My name is Janna Hoehn, I am a resident of Maui… 5 years ago my husband and I made our first trip to Washington DC. Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in High School the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Even though I never knew anyone killed in Vietnam, I wanted an etching. I approached the Wall and choose a name… Gregory John Crossman… an MIA. When I returned home I decided to research Gregory and try to find his family, in the event they were never able to go to the Wall, I would send them the etching, hoping they would share a photo with me of Gregory. Off and on for 6 months I researched every way possible and never found any family. I was quite disappointed however I had one more possibility… my cousin, our family historian… 6 weeks later she found a college photo of Gregory.

2 years later I saw a story on our local news about the “Call for Photos” for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The goal, to put a face with every name that is etched on the Wall. I immediately sent in the photo I had of Gregory Crossman. 5 days later I received an email from Jan Scruggs, the Founder and President of the Vietnam Wall. He thanked me for sending the photo, it was the first for this Soldier and asked me if I could help him find the photos for the 42 Maui County Soldiers that were killed in Vietnam. I told him it would be an honor. I have always hoped I could to do something for the Vietnam Veterans as the way they were treated when they returned. Here was my chance. What I thought would be a very easy project with Maui being so small… was anything but easy. I started by combing the phone books calling every like name of each soldier, I found about 10 of them this way, then off to archived yearbooks for every high school on Maui, I found a few more…then to the library to look for obituaries… found 3 more … then I went to the Maui News, they printed a beautiful front page article about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Education Center. I started receiving calls from all over the United States sending me photos.

I was unaware how many people read the Maui News online. The Maui News ran an article about every 6 weeks printing the list of names of photos I still needed. Every time they ran a story, I would receive another photo or two. After 6 months of searching I had a photo of every Solider from Maui County. Once I had all the photos I decided I did not want to keep this to myself. I needed to share it with Maui County. I had a display made with all 42 photos, I take it all over Maui giving presentations to High Schools, Libraries & Civic groups. It has been very well received.

Once I finished finding all the Maui County photos I moved on to my hometown in California and found the 6 Soldiers from my childhood home, Hemet and San Jacinto, California.

I have been very involved in trying to locate photos of the Native American Soldiers which brought me to start searching for ALL Soldiers in California, these are some of the counties that have done stories or have agreed to do a story. Riverside/San Bernardino Counties,Sacramento County, Imperial County, Kern County, Lassen County, Placer County, Sonoma County, Fresno County, Nevada County, Napa County, El Dorado County, Butte County, Amador County, Colusa County, Inyo County, Modoc County, Marin County, Mendocino County, San Luis Obispo, San Benito County,Sierra County, Tuolumne County, Trinity County, Tehama County, Plumas County, Siskiyou County, Humboldt County,Shasta County, San Joaquin County Alameda County, Santa Barbara County, Yolo County,Contra Costa, Monterey County, Stanislaus County,Orange County ,Santa Clara County,Ventura County, Solano County, San Diego County next on my list is Santa Cruz County. The response has been amazing, I have collected over 150 photos since May. With your help it will be more.

All of these photos will be submitted to the “Wall of Faces” online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as well as in the future Education Center adjacent the the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC. Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the Wall, it keeps these soldiers alive and will honor them, our heroes stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

My plea is this:

If anyone is related, a friend or a classmate to any of the Santa Cruz County Boys I would very much appreciate hearing from you. Even if you don’t have a photo but know which school any of these young men attended, it would be so helpful. We need to obtain a photo of every single Soldier whose names are etched on The Wall, all 58,286 of them. To date we have over 32,000 photos.

Iam also looking for an individual that would like to volunteer to do some footwork if we do not find all the photos.

