LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

To families, friends, and former prisoners of war....

 


From: Momajean13@aol.com
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 10:28:17 EST
Subject: Col. Lavern Reilly

My husband's cousin had a POW bracelet with Col. Reilly's name on it, in her personal effects.  It is wonderful that I know about the man through this webpage. I just want his family to know that another family with cherish his 
memory along with his.  We will NEVER forget our loved ones that gave their all for us and God willing we will pass this pride on to all of ours to carry on. 

May God bless. 

Jean (momajean13@aol.com)


From: "Andi Schwingle"  
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 12:19:16 

This is to the family of LTC. GORDON JAMES WENAAS.  I have worn his name on a POW/MIA bracelet on my arm since 1974.  I realize his remains were identified in 2000.  

My son graduated from Marine boot camp April 21, 2000.  I made up my mind I would were Gordon's bracelet until my son returns safely to us.  I must be honest with you.  Gordon's bracelet has become so much a part of me, I'm not sure I can remove it.  I just wanted you to know that not a day has gone by that I have not thought of Gordon or of the great price he paid for the life I live today.  You have never been alone.  My lips speak his name in all my thoughts and prayers.

 

Respectfully,

Andrea Schwingle

Date: Fri, 07 Feb 2003 09:36:03 -0800
From: Virginia Smith <NYNY@chestertel.com>

To whom it may concern, I am 45 years old and one of the teens who  bought and wore the  silver bracelets sold to us in the 70's for $2.00  each. I wore it  through the days it turned my arm black and green my  momma used to complain "my  arm would soon rot and fall off if I did not remove it" but I refused. I got bad rashes as it deteriorated,  but refused to remove it even to bathe. "my soldier"was Maj. Terrence  Hicks and the bracelet broke and over the years I think I still have a  small piece of it somewher  in my old belongings, I've moved from state 
to state from N.Y. to Texas, back to N.Y and finally to S.C holding on to this small fragment of a man everyone seems to have forgotten but me. I remember when the rescue planes came home and the names were read and my 
reaction when I did not hear "my" soldiers name...the tears just rolled down my face. I was just a kid then if my memory hasn't slipped his last date seen  printed on the bracelet was  1972. Unfortunately I do not have the part with the data on it I wish  I had all the pieces I'd have them taken to someone expert to repair or replace. 

Can you help me find " MY" MAJOR TERRENCE HICKS OR HIS STATUS? LOVE AND A HEART THAT PRAYS OVER TWENTY YEARS EVERY DAY...

VIRGINIA SMITH -E-MAIL...NYNY@CHESTERTEL.COM 

P.S. is there any one who can reproduce these bracelets for those of us who swore to never remove them but could not keep the promise because of the materials they were made of and times gone by? I found and old black 
and white photo of me in High School and I can see it on  my arm so shiny and new. my teenage child asked what it was and I told her and of it's importance to me then and still now, I'm saddened by not knowing and would at least like to wear it again and let his family know that there was a young teenager out there in N.Y who understood the magnitude of his sacrifice for not only the country bu for me and the children I was to bear. thanks again please respond either way I would so appreciate it.


From: "Matt Thompson" <thompson.1070@osu.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 17:27:03 -0500

To the family of Capt. Paul D. Raymond,

My name is Matt Thompson; I am a Cadet at Air Force ROTC Det. 645, at The Ohio State University. I purchased a POW bracelet through the detachment.
In memory of his service to this country I will wear this bracelet with pride and deepest thoughts of his loved ones. If you would like to contact
me, my email address is <thompson.1070@osu.edu>

Always in thought,

Matt Thompson


From: BOOKERSGRL@aol.com
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 21:41:13 EST
Subject: CPL Thomas  A. Gopp

Hello my name is Shelly Booker I am writing this letter in hopes of a response from a friend or family member of Cpl Thomas Gopp. I am the wife of a Marine and I was given this bracelet as a wedding present from his commanding officer . I have been wearing it for almost 10 years. I would be very interested in learning more about him and his family. Thank you and god bless them all!

Shelly Booker


From: "Denise Gilbert" <gdenise@rochester.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 12:53:43 -0500

To the family of Lt. Ralph Bisz:

I just wanted to let you know that for many years I wore the bracelet bearing the name of your loved one.  In 1967, I was 12 years old, so i assume I got the bracelet sometime in the early 70's.  I don't know when I stopped wearing it, but it was probably when the war was over, and myself as did many, forgot about the war. But I never got rid of 
it. I have moved probably 15 times since then, and I still have it. It has a piece of tape on the inside of it as it was giving me a rash, as I  recall. 

It wasn't until I watched the movie, We Were Soldiers, that I got inspired to look for that bracelet and try to find out what happened to the person named on it. 

I did some research, and from what I can tell, he is presumed dead but you never received that confirmation. That is so sad. I now have children, ex-husband and wonderful man in my life and can not comprehend the grief of losing them, much less not being able to say good-bye in a proper manner.

I just wanted you to know that I now have a "person" to put with the bracelet that i wore for so many years, and maybe a family that is grieving his loss.

My heart goes out to you, and you will be remembered in my prayers.

love

Denise Gilbert at gdenise@rochester.rr.com


Subject: POW bracelet - recently discovered info. about my POW
From: Suzie.Sturm@rms.com
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 14:15:13 -0600

When I was approximately 7 years old, I had asked  my mother to take me to make a donation and receive a POW bracelet.  I was and am to this day, so proud of this bracelet.  It has been so much a part of my life and I feel that I have helped to make sure that those men and women will not be forgotten.  I am 41 years old now and still wear my cherished band of metal and proudly display the soldiers name when people inquire about my band. On the bracelet, the name of a then 33 year old Air Force Pilot, husband, father of 2 with another boy on the way when his plane went down, his name was Maj. Gordon Page  3-7-66.

Of course I didn't know any of this information about him until 2 weeks ago, when I ran across a website and found his biography.  I wept and continue to weep after reading about his faithful wife and strong children.  So many years I wondered about Maj. Gordon Page and his family.  I prayed ever so often for all of them and truly felt and still feel a bond with them.

I have educated my daughters through this band of metal and they know how important this bracelet has and continues to be in my life.  When I brought home the information that I discovered 2  weeks ago about "my" soldier, my daughters and I cried and embraced as they knew how happy I was to finally find information about the man I still wear on my wrist.

I can remember the day that prisoners were returning home and the event was being televised with the names of those returning running across the television screen.  I had to see this, but how, it was during school hours.  My mother knowing how important this was to me, asked me if I wanted to stay home from school to watch everything unfold on t.v.  What a great mom!!  I sat patiently watching the names scroll by and when it got to the P's,
I started to cry with anticipation, I wanted to be able to return my bracelet to Maj. Page.  Unfortunately, Maj. Page's name did not appear.  I was crushed, reality sunk in.  I knew that my prayers now had to be for strength and
peace for his family.

Many of my friends and other inquisitive people have asked year after year why I continued to wear my bracelet.  My answer was "until they come home" and "to never forget".  Now that I have learned that Maj. Page's remains
were one of the 28 boxes of remains turned over to the United States by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on June 1 , 1989, however, his remains were not identified until April 30, 1998.  My dilemma is what is the noble and appropriate action to take in regards to my bracelet.  I would love to know what the family would like.  Keep it on so that people will continue to inquire and not forget about the remaining soldiers that are still unaccounted for? This is how I feel, and that yes, Maj. Gordon Page finally returned home,  23 years after his plane went down, but he did not return home alive.

