ALAMEDA -- Their names are among the 58,286 carved into the black stone of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., but they remain just that: only names.

Now volunteers with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the nonprofit group Congress formed in 1980 to build and maintain the monument, are working to put a face with each name by collecting a photograph of all those listed on the wall and posting them online.

The task is daunting: in Alameda County alone, they are searching for photos of 140 men. Photos are needed for an additional 75 men from Contra Costa County.

Among those whose image is lost to time is Thomas Duggan, of Berkeley. He was 18 and a U.S. Marine Corps rifleman when gunfire cut him down in Quang Nam province on Jan 28, 1969.

Marine Corp Vietnam veteran Arnold Dos Santos, of Alameda, is photographed by a plaque honoring deceased soldiers at Veteran’s Memorial Park in
Marine Corp Vietnam veteran Arnold Dos Santos, of Alameda, is photographed by a plaque honoring deceased soldiers at Veteran's Memorial Park in Alameda, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Dos Santos is helping in an effort to track down photos of some of the Alameda and Contra Costa County soldiers who were killed in Vietnam. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

There is also Kenneth Stoker, a Marine from Alameda, killed in action on July 19, 1967. He was a 20-year-old private. Others include Oakland native Stephen Cuthbert, a U.S. Air Force pilot who died when his aircraft crashed during a mission over North Vietnam on July 3, 1972. He was 35.

"We are trying to honor each and every one of them," said Janna Hoehn, a volunteer with the memorial fund who has been spearheading the drive to secure photos of those from California. "They made the ultimate sacrifice. This will help keep their memory alive."

Along with appearing on the "Wall of Faces" website, the photos will eventually become part of a future education center planned near the national memorial. So far, the organization has collected more than 32,000 photos.


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"Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall," said Hoehn, a 58-year-old florist who grew up in San Jacinto in Southern California and now lives in Maui, Hawaii.

What can make locating photos difficult, Hoehn said, is that the snapshots are often stored away in closets or attics, or kept by someone who may not live in the fallen soldier's hometown. Many soldiers were also young and served before computers made capturing and preserving photos easy.

ìPutting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall,î says Janna Hoehn, a 58-year-old florist who grew up in San Jacinto in Southern
ìPutting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall,î says Janna Hoehn, a 58-year-old florist who grew up in San Jacinto in Southern California and now lives in Maui, Hawaii. Hoehn is spearheading the effort in California of locating photos of the Americans killed in the Vietnam War.

Hoehn began collecting photos five years ago, when she visited the memorial and etched "Gregory John Crossman," a name she chose at random from among the thousands listed.

She then decided to try to track down Crossman's family to send them the etching in the event that they had never visited the wall. She also hoped to find out what Crossman looked like.

"The war was ending when I was growing up," Hoehn said. "I always felt so bad about the way these guys came home and how they were treated. I just felt bad for them."

It took six months and help from her family's historian before Hoehn located a college photo of the 26-year-old Crossman.

A U.S. Air Force major from Michigan, his fighter plane was shot down northwest of Quang Binh province on April 25, 1968. His remains were never found.

After Hoehn sent Crossman's photo to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Jan Scruggs, the fund's president, asked Hoehn to help locate photos of 42 soldiers from Maui who were killed during the war.

"I jumped off my chair," she said. "It was just an honor to be asked."

It took Hoehn six months to find a photo of each man. More than 1,000 people have helped search for or submitted photos to the website. Some have contributed just one or two snapshots. Others have tracked down photos for dozens of service members.

Volunteers trawl through high school yearbooks and obituaries in old newspapers, searching for images. They also pore over phone listings in the soldiers' hometowns, hoping to match a last name with someone who was killed.

Even when photos exist for a fallen soldier, it can be difficult to remember just what they looked like, said Arnold Dos Santos, an Alameda resident who served just over 12 months in Vietnam as a Marine Corps rifleman.

"The farther you get away from it and the more that time goes by, the harder it can be to remember the faces," said Dos Santos, who works with Oakland's Chapter 400 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. "That's why collecting these photos is so important."

Among those who Dos Santos remembers and who fell in action was Robert DeCelle, an Army helicopter pilot who died after he was shot down near the Cambodian border on Feb. 15, 1971. Dos Santos attended Alameda's Encinal High School with DeCelle, who was 25 when he was killed.

