Vietnam vets' photos sought; Five Colusa County men who were killed in fighting lack pictures on Wall of Faces
Photos are sought for these men:
Frank A Bagget
RANK: Army corporal.
KILLED: Oct. 1, 1968.
Krag C Bullis Sr.
RANK: Army staff sergeant.
KILLED: April 4, 1971.
Monroe Ward Cross
RANK: Army sergeant.
KILLED: Nov. 21, 1967.
David A Madden
RANK: Army corporal.
KILLED: June 19, 1969.
Michael A Pogue
RANK: Army private first class.
KILLED: Jan. 31, 1968.
To submit photos for these five men, email them to Janna Hoehn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos are sought of five Colusa County men who were killed in the Vietnam War as part of a project to put faces to all of the war's dead.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is calling for Colusa County residents' help to put a face and a story to each of more than 58,000 names listed on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Colusa County had seven men who were killed while fighting in Vietnam, and five of Colusa County's fallen are without a picture on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's Wall of Faces.
The program in charge of collecting the photos — Faces Never Forgotten — seeks photos of the servicemen and women whose names are on the wall.
Those photos will be featured at a new education center at the wall in Washington. The center will be next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial.
"What we're going to make work is the education center at the wall. Inside, will be some exhibits about some of the things people have left at the memorial, and some of the history of the Vietnam War. One of the big things that will be featured there is commemorating the fallen," said Jan C. Scruggs, president and founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. "People have risen up and taken that banner (as volunteers)."
"We have all the names in New Mexico and North Dakota. We need some help in California, and we're happy to have a volunteer there who is going about things very smartly," Scruggs said of Janna Hoehn, who has helped track photos of fallen soldiers for the past three years.
"Janna was just recently in Napa, and she expects to have six photos by the end of the day today," Scruggs said on Monday. "It goes to show, first of all you've got to rely on volunteers to get this to work."
According to Hoehn, of Maui, Hawaii, a trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial affected her in such a way that she knew she had to get involved.
Among Hoehn's successes: Finding photos of all the 42 soldiers from Maui. Since accomplishing that, Hoehn has worked with various counties in California. Most recently, Hoehn has reached out to Colusa County.
"I've been doing this going on three years. I never get tired of the new faces I see," Hoehn said. "I want to get the word out because this is going to be the most amazing new museum."
According Hoehn, more than 32,000 photos have been collected thus far.
"We're over halfway there," she said. "That's how I look at it."
Nationwide, there are still more than 26,000 names on the wall that have no pictures with them.
Colusa County helping to search
As of Monday, the effort to track down these pictures was underway. Colusa County's Assistant Veterans Services officer Carol S. Pearson said she would be able to find pictures of at least three of the men in high school yearbooks she had.
Pearson was also able to contact Gloria Pogue — Michael A. Pogue's mother — so she would try to find photos she has of her son.
"This is the greatest source for information on veterans in Colusa County," Pearson said of the office next to the public pool on Parkhill Street. She and Colusa County historical researcher John L. Morton planned their strategy for finding photos.
Morton said he would attempt to find them in the Hall of Records and the library.
Morton and Pearson believe they may be able to find a photo of a sixth soldier, who grew up in Colusa and attended Colusa High School — although his home was listed as Los Angeles. Pearson believes she will be able to find a photo in one of her yearbooks for Francisco Xaiver Licea, a private first class in the Army.
Members from the community are encouraged to submit any pictures they may have of these men. The Faces Never Forgotten program would like as many pictures as they can get for each online profile.
— Brian Pearson