I know that as of April of 1998, Lou Page, his wife  resides in Paradise, CA along with the youngest of their children, Gordon Page Jr. "Chip".  The  oldest son, who was 10 years old when the Page family was notified of the downed
aircraft, lives in San Francisco and their only daughter, Julie who was 8 years old lives in Aptos, CA.  I found all of this information on the web.

When my youngest daughter, Rachel, who is 14 years old, read the information I brought home, she made a discovery.  My daughter, Rachel Eileen and Maj. Gordon Page, share the same birth date, August 15.

My thoughts and prayers will ever continue for Maj. Page and his family. If there is any way to contact them, or if you could advise if sending a letter to the family is appropriate, please give me any feedback you can.  I would
greatly appreciate any insight you can give to me.

Best Regards,

Suzie Sturm
suzie.sturm@rms.com


From: Phischlew@aol.com
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 20:42:56 EST

My name is Bridget and I have a MIA/POW bracelet that I would like for the family to have. I received it in 1969 when I was 13 years old. I have held on to it all these years and never once forgot the person name or the reason I 
was wearing it. All I knew at that time is that it was a very brave person. My family doesn't talk much about that time because I have a cousin that served two hitches in the Marines and one in the Army. He got wounded, not 
severely but enough that it left horrible memories. I visited the wall and what a moving experience it was. I hope that by my doing this someone will see it and get in touch with me. I would like to say thank you and I am so sorry 
for your loss. The name on the bracelet is as follows;

                              S/SGT.  John  Boronski
                                       3-24-70

I hope that someone sees this and responds or if they know the family would you please pass it on to them. My e-mail is phischlew@aol.com

                                                       Sincerely
                                                               Bridget


From: "sylviaallen" 
Subject: Family of Capt.Robert Cozart Jr.
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 22:20:23 -0800

I have a P.O.W. bracelet CAPT. ROBERT COZART.JR. 3-20-70 
I would like to return it to his family.

My e-mail Xjena91911@yahoo.com


From: REdwardParker@aol.com
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 11:58:30 EST

To the Family of SSG Robert F. Scherdin...

I have been wearing Robert's bracelet for years and have searched the Internet many times for links that might let me send my thoughts to you.  As a veteran of the VietNam era I feel deeply for your loss and want you to know  that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

You should know that people see the bracelet and ask about Robert and I always share his story.  I will continue to keep him with me and to think about him and you frequently.  Please be assured that you are not alone in grieving for him.

God Bless you and Robert and ALL the men and women who've given themselves for the rest of us.  There are no adequate words of thanks.

Ed Parker (REdwardParker@aol.com)


From: sjohnst01@aol.com
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 07:23:17 EST

To the family of Gregory R. Benton Jr<BR>

I have had a bracelet with his name on it for over 30 years. He has never been forgotten, and never will be. I pray you make it home someday Gregory.

Forever in my heart and prayers,

Shelbie
sjohnst01@aol.com


From: Godsgal56@aol.com
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 16:13:53 EST

Dear Family of Capt. David W. Skibbe,
       I just wanted you to know that I have a POW bracelet with your sons name on it.  If you would like it, I would be happy to send it to you.  Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.  Contact me via E-Mail     ->   Godsgal56@aol.com

Sincerely,    Lynn H.

From: "Accounting & Consulting Associates, Inc." <acai1@mindspring.com>
Subject: Robert D. Owen Family
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 14:33:18 -0700
Hello, My name is Angela McCallister. I have been wearing your father's bracelet for 7 years. I rarely remove it. I am often asked about it. I wanted to let the family know that I have it and that someone else thinks of their family every single day.

From: Trbr1f5@cs.com
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 11:14:23 EST
Subject: LOVELETTERS...To the family of Eugene De Bruin...9-5-63

Dear Family, 
     I have had my bracelet with Eugene's name on it since my husband was a solider in the Vietnam war.  Although my husband was wounded, (while flying gunner in a helicopter), thankfully God returned him to us safely.  I have always wondered what had happened to Eugene.  When I found this website, I was shocked to see that Eugene and I share the same birthday!  (not the same year)  I just wanted to let you know that Eugene has not been forgotten and I send my prayers to his family.

If you care to reply, I can be reached by  e-mail at    trbr1f 5@cs.com


Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 10:47:16 -0600
Subject: Ricardo Gonzales Davis missing in action bio
From: Joan Enoch <jd.enoch@conwaycorp.net>

I have a missing in action metal bracelet which was issued to my daughter many years ago. It is red with the engraving cutting into the red so that the letters are silver.  Engraved on it is this information:   

                                   SFC Richard G. Davis
                                     USSF  3-20-69  Laos

I will adopt this bracelet and the meaning associated with it's ownership as the daughter to whom it belonged will shortly see her own husband enter the military. We all realize that we could someday be in the same position as the Davis family.  I will keep it in a special place by my computer where I sit many times per day and will focus on and pray for his safety and/or needed closure for this family as I pray for my son-in-law.

Thank you for maintaining this site.  

Joan Enoch


From: "Val Bradley" <vbradley@charterinternet.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 10:05:30 -0600

To the family of Todd M. Melton,

I have recently purchased a bracelet honoring and hoping that somehow the truth of Todd is determined. My very best friend was one of Todd's friends while they went to school and college and that is how I come to know about Todd. 

I have read the material describing the day that Todd was lost and find it hard to believe that his status was changed from MIA to KIA. 

I take Todd everywhere with me and pray for him daily. I will cherish my bracelet and as long as I have it I will have HOPE that the real truth will be found. 

God Bless!

Valerie Bradley
vbradley@charterinternet.net


From: Greene7@aol.com
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 23:34:33 EST

To the family of Marine RONALD KEITH PENNINGTON, I would like to talk to you about Keith. I was his fire team leader at the time of his death. Dyer and Asborne  was the other members of the team. My name is Fred Greene. Please email  or call 865-475-5677.

ALL my love  

From: "sue myrick" <sjmyrick@catskill.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 13:54:39 -0500

    To the family of Col. William H. Mason
I have worn and treasured the metal bracelet inscribed with your loved ones name and the date- 6/22/68 since I was a teenager in high school. Now I am a grown women and pray for him and all of you often. Even though I never met him, he has been a part of my every day life. I just wanted you to know that he is not forgotten.
Your family will continue to be in my prayers.    

Your friend. 
Sue Myrick


From: "Paul" <pbarger@bpsinet.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 19:15:57 -0500
To the family of Ronald Edmond Galvin, River Forest Ill. 

My name is Paul Barger from Marion Indiana I have worn Ronald's bracelet for about 14 years I would guess and I never take it off. I joined the Navy  and was proud of it. I keep Ronald's bio in a folder and I personally chose him from 20 or so other bracelets because he was from the Navy. I was in a bad motorcycle accident and almost died a few years ago perhaps Ronald was with me because I am here walking and have a new baby girl. Ronald's bracelet will forever be a part of me and will be till he is found or I depart this world only to see him and finally be able shake his hand and let him know he was never forgotten. May God Bless his family. Feel free to contact me if you want.


pbarger@bpsinet.com
ALOHA PAUL

From: "Brian Chapman" <bchapman@joink.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 20:31:50 -0600
Dear Family members of Major Harry Amesbury Jr.,
 
My name is Brian Chapman. I live in Robinson, Illinois. I have worn the bracelet of Major Amesbury for some 20 odd years. Finding this particular website I have read that his remains were discovered in May 2001.
 
