Vietnam veterans photo project completes Sangamon County search
SundaySep 9, 2018 at 4:04 PM Sep 9, 2018 at 4:04 PM
A group that is trying to find a picture of every U.S. service member killed in Vietnam can cross Sangamon County off its list.
Records indicate that 50 Sangamon County residents were killed in Vietnam, and as of last week, Faces Never Forgotten had located pictures of 49 of the veterans. The one picture missing was of Army Staff Sgt. Charlie Lee Logan.
With help from the Otis B. Duncan American Legion Post 809, 1800 E. Capitol Ave., The State Journal-Register was able to contact the staff sergeantâs brother and sister-in-law, Orange Chester and Artie Vie Logan of Springfield. They provided a picture of Charlie Lee Logan that was sent to Faces Never Forgotten on Thursday. If all goes as planned, Loganâs picture and pictures of more than 58,000 other Americans killed in the war will be included in a new educational center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Orange, who turned 75 Thursday, said that he and his wife visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial several years ago, and he thinks the new effort to build an educational center is a wonderful idea.
âThe Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a beautiful monument,â Orange said. âWhen we went there, the scars of the war were still fresh. You saw the other veterans come up and touch the wall where their buddyâs name was at and then break down. It was just about more than I could stand. To me, it was overpowering.â
Staff Sgt. Logan was 27 years old when he died on Nov. 11, 1968. Military records indicate he was unloading supplies from a boat, fell overboard and drowned. He was trained as a medic and is buried at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Orange said his brother had recently re-enlisted in the Army, and was looking forward to his deployment. He had only bee n in Vietnam a couple of months when he died.
âHe said the people over there need help. It was at a human level,â Orange said.
Artie said Charlie had a stutter and didnât talk a lot.
âI asked him why he re-enlisted. He said, âYou have to understand the cause.â He didnât do a lot of talking,â Artie said.
Orange said the family moved to Springfield in 1959 from Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Wall of Faces
The person who contacted The State Journal-Register looking for a picture of Staff Sgt. Logan was Janna Hoehn of Hawaii. She volunteers with the Faces Never Forgotten effort and helps track down pictures of veterans. After she helped find pictures of fallen soldiers from Hawaii, she moved onto other states.
All of the photos can be seen on the âWall of Facesâ online memorial on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website, as well as in the future education center that will be adjacent to the wall.
âPutting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall,â Hoehn said. âIt keeps our fallen heroes memories alive and will honor them. Our heroesâ stories and sacrifices will never be forgotten.
To date, the group has collected over 53,000 photos out of the more than 58,000 names on the wall.
Hoehn said the education center will be built underground, and in addition to the photos, it will display many of the items people have left at the wall over the years in honor of the fallen veterans. Items left at the wall include pictures, letters and other keepsakes.
âThey have warehoused and documented every single piece that has been left there,â Hoehn said. âThe warehouse is huge. They decided they wanted to display some of these items. They started working on trying to find a photograph of each of the fallen about 10 years ago,â Hoehn said.
Hoehn said her group already has found pictures of all the fallen soldiers from Montgomery, Christian, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass , Menard and Logan counties.
For more information about the Vietnam Memorial education center or to make a donation, visit www.vvmf.org/thewall.Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam