Washington Becomes 15th State to Find Every Photo For Their Fallen

Pictured: U.S. Army PFC Edward Lindley Van Horn of Tacoma, Washingon, who died in 1968. Edward became the final photo found for the state of Washington.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that Washington has become the 15th state to find every photo for their fallen.

The photo of Edward L. Van Horn became the last one found for “The Evergreen State.” The young soldier fell in 1968 in the Quang Ngai province of Vietnam.

Edward is one of 1,049 Washington veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. His photo was 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.

Now, every one of them can be remembered for generations to come.

To date, VVMF has found more than 47,500 photos. Fewer than 11,000 photos are still missing. Washington joins 14 other states in this accomplishment. Colorado, Alaska, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have all put a face to their state's fallen.

A dedicated team of volunteers worked tirelessly for three years to reach this goal. Janna Hoehn submitted the final photo with the help of volunteers: Dan Brodt, Jim Reece, Bob Seal, Robert Harik, and Dennis Jahn. The group is currently searching for the final photos for Nebraska.

A remembrance left on Edward’s Wall of Faces page reads, “Ed's house was on the street behind the school and had a basketball hoop mounted over the garage door. From 1963 to 1966 we found ourselves attending nearby Lakes High School; not a positive experience for either of us. Eddy made it to Vietnam one year before I did. I was in the neighborhood last year and walked past his old house. There's still a basketball hoop above the garage; I'd like to think it's Ed's.

Photos and stories like these can be seen on VVMF’s Virtual Wall of Faces and will be displayed at the future Education Center at The Wall.