The reason I happened upon this website was due to the fact that the bracelet finally broke in two pieces and I was trying to purchase a replacement.
 
I would be honored to purchase another bracelet in his name and to continue to remember Harry. I have worn this bracelet every day since I received it so very long ago. Seeing that his remains have been found, returned and identified leaves me with a feeling of joy and sadness at the same time.
 
I have had many questions over the years as to the significance of the bracelet I wore. Having printed out the story of Harry's mission and the few details I could find on the internet, I would tell his story. I would proudly speak his name and tell of his sacrifice for his country.
 
Now that I know he has been placed to rest, I feel a chapter in my life has been closed. I have worn the bracelet for so long my wrist now looks bare.
 
Please let me express my sincere heartfelt sympathy for your family. Harry was a hero in my eyes and I will never forget him. He has been apart of my life for so many years.
 
God bless you all and know that Harry will not be forgotten. I pray you find peace in knowing that he is with GOD and served his country in it's time of need.
 
Sincerely and Respectfully,
 
Brian Chapman

From: "LOLA CAIN" <lolacain01@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 11:10:34 -0800

THIS IS TO THE FAMILY OF LCPL MARTIN WILLIAM PRATHER USMC. I HAVE BEEN WEARING THIS BRACELET FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS AND I WILL CONTINUE TO WEAR IT UNTIL THE TIME HE IS RETURNED TO YOU. I ALSO WEAR IT TO REMIND MYSELF WHAT STRONG FEELINGS MEN AND WOMEN HAVE TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE A PART OF ALL THIS. MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALWAYS. 

LOLA CAIN 
YOU CAN E-MAIL ME ANY TIME YOU LIKE.


From: konlee@webtv.net (Wendita)
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 00:52:57 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Lt.Wesley D. Ratzel

I'm not quite sure what to say..I have Wesley's bracelet & have always been extremely proud to have it. Lt. Wesley D. Ratzel has been a big proud part of my life for a very long time, I have always had a part of my family serving my country & I always ..always  give my love & support to all who do. 

E-mail konlee@webtv.net


Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 13:01:29 -0600
From: "Claypool, Kris" <krisac@legis.state.il.us>
To the family of Dennis Keith Eads

From Kris Claypool

I am proud to tell you that I have worn the red metal POW-MIA bracelet with Dennis’ name on it for over 30 years.  The red color has faded and silver shines through, but every single day your loved one is in my thoughts.  I am not sure of the proper procedure for the bracelets.  Some sources suggest we return our bracelets to the families and others insist that we keep wearing them until “our” military person is back home in the U.S.A.   I don’t know.  But I was thinking that perhaps Dennis had children who might by now have children of their own and it might mean something to them to have the bracelet and know that there have been many people who think of him, pray for him and his family, and keep his memory alive.  I would be honored to know your wishes and will do what you prefer.  My email address is:  krisac@legis.state.il.us

Thanks and God bless …


From: penandri@webtv.net (Penny Aspell)
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 15:10:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Refugio Thomas Teran

 Hi,  I wore your son's name on a bracelet for many, many years and I just wanted to let you know that I am so happy to find out that he has inally come home.  It's hard to believe it took 32 years.  I can't even imagine what that must have been like for you and your family.  I also want to extend my condolences for the loss of your wife last year.  I know I don't know you or your family but I feel a connection because of wearing his bracelet in the hopes that he would come home alive. Now, I'm just glad to know he's come home.   God Bless You and Your Family.
 

Penny Aspell


Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 13:37:22 -0500
From: Vicky Lardydell <vickyl@bluegrasscellular.com>

Dear To Whom It May Concern,
 I am a soldier in the U.S. Army and I am now wearing the bracelet of MIA Lewis Howard Jr.  If at all possibe, I would like to write a note of love to the family and let them know that I will continue to wear my  bracelet until I know otherwise.  I just want the family to know that I will pray and keep them in my heart.  I have been in war so I can sympathize with them.

                                                    A Soldier Also,
                                                                 Vicky M. Lardydell

Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 12:41:13 -0800
Subject: James Henry McLean
From: "Jennifer M. Anderson" <jennifer_m_anderson@fp.k12.wa.us>
I just went through all the volumes of Loveletters hoping to find a connection to James McLean.  I was disappointed that over the years there were no postings. 

I have had his bracelet for about ten years now and have done a lot of
research to try to find anything about him or his family.  Years ago I went through a lot of the pages of the national archives online looking for more information.  Things are so fuzzy on what really happened to him.  There of so many sightings of when he was held captive and then one of him being sick.  Then he was sighted again months later.  It is unclear what ever happened to him.  I don't believe he was married, as most of the correspondence from the army was sent to his mother.  I am not sure what other family he has but I want them to know he will always be in my heart.

I myself am a military spouse.  My husband was in Desert Storm and is now
deployed again.  I have always had very deep feelings every time I have visited the Vietnam Wall and will always go there first any time I am in
D.C..  I wish there was more I could do to help bring him and the others home but until then we can keep them in our hearts.

I would love to talk to anyone else wearing his bracelet or any family members out there.  You may email me at:  jenniferand2@hotmail.com
Thanks
Jennifer 

Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 23:45:37 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
From: "Michael Streff" <woodnhooks@worldnet.att.net>

Hi to all the family members of Capt. Dennis Pugh:
My name is Vernie Louise Streff.  You, of course, do not know me but I sent for a POW/MIA bracelet many years ago.  The one that came to me had Capt.Dennis Pugh 3-19-70 inscribed on it.  Tonight, as I was sitting in the living room watching a story on television about Vietnam, I suddenly remembered the bracelet that I had worn for so many years and had put away so carefully.  I mentioned to my husband that I had never heard anything about this man and he suggested that I try looking on the Internet for any information about him.  I was deeply hurt and saddened by what I found.  I am so sorry for the loss of Captain Pugh.  I went to my jewelry box and took out the bracelet and once again, I have it on my wrist.  Please let me know if you receive this message as I hope you will. 

With deepest sadness,
Vernie Louise Streff
e-mail :  woodnhooks@att.net

From: "rfarrell1" <rfarrell1@hvc.rr.com>
Subject: ALBERT H. GATES, JR. MIA/RNR
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 10:24:57 -0500

3/12/2003
To the family of ALBERT H. GATES, JR. USMC, MIA:  3/7/70
 
I have been wearing my bracelet since sometime in the early 1980's.  I have checked from time to time and from one place to another,  the status of your loved one.  I have been on my computer almost every day for the passed couple of weeks.  Last Friday, I decided to check for any information on Mr. Gates.  I wasn't even sure where to look, so I did the regular search with POW/MIA.  After only 3 clicks of my mouse, I sat dumbfounded as I was staring at my monitor and there was a yellow page with about 10 names on it, one of which was ALBERT H. GATES, JR.  I did not realized until that moment that I was actually checking on him on the anniversary of his disappearance.  It was unsettling and made me wonder why I had chosen that particular day to look for him.  I even got up from my computer to check the date for that day.
 
