LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


From: parpep2@aol.com
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 08:25:17 EDT

Hello..This is for the family of CW2 John R. Henn Jr...My name is Diana and live in Northern, Ca and have been serving in the military (Army) myself, now for 20yrs this month and have been wearing CW2 Henn's bracelet since 1989, when the 1st SGT of my, then unit purchased it for me...I have proudly worn it ever since...actually, believe it or not, I wear it every single day and through the years have had so many people ask questions re; it...I have checked a few different P.O.W. sites for information on CW2 Henn's status and have not seen anything to indicate his return...If there is anyone from his family out there that reads this, I would love to correspond with you..I lost my father when I was only 2 yrs old and he also had served with the military, and although he did not lose his life while serving in war, the void my life has had without him in it, has still been tremendous and so my heart goes with you and yours for your void...Please contact me if you read this and may God bless you and all of us and all of our father's, husband's and brother's who were all so very brave in defending our country's freedom!!
 
Sincerely,
Diana
Parpep2@aol.com

From: DavidDDash2@cs.com
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 13:52:42 EDT

My name is David Daisher, Commander of VFW Post 4237 in Youngstown, Ohio.

One of my members gave me a bracelet with the name, of LCDR Terry Dennison and the date of 7-19-66. What I'm trying to do is to locate the person or his family and to return the bracelet to them. Any help would be useful in doing this. By the way I server in the Air Force from 66-98 with tours in Viet Nam 7-66-/7-67, and Dessert Storm 90/91.
Thank you for all that you are doing, and God bless you both.

DDASH2@ YAHOO.COM
David A. Daisher
Msgt. USAF RET

From: JerseyEbayGirl@aol.com
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 14:40:40 EDT

I have a POW bracelet for Capt FA Rhodes Jr, who is still listed as Missing in Action.  I'd like to return the bracelet to his family, if they want it.  Do you know how I can contact them?

Thank you,

Christy Karl

From: Pbjen27@aol.com
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 20:15:42 EDT
Subject: Lt Commander James E. Sullivan, 10/29/72

As a Vietnam veteran I felt a since of pride and duty to support the MIA program.  So when asked to contribute I gladly without hesitation donated.  I wanted a name of someone who was from my home state of Massachusetts.  I currently wear the bracelet of LTCom. James E. Sullivan, and until today (9/2/03) I never knew of his status.
 
Reading my VFW magazine I came across the "pownetwork," article, so today I decided to find out about Commander Sullivan.  As I read his bio, tears came to my eyes just remembering my buddies who paid the ultimate price for freedom.  It has been over thirty years since I returned home from Vietnam and never a day goes bye that I don't remember.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan's of Hull, Massachusetts I would express my deepest condolences for you loss and I would be proud and honored to return your sons bracelet. 
 
P.E. Jennings

From: Palmerlee Christine SSgt USAFE OWS/DOWO    <Christine.Palmerlee@sembach.af.mil>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 12:35:29 +0200

To the family of Col Charles P. Claxton,

Originally, when I went through Basic Training at Lackland AFB, I intended to pick a POW bracelet out of respect of the wishes of my Mom.  She always wished to carry one and wear one again as she did through high school, and as prior Army, it was the least I could do.

I remember telling the man at the counter that this was for my Mom, who was from Illinois.  He found one of the few remaining from that state that he still had available, and a few dollars later, I had a bracelet.  Still not fully graduated at the time, I could not wear the item, but long did it capture and hold my attention.

When I arrived at Keesler AFB for my technical school, I sent it across the US to her. 

Later, when I returned home from my school, I was in for a bit of a history lesson shock.

Col. Claxton's wife was my Mom's Home Economics teacher at Saint Treasa's Academy in Illionis.

She wore the same bracelet for him back in school in the late 60s and early 70s (graduated in 71).

Culture shock and a small world.

I claimed the bracelet for my own wear not too long after, as with her job, it would pose to be a safety hazard.

As the Air Force has sent me various places around the world, many have commented on the POW bracelet I wear.  Those willing hear the story associated with it, how magically it is tied in to my Mom's life.

As a member of VFW for two campaign spanning tours in Kosovo, the latest issue dealt with POWs.  There was an article listed with the POW Network.  As dishearten as I am to know that he fell in service of his country, to the family of Col Claxton, I would like to say I have his bracelet.  I cannot truly understand the pain involved in losing him, but I have worn his bracelet now for near five years.  It's not as shiny and new as it used to be, it is showing the signs of the care and devotion I have carried with it.

I can be reached at BrynnSalvasti@aol.com, should you wish this particular Staff Sergeant's memento.

Thank you,

SSgt Christine Palmerlee


From: NamVets@webtv.net (David Mason)
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 16:54:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: SSGT Burt C. Small

I wear his POW/MIA bracelet daily in remembrance of all those who have not returned home. To his family I pray for the return of your loved one. He is a true hero. May God bless and keep you until his return.

With love, from a fellow U.S. Army combat Vietnam Veteran.

David

From: "Susan Heller" <sunbsue2@hotmail.com>
Subject: Contact with POW family
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2003 17:47:03 -0500
I have the bracelet for Captain Charles M. Walling and would like a not forwarded to his family if they are listed with you. His wife was Julie Walling and he had 2 sons, Jeff and Michael.  My purpose is see if they would like to have his bracelet, I've had it for 30 years and I feel maybe it's time for it to go to his loved ones.
 
At the time I received the bracelet, my name was Susan Hubka and I lived in San Jose, California, since then I have remarried and moved.  My name is now Susan Heller and my address is 1609 Forsling;  Sgt. Bluff, Ia. 51054.   Thank you for any help you can give me.
 
Sincerely, Susan Heller

Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 08:05:05 -0700
From: Don & Connie Hall <halldcaz@direcway.com>
I am looking for the family members of Capt. Ronald Mayercik, lost 11-24.1967.  My father gave me his bracelet for a Christmas present back in 1970.  I have often wondered about his family and how they have handled this loss.  I was only 9 years old when I received the bracelet, never took it off until I was 20 years old and entered Navy boot camp - wedding rings only.  I did however, put the bracelet back on straight away after leaving boot camp. 
 
Please contact me - I would love to hear from any of you. 
 
 Connie Hall
 
 God Bless America and our Troops

From: "James Hayward" <jhayward@ufl.edu>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 13:22:36 -0500

I proudly wear the bracelet of USAF Capt. Howard L. Barden.  I am an Air Force ROTC student at the University of Florida.  I hope that this letter makes it to the family of Capt. Braden and finds them well in the knowledge that his memory is being carried out everyday.  I cannot show my true appreciation for his sacrifice because there are not enough words to express my gratitude.  I only hope that my life in the USAF can honor Capt. Barden's.  I owe it to him and all POW-MIAs.  If the family finds this message please contact me if it is not too imposing.  Thank you, Howard, for your sacrifice so that we may live our lives in peace.  God bless you and your family.
 
James Hayward

From: "Delores I." <deeno@sum.net>
Subject: Major Paul W. Bannon
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 20:25:57 -0400

To the family of Major Bannon:
 
My name is Delores (Dee) Iannotti and I have kept my bracelet with Maj. Paul Bannon's name on it since 1973.   When I obtained this bracelet, I took the oath to  wear it and to keep it with me until he is found.  I have done this with ardent vigilance for the past 30 years.  I recently found this website and have thoroughly researched Paul's biography.  In the past, I have researched Paul's status several times through a Washington phone number.  I have just found this website and it has given more information than ever.  I realize now that Maj. Bannon is listed as KIA/BNR yet I still have questions.   I will hold his bracelet near and dear to my heart until forever if need be.  Please write to me if you wish me to return this bracelet.  I will honorably respect your wishes even though it would grieve me to do so.  Maj. Bannon has become a part of my past and my future.   He has become a part of my family though I have never met him or spoke with him.  He will be in my prayers forever.
 
