The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Picture sought of Valdez veteran who died in Vietnam

"Faces Never Forgotten" seeks photo of Warren Paulsen for memorial



The marker for Warren Paulsen, who was a Navy Petty Officer, third class, when he was killed in Vietnam.

Do you have a photo of Warren Paulsen?

Paulsen was a Valdez man who was killed in action back in during his service in the Navy at the height of the Vietnam War.

Service records posted online say he was killed by an artillery, rocket, or mortar round on June 23, 1969 in the Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam.

He was born August 10, 1944 and listed Valdez as his hometown. His religion is stated to be Native American and his religion Russian Orthodox.

For the last several years, a group named "Faces Never Forgotten" has been collecting photos of the war dead and those missing in action who are on the sad list of names that make up the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC.

Paulsen, along with a Cordova man named David H. Elisovsky, have yet to have their photos included in the memorial, which is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

"I'm really hoping we'll get both of them," said Janna Hoehn, who reached out to the Valdez Star in the hope that a family member or friend will be able to supply a photo for the project, which aims to put a face to the names on the memorial, most often simply referred to as "the wall."

"Sometimes they're so hard to find," she said, having spent the past six years helping find the faces of the names on the wall.

It has become a passion.

"It's just something that's real important to me," she said last week in a telephonic interview from her home in Maui, Hawaii. "It keeps me going."

In a press release she distributes to aid in the quest to put faces to the names on the wall, Hoehn said she got involved with the project after a visit to Washington DC.

"Even though I never knew anyone killed in Vietnam, I wanted a rubbing of one of the names," she wrote. "I approached the Wall and choose a name - Gregory John Crossman - an MIA."

Here is more of her story in her own words.

When I returned home I decided to research Gregory and try to find his family, in the event they were never able to go to the Wall, I would send them the etching, hoping they would share a photo with me of Gregory. Off and on for six months I researched every way possible and never found any family. I was quite disappointed. However I had one more possibility, my cousin, our family historian. Six weeks later she found a college photo of Gregory. Two years later I saw a story on our local news about the "Faces Never Forgotten" for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The goal, to put a face with every name that is etched on the Wall. I immediately sent in the photo I had of Gregory Crossman. Five days later I received an email from Jan Scruggs, the Founder and President of the Vietnam Wall. He thanked me for sending the photo, it was the first for this Hero and asked me if I could help him find the photos for the 42 Maui County Fallen that were killed in Vietnam.

I have always hoped I could to do something for the Vietnam Veterans as the way they were treated when they returned, it was disgraceful. Here was my chance. What I thought would be a very easy project with Maui being so small was anything but easy.

My plea is this:

If anyone is related, a friend or a classmate to any of the young men on the list I would very much appreciate hearing from you. Even if you don't have a photo but know which school any of these young men attended, it would be so helpful. We need to obtain a photo of every single Fallen Hero whose names are etched on The Wall, all 58,307 of them. To date we have collected over 41,000 photos.

Photo courtesy Janna Hoehn

Janna Hoehn of Maui, Hawaii, is searching for a photograph of Warren Paulsen, a Valdez man who was a casualty of the Vietnam War.

I am also looking for an individual that would like to volunteer to be my "boots on the ground" in your community if we do not find all the photos.

One item that may need to be explained to your readers is the list of names reflects the names we still need photos for. If a name is not included and your reader wishes to look up their loved one or friends name, go to the "Wall of Faces" type the name in the search box, the profile will come up and it's possible they may have a better photo than has been submitted. I do not wish for anyone to feel badly that their loved one/friend is not listed or forgotten. We will never forget any of them.

Please submit any photos or information to Janna Hoehn at

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