I was sorry to see that he is now listed KIA/Remains not Recovered.  I just don't understand why there was no one else listed as MIA, KIA, POW etc. for March 7, 1970.  Was he by himself?  Who saw what happened to him? How does anyone know he was KIA/OW?  If I have this many questions, I can't imagine how his family feels.  I'm not trying to "open up any wounds" or remind you of your loss, I just wanted you to know that I am still wearing my bracelet and the only time it has ever come off was for a medical test MRI and surgery.  I would love to hear from any of you to see if you have any answers to my questions.  When I read the BIO on the POW Network, it doesn't give much info on Mr. Gates, but I just wanted you to know that he is thought of quite often by me, a complete stranger, and that by wearing my bracelet, I have been asked about him many times.  Hope all is well and I am deeply sorry for  your loss and the the years of anguish you must have had.  Sincerely,
 
       EMAIL:  JAFRF23@HVC.RR.COM

Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 18:25:18 -0800
From: Roger Kovach <rkovach@gte.net>

My name is Karen Kovach.  I wore Lt. Col. Robert Brinchmann's POW/MIA bracelet in the 1970's.  I would feel honored if I could return the bracelet to the surviving family members.  My e-mail address is as follows: karen.k@adelphia.net

I hope to hear from you.

Karen Kovach
Southern California

Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 20:24:40 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Hall <bill@w-hall.com>

To the family of, LCDR. James K. Patterson 5/19/67

I have on my wrist a band of honor.  When at ballgames
and the flag is raised I wish James peace and good will.  At family gatherings he is always remembered with gratitude for his service and commitment.  When I say prayers with my daughter at night his name is in them.

On my wrist is a badge of honor for LCDR. James K Patterson

I'll hold onto that badge of honor for as long as I draw a breath in this world, or until I hear news from  you.

God Bless You,

Bill Hall
 
I want you to close your eyes and picture in your mind the soldier at Valley Forge, as he holds his musket in
his bloody hands. He stands barefoot in the snow, starved from lack of food, wounded from months of battle and emotionally scarred from the eternity away from his family surrounded by nothing but death and carnage of war.
He stands tough, with fire in his eyes and victory on his breath. He looks at us now in anger and disgust
and tells us this... " I gave you a birthright of  freedom born in the Constitution and now your children
graduate too illiterate to read it. I fought in the snow barefoot to give you the freedom to vote and you stay at home because it rains. I left my family destitute to give you the freedom of speech and you remain silent on critical issues,
because it might be bad for business. I orphaned my children to give you a government to serve you and it has stolen democracy from the people."

It's the soldier not the reporter who gives you the freedom of the press.
It's the soldier not the poet who gives you the freedom of speech.
It's the soldier not the campus organizer who allows you to demonstrate.
It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, whose coffin is draped with the flag that allows the protester to burn the flag!!!
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families
for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
Prayer Wheel:
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our  U.S. ground troops in Afghanistan, and the ones facing deployment to Iraq at this very moment - AND all over this world…...

From: "Larry Waggoner" <ljwagg@hcis.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 15:31:21 -0600

To the Family of
Capt. Hallie W. Smith
Date of Loss: 8 January 1968
Status (in 1973) MIA
 
I bought Capt. Smith's bracelet while a college student in 1973 and still have it.  I just wanted you to know that there is someone else who remembers and says a prayer often that he will come home.  Since I first put on the bracelet I have watched my sons grow to manhood and everyday realize more and more the sorrow and loss his family has known.  I will continue to keep Capt. Smith and all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Larry J Waggoner
1649 Yarbro Lane
Paducah, KY 42003
ljwagg@hci.net

From: "Larry Waggoner" <ljwagg@hcis.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 16:04:40 -0600

E4 John Allen Ware
Date of Loss: 4 November 1969
Status: (in 1973) MIA
 
Dear Family of John Ware
When I Was in College becoming a nurse in 1971-1973 I obtained a MIA bracelet with  the name John A Ware.  Although at the time I wondered about him, his sacrifice become more important to me.   As  I grew older married,
had 2 wonderful sons I continued to think of the young man who didn't come home.  Yes, I think I have become older and treasure the freedoms we have. I am grateful for John's courage.  I have tried to find his family in Oregon.
I  would like to hear from John's family. I wanted someone to know that I never forgot the name or the man whose name was on my bracelet,  I have thought of him many times over the years and said to friends and family , I 
wonder if John came home, or if he had a wife , child, brother or sister?.

Thank you John , and thanks to your family for the sacrifices. God Bless you.
Mardena Waggoner
E-mail
ljwagg@hcis.net

From: MTWBREW@aol.com
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 12:22:19 EST
Subject: Patrick Ott

Dear Ott Family,

My name is Mark Weissinger. I am a former Marine Corporal living in Brea, California (Orange County)who served during Desert Storm. I recently received an MIA bracelet with Patrick's name on it, and I just wanted to drop a line to let you know that  Patrick is in my mind as a man who gave for all of us, and he is not forgotten.
Lastly, Patrick's Bio says he was a first Lieutenant, however my bracelet says Captain. Is my bracelet wrong, I will have it corrected if necessary.

Sincerely,
Mark

Subject: Loveletter: Found A Bracelet For Jame Harold Alley
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 22:11:36 -0600

 I have a delicate situation here. It seems that the City of Westworth has uncovered a POW-MIA bracelet with James Harold Alley's name on it. I would like to return it to his family, if all possible. Can you help us out. It is very important to us.  
 
       tlwillcox@charter.net
       Troy Lee Willcox
 
Thank you.....

 


From: Cbcatluv@aol.com
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 23:46:41 EST

I am so glad I came across this website!  I was one of many who got a POW bracelet when I was in Hi-School back in the early 70's I wore it  and saved it , and I still have it.. I remember the man's name like he was a member of
my own family.  I wrote back and fort to his wife , and stopped after I graduated and moved to NY.. Is there any way to get in contact with his wife if she is still alive or any children if they are. I feel a connection to this person, and when I saw that they just identified his remains in  the year 2000 seemed eerie to me.. I would just like to let them know that I have thought of Lt. Col. Donald Paxton many times over the years. I am sure at this time of another war, he is deep in their thoughts.. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Charleen Borchers

From: Rcuckoosnest@wmconnect.com
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 21:25:41 EST

I have the bracelet for Lt. Col. Brendan Foley  MIA 11-24-67
rcuckoosnest@wmconnect.com

From: Cinders111@aol.com
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 21:09:56 EST

This letter is to the family of Daniel Borah, Jr.  I recently received a bracelet for Lt. Borah, Jr. and have read the details of what happened to him.  I am very sorry for the uncertainty that you must be feeling.  I just wanted to tell you that I will wear his bracelet until there is a definitive determination of what happened to him.  He, as well as you, will remain in my thoughts and prayers always.

Sincerely,
Cindi Metz
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 21:31:41 +0100
From: "Line Linesen" <linesen@mail-online.dk>
Subject: P.O.W.  Sgt. James Riley

Dear Sgt. James Riley's Family!
Pennsauken, New Jersey.
 
Me and my family here in Denmark are thinking very much at your brave and courageous son in the Iraq war.
May he soon come home to you in good condition.
 

Sincerely yours fam. H. Sjælland, Denmark


From: "Joe & Fran" <jscolza@hvc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 22:55:48 -0500

My name is Fran Scolza, and I had worn A POW bracelet from 1968 (an extended hospital stay caused it to be removed while in college in 1973) but I have kept it always.
As the war in Iraq causes more MIA and POW 's , it prompted me to visit this site and I discovered that in the early 1990's the soldier, whose name I wore, Maj. Stanley Horne, remains were returned home. I cannot phantom what it is to have a loved on missing for years- as a mother, I phantom it to be cruel and unbearable. I understand the bracelets are to be left at the wall or a memorial when the soldier is returned home- but in light of the current crisis, I am wearing Maj. Horne's bracelet to honor his life and remind our country to support our troops now in Iraq.

God Bless.

