Finding The Fallen 

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December 6th, 2016


By: Caroline Newman

On Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes tore through the silence of a clear Hawaii morning, raining bombs and bullets down on Pearl Harbor’s unsuspecting servicemen and bringing the United States into World War II.

Seventy-five years later, activists nationwide, including University of Virginia students and faculty members, are still working to research and memorialize the soldiers killed that day.

Dr. Gregory Saathoff, an associate professor of research in public health science and emergency medicine, directs UVA’s Critical Incident Analysis Group, which studies responses to major attacks like Pearl Harbor, or more recently, the Sept. 11 attacks.

Saathoff is also a board member of the local nonprofit ParadeRest, which works with UVA students, faculty and community members to seek out and honor local veterans of recent wars back to World War II. He leads a team of several UVA students recording veterans’ oral histories and gathering photographs and information about nearly 800 local veterans for ParadeRest’s “Finding the Fallen” project.

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From March 26th, 2016

ParadeRest seeking photos of Charlottesville-area fallen for tribute, video

By David A. Maurer

The name Champ Jackson Lawson Jr. means little to those who didn’t know him.

For decades after he was killed in Vietnam, his parents kept his bedroom exactly how it had been when he left to serve his country. In the last letter the young Earlysville man wrote home, he mentioned how the mountains of Vietnam reminded him of Virginia. In closing, he wrote, “If I had it all over to do again, I would do the same thing.”

Lawson, an only son, was killed in a helicopter crash on Nov. 4, 1965, becoming the first casualty of the Vietnam War from Albemarle County. Now, through an ongoing project being conducted by the local nonprofit ParadeRest, Lawson and many other fallen veterans from the area will be memorialized in a special way...

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March 30th, 2016

U.Va. community contributes to documentary honoring local veterans

By Savannah Borders

University students and personnel are assisting ParadeRest — an organization that connects military members and their families with the local community — in a project to memorialize University and Charlottesville residents who have died in warfare. 

The project, called “Finding the Fallen, 1941-2016: A Photographic Memorial Tribute to Local and University of Virginia Military Personnel Who Died While Serving in Times of War,” consists of a video highlighting the lives of Charlottesville and Albemarle County community members who died in service and a living document chronicling fallen University students and ROTC members...

Read The Full Article Here At The Cavalier Daily