Researcher Seeks Help Finding Last Photos for Vietnam Wall of Faces Memorial


For 11 years, Janna Hoehn has been on a private mission. A devoted volunteer researcher, the 30-year resident of Maui has devoted herself to preserving the reminiscence of all veterans inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall by finding their images for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Wall of Faces.

Now Janna is on the point of finishing her quest. Nevertheless, 18 males are nonetheless lacking photographs. She is interesting to the general public to assist her put faces to those names.

“It’s vital for everybody to become involved,” she instructed Vietnam journal. “I’m simply hoping somebody who is aware of these previous couple of younger males may also help us out right here.”

As years fly by, recollections fade, and surviving kin cross away, data steadily turns into misplaced in obscurity. But Janna has been preventing again the sands of time—and profitable. She has single-handedly uncovered and preserved numerous images of servicemen whose names, etched into the immensity of the Wall, may in any other case appear disconnected from the imprint of their life. Even when no one stays alive who personally remembers these males, Janna is set to persist. This mission has grow to be her obligation, and he or she holds that preserving every veteran’s reminiscence for posterity is in and of itself a conquer the non-public tragedies attributable to the battle.

“His life mattered. Even when a veteran’s household is gone, we nonetheless must honor him,” she instructed Vietnam journal. “The Vietnam veterans weren’t honored once they got here residence. They have been handled terribly, and the way they have been handled actually resonated with the households of those fallen. These households misplaced their beloved one. It was actually laborious for them. Even when speedy household is just not there, there must be some household that’s nonetheless left. Whether or not or not there may be any household in any respect, every man’s life was vital and we need to honor him.”

A Private Mission

Janna’s journey in direction of serving to Vietnam veterans started in highschool. “Each single day of my highschool years for 4 years was Vietnam,” she recalled. “In nearly each class, we have been speaking about what occurred that day in Vietnam. It affected me quite a bit.”

Two of her cousins served in Vietnam. One among them by no means recovered from what he had skilled within the battle, mentioned Janna. “My cousin hardly wished to speak about Vietnam in any respect. I wrote him each single week—not less than one letter per week the complete time he was in Vietnam. I used to be about 14 or 15 years previous. He all the time answered my letters. I did discover an enormous distinction in him when he got here residence. He was all the time a quiet shy particular person however appeared much more so when he got here again. The battle actually affected him significantly. He had actually dangerous PTSD. He didn’t speak about Vietnam till about two years earlier than he died from the consequences of Agent Orange. It was a really painful demise. It makes me so extremely unhappy.”

She vividly remembers the continual media protection of the battle. “There was quite a bit on TV,” she remembered. “Simply in regards to the time I used to be graduating, they began coming residence. The battle led to ’75. I graduated in ’73. I used to be seeing them coming residence on TV. It had a big impact on me.”

The mistreatment of veterans by antiwar protesters bothered her on the time, and continues to be supply of ache for her as we speak. “I used to be very conscious of all of the protesting. I don’t have any issues with individuals protesting a battle, however protesting the warrior is a complete totally different factor,” she mentioned. “These younger males went and did what they have been requested to do after which they have been handled terribly once they got here residence.”

As Janna’s analysis has deepened her ties with many Vietnam veterans, the shadows of discrimination forged over them by others is among the primary the explanation why she is so dedicated to honoring their service.

“These males are my pals. They’re like my brothers. For me to assume that anybody may have handled these males terribly and known as them names, it breaks my coronary heart,” she instructed Vietnam journal.

“I’ve usually mentioned, if I hadn’t been so younger when the Vietnam Struggle was ending, I’d have beloved to have been that one particular person on the airport that welcomed each single one in all them residence as a result of that’s all they wanted. They simply wanted somebody to point out that they cared.”

When she and her husband first traveled to Washington, D.C. 11 years in the past, the primary memorial that Janna wished to go to was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. “Though I by no means knew anybody killed in Vietnam, I wished a rubbing of one of many names. I approached the Wall and selected a reputation—Gregory John Crossman, an MIA.”

Afterwards she pursued analysis about Crossman and ultimately was capable of finding a photograph of him. Two years following her journey to D.C., she noticed a narrative on the native information in regards to the Wall of Faces challenge and instantly despatched in Crossman’s photograph. “5 days later I obtained an electronic mail from Jan Scruggs, the founding father of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He thanked me for sending the photograph. It was the primary for this hero and he requested me if I may assist him discover the photographs for the 42 Maui County fallen that have been killed in Vietnam. I replied that it could be an honor.”