Sincerely and With Love,
 
Dee Iannotti
 

Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 17:54:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: ROBERT OZIER <robert-joy-ozier@prodigy.net>

To the family of S/Sgt John Jakovac. I learned today that he was brought home in 1998. It was as though a family member had just passed into the hands of the LORD. I have been praying since 1968 for his safe return. John is a last home and safe from further harm. I shall continue to pray for your family. If you would want his bracelet I will be happy to send it home, if not I shall find a proper place for it to rest. May GOD BLESS Johns family.       

 Joy Ozier         Tucson, Az

From: "Beverly J Ryan" <beverly.ryan@concentra.com>
Subject: POW - Lt.Col. Donald Klemm
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 22:04:06 -0400
My father-in law received the VFW magazine and I noticed the POW bracelets on this months issue. (Sept.2003).  I wore one of these bracelets for many years and never forgot the name of the brave man it represented.  I watched the newspapers and was always watching to see if I could fine his name.  I was hoping and praying that he would return home.  I never could find out his fate until I found your network.  He is listed as MIA.  Although this is not the report I was hoping to find it did give me closure.  I would like for his family to know that there were others out there who sincerely cared about their loved one and continue to keep them in their prayers.  If at all possible, please forward this message to the family and let them know that I would like to hear from them in return.
 
Thank you and may God bless and keep us all.
 
Sincerely
Beverly Ryan
San Antonio, TX

From: Cassie815@aol.com
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 23:14:03 EDT

Re: Captain Hubert B. Loheed.
(Interested in hearing from his family &/or friends and acquaintances.)

I have worn my POW bracelet for 31 years now. I found out about 2 years ago that my person's remains were indeed found, fairly recently, and returned for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. I do however continue to wear my bracelet, as a tribute to the young man who died and as a tribute to all who have served and who continue to serve. I am often asked about my bracelet, people wanting to know just what it is. And so I remind them about our POW/MIAs, I remind them that our country still has people missing, I remind them that these people served their country (and us) and they deserve our gratitude, prayers and respect.
I've not yet been to The Wall and doubt I will be there in the near future, so leaving my bracelet there isn't going to be happening anytime soon. I've always preferred the idea of giving it to my POW/MIA's family if possible. I'm hoping they might see this and respond. I'd love to hear about the man I've prayed for, and prayed about, for the last 3 decades. I've always been curious about him. All's I know at this point is that he wasn't a POW, he was shot down and died in the crash (he was piloting the plane). Also that he was 42 or 44 years old, which means I am now at the age he was when he died. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that he had a couple of young children.
I do continue to pray for this man and his family.
If anyone else would happen to know him, I'd like to hear from you as well. Maybe old friends, relatives, people he served with....whatever.
Thank you.
And thank you for this site; it's important for us to remember.
Cassie.                
email address:   cassie815@aol.com

From: PBKnudson@excite.com
Subject: Lt. Col. Darel Leetun
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2003 06:46:30 -0600

I still wear the bracelet bearing Lt. Col. Darel Leetun’s name. It was given to me in 1970 by my high school principal.  I was a senior.  I proudly explain the significance of the bracelet to cashiers and the students in my classroom each year.  He is not forgotten.

P.  Knudson

PBKnudson@excite.com


From: Pamelaflorida@aol.com
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2003 15:40:15 EDT
Subject: Richard Fischer, USMC

His POW/MIA bracelet has been kept all these years by my mother. L/CPL
Richard Fischer 1-8-1968. If you wish to have it returned, please contact me at the
following email address:
pbflorida@yahoo.com
Otherwise, we will continue to proudly keep in our possession.

From: "Patti Sanzotta" <sanzotta@redcreek.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 16:45:56 -0400
I am sitting here catching bits and pieces of Oprah Winfrey, which today showed a group buying up dog tags, and finding the soldier or family to return them to.  Quite a few times, I have thought of the bracelets that I acquired as a teenager.  Unfortunately, at the moment I can only find one of them.  The name on the bracelet is Maj. Harrison Klinck  11-19-67.  I was disheartened to find his name listed on this sight, and that his remains had been returned to his family.  I would like to be able to return the bracelet to his family if they so desired.  Suggestions from anyone would be appreciated.  My heartfelt thanks to all those who have served our country, and their families.  Thank-you Pattie Sanzotta

From: Bgdietel@aol.com
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 20:43:22 EDT
Subject: Col. Ivan Appleby (bracelet)

I have just discovered this web site and found that Col. Appleby's remains were found and returned. I have worn this bracelet on/off for 32 years. And thought of him and others I personally left behind or sent home as casualties often. It has been a constant reminder for me of those sacrifices we made so long ago. My heart and prayers go out to his family and all those affected by this war we waged so long ago. 

They will not be forgotten. 

Bill Dietel


From: "duane dunaway sr" <papaspook369@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2003 15:25:05 -0500
To the family of Col. Notley Qwynn Maddox:   

Just a short note. I am still wearing the bracelet that I got when I came back from Vietnam, in 68. Letting you know I am still praying. If you want to write to me, or not it is okay.            

Sincerely,  

Duane A. Dunaway Sr   
402S. 11th St. Apt # 9
Ozark, Mo  65721


From: HFirefighter2334@aol.com
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 12:25:30 EDT

To the family of SSGT John H R Brooks,
      My name is SSGT Delmar A Head Jr I have been wearing your sons braclet for over 16 years, and I will continue to do so until his return by gods will, alive, my heart and prays are among your family and always will be and god bless all of you as well.

                                                       Yours Truely.
                                                     SSGT Delmar A Head Jr

ps. my E-mail is HFirefighter2334@aol.com

From: "Mike and Jody J" <mike-jodyj93@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 21:48:50 -0500

This message is for the family of James L. Nichols.
 
This past weekend my family and I went to the air show at Scott Air Force Base.  It was a wonderful air show.  I saw the POW/MIA booth that is there every year.  I told my husband that this year I wanted to get a bracelet and wear it until the day that soldier comes home.  I have always wanted one.  My husband is in the Air Force and my son is getting ready to go in, in January of 2004.  I am very proud of our Military.  When I was trying to decide which bracelet I wanted, I found that it was a very hard decision to make.  I wanted to take them all and wear them all.  But for some reason I found myself kept coming back to James's bracelet.  I don't know what it was but it was like the bracelet was talking to me.  I would look at the others but this one kept bringing me back.  I find myself looking at the bracelet and wondering what James is like.  What kind of man is he? 
 
    I have vowed to myself that I will not take the bracelet off until James is home.  I would love to know more about James if possible.  I feel that he is now a part of our families life and will be until we all meet in heaven.  I want the family of James to know that we are so proud of James and what he has done for our country.  Please let us know what kind of man he is.  Our thoughts and prayers will be with James and his family always.  Our email address is
 
 
Love
Mike, Jody (the bracelet wearer), Melissa Sue, Steven, Robbie and Melissa Marie
The Jenkins/Robinson family

From: "Alexander, Aaron" <Aaron.Alexander@cingular.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 16:28:41 -0400

I wear a bracelet for Roger C. Hallberg.  I have worn it now for about five years.  I would not trade it for the world.  I regret that I don't know more about him.  I will continue to pray and wear my bracelet.  

