Janna Hoehn is an amazing lady. For six years she has been collecting photographs for the Wall of Faces online memorial and the future Education Center that is to be built next to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. She has been featured on several previous episodes of this podcast. In this episode a story from the Herald Democrat of Sherman, Texas titled: Woman searches for Vietnam veterans’ photos updates her mission of finding pictures for all of the 58,307 names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Hoehn’s saga began six years ago when she visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall and was so impressed she made a rubbing of one of the names on the wall, — Gregory John Crossman — who was listed as MIA. She decided to give it to Crossman’s family. After a great deal of researching she located a photo of Crossman. She heard about the “Faces Never Forgotten” program for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and decided to present the photo to the program.
She was contacted by Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Wall project. He thanked Hoehn for the photo and asked if she could help him locate photos for 42 veterans from her county in Hawaii who were killed in Vietnam. She took on the task with great vigor and found pictures of all 42 veterans they were seeking for the collection. By this time she was hooked and decided to find the missing pictures for veterans from her home town of Hemet, California. She finished that mission and is now moving across the Western US looking for missing photos. In this episode she is looking for photos in Sherman, Texas.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War. Incorporated on April 27, 1979 by a group of veterans led by Jan C. Scruggs, the organization sought a tangible symbol of recognition from the American people for those who served in the war
The mission of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War
Hoehn asks anyone who is a family member, friend or classmate of any of these men to contact her and submit any photos or information to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is looking for information on the following fallen veterans from Sherman and Denison, Texas:
Leonard L. Bevels of Sherman, 1942-1967
Monte D. Dykes of Sherman, 1949-1969
Robert L. Polk of Sherman, 1949-1968
Danny L. Robinette of Denison, 1946-1970
James D. Stride Jr of Denison, 1933-1968
and Jerry L. Thomas of Sherman, 1944-1967
For information on the Vietnam veterans memorial and education center, go to www.vvmf.org/thewall.