The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., lists the names of 58,286 servicemen and servicewomen who died in the war. Now there’s an effort to put a face and story to each name on the wall, including more than 100 who hailed from the Inland Northwest.
The Faces Never Forgotten project is part of a planned museum to be called the Education Center at the Wall. Over 34,000 photos have been tracked down so far, and volunteers are working on finding the rest.
“Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the Wall; it keeps these soldiers alive and will honor them,” said Janna Hoehn, a volunteer for the project who lives in Hawaii.
Hoehn said organizers are still in need of photos for 44 casualties from Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Here are their names, hometowns and the years of their birth and death:
Spokane: Charles E. Anderson, 1941-1966; Larry E. Anderson, 1948-1968; Deloss W. Anderson Jr., 1931-1964; James E. Bowden, 1948-1968; Michael P. Boyle, 1949-1968; Prentice F. Brenton, 1926-1967; Richard T. Dutro, 1947-1968; James K. Emch, 1950-1970; Ralph H. Franck Jr., 1947-1968; Larry E. Graham, 1950-1969; Timothy J. Hall, 1948-1969; Ray E. Hombel, 1949-1969; Douglas A. Howard, 1951-1972; Roy M. Johnson, 1946-1968; Edwin L. Koenig, 1934-1966; John E. Laipple, 1949-1968; Patrick E. Lindstrom, 1948-1968; Charles B. Mason, 1947-1968; Timothy M. O’Leary, 1932-1966; Royal P. Oden, 1950-1969; Jerry L. Pierce Jr., 1947-1968; Don L. Rock, 1947-1969; Ronald J. Russell, 1946-1966; Kaley A. Sonner, 1946-1968; John P. Southwick, 1950-1969; Joel P. Staunton, 1943-1967; William A. Taylor, 1946-1967; Henry K. Weitz, 1949-1970; John A. Welsford Jr., 1949-1969; Kim W. Widmer, 1950-1970; James A. Wimmer, 1948-1970
Fairchild Air Force Base: Paul A. Benkert, 1945-1967
Geiger Heights: Michael E. McNeal, 1947-1967
Espanola: John A. Jensen, 1947-1967
Addy: Robert B. Crane, 1946-1967
Pullman: David M. Bradley, 1945-1967
Colfax: Gregory Scott, 1948-1969
Tekoa: Greg E. Weightman, 1947-1970
Coeur d’Alene: William D. Blenkinsop, 1951-1970; Franklin D. McNary, 1934-1967; Eugene E. Wolters, 1951-1970
Post Falls: Steven H. Nipp, 1948-1969
Smelterville: Richard L. Dennis, 1929-1967
Bonners Ferry: Michael H. Richards, 1950-1971