Aaron Alexander


From: "Wende West" <wwest2@rochester.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 19:04:37 -0400

Hello.  I have a bracelet that was worn by me many years ago and came across it yesterday.  It has really made me think back to the time when I was in my early 20's and the meaning of this bracelet.  The name on the bracelet is MAJ. Wendell Keller.  I would really love to hear from someone out there who knew him.  After reading his bio, I now feel connected and would love to know more.  My husband and our best friend are both Viet Nam veterans.  If anyone from Maj. Keller's family or past would like to write to me I would love to hear from you. 

My email address is wwest2@rochester.rr.com


Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 17:13:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: p worden <unicorn894@yahoo.com>
Subject: I would like to know more.

To whom it may concern,
 
         I recently chose a bracelet and I was able to read the info available about it on line
   but was wondering how I might find out more about it. I would like to know if there is any family or pictures that are allowed to be seen this is all pretty new to me but if someone could help that would be great . The person I have chosen is Peter J. Wilson missing since 10/19/70 from Laos thank you for your time.
 
                                                                                    Sincerely yours,
                                                                                    Pamela J. Worden

From: "Chitwood" <mustflyr@iland.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 16:23:29 
I wear the bracelet of Sgt. James D. Locker, and have done so every day for the past 4 years.  I am a military wife and pray for our troops every day, and in those prayers I remember Sgt. Locker. 
As our base gets ready to honor all of the POWs in a ceremony, I looked to those brave men who were listed missing together on  09 Jun 68 and found that Capt. Yeend and Lt. Rittichier have been returned home.  I pray for the day when I can see that Sgt. Locker is home too.  He is a part of my family and the USAF family of which I am a part. God Bless.....
 
Sincerely,
Betsey

From: "robert ledbetter" <buckeyejoe02@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 09:39:40 -0400

IT'S A GREAT THING THAT YOU ARE DOING TO KEEP OUR TROOPS ALIVE AND REMEMBERED.  I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT ABOUT COL. BURRIS N. BEGLEY USAF 12-5-66 NVN.  IF YOU CAN TELL ME ANYTHING I WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL OR GIVE MY EMAIL ADDRESS TO ANY FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND.  THE EMAIL TO USE WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:  mojorider6913@yahoo.com  LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  ROBERT J. LEDBETTER  P.O.BOX 326 WEST UNION, OHIO 45693

RJ. Ledbetter

From: EKuppinger@aol.com
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 11:08:30 EDT

RE: CPT Mitchell Lane  USAF MIA 1/4/69

I have had CPT Lanes bracelet since I was in High School. I must admit that I have not worn it as diligently as I should.  However, I still have it and My thoughts go out to CPT Lanes family.

The events of 9/11 brought a new wave of bracelets to remember those who lost there lives that day.  As a Firefighter in Rochester, NY it is a way to remember my fellow FF's.

Currently I am a CPT in the Army Reserves.  A veteran of the War on Terrorism from Afghanistan.  So here I am nearly 30 years later hopefully paying honor to the duty and Sacrifice that CPT Mitchell made.

I hope that this note reaches someone from his family so that they know that he is not forgotten.  As his Birthdate (OCT 4) approaches I will think of him more often.

CPT Edward  (Ted) Kuppinger
Rochester NY
ekuppinger@aol.com

From: "Connie & Grayland Bolyard" <cgbolyard@earthlink.net>
Subject: Major Henry Brauner
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 12:50:55 -0500
I have worn Major Henry Brauner's bracelet since about 1973. I remember the day the list of the ones returned was published in the newspaper. I stood in the library of my junior high school searching for his name. It was not there. I remember crying so hard just like I am doing right now as I write this letter. There is not a day goes by that I don't pray for him and for his family. In my mind I have created a mental picture of how I think he looks. I hope and pray that one of his family members will read this and maybe want to write to me. He will never be forgotten as long as I live. I had to remove his bracelet one time when I had to undergo an MRI. I made the technician wear it while I couldn't. I will never give up hope.
 
Always,
Connie 

From: dianneh43@aol.com
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 19:40:28 EDT

I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MAJ. ROBERT PANEK SR. AND WAS SADDENED TO SEE THAT HE DIDN'T SURVIVE. MY GOAL IS TO RETURN THE BRACELET TO HIS FAMILY IF POSSIBLE. IF NOT, IT WILL BE DISPLAYED IN A PLACE OF HONOR AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 102, ROCKFORD, MICHIGAN.

I HAVE NO DESIRE TO CAUSE HIS FAMILY FURTHER PAIN BUT IF THEY WOULD LIKE THE BRACELET, I WOULD BE GLAD TO GET IT TO THEM MYSELF OR BY THIRD PARTY.

dianneh43@aol.com

From: dianneh43@aol.com
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 08:30:37 EDT
Subject: LOVELETTER TO MAJ. ROBERT PANEK SR. FAMILY

I HAVE YOUR FATHER'S POW BRACELETT AND WOULD LOVE TO RETURN IT TO YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME.  

dianneh43@ aol.com


From: "James Everman" <JimE921@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 08:58:44 -0700
Robert 'F' "Bob" Rex

I am a retired USAF survival instructor. I wore Capt. Rex's bracelet for years while instructing air crews the art of survival in a hostile environment. The survival school is in Washington state. One day while in the woods with a crew, we were waiting our turn to work with the helicopter. It was a nice day and my sleeves were rolled up and we were just sitting on the ground relaxing and waiting. A young second LT. was sitting next to me and he happened to notice my bracelet and said "I know the family of that man". Unfortunately I don't remember his name. This was in about 1985. I don't remember when my wife and I stopped wearing our bracelets but after visiting this site I have put Captain Rex's bracelet back on. My wife will do the same.
 
Jim Everman

From: "MARCIE NEWTON" <fig1158@twin-valley.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 14:55:18 -0700

TO THE FAMILIES OR FRIENDS OF...
LCPL JOHN B. NAHAN III  - ALLEGAN, MI.
CAPT. ROBERT A. WILSON - DETROIT. MI.
SSG REFUGIO T. TERAN - WESTLAND, MI.
 
MY NAME IS MARCIE NEWTON AND I AM AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS CHAPTER 68 IN PETOSKEY MICHIGAN. I RECENTLY TOOK IT UPON MYSELF TO TAKE THE P.O.W. BRACELETS THAT WE HAVE HAD IN THE CHAPTER FOR SOME TIME NOW AN RESEARCH THE NAMES TO GET UPDATES ON THEIR STATUS. I AM HONORED AND HUMBLED DEEPLY TO SAY THAT 3 NAMES OUT OF THE 10 BRACELETS I HAVE, THEY HAVE COME HOME.
I AM WRITING TO THE FAMILIES OF THESE MEN TO POSSIBLY RETURN THE BRACELETS AND SHARE A WORD OR TWO OF HOW GRATEFUL I AM THAT THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR ME. I WOULD ALSO LIKE THE FAMILIES TO HAVE THE BRACELETS AND TAGS. I GOT MY FIRST BRACELET IN 1976 AND HAVE HAD 10 SINCE THEN.
MY UNCLE WAS A MARINE IN VIETNAM AND STILL SUFFERS FROM ALOT OF PAIN. I WORK FOR THESE GUYS AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR IN HONOR OF HIM.
IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO CONTACT THESE FAMILIES TO RETURN THE BRACELETS AND TAGS, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT fig1158@twin-valley.net
THANKS FOR ANY HELP.
  