"His sister and I grew up together," said Dos Santos, now 66. "He was a star athlete. I always looked up to him."

Hoehn hopes people will recognize a soldier's name and provide a photo. She also urges anyone with information on where a photo could be found to get in touch.

"It's real detective work," she said. "Sometimes a person will have a little bit of information. But that can become a steppingstone that leads to a photo. And when that happens we have a name with a face."

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HOW TO HELP
Anyone who wishes to help the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund can e-mail Janna Hoehn at neverforgotten2014@gmail.com
The website for the fund is: www.vvmf.org/thewall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is searching for photos of these service members from Alameda County:

Juan D. Aguiar, 1947-1968 Oakland
Richard C. Amato, 1942-1966 Hayward
Samuel A. Amey, 1952-1971 Oakland
Terrance W. Anderson, 1948-1970 Fremont
Paul T. Arambula, 1947-1968 Oakland
Barry J. Baker, 1947-1967 Oakland
John L. Beek, 1941-1970 Oakland
Ray W. Berg Jr., 1947-1968 San Lorenzo
Lee R. Birden, 1948-1968 Oakland
William Blakely, 1948-1968 Castro Valley
Thomas G. Brady, 1947-1967 Fremont
Richard T. Brown, 1945-1967 Hayward
Clemmie Brown Jr., 1949-1970 Dublin
Joseph M. Cagnacci, 1946-1967 Pleasanton
James M. Cardwell 1950-1971 Castro Valley
Charles Carpenter, 1938-1967 Oakland
Martin Carranza, 1946-1967 Oakland
Jesse R. Castro, 1946-1967 Fremont
Don W. Chabot, 1929-1966 Oakland
Edward O. Claeys, 1947-1967 Fremont
Donald E. Clark, 1947-1968 Fremont
Joseph Cloud Jr., 1945-1967 Pleasanton
David B. Conn, 1947-1966 Oakland
Larry H. Cooke, 1947-1969 Castro Valley
Freddie J. Cox Jr., 1947-1968 Oakland
Stephen H. Cuthbert, 1943-1972 Oakland
Joseph D. Daughton Jr. 1947-1968 San Leandro
Jeffrey L. Davis, 1951-1970 Pleasanton
Abel J. Dela Paz, 1948-1969 Pleasanton
David L. Dodson, 1947-1966 Oakland
Thomas P. Duggan, 1950-1969 Berkeley
Arthur D. Edgerton Jr., 1947-1968 Hayward
Andrew J. Elliott, 1941-1970 Oakland
Robert L. Engberson 1945-1966 San Leandro
Daniel Escobedo, 1948-1968 Fremont
Donald R. Evans, 1945-1968 Fremont
Anthony J. Fanfa, 1949-1969 Oakland
Dennis W. Frisbee, 1948-1968 Oakland
Joe A. Galvez, 1947-1968 Oakland
Donald L. Gasser, 1941-1967 Berkeley
Walter L. Gibson, 1947-1967 Oakland
Jerry E. Grady, 1947-1968 Alameda
Harold L. Graves, 1916-1966 Oakland
Harlan L. Hahn, 1947-1969 Livermore
Fred C. Henricks, 1950-1970 Hayward
Patrick B. Hoppe, 1947-1967 San Lorenzo
Albert H. Horton, 1946-1967 Oakland
Thomas G. Hughes, 1947-1968 Oakland
Richard L. Jannicelli 1947-1966 Castro Valley
Claude R. James, 1947-1967 Oakland
Thad B. Jessiman, 1946-1968 Castro Valley
Bobby C. Johnson, 1949-1969 Oakland
Harold B. Johnson, 1948-1969 Oakland
Leonard R. Johnson, 1946-1967 Oakland
Ray E. Johnson, 1947-1966 Oakland
Thomas W. Keene, 1952-1971 Oakland
Larry L. Kelly, 1947-1968 Hayward
John C. King, 1949-1970 Livermore
