Faces Never Forgotten | The Wall of Faces
Vegas PBS launches campaign to find Vietnam veterans’ photos for memorial.
More than 58,300 photos set to be displayed in education center in Washington D.C.
Vegas PBS is launching a campaign to find photos of five fallen Vietnam veterans to complete Nevada’s participation in the national Faces Never Forgotten project before Veterans Day on November 11.
The servicemen are:
Joseph J. Gomez of Las Vegas
Robert. J Green of Las Vegas
Patrick G. Cartwright of Reno
Maxie R. Rice of Reno
Richard H. Walker of Sparks
Organized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the project aims to display a photo for each of the 58,307 servicemen still missing or killed in action during the Vietnam War. The photos are set to be housed in a new education center that will be constructed near the Vietnam Veteran Memorial wall in Washington D.C.
The Nevada grassroots effort is driven by Hawaiian volunteer Janna Hoehn, who successfully located photos of the 42 Hawaiian fallen veterans through obituaries, school yearbooks, family members and genealogical websites in 2011. Expanding her search to include many west coast states, Hoehn has collected roughly 15,000 photos for the project.
“Showing a face changes the whole dynamic of the memorial. It makes these people real,” she said. “They were someone’s son, father, husband, friend. They were someone, and they deserve to be remembered.”
To submit photos of the Nevadan servicemen or any Vietnam veterans, email Janna Hoehn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos can also be submitted on the VVMF website or mailed with a submission form (found at vvmf.org/how-to-submit) to:
Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund
ATTN: Call for photos
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW Suite 104
Washington, D.C. 20037