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Photos of fallen Vietnam veterans sought for memorial

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Janna Hoehn at home in Kihei on Maui. Hoehn is going through images of fallen Vietnam War soldiers sent to her by families all over the country. ~ Photo by Sue Hudelson

A Hawaii woman is on a mission to secure photos of service members killed in Vietnam and is looking for help in Fayetteville-Lincoln County for pictures for the “Wall of Faces” online memorial.

Fayetteville-Lincoln County lost five young men who died in Vietnam. At present, there are photos in the online memorial of three of those — Robert D. Armstrong, Stanley Sullivan and Robert D. Williams. There are no photos on the site for the remaining two, Joe H. Moorehead of Kelso and Jackie L. Woodard of Prospect.

“If anyone is related, a friend or a classmate to any of the young men on the list, I would very much appreciate hearing from you,” Janna Hoehn of Maui, Hawaii, said, addressing The Times’ readers. “Even if you don’t have a photo but know which school any of these young men attended, it would be so helpful. We need to obtain a photo of every single fallen hero whose names are etched on The Wall, all 58,315 of them. To date, we have collected over 53,000 photos.

“I am also looking for an individual that would like to volunteer to be my ‘boots on the ground’ in your community if we do not find all the photos,” she added. “It may mean a trip to the library to search for obituaries or to a high school to look through yearbooks.”

Photos received will be submitted to the “Wall of Faces” online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website, as well as in the future Education Center that will be adjacent to the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C., Hoehn said.

Hoehn, who has resided in Hawaii for 28 years, started her mission to help secure photos after visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall eight years ago. She began trying to find photos of veterans from Maui and then eventually from her hometown of Hemet, Calif. Soon, she was asked to help in a nationwide search.

“The response has been amazing,” she said. “I have collected over 6,000 photos since 2011 … I am taking one state at a time, moving west to east. I have helped complete the states of Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas and Hawaii and am very close on several others.

“Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the Wall,” Hoehn added. “It keeps our fallen heroes’ memories alive and will honor them. Our heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Please submit any photos or information to Janna Hoehn at neverforgotten2014@gmail.com. For more information about the Education Center or to make a donation to help build the Center go to www.vvmf.org/thewall.