Two more photos needed on Decatur County’s list of fallen Vietnam War soldiers

Published 2:54 pm Friday, May 31, 2019

Isaac Harris.

Rudolph Wilson.

Both are men from Decatur County. Both died while fighting in the Vietnam War. Both are currently missing a photograph in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s archives for the Wall of Faces Project.

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More than 53,000 photos have been collected for the Wall of Faces Project, with a goal of putting a picture with every name on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.—all 58,315 of them. Only 963 more photos are needed nationwide.

Eight men from Decatur County lost their lives fighting in Vietnam. Six have been matched with a photo. Harris and Wilson are all that’s left.

The other six—Ellis Lovine Faircloth, Stephen Lloyd Halstead, Anthony Leroy Jenkins, Billy Knight, Joseph Taylor Laslie, Jr., and Clyde Randolph Perry, Jr.—can be seen on, along with each man’s panel/line on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, rank, date of birth, date of casualty, branch and hometown. Searching “Decatur County” and “Georgia” in the advanced search options on the left side of the homepage will bring up the results.

Harris was born in 1945 in Bainbridge and lost his life in 1968. Wilson was also born in 1945, in Amsterdam, and died in 1969. Georgia had 1,585 young men who died in Vietnam.

Janna Hoehn, a volunteer for the project, asked if anyone in Decatur County has a photo that can be matched with these names, to please email it to her at

“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,” said Hoehn. “It may mean a trip to the library to search for obituaries or to a high school to look through yearbooks.”

Hoehn, a resident of Maui County, Hawaii, began her involvement with the Wall of Faces Project when she submitted a photo of a random name she had rubbed while visiting the Vietnam Memorial with her husband 8 years ago. A few days later, Jan Scruggs, the founder and president of the Vietnam Memorial, asked if she could help find photos of the 42 fallen Maui County soldiers from the Vietnam War. Her passion grew from there, and since then she has collected 7,000 photos from across the U.S. for this project.

“Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the Wall,” said Hoehn. “It keeps our Fallen Heroes’ memories alive and will honor them. Our heroes’ stories and sacrifices will never be forgotten.”