A woman from Hawaii is reaching out to the people of Logan County in the hope that someone here may be able to help her with a project designed to help remember the soldiers who were killed during the Vietnam conflict.
Janna Hoehn is working with the “Faces Never Forgotten” for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. It’s goal is to put a face to every name for the soldiers who were killed in Vietnam and whose names appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
When the project started, 58,315 photos were needed, but they are now down to needing only 6,500 photos.
Kentucky had 1,060 young men who died in Vietnam with 10 of those being from Logan County.
Of those 10 men, eight have already had their pictures added to the “Faces Never Forgotten” project. But two are still missing and Hoehn is hopeful that someone here may have a photo of them.
The two soldiers are Lavaughn Elliott and Albert R. Sanford. Both are listed as being from Russellville and were reported dead in 1968. Lavaughn Elliott was born in 1946 and Albert R. Sanford was born in 1947.
“My plea is this,” Hoehn said. “If anyone is related, a friend or a classmate to any of the two young men on the list 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 Fallen Hero whose names are etched on The Wall, all 58,315 of them. To date we have collected over 51,000 photos.”
Hoehn said she would also like to hear from someone here in Logan County that would be willing to help find a photo of Lavaughn Elliott and Albert R. Sanford.
“I am also looking for an individual that would like to volunteer to be my “boots on the ground” in your community if we do not find all the photos,” she said. “It may mean a trip to the library to search for obituaries or to a high school to look through yearbooks.”
All of these photos will be submitted to the “Wall of Faces” online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website, as well as in the future Education Center that will be adjacent to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC.
“Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the Wall, it keeps our Fallen Heroes memories alive and will honor them, our heroes stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Hoehn said.
The photos that have been found and recorded can be viewed on the website hwww.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces. If you would like to look at the photo and entry of anyone who was killed in Vietnam, go to the Wall of Faces website and type the name into the search box.
Hoehn said that it’s possible a loved one may have a better photo than the one currently on the Wall of Faces, and if so, you are welcome to reach out with that better photograph.
“I do not wish for anyone to feel badly that their loved one or friend is not listed or forgotten,” Hoehn said. “We will never forget any of them.”
To contact Hoehn, you can send an email to [email protected]