MARCIE ANNE NEWTON
WAY UP NORTH
PETOSKEY

From: "Linda G. Heishman" <llllllsr@mcmsys.com>
Subject: GYSGT Edward A. Willing  U.S.M.C.
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 12:48:46 -0500
I have been wearing my pow/mia bracelet for about twelve years now and I am very reluctant to take it off for any reason other than the man whose name it bears comes home. I ran into an a piece on what you do in my VFW magazine and I had to send you a line. I think what you are doing is a great thing and I hope you and whoever takes over after you can keep it up until all our people are home. If Edward Willing has any family left I would like to drop them a line to let them know that I have not forgotten.
 
I served seven years in the Marine Corps and I now have eight years in the Missouri Army National Guard. I feel that I am a very patriotic American and I get a little choked up when I see my flag waving.
 
Semper Fi         Leslie Heishman
Once a Marine Always a Marine

Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 13:27:57 -0700
From: Rebecca Hodge <rshodge@evsc.k12.in.us>
Subject: love letters/Sandy Sanderlin
To the family of Sandy Sanderlin of Ft. Worth, Texas:
 
I have just read that Mr. Sanderlin's remains were returned in 1990.  I
have the bracelet with his name on it.  I wore it for years.  Please
contact me.
RH
Indiana

From: Kasgrams@aol.com
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 11:54:34 EDT

Hello. My name is Kathy Smock and I wore a bracelet when I was a teen with the name of Sgt. James Van Bendegom.  I feel awful that over the years I have misplaced it but have kept his name close to my heart.  I will never forget it.  If  there is anyone out there who knows his name or would like to write, you can contact me at: Kasgrams@aol.com.  God bless you all.  Thank You.

From: Jerica19152@wmconnect.com
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 08:34:42 EDT

To the family and friend's of Fredrick J Ransbottom. My name is Melissa King, while in high school my boyfriend and I got pow/mia bracelet's.....the name on mine was Mr. Ransbottm. Over the many year's I'm sorry to say that I have lost the bracelet. Yet this man has been in my heart and on my mind for 30 years. I have longed to contact some family or friend's and did not know how to.......the other day my daughter was helping me and I came upon this site....thank God. I want you to know that I love you so, and feel like I am a part of your family. I am going to see if there is anyway that I can replace my bracelet, I will wear it until our loved on comes home. Please remember that God is always there, He has helped me through 5 very hard years.....you see I lost my precious son in a car accident 5 years ago this month, he may not be here with me, but his presence is felt every day, and I know that must be the way that you feel. God bless you, and all other families that are still waiting for a word, and God bless our men, may they have the strength to endure. We pray for our men in Iraq and in other nations that are protecting us.  Once again I love you and I will leave you my email address, with prayer's that you will get this and will want to get in touch with me, add. is.........jerica19152@wmconnect.com........please let me know if you get this letter. 

My love and prayers to you all. Melissa King


From: mickey.d.bevill@us.army.mil
Subject: Curtis Cline will never be forgotten
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 14:00:59 -0700

My name is Mickey Bevill and I was born and raised in Arkansas.  I still have my POW bracelet that I received in the early 70's with Curtis Cline's name on it.  I wore this bracelet until I graduated high school in 1977.  I left it with my parents when I went to boot camp myself.  After serving 4 years in the Navy on a submarine, I was back home in Arkansas one day when my mom had been cleaning out some of my belongings and when I went through a box of stuff she had kept for me, I ran across my old POW bracelet.  I keep it on my dresser at home now, and my kids have asked me about it and I tell them the story of how when I was in high school we would check the local paper to see if our POW had come home yet.  They are sad to hear that the soldier named Curtis Cline who was listed missing in action on 9-18-1969 never returned home.  I am still in the Navy Reserves today, and I wear my POW bracelet to drill every month.  If anyone in Curtis Cline's family would like to have this bracelet I would be honored to mail it to them.  If I never hear from anyone in his family rest assured that I will keep the bracelet till I die.  My thanks and prayers go out to his Mom and Dad and any other family member or friend he once had. 

                                                                                                                    Respectfully,

                                                                                                                            Mickey Bevill

P.S. I can always be reached at:     mickeybevill@yahoo.com


Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 22:37:26 -0500
From: "Bridget Whelan" <bwhelan@ftdi.com>

To:  the family of Richard D. Roberts
 
Dear Roberts Family,
    I started wearing a bracelet with your son's name on it in 1984.  At that time, I was 13 and a freshman in high school.  I really did not understand the history behind the war, or the gravity in the shear numbers of the men we misplaced during this time.  Years have past, and at somewhere along the way I had stopped wearing the bracelet.  I can't really remember why, I just know that at some point it was stashed away in the jewelry box.  That was until about 2 months ago when I was cleaning house for a garage sale.  I came across the bracelet, and immediately put it back on, and it has not been off my wrist since. With a few years under my belt, as well as a true grasp of what happened in that terrible span of US history, I wear my bracelet with pride for the men like Richard, that served their country with no questions asked during a very confusing war..  With the days of internet research now
upon us, I finally sat down to try to find out information on Richard. I have worn his name on my wrist for the better part of 20 years, and now that I have found him again, in a sense, he will never come off of my wrist again, unless we find him.  I don't know if you are out there, or reading this, but if you are, I can be contacted at
bwhelan@ftdi.com.  I would love to know more about your son, brother, cousin, nephew, whatever he is to whomever might be reading this.  Now, at the age of 32, I am proud to explain what the bracelet I never take
off my wrist, means to my seven year old niece.  If there is anyone out there that knows anything about Richard D. Roberts, missing since March 25, 1969, hailing from Michigan, please feel free to respond to the listed email address.

Sincerely,
Bridget

From: "pat patterson" <hankp85936@wmonline.com>
Subject: LT James Kelly Patterson, Love Letters
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 09:57:57 -0700

To the family and friends of LT. James Kelly Patterson,
 
In 1969 after returning from my first tour of Vietnam I saw a very large pile of POW bracelets in a store in San Diego.  The first one I picked up was LT. James Patterson's.  It has the star denoting MIA. From that day I have worn his bracelet to honor him and all those in all wars who did not return home. They will never be forgotten.  I pray for the peace of his family.
 
Pat Patterson, USN, Ret.

From: Drnelms@cs.com
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 11:14:26 EDT
Subject: Major Floyd Warren Olsen

I, along with thousands, wore a POW/MIA bracelet for several years.  I searched the newspapers as POW's were coming home and, unfortunately, my POW, my hero, was not among them.  I recently learned of your website through my dad's Veteran's Magazine and within a few minutes learned the status of Major Olsen. 
Do you have family contact information for Major Olsen?  I don't know if I could part with the bracelet but I certainly would like them to know I have often thought of and prayed for Major Olsen and his family.  You may certainly pass along my email if you can. 

Thanks for all you have done in the name of freedom and justice for these brave men and women.
Debby Nelms

From: "Edward Combs" <edvicki@earthlink.net>
Subject: POW BracElet
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 09:37:40 -0400
     I am the proud displayer of Lt. Col. Francis McGouldrick's Pow Bracelet.I have had it  since it Was first issued. I under stand that he is still missing in action.I wish to give my hope that in some way he comes, and finally rest in peace. I was 15Years old  when my mother got it for me,I am now 48 and keep it safe at all times.

                                                                Best of wishes,
                                                                Edward Combs 

Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 05:40:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: mitchell seaman <cman201@yahoo.com>
Subject: Capt Virgil K Meroney III  USAF

I have worn The bracelet of Virgil K Meroney III that was shot down on 1 March 1969 in Laos for many years. I wear it with great pride and great sadness. I made a promise that it will stay on my wrist till he comes home. I have talked with his family and what a great feeling I had I do not understand why people want to return the bracelet its not over till they are home. please keep them and wear them with pride we must never forget them
                                       Mitchell B. Seaman
                                       Viet Nam Vet  69-70
TO ALL MY BROTHERS WELCOME HOME

From: <VampyreNik@aol.com>
Sender: "Darth Will" <theforce@pacbell.net>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 00:35:37 -0700
         My name is Nikki.  I joined the USAF in 1995.  Two and a half years later I began to have symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I was 25 and my world was turning upside-down.  I had to quit my kungfu classes, lost my
fiance, and was receiving a separation from the Air Force.  I was finding myself with a lost future and little hope for a normal and happy life.  Then I met Chucky. 
 
