Maui, Hawaii resident Janna Hoehn has a mission – putting a face with every named etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. That seems like quite a task but one in which Hoehn has been quite successful during the course of the past eight years.

Hoehn is seeking photographs to be submitted to the “Wall of Faces” online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website and a future Education Center that will be built adjacent to the Vietnam Wall in Washington.

Maui, Hawaii resident Janna Hoehn has a mission – putting a face with every named etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. That seems like quite a task but one in which Hoehn has been quite successful during the course of the past eight years.

Hoehn is seeking photographs to be submitted to the “Wall of Faces” online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website and a future Education Center that will be built adjacent to the Vietnam Wall in Washington.

Hoehn says she is seeking an individual in the Helena-West Helena and Phillips County community to be her “boots on the ground” to find photos of locals who served during the Vietnam War.

“It may mean a trip to the library to search for obituaries or to a high school to look through old yearbooks,” she stated.

Hoehn's quest began in 2009 when she and her husband traveled to Washington D.C.

“I wanted to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall first because that was the war that was going on when I was in high school,” recalled Hoehn. “Even though I never knew anyone killed in Vietnam, I wanted a rubbing of one of the names.”

The name Hoehn selected was Gregory John Crossman, who was listed as Missing In Action. Upon her return to Hawaii, Hoehn began to research Crossman in an attempt to locate his family. Off and on for six months, she continued the search but without success. Eventually, she called on a cousin, the family historian, to help with the hunt.

Within six weeks, the cousin located a college photo of Crossman.

Two years passed and Hoehn saw a story on a local news cast about “Faces Never Forgotten” for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Its goal was to put a face with every name that appeared on that wall. She immediately sent in the photo of Gregory Crossman.

Five days later, Hoehn received an email from Jan Scruggs, the founder and president of the Vietnam Wall.

“He thanked me for sending the photo, it was the first for this hero and asked me to help him find the photos of the 42 Maui County 'fallen' that were killed in Vietnam,” stated Hoehn.

She considered it an honor and began the task.

Hoehn has found and collected 5,000 photos since 2011. Her story has appeared in more than 500 newspapers in Hawaii, California, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, Alaska, Utah, Montana, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Arizona, Kentucky and Arkansas.

“Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamics of the Wall,” said Hoehn. “It keeps our 'fallen heroes' memories alive and honors them. Their stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Hoehn has submitted a list of names of Vietnam veterans from Phillips County of whom she is seeking photos.

“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,” commented Hoehn. “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, over 53,000 photos have been collected for the project.

Hoehn further explained, “If a name is not included and your reader wishes to look up their loved one or friends name, go to the 'Wall of Faces' type the name in the search box. The profile will come up. It is possible your reader may have a better photo than the picture posted. I don't want anyone to feel bad that their loved one/friend is not listed or forgotten. We will never forget any of them.”

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 please go to www.vvmf.org/thewall.

Phillips County Arkansas Fallen

Name DOB-DOD Home of Record

BOBO, Edward L. 1945-1967 Elaine

CHARLTON, Jerry D. 1945-1967 Marvell

GETTER, James L. 1951-1971 West Helena

ROBINSON, Clarence 1944-1968 Helena

YOUNG Jr., Le R. 1945-1967 Wabash