From: Mo9er@aol.com
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 01:20:22 EST

I have a POW bracelet with Lt. James Graham's name inscribed on it. I found out on your website he was returned home on August 14th, 1985. If any family member would like to have his bracelet just write and I'll send it to you. If not, I'll continue to cherish it and wear it with pride and hope for all the others to make it home. God bless you, Lt. James Graham and all our other POW-MIA heroes and their families.

BC
San Antonio, TX
mo9er@aol.com

From: Dkauble2@aol.com
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 21:08:02 EST

This is for the family of Col. Edwin D. Palmgren
Missing In Action   4-22-68
I have been wearing his MIA bracelet since 1973.  I was 14 years old when I got this bracelet and I have been including him in my thoughts and prayers all these years.  The ink has worn out of the engraved letters than form his name and the date he was listed as missing.  I have refilled it many times over the last 30 years, so everyone can see his name and the date.  I still get questions from people about what kind of bracelet it is.  How quickly they forget.  I feel a sense of pride and loyalty to Col. Palmgren whenever I tell people about my bracelet and him.  I just wanted to tell you that I will always remember him and  I honor him.  And I am grateful to him and to you for the sacrifice he made so that I could grow up free.  God Bless Col. Edwin D Palmgren and God Bless you, his family.

From: maggymay48@webtv.net (Beverly Brunner)
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 08:35:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: JIMMY CANIFORD

Hi Jimmy, I know you have been gone a long time, but yesterday I could not get you off my mind. I knew you were listed as a MIA and it broke my heart. I saw you right before you left and you stood so proud in your uniform. As I looked up the information on you, I was stunned to see your plane went down March 29.  Jimmy, yesterday was March 29. It makes me want to think you are still trying to reach someone and I don't know what to do. Jimmy, I just want you to know you are in my thoughts and in my heart. I pray you are with God and are not being held captive somewhere. Jeannie, her daughter and I are trying to do something. but we didn't know where to start. Maybe this website is our answer.

To any family member of Jimmy Caniford that may read this. I would love to hear from you and share our thoughts about Jimmy. I know he has a sister named Diana but have not been able to find her. So anyone who can
help, please email me.              

THANKS   BEV  BRUNNER

maggymay48@webtv.net

From: "maureen meriano" <mmeriano@localnet.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 17:12:42 -0500

Hello,
     I have a bracelet I bought when I was in nursing school in Massachusetts in 1969. The name on the bracelet is Lt. Col Thomas Gillen. I have kept this bracelet and just found the POW website and inquired as to the status of the person.
My information now is that Thomas is still missing.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and all families of POW/MIA's. I will continue to pray for Thomas and you and hope one day all is healed.
May each day the sun shines bring a ray of happiness into your life, and each day it rains bring a rainbow to put a smile on your face.
Maureen Meriano
mmeriano@localnet.com

From: "William Schrader" <wschrad1@rochester.rr.com>
Subject: Concerning Charles Milton Walling
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 17:58:25 -0500

To the family of Charles Walling,
I would like you to know that I have had Capt. Walling's POW/MIA bracelet since 1972. It was an important item in my life then as it is now. I would like you folks to know that I think of Mr. Walling almost every day. I thank him for his sacrifice and pray that you will receive some closure. I will continue to keep Mr. Walling in my prayers and I will continue to keep his memory by wearing his bracelet. I will be happy to send the bracelet to you if you wish. My thanks to you and to Mr. Walling.
Please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely,
William Schrader
e-mail www.wschrad1@rochester.rr.com

From: "skyre" <skyre@swbell.net>
Subject: USMC Ariel Cross
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 22:30:16 -0800
To The Family and Friend of Ariel Cross USMC  17 July 1968 SVN
 
I've wanted to let someone know that I have worn my bracelet for many, many years.  It's becoming pretty faded but it's been my constant companion on my left arm, along with a bracelet in memory and Recognition of all POW/MIA's.
 
I've never forgotten his sacrifice.  It would be nice to hear from anyone who knew him.  He was from Iowa.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Cheri Holmes
St. Louis, MO
skyre@swbell.net
 
March 31, 2003

From: "Pittstown Point Landings" <syacht@adelphia.net>
Subject: POW George Pollin
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 18:45:21 -0500

Is there any way that I can contact the family of George Pollin, Lavalette, NJ?  I went to high school with George and have had his bracelet since 1967.  I have recently started wearing it again.  I just learned from this website that Georges remains were found in 1990.  They should know that I grieve with them still.
 
Susan Hemmer
9274 SE Hawks Nest Ct
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

From: "Darryl Long" <darryllong@hotmail.com>
Subject: POW Bracelet still have and wearing
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 23:10:13 -0500
This letter is to the family of: 
 
          "M/SGT. Willie Stark  12-5-66
 
I just wanted to take this time to thank him for his bravery in defending our country.  I've had the bracelet since I was 10 years old and now i am 40 years of age.  I am a Former US Marine, graduated from Parris island in August of 1985.  I took the bracelet with me to boot camp, but i could not wear it.  But they did allow me to keep it in my foot locker.
 
  I want the family to know that i have always kept MSGT in my heart and never gave up.  I see in his bio that he is still MIA but Last know alive as of 2/7/1996.  I pray and hope that he is HOME or with GOD and his family is at peace.  I just want his family to know that i still hold him in my heart and on my arm.  I will continue to do so, unless the family  wishes for me to return the bracelet to them.  I pray that they will find and read this letter.
 
Would love to meet and chat with family....   GOD BLESS.
My email address is below...
 
Darryl Long
 
devildogg270@aol.com      darryllong@hotmail.com

From: "Tom Carrell" <paintwizard@seidata.com>
Subject: MSG Jerry M Shriver
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 07:36:21 -0500
I would very much like to get in contact with members of Jerry's family to let them know that he will not be forgotten.  I served with him in 1967 and 1968 and have worn his bracelet 24/7 since I found out his status.  In my
small community, we recently dedicated a monument to all veterans that was paid for through the purchase of bricks.  I placed a brick in Jerry's honor listing him as MIA.
Thank you for helping insure that we never forget and that it won't be over until the last man is home.
Tom Carrell
Bikini 22  Gladiator 058

From: DaWesties@aol.com
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 15:08:14 EST
Subject: Loveletters-
Thomas Allen Duckett

I have worn/carried the POW/MIA bracelet bearing Thomas Duckett's name and casualty date for 30 + years. He was only 24 when he went missing, along with Owen Skinner, just a year and two months older than myself. There has not been a day gone by that I have not wondered about his fate and thought about his family. I, unfortunately, never had honor of knowing him personally but there is an unbreakable bond between us nonetheless. I just want to let his family know that I pray for him every day and I will have his bracelet with me always, as my family knows that when I die it goes with me.                                  

This was a very personal war for me, twelve VERY brave young men from Berwyn, IL, my hometown, died in Viet Nam. I knew seven of them well and the oldest was a mere 22 years old. When we were teenagers President Kennedy said "As not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Thomas Duckett, Owen Skinner and 58,000+ others did the ultimate for their country and I now ask this "What will our country do for them and the other1,885 men still unaccounted for in Viet Nam and Laos?"                                                                                                

May God walk closely beside them and their families, Barbara Bolda Merrill
DaWesties@aol.com                
                     

From: "David Charvat" <charvatd@1st.net>
Subject: WWII ex-POW - Stalag 7
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 21:21:43 -0500

My wife’s uncle, Edmund Huff, from Virginia, was in a German POW camp. He made a good friend named Mastin L. Pruett (or Pruitt), who was originally from Chester, MS. Can anybody help me find this man if he is still alive so these two old buddies can once again talk to each other? 