         It was one month before my discharge when my flight got the chance to attend a POW/MIA luncheon.  After the luncheon and some tear jerking moments, they gave us the opportunity to buy a bracelet. The first one I
picked up had the name Charles Joseph Scharf.  He was USAF and from San Diego CA.  The same branch and hometown as myself.  I knew then that this was meant to be.  I put on his bracelet and never took it off. 

         Six years passed and because of daily wear and tear the bracelet broke off.  I wanted to buy another one, but not any name would do (although all are important)  Chucky was my "boy" and he is the name I vowed to carry. I went on the internet to order a new one and made a delightful discovery. I found out that a new bracelet design had come out with a picture of the POW/MIA!  There was only a small list of names that had pictures on them and Charles Scharf was one of them.  I was so excited!  I had been wearing his name for six years, and now I was going to have a face to the name!

         I ordered the new bracelet and anxiously awaited it's arrival.  I was getting married in a few months to my new fiancée and wanted to have Chucky with me, shining face and all.  One month before the wedding my
bracelet came, and there was Chucky, strong and brave.  Everyone who knows me, knows about Chucky.  And when I finally got my new bracelet everyone was excited to see his face as much as I was.

         I know that we wear our POW/MIA bracelets to "NOT FORGET", to spread awareness, and to fight for the return of all, but it seems I got the better end of it all.  I have had difficult times in my past, and because of my
disease, still do.  There are days were I am in a lot of pain, and I feel my spirit tire.  But then I touch my bracelet, and I remember Chucky, and all who have battled their fears, both in war and everyday as POWs.  I gain
strength from them.  Some say to wear the bracelet as a symbol of hope. I say, just wearing it GIVES me hope.  Not just for their future, but for mine as well.
 
         One day Chucky will be return, and I will be there at the airport to welcome him home.

From: "CAG" <celia@mcgee-gelman.com>
Subject: Loveletters - re Lt David McRae
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 13:17:20 -0400

To the family of Lt. David McRae:
 
Hello.  I've worn Lt. David McRae's name on my arm since 1973.  I got his POW bracelet in my first year of college and it has been with me ever since.  I served 8 years in the Air Force wearing it, got married wearing it and even gave birth wearing it.  I have prayed for him and for you over the years, particularly around December and the holidays.  I found his name when the Traveling Wall came to town, cried and made a rubbing to keep.
 
I've checked on his status over the years but did not know until yesterday that he had finally been accounted for and brought home last year.  I am glad for your sake and his that at least and at last he is back home, even if not as we all would have wished.
 
If you wish, I will send my bracelet to you.  I promised to wear it "until he came home" and I have been proud to do so. 
 
However, I would also be proud to wear it in his honor and memory, so I will continue to wear his name unless I hear differently from you.
 
Hoping that all is well with you.
 
Celia Garland

From: "gitaya" <gitaya@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 15:09:15 -0600

This is to the family of Major Eugene L. Wheeler.  Hello, my name is Janeen and I wanted you to know that I got Major Wheeler's bracelet today. I will admit that I find it difficult to write, for I know what it's like to lose someone due to war and even it's after effects.  Please know that I WILL wear this bracelet til he his brought home.  And in the event that he his not, I will wear it til my dying day and at that time will pass it on to one of my children to wear.  Believe me when I say that HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!!!     Sincerly,  Janeen
 
email:  distayohi@yahoo.com 

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 12:56:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: Grace Liang <bencalys@yahoo.com>
Subject: loveletters - James H. Tucker
To the Family of James H. Tucker,
 
I am a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and purchased a POW bracelet from my ROTC detachment a few years ago when I was still a cadet. Since then, I have never taken it off. It has gone through quite a lot of trainings, exercises, and schools with me, and when people ask me about whose name it is that I wear on my wrist, I answer them with as much information as I have been able to find on Maj Tucker (then 1Lt Tucker).
 
Though I am far too young to even remember the Vietnam war, I believe that all airmen and their families and friends throughout the ages will always share that bond that binds us together through our dedication to serving our great country. I don't know how to contact any of Maj Tucker's family except through this website, so if any of you are out there, please know that my prayers are with you all, that I will not ever take this bracelet off till he is found, and that I am proud to be serving in the same Air Force that he once did.
 
If you happen to read this letter, I have enclosed my email address below, if you would like to get in contact with me.
 
God bless.
 
2Lt Grace Liang, USAF
bencalys@yahoo.com
 
=====
AFROTC DET 825 MARAUDER FLIGHT
Tyndall III Field Training 2002

"Ah, mou ikanakucha...aki ga kuru kara."

From: GardenGirl913@aol.com
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 12:23:07 EDT

My husband and I have kept our POW/MIA bracelets and wonder where are these brave young men?  His bracelet has the name of Sgt. Burt C. Small Jr. 3-67 and mine has Capt. Larron Murphy 4-23-70.  It is a little thing to say we still care and we think of them often, but having found this web site I wanted someone to know we do still care and think of them often.  I have not worn my bracelet in a while, but now I am going to do just that. A small symbol for such a great sacrifice.

From: suzqga@webtv.net (Suzanne Burgess)
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2003 16:02:05 -0400 (EDT)

While caring for my brother, Albert Thum, in Bossier City, La. before he was put in a residential hospice Oct. 15, 2003 in Shreveport I found a POW bracelet with the name Capt. Richard Claflin, 7-26-67. If any of his family or friends reads this and cares to write me I would appreciate
it. Suzanne Burgess

From: "J H" <hamiltonjh@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 19:12:44 +0900

I am active duty USAF and I have been wearing the POW/MIA braclet with the name SP4 ROBERT M STATON JR from North Carolina since 1989. This braclet has traveled around the world with me during times of both peace and conflict. I wore it during both Gulf Wars and when I was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Alot of people, other airmen both enlisted and officer, have asked me about it and have subsequently gotten their own bracelet to wear. When I was deployed and living in the middle of nowhere in a tent especially, to look at the bracelet reminded me of how proud I was (am) to serve. I will continue to wear the bracelet until he is home, or, God forbid, pass it down to my son someday with full explanation of what it is and what to do with it when the time comes. If the family of SP4 ROBERT M STATON, USA, LOST 11-11-67 IN SVN, reads this and wants to communicate with me, I would be more than willing to reciprocate. If family members would like the bracelet back that has been worn proudly for 14 years, I would also respect their wishes. Let us never forget those left behind from any conflict. Until they all come home....I will never forget and serve proudly now and for them, who gave all.

