A Woman On A Mission: Janna Hoehn

525ef7afba03e.preview-620Years ago on a trip to Washington, D.C., Janna Hoehn chose a name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at random. She touched the engraved name, Gregory John Crossman, MIA, and made a rubbing. She returned home to Maui, Hawaii, and continued to wonder about this young man. Janna found his photo in a college yearbook, weeping as she saw his face for the first time.                                        

Two years later, Janna learned that VVMF was also searching for photos. She submitted Gregory’s photo to VVMF and became a Faces Never Forgotten volunteer. After a year of combing through phone books, yearbooks and obituaries, Janna succeeded in submitting a photo for each person from Maui who gave their life in Vietnam.

The photos that she and all the other volunteers gather exist on the Virtual Wall of Faces online for everyone to see. The photos will eventually live in perpetuity in the Education Center at The Wall. This technologically-innovative learning facility will help visitors better understand the profound impact that the Vietnam War and other wars had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation.

Janna continues to support VVMF as she searches for the photos Californians who gave their lives in Vietnam, and as she works to raise funds to build the Education Center.

The Education Center would not have been complete without Gregory’s photo, and it will not be complete until we collect a photo for each of the 58,286 names on The Wall. We could not do it without dedicated volunteers like Janna. Together, we are working to ensure that those who gave the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

If you’d like to help Janna and support VVMF, click here: https://donate.vvmf.org/page/contribute/faces-never-forgotten-janna