Pictured: CPL Donald Smith McGinley of Rupert, Idaho, who died in 1968. Donald became the final photo found for the state of Idaho.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Idaho has become the ninth state to find every photo for their fallen. The achievement comes after the photo for CPL Donald Smith McGinley was submitted.
On July 27, 1968, Donald was admitted to the 17th Field Hospital at An Khe, RVN, suffering from pneumonia. He succumbed to the illness two days later. He was 40 years-old.
Donald is one of the 217 Idaho veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War and now every one of them can be remembered for generations to come. Their photos were collected as part of the Wall of Faces effort, which aims to put a face to every name inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C.
Idaho now joins Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in this achievement.
Janna Hoehn, a dedicated Wall of Faces volunteer, helped find the final photo for Idaho. During the process, she worked with Vietnam veteran Bob Seal. Bob served from 1967-1991, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer.
Both worked diligently as a team.
Janna would find the family of a veteran and Bob would make the trip to pick up the photo, several hours away. “He has put his heart and soul into this,” she explained.
When asked how she felt about the accomplishment, she expressed a lot of excitement. This is the third state she helped complete, following Montana and Hawaii.
Janna and Bob are currently working together to help other states find their fallen's photos. States closest to completion include: Nevada (1), Oregon (5), and Alaska (7).
Referring to Bob's commitment, Janna proudly said, “He is in this for the long haul, as I am.”