From: "Toran Isom" <torani@conwaycorp.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 14:30:21 -0600

To the friends and family of Captain W.W. Hail:
I am the very proud possessor of a bracelet bearing your loved one's (and, now, in part, my loved one's) name. I wore it for many years. I remember getting one piece of general information/mail in about 1970.  It had a picture of Captain Hail's tiny fair-haired daughters. Oh, how I wonder where they are now.  I watched intently as p.o.w.'s came home.  I never saw Captain Hail's name on any list. He lives long in my memory and in my heart.  There is an epitaph on a stone that reads: "To live in hearts of those we leave behind is not to die." So his legacy lingers. 
Much love to you all,
Dr. Toran Elizabeth Pate Isom (I teach writing and children's literature), University of Arkansas at Little Rock; torani@conwaycorp.net    

From: TRIXIESTAR8@aol.com
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2003 19:28:32 EST

Hello my name is Monique. When my Mom was in high school, she received the bracelet of
SPEC 4 ARTHUR WRIGHT 2-21-67. Recently I checked this website and found out that he is MIA. My mother would like to know if any of his family members would like the bracelet. Please write back and we will be glad to send it to you. Thank you

Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 18:46:08 -0600
From: "John Grimes" <grimejt@auburn.edu>

To the Family of Cpl Thomas E. Anderson:
 
I am a cadet in the US Air Force attending Auburn University. I have received a bracelet with Thomas Anderson's name engraved on it. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family everyday until the day he is declared as found.

Please e-mail me at grimejt@auburn.edu.

John Grimes

From: nchashoney@aol.com
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 21:30:49 EDT
Subject: COLONEL GREGORY I BARRIS 12 18 68

Hi.  I am from North Carolina my mother got a braclet in 1968 and wore it for over 10 years. The other day we were going through her things and she found it. She said she has often thought of this man over the years. She is now 62. She explained to me what it was and I think it is one of the most thoughtful things other than prayer we could do for them for all they went through and god bless their families no one should ever have to know their pain. I am only 38. I am sure I will never understand. What I need to say is there any way to mail this bracelet to any family. Thank you for listening  I know this will make my mother fell better. Thank you and God bless 

From: Leroy Wolf <Wolf@sphere3environmental.com>
Subject: Melvin A. Holland
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 05:34:07 -0600

I have a POW/MIA bracelet with the name Melvin A. Holland on it. He is listed as KIA, body not recovered in your database. I would be willing to return it to a family member if that is desired. My name is LeRoy L. Wolf. My e-mail is leroylwolf@cs.com. My address is 809 N. Irene, Longview , Tx. 75605. My mobile  number is 903-746-4696. As suggested in your website, however, if I don't hear that a loved one wants it I will wear it until I assume room temperature.

Thank you,

LeRoy Wolf


Subject: Could you point me in right direction
From: "John Sallinger" <jescapdoc@iwon.com>
Date: Mon,  3 Nov 2003 05:51:54 -0500 (EST)

Hi,
 
I am looking for any information on how to reach family members of Col Kelly Francis Cook. He was shot down on Nov 10, 1967.  I have tried unsuccessfully for several years to get information.
 
I have contacted newspapers in his hometown, have tried to contact Natl alliance of Families, but have never received a reply from them.

I have had his bracelet since sometime in 1971. Just want to let his family know that someone remembers.

Any  info you could give me to at least steer me in the direction I need to go would be appreciated.

John Sallinger
HMCM USNR-ret
jescapdoc@iwon.com

From: Jeff Holt <JHolt@abhses.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 09:14:26 -0600
To the family of Michael Robert Norton:
 
I searched for a place to write to you and found this site on www.pownetwork.org. I don't know if you will ever see this. I just wanted you to know I proudly wear Michael's POW/MIA bracelet. I know today, Nov. 3, is the date he was declared missing. Michael and his entire family remain in
my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all!

Respectfully,
Jeffrey D. Holt 

From: "Bill Reesman" <billteen@austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 20:46:45 -0600
  As of today 4 Nov 2003 it has been 34 years since Maj Larry J. Hanley did not return from a mission in his F-105. Larry went down over Laos on this date in 1969. This Loveletter is to reassure his family that he has not been forgotten. I still wear his bracelet and will continue to do so until he returns. We as Americans must never forget our POW/MIA and the sacrifices made by them and their families.
 
May God Bless Larry and his family
 
Bill Reesman USAF
Da Nang  70-71

From: "Wendy Tittle" <ALABAMAREDNECK@peoplepc.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003 20:14:45 -0600
I currently wear an MIA bracelet. On this bracelet is the following information: CWO Larry A. Zich. USA 3 APR 72 SVN. I found his bio on your site. I am proud to wear this bracelet for him. I wasn,t there but I care. It's an embarrassment before the world the way our government has forsaken the POW/MIA's. I'll wear this bracelet until it's confirmed he has returned home. In my will it is stated that " if at the time of my death W2 Zich has not been accounted-for the MIA bracelet worn by me will be interred with me". It's a matter of honor as far as I'm concerned. Keep up the great work and make sure they aren't ever forgotten. Don Tittle. 425 Aaron Rd. Jasper,AL 35501. e-mail:alabamaredneck@peoplepc.com

From: BRussell76@aol.com
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 18:28:35 EST

Family of Charles Claxton,
I wore Charles Claxton's bracelet for many years.  I have always wondered what happened to him.  I finally decided to research it on the Internet.  What a heart wrenching story.  I truly am sorry for your loss.  I always wondered if the family would like to have the bracelet I wore for many years.  I admit I did not keep it on all these years, but I have kept it and thought of him through the years.  My own dad was in Vietnam and did return.  I would have wanted one of his bracelets if that would have ever been the case.  Please email me back if you ever get this information. 
Cindy Russell
Brussell76@aol.com

Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2003 14:23:29 -0900
From: Samantha&David <sgonzales@gci.net>

Hello my name is Samantha Jane Gonzales. I am 18 years old and was given a pow bracelet. I have been on many web site and trying to figure out how to contact his family pow name is Larry James Stevens branch/02/US Navy DOB 17 December 1942 missing 14 Febuary 1969 mothers name is Gladys Stevens Fleckenstein if you can please help me my e-mail is samanthajanegonzales@yahoo.com thank you
                                            
                                                           Samantha Gonzales

From: Pelewolf@aol.com
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003 21:14:21 EST
This message is for the family of Danny D. Entrican USASF. 
 
When my sister and I went to Arlington Cemetary in 1994 to visit our father's grave, we also visited the Viet Nam Memorial Wall.  A very nice young lady gave me Danny's bracelet.
 
I still have his bracelet and still wear his bracelet.  He is remembered.
 
Thank-you,
 
Sally

From: "kkeene1" <kkeene1@cox.net>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003 23:40:03 -0600
I have just came across this site, it is great.  It's a great venue for the computer!  My husband was in Viet Nam and I heard of his stories and of fellow veterans that we have met through out the years.  I have never been happy with the way that the Viet Nam vets were treated!  Because of that war, my husband being a veteran, and the attack of September 11th, I have become very, very, patriotic.  I display my flags and my colors proudly.       
 
After my husband returned home and we moved back to Kansas, we attended a POW-MIA veteran reunion at El Dorado, KS.  I had always wanted a POW-MIA bracelet and they had them available there.  I purchased one for LCDR Fred A. Neth, USN;  I have always thought of his family and him especially around the holidays.  I have often wondered about information on him and never located any until tonight on this website.  The reason I chose LCDR Neth was because he was from Kansas and he disappeared the year of my high school graduation.  I found out tonight that he was 33 at the time and he had 2 small children.  If anyone reads this that knows about him, related or otherwise, please contact me.  At this time in my life, my oldest child is 32 and her husband is 33 (same age as LCDR Neth at the time of his crash).  I have three children and six beautiful grandchildren . . . I have wondered many times if LCDR was married or had children.  I am sure they have missed out on knowing a great man,  he was great for serving in that war as well as many others who died and lived!  A BEAUTIFUL VETERAN'S DAY TO YOU ALL!!
 
May God bless America!
Joyce Keene
Andover, Kansas
kkeene1@cox.net

From: "lorraine" <buniblu3@HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 18:36:34 -0500
Dear Bivens Family,
   
          In 1970 -getting a Pow Bracelet was what we did. I happened to have had Herndon's bracelet.
 
