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Photos of slain soldiers sought for memorial
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January 20, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

(Concordia Sentinel) — A search for a photo of a Concordia man killed during action in Vietnam as well as for photos of soldiers in surrounding parishes is underway.

The photos will be submitted to the “Wall of Faces” 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.

Leading the search locally is Janna Hoehn, Volunteer Team Leader, Wall of Faces, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

According to Hoehn, six men from Concordia died in Vietnam, 14 from Franklin and two from Tensas.

Photos have yet to be submitted for some of these men, including:

Concordia Parish: Willie Walker, 1945-1966, Clayton.

Franklin Parish: Joshua Coleman, 1949-1970, Winnsboro; Clarence A. Corley, Jr., 1947-1969, Gilbert; Bruce Davis, 1945-1966, Gilbert; Ralph J. Greer, 1945-1969, Gilbert; Harry Mathis, Jr., 1945-1967, Extension; Charlie Singleton, Jr., 1948-1970, Winnsboro; Ledell Willis, 1944-1966, Winnsboro.

Tensas Parish: Donald M. Washington, 1947-1968, Waterproof.

“Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the Wall,” said Hoehn. “It keeps our Fallen Heroes memories alive and will honor them. Our heroes stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

“If anyone is related, a friend or a classmate to any of the young men on the list I would very much appreciate hearing from you,” said Hoehn. “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 49,000 photos.”

Hoehn is also looking a volunteer to serve as her “boots on the ground if we do not find all the photos. It may mean a trip to the library to search for obituaries or to a high school to look through yearbooks.”

Submit any photos or information to Janna Hoehn at neverforgotten2014@gmail.com.

For more information about the Education Center or to make a donation to help build the Center go to www.vvmf.org/thewall.




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