MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Morris County is inviting the public to assist in documenting the history of its Vietnam veterans by helping to build an on-line collection of names, service narratives, historical information and photographs being compiled by the Office of Planning and Preservation.
“In Morris County’s continuing efforts to capture the history regarding the military service rendered by her citizens, the next list of veterans will be posted in honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29, 2022,” said Jan Williams, a cultural and historic resources specialist with the county.
Her office has reached out to the public in the past to build webpages memorializing Morris County residents who served in our nation’s armed forces. An accounting of Civil War men of color affiliated with Morris County was initially launched in 2018 and the office continues to update its list of more than 3,000 residents who were part of The Greatest Generation – Morris County in WWII.
A page dedicated to veterans of the Spanish-American War and Philippine War was launched a week ago. The Office of Planning and Preservation has created on-line collections of other historical aspects of Morris County residents, including railroad workers, canal workers and the county’s history of changing street names.
The project lists may be found on the Office of Planning & Preservation projects website.
For the Vietnam page, a Vietnam veteran who was born in Morris County or has been a resident of the county for ten years is welcome to be recognized by submitting his or her information.
“For the families of Vietnam vets who have passed on, you may submit their information. If a veteran has retired out of state, they qualify for listing, too,” said Williams. “If you are a Morris County veteran who would like a buddy remembered, you may include the buddy’s name and it will be listed with yours,” Williams said.
The type of information needed for the project includes the names of the Vietnam veterans, their Morris County municipality, their service branch, battles or incidents participated in, and awards or citations issued. Of course, photographs are always appreciated.
Information can be forwarded to Jan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.