Zoltan A. Kovacs, 1936-1965 Berkeley
Patrick S. Laird, 1947-1968 Castro Valley
Leo C. Lawson, 1945-1966 San Leandro
Dickie L. Leach, 1945-1968 Alameda
Guerrero K. Leon, 1947-1968 Hayward
Allen W. Lewis, 1950-1968 Fremont
Fred R. Lider, 1944-1966 Oakland
Reginald W. Lindsey, 1947-1970 Oakland
Lauriano L. Lovato, 1946-1965 Oakland
Paul F. Luce, 1935-1968 Alameda
Robert Luna, 1946-1968 Alameda
Gary M. Mabrey, 1947-1968 Berkeley
Edilberto D. Macagba, 1946-1968 Albany
Gary A. Machado, 1945-1966 Oakland
Thomas P. Mahoney III, 1947-1968 Oakland
Michael P. Makuck, 1947-1968 Union City
Felix Malone, 1922-1971 Oakland
Gary L. Matson, 1946-1968 Alameda
James May Jr., 1947-1968 Oakland
Gerald F. Mayo, 1935-1967 Oakland
Don J. McAtee, 1948-1969 Castro Valley
Theodore V. McInnis, 1949-1968 Oakland
William R. McJimsey, 1947-1968 Oakland
James A. McKenzie, 1948-1967 Hayward
Patrick W. McNearney, 1949-1968 Oakland
Dennis J Mederios, 1946-1968 San Lorenzo
Richard L. Metcalf, 1948-1970 Castro Valley
Glenn E. Miller, 1944-1968 Oakland
Robert C. Miller, 1929-1968 Hayward
Martin W. Moreno, 1940-1967 Newark
Bill A. Moschetti, 1949-1969 Oakland
Manuel C Najera Jr., 1950-197 Oakland
Chester K. Nusse, 1947-1967 Fremont
Steve O. Nussbaumer, 1947-1968 Hayward
Paul H. Oliver, 1948-1968 Alameda
Ricardo J. Ortegon, 1950-1969 Fremont
Gevin P. Pastores, 1948-1969 Oakland
Venus D. Payton Jr., 1943-1968 Oakland
Edward T. Peters Jr. 1950-1969 Castro Valley
Gaylord D. Petersen 1937-1967 San Leandro
Derek B. Pope, 1932-1966 Alameda
Wilmer Potts, 1948-1968 Oakland
William T. Puffenbarger 1947-1968 Oakland
James L. Pullam, 1946-1970 Oakland
Roberto A. Romero, 1948-1969 Fremont
Allen B. Russell, 1919-1967 Hayward
Vincent Saldano, 1949-1969 Oakland
Jesse Sanchez, 1943-1967 Union City
Michael D. Sander, 1946-1967 Oakland
Louie J. Sandoval, 1947-1968 Oakland
John S. Seratte, 1951-1969 Fremont
Larry D. Sharp, 1947-1967 San Lorenzo
Walter G. Shults, 1946-1966 Oakland
Roderick A. Skeins, 1949-1970 Oakland
Vennie L. Smith, 1946-1967 Alameda
Robert E. Smith Jr., 1947-1968 Newark
Robert P. Sousa, 1947-1966 Alameda
Douglas Soward, 1943-1968 Hayward
James H. Stafford, 1937-1971 Oakland
William W. Stewart, 1945-1967 Livermore
Kenneth G. Stoker, 1947-1967 Alameda
Robert J. Stork Jr., 1942-1969 Oakland
Robert G. Strange, 1935-1967 Oakland
Dennis L. Taylor, 1949-1969 San Lorenzo
Andrew J. Thomas, 1943-1968 Oakland
William D. Thomas, 1947-1968 Fremont
Louis K. Thompson, 1949-1968 Fremont
Robert D. Tomlinson 1942-1968 San Leandro
Alan B. Turner, 1948-1969 Hayward
Oscar Valenzuela Jr., 1948-1968 Oakland
Paul P. Vanover, 1941-1966 Castro Valley
Joesph Vierra, 1946-1967 Oakland
Arnold B. Wallace, 1945-1967 San Leandro
Raymond N. Weber, 1948-1968 Livermore
Kenneth A. Wedman, 1946-1968 Newark
Peter J. Weidemier, 1947-1968 Alameda
James O West, 1945-1968 Berkeley
Charles J. Williams, 1941-1967 Oakland
Gerald P Williams, 1946-1968 Oakland
Vincent R. Williams, 1946-1967 Alameda
Frank L. Wilson, 1950-1970 Oakland
Glen H. Yell, 1949-1971 Oakland


