Photos of local men sought for virtual Vietnam Veteran wall
|Army Private First Class Theodore Arthur Stampfli, of Susanville, was born in 1947 and died in 1968 in South Vietnam. He was a 1965 graduate of Lassen Union High and is buried in Lassen Cemetery in Susanville. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, vvmf.org|
Sept. 25, 2013 — More than 58,000 men and women either lost their lives in the Vietnam War or remain missing. In November 1982, the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. was dedicated to honor the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of all who answered the call to serve during the longest war in U.S. history.
Currently the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is in the process of building an educational center adjacent to the memorial, which will house memorabilia, photos and information about soldiers and the war. Additionally, the Memorial Fund is hosting a virtual Wall of Faces memorial on its website at vvmf.org.
Maui resident Janna Hoehn was only 18 years old when soldiers, including her two cousins, from the Vietnam War began coming home and what she saw on TV haunted her, she said.
“I felt so bad for them,” Hoehn said, “because they were treated so badly when they came home.”
A visit to the wall changed Hoehn’s life. With a name etching in hand, she said she decided to search the Internet for a picture of the soldier whose name she traced — Gregory John Crossman (missing in action). In the process she learned many of the veterans on the Memorial Wall have no pictures attributed to them.
“I got very obsessed with this,” said Hoehn, who called every name in the phone book and searched high school yearbook after high school yearbook, and finally found what she was looking for.
Hoehn now volunteers her time to hunt down pictures for the Memorial Fund, one county at a time, and helps conduct fundraisers for the Educational Center. So far Hoehn’s recovered more than 100 pictures of Vietnam Veterans and she doesn’t plan on stopping until they are all found.
“What I get out of this is priceless,” said Hoehn.
The men she is currently looking for pictures of are: (all dates are approximate)
Earl E. Ford, of Susanville, born 1950, died 1970, graduated high school 1968
Fred French, of Susanville, born 1949, died 1970, graduated high school 1967 Jerry D. Jones, of Susanville, born 1948, died 1967, graduated high school 1966
Leonard D. Rose, of Herlong, born 1948, died 1969, graduated high school 1966. (Native American Indian)
If you have any information regarding these men, email email@example.com. To learn more about the effort to collect photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit buildthecenter.org.
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