Finding Faces Podcast

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Journalist Ryan Kern teams up with Vietnam veterans to find the missing photos of servicemen who died in the war, and to investigate and resolve any remaining questions or issues their loved ones are still holding on to five decades later.

All Episodes

A woman named Claudine reaches out, asking Ryan to track down a photo of her high school sweetheart, James Nelson Youmans. Later, Ryan, Phil and Casey catch up over the phone.   Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Mar 5

19 min 48 sec

In this season 1 finale, Phil, Casey and Ryan travel somewhat off-the-grid to visit a rural home in the woods of Central Massachusetts. After being led into a dark basement, they discover a plethora of pictures and artifacts once belonging to the last Vietnam serviceman on their list of men to find photos for.  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 15 min

Ryan finally makes progress in tracking down a photo of Michael Faherty, the Irishman recently added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., along with the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Worcester.   Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Dec 2020

58 min 24 sec

Within just several years, two brothers mysteriously passed away while serving in the Navy. As the stories go, one died while trying to get onto a ship while the other died falling off of his ship. Ryan, trying to figure out exactly what happened, searches for sailors who might have witnessed these incidents.   Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 9 min

In this special episode, Ryan checks in with some familiar voices and names from previous episodes, getting updates to past storylines.   Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Nov 2020

18 min 11 sec

Ryan leaves New England for New York. Even though his goal is to find pictures, Ryan ends up divulging the mysterious details of a soldier's death to an unsuspecting family.   Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Nov 2020

56 min 3 sec

Two men from Eastern Massachusetts, both named Walter, died in Vietnam within just weeks of each other. In one afternoon, around 50 years later, Ryan stumbles upon each of their siblings by accident.   Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Nov 2020

51 min 48 sec

As the last of the missing central Massachusetts pictures get rounded up, Ryan searches for a family in East Boston just several doors down from where a serviceman lived when he was killed in Vietnam 52 years ago.  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 12 min

The search for pictures takes Ryan, Phil and Casey outside of Worcester, where a woman's battle with dementia is put to the test in an effort to dig up memories from 50 years in her past. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Oct 2020

48 min 59 sec

A lifetime of mysteries and 30+ years of a seemingly endless search both come to a halt as Ryan helps Francis Allen Jr.'s younger sister answer some of the questions that have kept her up at night for decades. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 10 min

Ryan connects with three different, yet equally grieving individuals impacted by the death of Francis Allen Jr., who was killed in an ambush after the local militia he was training deserted him. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Oct 2020

53 min 53 sec

A knock on the front door of Staff Sergeant Joseph Daigneault's sister's home leads to the completion of a photo album 51 years in the making.  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Oct 2020

38 min 34 sec

Phil makes contact with the niece of his old high school buddy 'Red,' aka Richard Johnson. Richard/Richie/Red/Dickie died in the war around the same time Phil was also in Vietnam fighting to stay alive. Eventually, Phil, Casey and Ryan link up with Richard's sisters, who have just as many stories about their brother as they have photos of him.  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties: coffeltdatabase.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Sep 2020

48 min 5 sec

The clock is ticking. For Vietnam Veterans Phil Madio and Casey Polaski, the overall health of their fellow servicemen across the country is rapidly deteriorating. For journalist Ryan Kern, pictures of their fallen comrades are being uncovered every day throughout the United States, leaving only 30 left in Massachusetts to find. While Phil and Casey have dedicated their lives towards healing wounds derived from Vietnam, Ryan has devoted his craft to telling the stories of how those same wounds came to be in the first place. As the trio comes together, they're hoping to find family members of the final 30 New England men whose pictures are still missing from the Wall of Faces. If Ryan, Phil and Casey can track down these loved ones, perhaps they'll still be holding on to photos from fifty years ago. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces: vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Sep 2020

43 min 43 sec

Journalist Ryan Kern teams up with Vietnam veterans to find the missing photos of servicemen who died in the war, and to investigate and resolve any remaining questions or issues their loved ones are still holding on to five decades later. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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Sep 2020

2 min 45 sec