Thus started the beginning of Janna’s analysis journey. She mentioned essentially the most rewarding factor about her analysis has been “assembly the Gold Star households and serving to them honor their beloved one. They’re simply so grateful that there’s somebody on the market who needs to recollect their beloved one. Many instances when I’ve known as, they get very quiet once I first say the identify of the fallen. One girl mentioned to me, ‘I’ve not heard my father’s identify in over 40 years.’ It actually helps convey some closure to those individuals in realizing that we need to honor their beloved one.”

SEEKING misplaced faces

Now, greater than a decade later, the ultimate purpose is inside attain. “We have to acquire a photograph of each single fallen hero whose identify is etched on the Wall—all 58,276 of them. Thus far we’ve solely 18 extra photographs to search out nationwide.”

With out assist from the general public, discovering the final lacking images of the fallen can be practically unattainable. The memorial continues to be lacking many faces from Puerto Rico along with New York, Michigan and Virginia.

“Together with your assist we may full this challenge,” mentioned Janna.

Janna welcomes help from members of the general public prepared to share their recollections or who’re merely prepared to place their analysis abilities to make use of.

“A variety of instances a lot of the household is gone. Most of the excessive faculties have closed that have been in session again within the ‘60s. Lots of them had yearbooks, however there have been a couple of that didn’t. There are every kind of various methods to do analysis—if we may get a yearbook photograph, or if someone has photographs of those males in fundamental coaching books,” instructed Janna.

“If anybody is a relative, good friend or classmate of any of the younger males on the checklist, I’d very a lot recognize listening to from you. Even should you don’t have a photograph however know which faculty any of those younger males attended, it could be so useful,” she mentioned.

“If anybody has {a photograph} of one in all these younger males or any data, please ship it.”

Janna Hoehn gathered the next data from army information and shared it with Vietnam journal. She welcomes members of the general public to submit any photographs or data to her at neverforgotten2014@gmail.com.

New York

  • Brown, Roger. Jun 13, 1949 – Apr 9, 1969. USA- Personal First Class 21st S&S Firm, 54th GS Group, Military Help Command Cam Ranh Bay, 1st Logistics Command. Black – Roman Catholic – Single. New York Metropolis (born in Brooklyn). The son of Mr & Mrs James S. Jones of 257 Reid Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233. He attended Franklin H. Lane Excessive Faculty in Brooklyn for 2 years ending in 1965 however doesn’t seem to have graduated. In response to the Bronx Faculty System he attended Herman Ridder Junior HS 1960-62, 1619 Boston Rd, Bronx NY 10460.
  • Calhoun, Steven Brian. Feb 12, 1947 – Might 18, 1969. USA- Sergeant HHT, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 4ID. Black – Protestant – Single. New York Metropolis – Was the son of Mr & Mrs Robert Calhoun, 566 Shepherd Avenue, Brooklyn.  He attended East NY Excessive Faculty in Brooklyn and graduated in 1965
  • Oyola, Hector David. Apr 13, 1949 – Aug 14, 1970. USA- Personal First Class Firm B, 3rd Bn, 1st Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. White – Roman Catholic – Single. New York, NY –  Whereas he claimed New York, NY as his residence, there isn’t a identified connection to New York Metropolis. His army file states that he attended Juncos Excessive Faculty in Juncos, Puerto Rico however not one of the three excessive faculties in Juncos go by that identify. His subsequent of kin have been Mr. & Mrs. Juan Oyola, Ulb Valencia #16, Juncos, PR. Whereas there isn’t a burial data identified about him, it’s thought that there could also be a road in Juncos named after him.

Virginia

  • Davis, Hugh Mozell. Jan 8, 1927 – June 1, 1968. USA- Workers Sergeant 137th Engineer Firm, 19th Engineer Bn, 35th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade. Black, Baptist and Married. Portsmouth — he attended George Peabody Excessive Faculty in Portsmouth, VA till 1943 however didn’t graduate and that he earned a GED whereas within the Military.