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is searching for photos of these service members from Contra Costa County:

James L. Adams, 1946-1968Pittsburg
Cyril A. Alveraz, 1949-1968El Sobrante
Gregory M. Ashford, 1950-1971Richmond
Ronald E. Baird, 1945-1968Pittsburg
Ronald R. Baker, 1944-1969Concord
Wayne S. Bates, 1938-1968 San Pablo
Michael R. Brotzman, 1946-1967 Richmond
John P. Burke, 1947-1967 Walnut Creek
John H. Butcher Jr., 1923-1967Richmond
Richard J Callanan, 1930-1966Concord
Jack D. Campbell, 1950-1969San Pablo
Robert S. Croke, 1945-1968Walnut Creek
Richard Curtis, 1949-1967Walnut Creek
John E. Davis, 1948-1968 San Pablo
Clyde L. De Mello, 1949-1968El Cerrito
Daniel G. Dorman, 1947-1971Richmond
Orville B. Frits, 1931-1967Concord
Mike M. Godines, 1937-1969Richmond
Wayne A. Goetsch, 1949-1968Brentwood
Paul A. Gonzales, 1946-1968Richmond
Clifford N. Green, 1949-1970Pittsburg
Robert L. Greer, 1944-1964Pleasant Hill
James D. Gross, 1949-1968Pittsburg
Edward G. Hayen II, 1946-1972Concord
Fred J. Hayes, 1942-1968Walnut Creek
Dennis R. Heihn, 1946-1966San Pablo
David A. Henry, 1941-1966El Cerrito
Raymond C. Holt, 1948-1970 Antioch
Michael W. Howell, 1947-1967 Rodeo
Larry F. Jagard, 1947-1972Richmond
David L. Knott, 1929-1969 Richmond
James K. Knutson, 1947-1968Martinez
Wayne K. Laine, 1947-1968Walnut Creek
Jerald L. Law, 1949-1968Pittsburg
Edward N. Leonard, 1942-1966Richmond
Michael W. Lizarraga,1947-1969
Richmond
Donald G. MacIntosh, 1945-1968
El Sobrante
Ralph M. Mahoney, 1946-1968Port Chicago
Ben O. Masadas, 1948-1968Pittsburg
Kenneth E. Mattson, 1941-1968Lafayette
Michael E. McCullough, 1947-1966Concord
Gerald G. McGinley, 1948-1968Concord
Bruce F. McMillan, 1937-1968Walnut Creek
Joseph T. Melendres, 1947-1967Concord
Michael T. Mitchell, 1948-1969Pittsburg
Joe H. Morrison, 1943-1970Richmond
Morris A. Noble, 1946-1967San Pablo
David M. Parks, 1947-1967Concord
Ronald W. Porter, 1940-1965Antioch
Dennis A. Prentice, 1945-1967San Pablo
Vincent A. Ramirez, 1946-1967Richmond
Ralph A. Ramirez Jr., 1949-1969San Pablo
Michael A. Rasmusson, 1946-1970Antioch
Robert A. Reyes, 1948-1968Richmond
Willard W. Riggs, 1948-1968Pittsburg
Jerry C. Robbins, 1941-1969 Martinez
David A. Robin, 1946-1967 Richmond
Michael R. Samson, 1947-1966 Antioch
William F. Settle, 1952-1970 Richmond
Joseph V. Sherlock III, 1947-1967 Concord
Archie D. Smith, 1945-1968 Richmond
Terry L. Stout, 1950-1968Concord
Douglas L. Strickland, 1948-1969
Port Chicago
Timothy A. Thomas, 1951-1972Lafayette
Frank C. Torres Jr., 1946-1967
Walnut Creek
James D. Van Hook, 1947-1968Richmond
Craig A. Verlinden, 1946-1967El Sobrante
David E. Wafer, 1949-1968Richmond
Thomas M. Walker, 1949-1968Richmond
Robert W. Ward, 1950-1970Concord
Michael A. Welch, 1945-1967Crockett
Ricky L. Wikle, 1948-1969Concord
Jose Ybanez, 1937-1966Richmond
James P Young, 1949-1968Walnut Creek
Emil R. Ziss, 1943-1965Concord