Rosa King, have researched the Vietnam KIA's/MIA's for North Carolina since 2005. Between the three of them, they have identified 1829 KIA/MIA North Carolina Vietnam Veterans and obtained all of their photos except for 184 Veterans which they are still searching for. Located photos have since been posted to the Virtual Wall. Jim also acts as a conduit from several different Volunteers in other States, such as California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Massachusetts in getting those states' photos posted to The Virtual Wall. He has posted thousands of photos of Veterans to date.
  Corky Condon Regenthal (Emerita): Former Director of the In Touch program of the Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and one of the incorporators of Sons and Daughters In Touch. Corky is the daughter of LCDR Robert E. Condon KIA 18Jan68. SEE FOOTNOTE
David Regenthal: Dave served in the Vietnam War with the 75th Rangers on Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols. He was webmaster for the Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is webmaster for The 75th Ranger Regiment Association and Company F, 75th Rangers
  Colleen Keenan Reynolds (Emerita): Colleen placed a memorial on The Virtual Wall to her brother CW2 John S. Keenan. A few months later she came back to her brother's memorial page through a search engine that put advertising above her brother's memorial. Mistakenly believing the commercials were caused by The Virtual Wall, she expressed disgust and despair to us. This demonstrated that she believed, as we do, that honoring those who died in service to their country should not be commercialized. She served us well as an advisor for several years.
Larry Russell: Larry served two tours in Vietnam as an Army helicopter pilot, with B/227th-1st Air Cavalry and the 1st Aviation Brigade. He arrived in Vietnam five days before the 1968 Tet offensive and quickly found himself flying combat assaults around Hue, Khe Sanh, and the A Shau valley. His logbook shows three more take offs than landings. Larry is the Webmaster of the Vietnam Helicopter Flight Crew Network, a life member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, and the South Carolina Helicopter Association. SEE FOOTNOTE
Jim Schueckler: Also known as "Polecat" (center) was an Army helicopter pilot with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam 1969-70. Jim and his wife Judy have two sons, a daughter and twelve grandchildren. Jim is the founder of The Virtual Wall® and served as president of www.VirtualWall.org, Ltd. from March, 1997 to July, 2003 and from July, 2013 to present. Jim and a friend invented and patented the combination digital camera and cell phone. Click here. Jim is a member of Sons and Daughters In Touch (Vet member), Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association, Vietnam Veterans of America, The American Legion, and Veterans of the Vietnam War. SEE FOOTNOTE
  Chris Shepard: Author of the first internet web site to provide visitors the ability to search the Vietnam casualty database: the Vietnam Casualty Search Page at www.no-quarter.org which is still free of commercialism.  He is also a former "Platoon Guide" for Bill McBride's Vietnam Veterans Home PageSEE FOOTNOTE
Nancy Smoyer: Nancy was a Red Cross "Donut Dolly" in Vietnam in '67-'68, stationed at An Khe, Danang and Cu Chi. She is a National Park Service volunteer at the Wall and a Vet Center counselor. Her essay "A Day in the Life of a Volunteer" has been used as a teaching guide for volunteers who work at the Wall and The Moving Wall. Other Vietnam writings by Nancy can be found at In Country Women. SEE FOOTNOTE
Karen Spears Zacharias Karen Spears Zacharias : is the daughter of Staff Sergeant David P. Spears, KIA, 1966. Karen was a 1998 nominee for Georgia Author of the Year for the book BENCHED: The Memoirs of Judge Rufe McCombs. She's won numerous journalism awards including from the Society of Professional Journalists. She’s a contributing columnist for Vietnam Veterans of America and Legacies magazines. She serves on the national board for the Orphans of War Foundation. Her columns have appeared in dozens of newspapers and periodicals. Karen is a member of the Tropic Lightning 25th Infantry Division Association, Pleiku Pals, and Sons & Daughters In Touch. She is a contributing columnist for the Amy Foundation and contributing writer for Power for Living magazine. She has recently completed a book about the aftermath of her father's death, titled Hero Mama. See Footnote

Footnote: listing of organizations a person is a member of is not intended to indicate endorsement of The Virtual Wall by those organizations
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