Respectfully

Dave Charvat


From: Libbybus@aol.com
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 01:29:27 EST

To the Family of Capt. Patrick Harrold, USAF:

I find this letter particularly difficult to write as I have just read the bio on Capt. Patrick Harrold, MIA 12-5-69, and have learned of his fate.  Although Patrick is no longer with us, I am pleased to know that his wife Linda, son Tim, parents, and other family members have had closure with the return of his remains.

In 1970 when I was 16, I bought the POW/MIA bracelet that bears his name.  He has since been a part of me, included in my prayers.  I have cherished this bracelet and Patrick's memory and have used it to help my children understand the Vietnam War and those who gave their lives in the service of their country.

I would like to return it to Patrick's family if they wish it.  I feel somewhat awkward about this as it has been several years since his return for burial and I do not wish to disturb his family.

If you would like to have the bracelet returned, please contact me.

With Respect and Gratitude,
Carol Bussmann

From: PdxTawanda@cs.com
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 20:06:36 EST

I have ordered the POW bracelet of  Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young, Jr and will proudly wear it UNTIL HE COMES HOME. My Dad, who just turned  70, will wear the bracelet of  Chief Warrant Officer David S. Williams.  Our soldiers are out there somewhere, and both of these fine men are in my prayers by name daily, as well as all the other fine men and women who choose to protect this great country.  I hope this  messages reaches a family member or friend somehow.  I want them to know that "my soldier"  is with me everyday and I hope that he returns home prior to my receiving his "band of metal.". I pray for his safety and hope that he is feeling God's arms wrapped around him. If you see this post, please contact me. I would really like to get to know more about my soldier and his family.

From: Cashion LCpl Tiffany D <TiffanyC@lejeune.usmc.mil>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2003 11:02:56 

My name is Tiffany Miller. I have a MIA bracelet of USN Reuben B Harris. I received it when me and my husband got engaged over a year ago. He always wore it and he gave it to me. I always wear it. Even now as I am pregnant
the bracelet is getting tight due to retaining water. I always  check to see if anything new has came about on Harris. But the page has not been updated in some time. I know how hard it is loosing a loved one. I myself along with my husband are in the military. I just wanted to let his family know that I am always holding them in my prayers and hope to know something soon. If they like they can email me at TiffanyC@lejeune.usmc.mil.

From: "Pamela Renfro-Manuelian" <psrenfro@bartnet.net>
Subject: COL. BOBBY VINSON  POW/MIA: 4-24-68
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2003 15:10:04 -0600

To the family of Col. Vinson:
 
I received my POW/MIA bracelet, bearing Col. Vinson's name in 1968, when I was in the 8th grade.  I wore his bracelet, proudly, and with hope of his return, for many years.
 
My uncle, Col. Retired, Raymond Renfro, gave me his bracelet. My uncle too, served in Vietnam, and flew an F4.  He was 47 when he was called to serve.
 
I realize many years have passed,  but I have always thought of Col. Vinson and his family...wondering of his fate...his family's feelings and fears and hopes.  Please accept my deepest and most sincere sympathy for your loss.  
 
I still have HIS bracelet, and have wanted to know what really happened, for so many years.  Now, finally, with access to the internet, and hence this site, I have sadly learned that Co. Vinson did not come home alive.
 
I merely wanted to send you - the family of Col. Vinson - a note to let you know how proud and privileged I was...and still am...to have received Col Vinson's bracelet.  What an honour to wear something which symbolized a brave and patriotic American!!
 
God Bless you all.
 
Sincerely,
 
 Pamela S. Renfro-Manuelian
 
** If you - the family - would like to have my bracelet - please let me know, and I will send it to you

Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003 17:41:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mark Schwinn <futurepastormark@yahoo.com>

To the family of Capt George W Clarke Jr. I purchased a bracelet with your loved ones name on it years ago, and have worn if faithfully ever since... When I look at it I say a prayer for him and you. I pray that wherever he is he knows that I care and that he is not forgotten. Please know that I pray for you as well that you are well.

     Peace be with you, Mark

From: "Lydia Hamilton" <pawsfour@internetcds.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003 19:26:20 -0700

TO THE FAMILY OF ROBERT J WELCH....

IN THE EARLY 70'S HIS MIA/POW BRACELET WAS SENT TO ME.  I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN HIS NAME OR THE FACT THAT, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, HE NEVER CAME HOME.  I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHERE HIS FAMILY IS, WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE,  WHAT KIND OF A GREAT PERSON HE WAS.  I HAVE A COUSIN VERY CLOSE TO ME THAT SPENT A LONG TIME IN VIET NAM.  HE WAS ALSO IN THE AIR FORCE.  I NOW HAVE TWO NEPHEWS IN THE AIR FORCE, BOTH IN IRAQ.  HOPE YOUR FAMILY IS WELL.  BLESS YOU.


LYDIA HAMILTON
GRANTS PASS, OREGON

Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 19:51:38 -0400
From: doowoper <doowoper@optonline.net>
Subject: To the family of DONALD J. CLINE, JR.
Just wanted to send a message to the family of LCPL Donald J. Cline Jr.  I have recently adopted your love one from Operation Just Cause
 
I just wanted you to know that Donald will NOT BE FORGOTTEN and is being remember by many.
 
Your in our thoughts and prays everyday for a safe return home. You are truly an American Hero and your have touch the hearts of many.  May God Bless You and Thank You. 
 
Respectfully,
Evelyn

Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 19:54:53 -0400
From: doowoper <doowoper@optonline.net>
Subject: To the Family of CPL Kemaphoom A Chanawongse

Just wanted to send a message to the family of CPL Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse.  I have recently adopted your love one from Operation Just Cause. 
 
I just wanted you to know that Kemaphoom will NOT BE FORGOTTEN and is being remember by many.
 
Your in our thoughts and prays everyday for a safe return home. You are truly an American Hero and your have touch the hearts of many.  May God Bless You and Thank You. 
 
Respectfully,
Evelyn
etorzilli@yahoo.com

From: "Kris Parmentier" <kparmentier@new.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 19:47:57 -0500
In 10 days it will be 35 years since Major John Held was lost on 4/17/68 .   Although I have visited the Vietnam Memorial several years ago and have a rubbing, it was not until I stumbled on this web site that I finally learned more details of that day.  In 1972 I started wearing my POW bracelet with Major Held’s name on it.  My husband was in the service at the time.  For more years than I can remember I have wanted to let his family know that he has always been in my thoughts and prayers.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him.  You see I have NEVER taken off my bracelet from the day I put it on.  I even offered to take my wedding ring off during the birth of my 3rd child if the Dr. would let me leave my POW bracelet.  He let me leave both on.  Please know that Major Held has been source of strength to me and I hope knowing there is someone out there who has not forgotten Major Held is a source of comfort to his family. 

I would love to hear from anyone of his family who reads this.  My name is Kris and my email address is nectbag@new.rr.ocm.

God Bless You………Kris


Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 21:46:36 -0700
From: Sharon Lovell-Mitchell <sharon@slmdesigns.com>

To the family of Shoshana Johnson...
 