Mahalo Janna Hoehn

San Diego County Fallen Vietnam War
Name DOB-DOD Town or City
Thomas S. Alfred 1949-1968 Oceanside
Kennith Alston 1941-1966 San Diego
Kenneth T. Anderson 1947-1969 San Diego
John H. Armstrong 1945-1967 San Diego
Reynaldo L. Barrangan Jr 1948-1969 San Diego
Steven D. Bartman 1949-1969 San Diego
James N. Bauer 1945-1967 San Diego
Rafael E. Beeche 1943-1966 San Diego
Stanley W. Behm 1947-1968 Escondido
Ralph T. Berry 1930-1968 Escondido
Wilson E. Bibler Jr. 1946-1967 Chula Vista
Thomas A. Blaney 1946-1966 San Diego
O D Brunner 1947-1968 San Diego
Everette B. Caldwell 1945-1970 San Diego
Robert D. Calhoun 1950-1969 Lemon Grove
George A. Capuano 1941-1970 San Diego
Carlos G. Carbajal 1948-1968 Chula Vista
Harold T. Cooke 1938-1966 San Diego
Peter M. Coons 1947-1967 San Diego
James P. Crook 1943-1968 La Mesa
James A. Crosby 1948-1968 San Diego
Harry G. Diehl 1940-1969 Oceanside
Thomas F. Durbin 1945-1967 Escondido
John L. Edwards 1944-1967 San Diego
Roy L. Estrada 1947-1968 Lakeside
Garfield Evans 1946-1968 San Diego
Dennis L. Everts 1946-1968 San Diego
Lon B. Ewing 1948-1968 Chula Vista
David W. Felkner 1950-1970 Vista
Daniel Flores 1947-1970 San Diego
George A. Floyd 1951-1971 San Diego
Raymond Garcia Jr. 1946-1967 San Diego
Guadalupe B. Garibay 1946-1967 San Diego
Richard E. George 1947-1965 San Diego
Lee O. Glancy III 1949-1968 San Diego
Kenneth J. Hammond 1947-1965 San Diego
Kayle D. Henderson 1948-1969 Vista
Combly H. Henrickson 1934-1968 San Diego
Robert G. Henry 1947-1968 San Diego
Arthur S. Hill Jr. 1937-1965 Rancho Santa Fe
Thomas M. Holcombe 1948-1968 San Diego
Robert H. Ingram 1944-1968 Chula Vista
Donald G. Jackson 1948-1968 Lakeside
Franklin A. Johnson 1935-1969 El Cajon
James E. Johnson 1947-1968 San Diego
Kenneth M. Johnson 1948-1967 San Diego
David R. Jones 1949-1968 Spring Valley
Julio Kaneko 1935-1967 Lemon Grove
Jeffrey G. Kazikowski 1946-1967 San Diego
Harry Kim 1948-1968 San Diego
Cleatus P. Kimble 1942-1969 Chula Vista
Norton Z. King 1949-1968 San Diego
James E. Kinnard 1948-1969 Vista
Dennis W. Kipp 1950-1969 Fallbrook
Ronald L. Klausing 1948-1967 San Diego
Harvey E. Kline II 1946-1968 San Diego
Manfred W. Krause 1938-1968 San Diego
John N. La Chica 1934-1969 Chula Vista
Ronald G. Lauderdale 1951-1969 Spring Valley
James A. Lee 1950-1969 San Diego
James C. Lewis 1933-1968 San Diego
Victor Lopez 1947-1969 Solana Beach
Frank L Luc 1914-1967 San Diego
Gerald C. Lyman 1944-1966 San Diego
Christopher J. Maguire III 1939-1967 San Diego
John E. Malone 1944-1968 San Deigo
Kenneth W. Martin 1946-1967 Escondido
Clyde R. McAfee 1942-1968 San Diego
Alfred F. McCants 1931-1968 Fallbrook
Terry A. McCarthy 1949-1969 San Diego
David M. McCord 1949-1968 San Diego
Douglas N. McKenzie II 1946-1968 Oceanside
Daniel M. Medina 1948-1968 San Diego
Dale A. Miles 1949-1968 San Diego
Viane S. Misa 1945-1968 Oceanside
Charles L. Myers 1947-1967 Chula Vista
Kenneth C. Nokes 1946-1970 Vista
Donald R. Okamoto 1947-1967 National City
Fred H. Osburn Jr. 1947-1968 San Diego
Don M. Perdue 1943-1967 Oceanside
Arthur C. Perez 1930-1967 San Diego
William O. Poffenbarger 1949-1968 San Diego
Anastacio D. Quilalang Jr. 1947-1968 Chula Vista
Jeffery J. Quintanilla 1950-1971 San Diego
Kirk L. Rauch 1949-1970 Vista
John W. Reese Jr. 1944-1970 San Diego
John E. Robertson 1949-1971 San Diego
Thomas J. Simeth Sr. 1939-1969 San Diego
Richard E. Sipes 1946-1966 Chula Vista
Terril W. Snelson 1950-1969 Lakeside
John L. Sones 1949-1971 San Diego
Fa’Asaviliga V. Tafao 1945-1967 San Diego
Herman L. Taylor 1943-1968 San Diego
Richard M. Thompson 1949-1969 Fallbrook
Clarence Tolentino 1932-1968 San Luis Rey
Stanley E. Truesdale 1934-1963 San Diego
Lee Tryon Jr. 1947-1969 San Diego
Clyde J. Valstad 1948-1968 San Diego
Dieter R. Vater 1947-1968 La Mesa
Nicholas W. Vrooman 1949-1970 Spring Valley
John L. Wadsworth 1943-1970 San Diego
George W. Ward 1930-1970 San Diego
Martin L. Watkins 1947-1966 San Diego
James O. Watson 1926-1970 Bonsall
Nicolas Wheeler 1952-1970 San Diego
Jere L. Whitaker 1950-1968 Chula Vista
Thomas E. Young 1950-1969 San Diego
Michael P. Zacharzuk 1950-1970 San Diego



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