Puerto Rico

  • Bermudez-Pacheco, Enrique. Sep 9, 1947 – Aug 9, 1967. USA- Personal First Class Firm A, 2nd Bn, 2nd Infantry, 1ID. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Bayamon –  his mother and father have been Mr & Mrs Gerardo Bermudez, AI 20 Callo Humae, Valla Rica, Bayamon PR 00619. He attended Inter-American College in Bayamon, Puerto Rico incomes 12 Credit in 1966.
  • Castro-Morales, Ramon. Sep 10,  1947 – Dec 17, 1968. USA- Sergeant HHC, 23rd S&T Bn, Americal Division. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Santurce – his mom was Maria Morales, Edificio 139 Residence 2566, Llorens Torres, Santurce, PR and his father was Ramon Castro-Aristud, 950 Espioncela Road, Campo Rico Carolina, Rio Piedras, PR. His faculty was named one thing like Voc Miguel the place he graduated in 1967.
  • Diaz-Domenech, Juan A. Oct 30, 1948 – Sep 23, 1969. USA- Corporal, Firm B, 2nd Bn, 35th Infantry, 4ID. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Santurce – his mother and father have been Mr & Mrs Tomas Diaz, 829 Condadito Remaining Cantera, Santurce, PR 00915. He attended Tech & Comm Institute of Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico Excessive, accomplished 1967.
  • Gonzalez-Martinez, Angel L. Jan 23, 1947 – Jun 9, 1968. USA- Corporal Firm B, 1st Bn, 46th Infantry, 198th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Hormigueros  – his mother and father have been Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Gonzalez Vargas, Barrio Lavadero #1,  Hormigueros PR  00660. He attended Superior Vocational Excessive Faculty in Puerto Rico incomes his Diploma in 1966.
  • Lopez-Colon, Juan Antonio. Might 12, 1942 – Feb 17, 1966. USA- Personal First Class, Firm A, 2nd Bn, 5th Cavalry, 1CD. White- Unknown Faith – Single. Loiza – his father was Julio Lopez, P.O. Field 254, Yabucos, PR. He seems to have graduated from Lopez Excessive Faculty in 1963 (the guess being that this may be Escuala Carlos Escobar Lopez Excessive Faculty in Canovanas.)
  • Maldonado-Aguilar, Benjamin. Oct 27, 1947 – Feb 5, 1969. USA- Specialist 4, Firm C, 1st  Bn, 12th  Cavalry, 1CD. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Mayaguez – his mom was Isabel Aguilar, Carretera 348 Km 0 Hm 8, PO Santa Ana Department, Mayaguez, PR 00708. His father was Victor Maldonado. He graduated from Hostos Excessive Faculty in 1966.
  • Ortiz-Negron, Jose Juan. Oct 4, 1948 – Nov 24, 1968. USA-Personal D Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Rio Piedras – his father was Hipalito Ortiz-Rodriquez, 22 County Membership Highway, Rio Piedras, PR 00924  he attended and graduated from Aja Del Caribe Excessive Faculty in Rio Piedras in 1967.
  • Ortiz-Rivera, Juan. Jun 24, 1942 – Dec 28, 1967. USA- Personal First Class Firm D, 52nd Sign Bn, 2nd Sign Group, 1st Sign Brigade. White – Roman Catholic – Married. Bayamonhis mother and father have been Mr & Mrs Juan Ortiz Bergara, 78 Barbosa Road, Bayamon, PR  00619. He attended Agustin Stahl Excessive Faculty in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and graduated in 1962.
  • Pagan-Rodriguez, Enangelis. Mar 23, 1945 – Nov 26, 1966. USA- Personal First Class 66th Engineer Firm, 20th Engineer Brigade. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Guaynabo – buried on the Nationwide Cemetery in Bayamon, PR, he attended Miguel Such Vocational Faculty in Rio Pedras from 1962 to 1964.
  • Pena-Class, Raul. Jan 5, 1948 – Mar 13, 1968. USA- Specialist 4 HHC, 2nd Bn, 5th Cavalry, 1CD. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Rio Piedras — he attended 3 years on the Rio Piedras Excessive Faculty in Puerto Rico, ending in 1966.
  • Rodriguez-Cotto, Angel L. Jun 15, 1949 – Jul 30, 1969. USA- Personal First Class Firm D, 1st Bn, 2nd Infantry, 1ID. Black – Roman Catholic – Married. Rio Piedras – his mother and father have been Mr & Mrs Angel L. Rodriquez-Fortier, 548 Tarragona Road, Urbanizacion La Policia, Rio Piedras, PR  00923. He attended and graduated from Juan Ponce De Leon Excessive Faculty in Hato Rey in 1968.
  • Rodriguez-Rivera, Jaime. Aug 27, 1948 – Apr 27, 1970. USA- Personal First Class 213th Engineer Detachment, 159th Engineer Group, 20th Engineer Brigade. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Caparra Terrace – he attended Gabriela Mistral Excessive Faculty in San Juan and graduated in 1968.
  • Sosa-Hiraldo, Carmelo. Jan 27, 1947 – Aug 24, 1968. USA- Personal First Class Firm A, 4th  Bn, 47th Infantry, 9ID. White – Roman Catholic – Single. Carolina – his mom was Maria Hiraldo-Osorio, Field 1142, Barrio Trujillo Bajo, Carolina, PR  00630. He graduated in 1967 from Miguel Vocational Faculty in Puerto Rico.

Michigan

  • Zayas, Saul. Mar 24, 1949 – Feb 3, 1968. USMC- Personal First Class Firm M, 3rd  Bn, 5th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. White – Catholic – Single. Detroit. No FOIA but submitted. Connection to Coamo, PR.
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