I received my POW bracelet in the mail today. The war in Iraq is foremost on my mind and in the news and I ask when will the POWs be found and released. Rest assured that I will keep her bracelet on my wrist until she arrives home safely to be with you. I made a vow to wear it until she is home. Her safety and security are paramount. I pray for her and keep her close to my heart everyday. The bracelet I now wear will be a symbol of my love for her and, you, her family, and a reminder of duty and honor that she carries out as a member of our armed forces. God bless each of you, God bless the POWs that are afraid, and God bless everyone else who carries the name of a solider on their wrist.
 
Blessings,
 
Sharon Mitchell
sharon@slmdesigns.com

From: thomas309@aol.com
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 03:06:16 EDT

To the family of Maj. Edwin Atterberry.  I am in possesion of a POW bracelet that I wore for many years. Although I learned of Maj Atterberrys' brave escape attempt, and ultimate sacrifice, I was never quite sure of how to return the bracelet. I hope that since I have discovered this site, I can return the bracelet to his loved ones. Please feel free to contact me, and I will return the bracelet to you. Thank you.

PS: The inscription reads..."Maj Edwin Atterberry 8-12-67"
       It was worn with great pride, and will always mean something special to me.
       Now it's time for you to have it back. Thanks. Tom Travers

From: "Larry Smith" <lksmith1950@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: SP4 Shoshana N. Johnson
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 15:53:22 -0500
I am wearing the bracelet of POW SP4 Shoshana N. Johnson.  I would like the family to know that my thoughts and prayers are with her and them.  Please contact me, if you wish, at lksmith1950@sbcglobal.net.  

God Bless America, Debbie Smith

From: "Martha Farley" <FarleyMartha@msn.com>
Subject: Family of Shoshana Johnson
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 18:21:18 -0500

My prayers are with your daughter, and with your family.
Seeing her picture brought the war home to me, and she's been in my thoughts and prayers everyday, as are all of the POWs.

I send my strength and faith to her and to you.

Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 19:02:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: barb soet <barbsoet@yahoo.com>
Subject: Lt. Brooks' POW Bracelet

During High School I wore the POW bracelet for Lt. Nicholas Brooks. He and his family were in my thoughts and prayers often during that time. I am saddened to have just learned of his death through your web site.

I have kept the bracelet. It is a memory of something important and meaningful from that time in my life.( My Dad was in the Sea bees during WW11, and his Navy Reserves Unit was called up during the Korean Conflict, so the Military--and the Navy in particular--have always been held in the highest regard in our family.)

Often, since that time, I would see the bracelet in my old jewelry box, and wonder; then say a prayer for him and his family.

As it might be heartening for Lt.Brooks' family to know of my sincere sympathy for their loss, I would appreciate if you would pass on this message to them. I will also be willing to send his POW bracelet to them.

Thank you for all you do.     --Barb Soet  

( P.S.-It was Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks and his brilliant handling of the CentCom briefings who prompted me to finally get some closure on "my" Lt. Brooks.) 


From: "Linda" <buckeye6973@mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 01:28:29 -0400

Family  of Lt. John Conlon III:
 
I am in possession of bracelet  which reads:
 
Lt. John Conlon  3-4-66
 
I understand that Lt Conlon may still be alive although he is officially considered deceased. 
 
I will continue to pray for him nevertheless.
 
It is brave men like Lt. Conlon who are responsible for our freedom.
 
May he never be forgotten.   God bless his family & friends.
 
Sincerely,
 
Linda Weiner Bennett
 

From: "White House" <whtehse@bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 00:38:12 -0500

Donald E. Paxton - Remains identified 9/8/00
 
    We never met, you and I, but you became a part of my life. I received the bracelet that bore your name when I was a child. You were listed as missing on February 22, 1969 - six days after my tenth birthday and because those dates were so close, I felt even closer to you.  
    Every night, when I said my prayers, I would rub my fingers across your name and pray for you too. I wondered where you were, what you looked like and were you hurt. I wondered about the things you liked and whether you had a family.
    I remember sitting close to the television set the day a group of POW's came home, hoping to see your name there, and feeling sad that it wasn't.
    I wore the bracelet faithfully throughout my teenage years. Your name was faded and the bracelet was scratched up, cracked in the middle and held together with tape but it was on my wrist. And then one day I looked down and it was missing. I felt terrible because I had lost it, as if I had let you down in some way. But I never forgot you.
    And when I read today, for the first time, that you had been found, I felt happy in one respect and sad in another. I'm happy that your family has received some closure but I'm sad because in all these years, whenever I thought of you, I thought of you as alive.
    So here I am, 44 years old and feeling as if I've lost a lifetime friend!
    I pray that you are at peace, dear friend. I'm proud to have worn your name and should your family read this, I hope it helps them to know that you were remembered and loved by someone you never even met!
    And tonight, when I say my prayers, I'll say one for you too.
 
Cathy Bauer White
whtehse@bellsouth.net

Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 22:57:16 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)
From: "scheer1.1" <scheer1.1@netzero.net>

My grandfather served in the Air Force and fought in WWII.  He is now 91 years old.  My father served in the Air Force during peace time.  In 1988, at the age of 17, I joined the Air National Guard.  During that summer I purchased a bracelet with the name Joseph L. Hart.  I have held on to that bracelet now for 15 years.  I have hoped and prayed over the years that he has returned home safely.  I just this minute found his name on the list and was saddened to see he has not returned yet.  His name has been a constant for me.  He is a member of my Air Force family and it has brought tears to my eyes that he is still unaccounted for.  If his family should receive this, please know that he is always in my thoughts and prayers.  Thank you for the sacrifice you, your family, and Joseph made to ensure the freedom that I enjoy today.
 
Cheryl
cscheerhoorn@yahoo.com

From: NenaW1@aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2003 21:38:23 EDT
Subject: Loveletters

Hi!

My name is Nena and I am 44 years old. I too was one of the many teens in the 70's who purchased a POW/MIA bracelet while in high school.  His name was S/SGT Robert Tabb and his missing date listed as 4-12-71.  I have kept this bracelet with my treasured personal items since I moved away from home at 20years old.  I lived in both Northern and Southern California and now live in Phoenix Arizona.  Throughout all my moves the bracelet has stayed with me and I often wondered what happened to him.  I have visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall and his name wasn't there so there was some relief, but I never followed up after that as I didn't have a computer then.  But I knew someday I would try to find out what happened to him and if he was still alive somewhere. 

I recently unpacked after my move to AZ and was sorting through the jewelry box that held all my sentimental treasures when I came across the bracelet. It has been sitting on my desk as a reminder to follow up on my vow to find him.  Well, after returning from vacation I sat down at my desk to answer some emails and scan some pictures when I picked up the bracelet and then did some web searches on names of POW/MIA's when I found one that
listed Robert Tabb as a returnee after being held until March 27, 1973. I didn't pay attention at that time to the date he was either taken or listed as missing, but I picked up the bracelet and looked at the date on it and it was exactly 32 years ago today he was declared missing in action.....4-12-71!     My heart stopped for a split-second  when I realized
the power of that moment and I knew it was meant for me to put an end to this mystery. 

I know he was still alive in 1996 and lives in Georgia.  I am going to forward this bracelet and a letter to him in hopes he is still alive and if not that his family members are willing to receive it on his behalf as a reminder that he was never forgotten!  Vietnam has played a major role in my life as  my older brother was in the Army and did a 1 year tour of duty there in 1967-68 with the 173rd Airborne.  He had wounded during a gunfire attack and was taken to Japan for hospitalization and recovery.  He was 21 years old and I was 10.  I used to sit by my Daddy's side on the arm of his chair and watch the news by Walter Cronkite about this place on the other side of the world called Vietnam.  My Mom had gotten a map of Vietnam and hung it a wall in our house and would put thumb tacks on the places she knew my brother had been at....as best we could tell by his letters. My family and I lived in the country in a small town in Northern California, surrounded by peach, prune, almond and walnut orchards. 

