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Photos of Inland Northwest Vietnam casualties sought for tribute

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.

Anyone with a photo of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on the memorial may submit it to More information is available at

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 County

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

Stevens County

Addy: Robert B. Crane, 1946-1967

Whitman County

Pullman: David M. Bradley, 1945-1967

Colfax: Gregory Scott, 1948-1969

Tekoa: Greg E. Weightman, 1947-1970

Kootenai County

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

Shoshone County

Smelterville: Richard L. Dennis, 1929-1967

Boundary County

Bonners Ferry: Michael H. Richards, 1950-1971


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