My Dad did not know It belonged to me so ,he gave it to my brother-in -law who is also a Vietnam Vet.
 
For years I wondered what could have happened to that bracelet. I went to visit my sister in July and at
 
 the kitchen table ,she handed me the bracelet I held so dear for years. Sadly ,I have read the bio and I
 
now know he will not return home. I would be willing to send it to you if you would like to have it. Please
 
contact me if you are interested. My address is 94 Smith Ave Bay Shore N.Y. 11706.
 
May he rest in peace.        

From: Eugenia Donahue <edonahue@stpaulips.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 10:59:37 -0500

To the family of Rick E. Medaris:
 
I just want you to know that I have had Rick's name and bracelet for 34
years.  I just found out today that he has indeed died and that his remains
have been returned to you.  I thank you for your sacrifice-my father was
also in vietnam-he returned safely, but not unscathed of course.  I will
continue to honor your loved one by wearing his bracelet on the approriate
holidays-it is always in my sight at home.  I tell all of my school children
about the bracelet and what it means.  Now I will tell them of Rick's
ultimate sacrifice.  Again. I thank you!  May god bless and comfort you now
and always.
 
Genie Donahue
 
edonahue@stpaulips
gdonahue@worldnet.att.net

From: GatorCabin@aol.com
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 12:35:04 EST
Subject: Colonel Norman Eaton - 1/13/69

To the Family of  Colonel Norm Eaton,
      I have thought about writing this letter to you for years but never knew how to contact you.  Even this may not reach you but just in case. . . I want you to know that I often think of Colonel Eaton.  He was a friend of my father's, Col. Kenneth S. Smith, having attended the Air War College together and was a fellow "Yellow Bird" stationed with my dad in Viet Nam.  When Col. Eaton was shot down we all mourned his loss and prayed for his return as he was listed as MIA.  Mom bought bracelets for all of the Smith children to wear, which we did faithfully.  Over the past few years, I have kept the bracelet in a safe place and wear it on Veteran's Day, January 13th and Memorial Day.  I just wanted you to know that as a teacher, I have tried to keep your husband/father's memory alive by sharing his story with all of my students each year.  They may be young (1st - 5th graders) but one is never too young to learn about real heroes. I also read them the story, The Wall, by Eve Bunting which makes me think of the now grown Eaton boys and their families. I hope all of the Eaton children (I believe there were 4 boys) and Mrs. Eaton are doing well. I also hope that this brings a sense of comfort to know that Colonel Eaton is always remembered by me.
Sincerely,  Karen Smith Neff   (Gatorcabin@aol.com)

From: "Veronica Nelson" <vnelson@inforeport.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 15:31:34 -0600

Today is Veteran's Day and a slower day at work so I have had time to reflect.  There are articles in our city newspaper with some stories of POW/MIA's that returned from Vietnam. I wore a POW Bracelet three years, for a pilot who did return home, alive. God Bless Him!!!. I now wear a Bracelet for Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, the only Gulf l soldier that has not returned home. God Bless Him and his family! VNelson@inforeport.com

From: "Bolstad, Andrea" <ABolstad@mspmac.org>
Subject: Robert Paul Phillips
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 14:41:46 -0600
About 9 or 10 years ago on a vacation to Washington D.C. I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet at the Wall.  I was on a bus tour at the time and had to hurry with my purchase.  I was trying to find a name of someone from
Minnesota my home state.  The bus was leaving so I just grabbed one without looking.  Once on the bus I read the name and the information.  Robert Paul Phillips was last seen around 1100 on June 23rd, 1970.  I was born at almost 11:00 a.m. on that day but in 1963.  I got chills all over me.  I put the bracelet and except for a couple of accidental times, the bracelet has never come off my wrist.

A while after I returned home I tried to find more infomartion on Robert and/or his family. I sent letters to many Phillips households, with no success. I mainly just wanted his family to know that someone else is keeping his memory alive and to let them know I care.
Do you have any information on him (besides what is on this web-site) or his family?
Thank You
Andrea Bolstad
Minneapolis

From: "Randi Richardson" <r.r.richardson@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Loveletters-Capt. William Elmo Powell 8-17-68
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 18:17:41 -0500

I have his bracelet and would like to tell the family what he has meant to me, call yo tell me if they have contacted you.
 
They can contact me at Randi_mi@hotmail.com  please put his name in the subject box.  Thank you for any help you can provide.
 
Randi Richardson

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 17:47:45 -0600
From: "Ronna Austin" <raustin@okccc.edu>
Nov. 14, 2003
 
Three days ago our country recognized our veterans. Ironically, on that day, I came across a memento from my teenage days -- my POW bracelet. Seconds before leaving for work, I decided to look "one last place" for
an older necklace I wanted to wear but couldn't find. As a last and very unlikely resort, I pulled a small wooden box from my closet in which I kept some trinkets. It hadn't been opened in some time. When I opened it, the first thing I saw was my POW bracelet. I immediately decided this "piece of jewelry" was all I needed. I put it on and put the box away.
 
I don't exactly remember what year I got my bracelet but it was sometime in the 70s. When I first obtained it as a teenager, I had no real understanding of the significance that slim band of metal held, the sacrifice it told of. Now, as an adult and, especially as the loving mother of a fine young son serving in the United States Air Force, I
have a complete understanding.
 
Three days ago, I put that bracelet back on and proudly wore it to work. I spent my lunch hour researching the name engraved on the bracelet -- Capt. Warren Anderson. I found out quite a bit about him. He also was in
the USAF like my son. I have since found out Warren Anderson was promoted from captain to major to Lt. Col to Colonel while he was missing. To the best of my knowledge, Col. Warren L. Anderson has never
been recovered. 
 
I would like to make contact with his family or anyone else who may have known him. I can be contacted at okwriter@netscape.net. God Bless.
 
I vow to wear my bracelet bearing his name from this day on, taking it off only to return it to his family should they want it. As I wear it, I will continue to remember our lost soldiers and share the story of those still missing with everyone I come in contact with. I also have plans to buy a bracelet for each member of my family for Christmas.

From: pastork45@aol.com
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 01:28:48 EST
Subject: Cpl. Dewey R. Butler

About thirteen years ago when I was in the Army, I felt compelled to purchase a bracelet. Of all the ones to choose from, I chose the only enlisted man available. It was of Cpl. Dewey R. Butler. I wore it for quite a few years until it became badly worn. Not wanting to harm this precious possession further, I have since put it on the wall of my office along with a rubbing from the Memorial Wall. I don't know how to describe the feeling I had when I first saw his name engraved there. I became so emotional I broke down in huge sobs and sought the Lord in prayer for his family and thanksgiving for men like Mr. Butler. I didn't know anyone who died in Vietnam, (even my father missed the draft) so for me, Dewey R. Butler represents EVERYONE who gave their lives in that terrible war. My prayer is that they will NEVER be forgotten and that God Almighty will do His utmost to try and assuage the grief of those who lost loved ones. To Dewey R. Butler I say "thank you" for dying so that my children can still live in a free land. to his dear family, I wish God's rich blessings and my eternal gratitude. Pleas feel free to contact me anytime. God Bless the USA and God bless our Veterans and their families. Pastor Kevin R. Childs   pastork45@aol.com

From: "Joann Hill" <grammajo11@earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 18:25:32 -0500
I have a Vietnam War MIA bracelet - I have had it since shortly after this brave pilot went missing in action.  I have just found the websites that are available with information on the men and women who were never found - too many of them to be sure.  The name on my bracelet is Joseph Stine and he was a Lt.Col who went missing 9/27/66.  From the information I was able to find on the websites he was in the Air Force and he and another man went on a reconnaissance mission and never returned.  He was from Pennsylvania and is still listed on the MIA list as never being found.  I am wondering if there is any family of his out there who would be interested in having the bracelet - or would rather I keep it until he is found and returned - as was the original idea.
 
