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The Three Soldiers on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was created to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The names of the 895 South Carolinians killed in the Vietnam War are engraved for history on the polished Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The wall has helped heal the nation’s wounds and honor Vietnam veterans.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation has also been working to add faces to these names by collecting photographs of all who died fighting in the Vietnam War. The “Faces Not Forgotten” project has worked to collect photos of more than 58,300 U.S. military service members who served our country and sacrificed their lives in Vietnam.

Since 2014, S.C. newspapers have helped collect all but four photos of the 895 South Carolinians killed in Vietnam.

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One Orangeburg County soldier is among the missing four photos: Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Hunter of Orangeburg, who was killed May 6, 1970. He is buried in North Orangeburg UMC Cemetery. It was reported that he was killed by a hostile exploding artillery round.

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His obituary from 1970 listed his survivors as widow, Mrs. Delores Blume Hunter; two daughters, Cynthia and Vivian; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Hunter; a brother, Luther Hunter Jr.; and two sisters, Katie L and Gloria Hunter.

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