June 13, 2015 - 11:09 am
She’s close to reaching a goal in the “Faces Never Forgotten” project but could use some help.
Janna Hoehn only needs eight more photos of Nevada’s fallen Vietnam War servicemen to add the Silver State to her list of states completed for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund project.
The goal of the nonprofit effort is to display photos of all 58,300 of the nation’s Vietnam War dead whose names are etched in the black-granite Vietnam Veterans Memorial at an education center being built next to the wall in Washington, D.C.
Hoehn, a volunteer from Kihei, Hawaii, was missing 19 of Nevada 149 fallen until the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a story about the project in May and readers responded to her plea.
If she locates the remaining eight, Nevada will be the fifth state completed, joining Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and New Mexico.
“I would so love to complete Nevada!” she wrote in an email Thursday.
Anyone with information about finding the last eight photos can contact Hoehn by email: email@example.com.
Hoehn has said her motivation for the project stems from a visit she made to the wall on the National Mall.
“I didn’t know anybody personally who was killed in Vietnam, but that wall affected me,” she said. “Vietnam changed America.”
While in high school during the Vietnam era, she was upset by how returning veterans were shunned.
“I’m trying to correct a wrong,” she said. “It breaks my heart to think of America turning its back on Vietnam vets and how that affected them. It’s still so painful for them.”
Contact Keith Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0308. Find him on Twitter: @KeithRogers2.
The last eight photographs of Nevada’s fallen servicemen sought by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s “Faces Never Forgotten” project are:
Cpl. Robert J. Green, Marines, Las Vegas, May 8, 1967, South Vietnam
Lance Cpl. Michael D. Bylinowski, Marines, Zephyr Cove, Dec. 6, 1967, South Vietnam
Staff Sgt. Larry Parker, Army, Winnemucca, March 21, 1970, South Vietnam
Cpl. Walter D. Hogan, Army, Mason, Nov. 17, 1967, South Vietnam
Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick G. Cartwright, Navy, Reno, Jan. 31, 1971, North Vietnam
Spc. Robert L. Morgan, Army, Reno, April 18, 1969, South Vietnam
Cpl. Maxie R. Rice, Marines, Reno, Feb. 1, 1968, South Vietnam
Pfc. Richard H. Walker, Marines, Sparks, April 26, 1969, South Vietnam