Thank you,
Joann Hill
Liverpool, NY

From: LauraNthezoo@aol.com
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 18:39:51 EST

     I have a bracelet to return to the family of Maj. Peter R. Matthes Date 11/24/69.  Please contact me.

Laura
When life gives you lemons, keep 'em, 'cuz, hey, free lemons!


From: "*C*" <dr_dolittle_02@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 21:09:26 -0700

Hello,
     I recently found my bracelet that I got many, many years ago in remembrance of SGT. Richard Roberts  3 - 25 - 69.  I have always had a special place in my heart for SGT. Roberts & always wanted to find any information on him and/or any of his family members.  Please, provide my email address:  dr_dolittle_02@hotmail.com to anyone having such info.  Also, my bracelet has a circular, white sticker with a small blue star in the center to the right of his name, at the end of the cuff.  What does this signify?   Any info I can receive would be so appreciated.    Thank You.       ~ Carolyn D. Green

From: LRDUTCHES@aol.com
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 15:03:10 EST

I have the bracelet of Donald Fisher with the date on the bracelet on 4-22-70. I asked that a letter be sent to his family telling them that I have his bracelet, and hope to give it to one of his family members. They can e-mail me at lrdutches@aol.com.  Can you make this possible? I want to do the right thing with it in both honor and memory of their loved one. 

Thank you.

From: Dymektrouble@aol.com
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2003 03:45:23 EST
Subject: LOVELETTERS 
To: info@pownetwork.org
X-Mailer: 8.0 for Windows sub 6021

TO THE FAMILY OF - CAPTAIN GEORGE MIMS, JR. USAF

I have had this bracelet of Captain Mims since December of 1965 when he went missing on 12-20-65.  In years past I had always wonder what had happened to him.  I never heard or read his name years ago when all of this was happening.  Then of course life goes on and I actually forgot about it.  Then I had heard on the T.V. one night a little while back that you could go on the internet and find out what happened to the solider who's bracelet you still had. So I went to my my jewelry box where it has always been for almost 40 years.  It is 3:45 in the morning here in Hollywood, Florida where I live now, I used to live and went to school in Miami, Florida.  Tonight is the first time that I found out anything about Captain Mims.  I have to tell you it brought tears to my eyes but also made me feel proud to see that his was a pilot for the USAF when I read his bio.

I would consider it an honor to return this bracelet to his family after all of these years.

Hope to hear from someone soon and God Bless.

Diane D
dymektrouble@aol.com

From: Mabud04@aol.com
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 16:33:02 EST
Subject: Sgt. Refugio Thomas Teran

To parents of Sgt. Refugio Thomas Teran--

Dear Anna and Refugio,

With pride I began wearing the POW bracelet with your son's name on it in 1970 and  through all these years, he has been in my thoughts.  So often, I looked at it and said a prayer for your son and his family.  I just read the news that Refugio's remains were found and there was a ceremony honoring him and his life.  I thank God that his family has closure and just want you to know I will continue to pray for you.   

I'm not sure if you would like the bracelet with your son's name -- I would be happy to send it to you.  I was proud to be a silent part of his life through prayer.  Refugio is proud of your continued fight for the remaining POW's and their families.  That is the greatest legacy you can do in his name.  

God Bless You!

Dar Sery
Mabud04@aol.com

From: "Jenn Buszinski" <navybratmd@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 19:18:36 -0500
To the family of Capt. Bruce Nystrom:
 
My name is Jennifer and I recently began wearing the bracelet of Capt. Nystom.  I am a Maryland native and a Navy brat.  I wear the bracelet continuously and have spent many an hour explaining to people the significance of doing so. 
 
I want to thank Capt. Nystrom for his service and his family for the sacrifices that they have made for our country.  I would love to hear from any family, friends or those who served with Capt. Nystrom, USN.  I have nothing but respect for all who have served, and only wish to do what little I can to keep our POW's/MIA's in our thoughts. 
 
Sincerely,
Jennifer Buszinski
yahoo screen name: navybratmd

From: ShirleyLG@aol.com
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 00:04:12 EST

This letter is to the family of Albro L Lundy.
I would like you to know that not a days goes by that I do not think of you and your loss. I have worn Major Lundy's bracelet for several years and will continue to do so until there is word of his remains being returned. I just want you to know that I care and I will never forget.
Your friend
Shirley Gaskins

From: Deadhead133@aol.com
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 09:00:35 EST
Subject: SFC JOHN A BORONSKI
To The Family Of : SFC JOHN A BORONSKI    24 MAR 70
 
I have worn John's bracelet for many years and always prayed for his family, and that he would come home. I just learned this morning that he came home in 2001. Although he didn't return the way I wanted him to, I hope you are comforted by the fact that he is home at last.
My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for John and all he did that we may enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today. As long as there is breath in my body, John and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. He has been a part of me for many, many years and always will be. If some member of the family wishes to have the bracelet, please contact me and I will send it to you. If I do not hear from anyone, I will place it at "THE WALL".
May God Bless the families of all our brothers and sisters who have fallen in battle. Thank you to all Veterans for serving your country. We love you all.
Larry C 

From: "Donna Wright" <donna.wright20@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 21:16:12 -0500
This is to the family of Capt. Everett McPherson of  Norfork Virginia. I have had a Pow bracelet with his name since about 1972. I recently found it again after it being out away for many years. I put it back on and have tried to find some info on him. I would like to hear from the family with any info they have and will reply if desired. Thanks and God bless you and your family for the sacrifice your family has made. Sincerely, Donna Wright donna.wright20@verizon.net

From: "Ed Combs" <combseg07@mail.uww.edu>
Subject: Love Letter-SPEC 5 RICARDO MARTINEZ GARCIA
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 18:28:28 -0600
Top of the morning to you.  My name is Ed Combs, and I live in Milton, WI.  I have been wearing Mr. Garcia's bracelet for about two years now, and I consider him my guardian angel of sorts.  With him, I am never alone, and he is never alone with his legacy on my wrist.  However, it has only now occurred to me to try to share the pride and sadness that I feel every time I look down at my wrist and see his name looking back at me...but I see more than his name every day.
 
I see all of the things that only his family, friends, brothers, and loved ones would know, the things that I will likely (and sadly) never know.  I see how he laughed, how he loved, and how brave he was/always will be.  I see what his eyes might look like, how he might walk...everything.  I see everything, and it fascinates me.
 
It fascinates me how so many people might have chosen to forget about him and his brothers because they "weren't involved".  Well, I have some news for all of them.  I'm only 24 years old, and I'm involved.  Every American is involved, whether they like it or not.
 
God bless him, his family, his brothers, and his friends.  Until they all come home,
 
- - -Ed Combs 

From: "DEBRA MILLER" <DAMILLER_1@msn.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2003 21:07:05 -0500
Hi.  I am writing to the family of Donald S. Newton, dob 7/8/42, who resided in San Pedro, CA.  I previously corresponded with his mother--when I first received his POW bracelet.  I have had the bracelet since 1972 and consider it one of my most treasured possessions.  I have gone to the Wall several times over the year and always stop to honor his memory. I wish his family to know that there are others out there who remember his sacrifice and his family's sacrifice.  If they would like to correspond with me, they can reach me at DAMILLER_1@msn.com--Debra

 

 

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