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Army Veteran On Mission To Get Photographs Of Fallen Soldiers

05/28/2013 - 10:00 AM

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - An Army veteran from St. Cloud is on a mission to get more than 500 photographs of Minnesota service members killed in Vietnam.

Robert Ahles was drafted into the Vietnam War after college. He tells the St. Cloud Times that more than 1,000 Minnesotans died during that war, and about half of them don't have their pictures posted on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website.

So, the 66-year-old is working his way through Minnesota's cities and towns to find relatives of the deceased. He started his volunteer effort in January, and has posted 43 photos to the website as of last week. An additional 25 pictures were posted by others.

Ahles says it's the least he can do for his fallen comrades, who should be recognized for their sacrifice.