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Press Release
March 20, 2008

National Archives and Footnote.com Hold Press Conference to Announce “The Wall”

Interactive online Vietnam War Memorial makes war records more widely available


WHAT:          A press conference to unveil a new interactive online Vietnam War Memorial,                       featuring the largest photo of "The Wall" on the Web.

WHO:           Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein
                     Russell Wilding, CEO, Footnote.com
                     James Hastings, Director of Access Programs, National Archives

WHEN:         10 A.M., Wednesday, March 26, 2008

WHERE:        Archivist’s Reception Room
                      National Archives
                      700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
                      Press should use Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.

Background

Footnote.com, in partnership with the National Archives, has extracted information from National Archives electronic records of each Vietnam casualty and linked it to each name on the Wall. The casualty records are from the Combat Area Casualties Current File from the records of the Secretary of Defense and from Records with Unit Information on Military Personnel Who Died during the Vietnam War, from records that were donated to the National Archives by Richard Coffelt, Richard Arnold, and David Argabright. In addition to the casualty records for these men and women, Footnote.com will be scanning National Archives photos and casualty reports from the Vietnam War.

Footnote.com has incorporated social tools into this project, enabling visitors to search the Wall for names of people they knew and pay tribute by adding photos, comments and stories of those who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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