A Yellow Cab was a extremely rare sight where lived 8 miles outside of town....so that morning when one drove down our gravelled and somewhat paved road into our driveway and the driver came and knocked at our door  even at my young age I knew it wouldn't be good news.  The only way news was delivered was by Telegram.  My Mom and older sister (my brother's twin)  opened the door and the driver handed the yellow envelope to my Mom and asked her to sign for it.......Mom hadn't even started to open it when my sister ran off screaming and crying, fearing the worst!  Sadly we were informed  that he was injured, but not critical and was taken for treatment to Tokyo! 
That moment is forever etched into my memory.......
My wonderful big brother, my hero, returned home after he finished his time in Vietnam and his time with the Army.  I would love to say he had a hero's welcome, but we all know how our men and women who were SouthEast Asia were treated.  My brother was scorned, threatened, yelled at, cussed out....My God!  He was a young country boy who joined the Army and went over there to serve his country and he did it well, even though the nightmares never leave him.  Not until 5 years was he finally able to talk about events that happened over there, and he cried, and I cried with him for the youth and innocence he lost...but...he is a survivor, and it was the love of his family and  friends that stood by his side during that time that he said kept him from doing drugs and alcohol over there to escape the horrors that he was experiencing.

I was and still am so very proud of him and all the others who answered the call to serve our country and to fight for freedom.......freedom for ALL in the world, but especially the U.S.A.  So many are against what is happening today in
Iraq, but those who are for it far exceed the nay-sayers!  I will never understand the mentality of those who chose to live with their head in the sands and think it is totally acceptable for that Madman Dictator (along with countless others he is in bad company with forever in history) to be one of this lifetime's BIGGEST violator of Human Rights.  I want to live in a society where we care about those outside our back yard as well.  The Iraqui's have the same rights to live and be treated humanely as we do, yet they didn't have the strength, technology and leadership to overthrow Hussein.  I am PROUD to be an American and if there is ever an opportunity for me to help my fellow brother or sister anywhere in the world to experience the same type of freedom I have then I would.

After 911 we know that there are terrorist groups out there who live and breed hate, and will stop at nothing to destroy what they do not or cannot understand.  Freedom!  The places they attacked struck at the very core of our vulnerability! Our own soil.....our sense of security forever gone.  So whatever it takes to stop, capture, punish and sometimes kill those responsible for the taking of all those innocent lives lost in the attacks must be done. 

And to those who believe that "War is not the answer", or "Give peace a chance". Well, we did give peace a chance.  Saddam has had peace, for the most part, since the Gulf War was over in 1991.  And the result of that was what?
World Trade Center bombing February 1993 September 11, 2001

Need I say more?

God bless you to all who have served or family members (my Dad in WWII, Army, fought in one of the biggest, yet underplayed battles in the Aleutian Islands..."hell on Earth" were his exact words when he finally talked about that time in his life. He passed away Jan. 1999) my brother-in-law served in the Army in Vietnam, my nephew-Army previously stationed in Vicenza Italy in the 173rd until he got out of Army 5 years ago (his former unit played a major role in Northern Iraq), my niece's husband served with the Air Force and his ex-wife is still active duty and now overseas and my best friend/roommate's Dad who Green Beret/Special Forces having done 2 tours of duty in Vietnam.

We must never forget those who fought and died for us!

I pray that Robert Tabb is alive and well, and if he has passed on then all my condolences to his family and those close to him and pray that our armed forces and our Commander-in-Chief make the decisions that keep the same
oppress tyranny and leadership that was in Iraq from ever reaching our shores!


God Bless America and let Freedom Ring!!!!

Eternally grateful,

Nena

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 10:53:04 -0500
Reply-To: dvandervort@sw.rr.com
This is to the family of sp4 Edgar Hernandez. I am Dan Vandervort a retired W4 from the army. I am wearing the pow bracelet of your son and I just saw the news about the rescued pows on tv. I am hoping that your son is in that group.  If he is please let him know that he was never forgotten
 
Love and prayers
Dan Vandervort
436 Idlewild dr
Houma
la 70364

From: "Holly Straw" <hollypud@epud.net>
Subject: Capt. Darrel E. Pyle
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 06:59:43 -0700

Hello....I wore Capt. Pyle's bracelet during his captivity.  I took it off the day I sat with my mom and watched the t.v. as he walked off the plane, home finally.
 
I always wondered where he was and what he was doing.  I learned on your website that he has passed on.
 
If he has family out there, please ask them to write me a quick note.  Thanks much, Holly Straw....Hollypud@epud.net

From: "LINDA  CLODFELTER" <balto28@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 17:38:09 -0400

I have a bracelet that I have had since the late 60's the name on it is LT. Michael Bouchard 12-19-68. I have read that I should hold on to it to until the LT. is found. If anyone of his family should want it please contact me . I don't want it to get lost.

Thanks balto28@earthlink.net   


From: "S Dolores Gartanutti" <s.gartanutti@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Family of William Cooper Pierson III W1/US Army
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 21:41:32 -0400

I would like you to know that I still  have my bracelet for William. He has been in my thoughts and prayers these 34 years.
He has not been forgotten.
Sister Dolores Gartanutti, O.P.
email; s.gartanutti@worldnet.att

From: "Megan and Billy" <MeganBilly@libcom.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 23:26:29 -0400
Frankie Eugene Allgood 05/US Marine Corps HMM 363 Marine Air Group 11
 May God bless you and your family, for your courage and duty to the service of our country and in protecting our freedoms. God Blessed my wife and I with a beautiful boy eight years ago. Seven years ago we all visited the Vietnam Memorial where we obtained your bracelet. Every Memorial day until you come home, We will hold your bracelet and say a prayer for you and your family in thanks for all you have done for us and your country. You,  Lieutenant Colonel Frankie Eugene Allgood, will not be forgotten and will be remembered by the Stewart family always. Brother First Duty Always is a saying my Fire Dept. Recently adopted. In my own way, I feel this is your belief. I will support this until long after you are home with your family. Thank you for the gift of being with mine..
 
you can contact the Stewart family if you wish at Meganbilly@libcom.com 
I touch his bracelet as I type. He Is not Forgotten. God Bless All.
                                    
  The Stewart Family

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 10:53:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lorie Chell <lmchell@yahoo.com>

I am so happy to say that my POW bracelet has Shoshana Johnson's name on it!!!!  Thank God she is safe.  No words can say how I am feeling.  I would love to return the bracelet in person with hugs!!!
My first POW bracelet was that for James Kravitz.  He did not make it back.  I will continue to wear "his" bracelet for the rest of my life in his honor.  I will be getting a new one, and hopefully it will have a happy ending like Shoshana!
Lorie C.
California

Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2003 15:49:52 -0700
Subject: To the family of the rescued hero, PFC Patrick Kelly
From: Kari Sprowl <karisprowl@earthlink.net>

We don't read many stories with happy endings on these boards. However, on the day before his release from captivity, I had ordered the POW MIA bracelet for PFC Kelly.

I wore the bracelet for my Viet Nam MIA for years. I was prepared to wear
PFC Kelly's bracelet for as long as it took. Happily, I didn't have to wear it, at all.

You have our love and our support,

Kari Sprowl
Sierra Madre, CA

 

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