LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


Subject: Love Letters--Col. Roosevelt Hestle
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 12:51:44 -0900
From:
missyfitts@yahoo.com

This note is to the family of Col. Roosevelt Hestle (as indicated on my bracelet that Iíve had since the late 60s/early 70s).  Iíve said many a prayer for your loved one, and you the family. 

If you would like to have the bracelet that I received years ago, I would love for you to have it.  Otherwise, I will keep it as a reminder to pray for you all.  Iíve thought about you, the family, oftenÖwondered where you lived and how your lives have gone on without your loved one. 

Please e-mail me at:  missyfitts@yahoo.com if you would like to correspond.

Thank you,

Marie L. Fitts 


From: Shellyann1969@aol.com
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 01:43:52 EST
Subject: Lt Col Carter P Luna

I have been wearing the bracelet of Lt. Col Luna since July 2000.   I have not been able to find any information regarding him, other than what is listed on your website.

If you have any additional information regarding him please e mail me as soon as possible.

Thank you

Michelle McCormick

From: "Anne" <aardillo@pacbell.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 15:39:19 -0800
This is a letter to the family of LCDR Joseph Dunn 2-14-68
 
I am a fellow New Englander. I was attending University of Rhode Island in the early 1970's when I bought a POW bracelet that had your husband/father's name on it. This year, 2003 has been a really rough year for my family and myself. Deaths, illnesses and job losses have plagued us all.
 
Because of my job loss, I have had the time to go organize my draws and I found the bracelet once again. I have not worn it for some time but have carried it with me where ever I have lived.  I put it back on today, sat down and surfed the internet to find out what happened to Mr. Dunn. I was glad to find out all about him but very sorry that he has not been recovered as of yet.
 
I will wear it once again and hope that it will give you some comfort to know a stranger is thinking about him as well. If you would like the bracelet returned please email me at aardillo@pacbell.net and I will send it off to you.
 
It sounds like Mr Dunn was a very courageous man and that you have been seeking an answer for a long time. Please let me know if there is anyway I could help with your cause. 

Sincerely
Anne Ardillo
Pt. Richmond, California
aardillo@pacbell.net

From: "Jerry Klement" <jcklement@stonemedia.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 21:15:17 -0600

During the Vietnam war, I received and wore the bracelet with the name of Douglas Ferguson.  I still have the bracelet and pray that he will return.
 
Carole Klement
Temple, Texas
jcklement@stonemedia.com

From: RadioPrimaDonna@aol.com
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2003 20:05:26 EST


Searching for the family of T/SGT. James Williams MIA Decmber 29th, 1967.  I have his POW/MIA bracelet and would like to return it to his family.

Channing Johnston
RadioPrimaDonna@aol.com

From: "Pete Clayden" <pete@clayden1450.freeserve.co.uk>
Subject: Thomas W Bennett
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 20:55:20 -0000

I've kept the band of Thomas W Bennet since 1999, when I obtained it through the MIA group at RAF Lakenheath in England. Though I was only a friend they knew through the English Harley-Davidson community, they knew of my interest in the POW/MIA issue and suggested this was something I should do. As Major Bennett was lost so close to Christmas, I take the time at this time of year to see if any progress has been made to resolving the mystery of his loss. It saddens me to see that no progress has been made. My thoughts are with his family as we draw near to the anniversary of his birth and death, which tragically fall on the same day.
 
Regards,
Pete Clayden

From: "Wendy Tittle" <ALABAMAREDNECK@peoplepc.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 12:14:21 -0600
My name is Don Tittle. I live in rural NW Alabama. As a jr. in high school I was suspended because I gave an American History report that didn't fit the views of the ex-Flowerchild,Hippie,War-Protester from the late 1960's. That was more than 20 years ago and I feel the same today as I did then. We should honor our Vietnam Vets and never,ever forget those POW/MIA's abandoned by our government. I had planned to join the military after high school but a motorcycle accident just after graduation left me physically unfit for military service according to the doctor at the induction center. To want to serve and be told you not good enough sort of eats away at you. Anyway to the point of my message. I currently wear a bracelet,CWO Larry A. Zich USA 3 APR 72 SVN. Using your site I found his bio. I hope someday he will come home and his family(if there is anyone left) will have closure. Until I know for certain he has come home the bracelet stays on my right arm. If I should become deceased before his return my Last Will and Testament states that I will be interred wearing the bracelet. Thanks for letting me tell my story. You have a great site. Someday may they all come home.

 Don Tittle 425 Aaron Rd. Jasper,AL. 35501. e-mail:alabamaredneck@peoplepc.com


Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 19:46:13 -0600
From: "Robert W. McInnes" <rwmcin@racsa.co.cr>
My name is Robert W. McInnes, I served time in the Armed Forces, and am a retired Policeman from New York I have been wearing a bracelet every day for the past 35 years. The name: Gilland Corbitt 7-27-67. I live now in Costa Rica.

From: Ozzie2150@aol.com
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 09:42:11 EST

I was going through some of my parents things and found a POW bracelet my father, Ben P. Trimble, wore until his death in 1989. He never took it off. I would love to find any of this man's relatives to return the bracelet to them. 

His name on the bracelet: Maj. William H. Seward, USMC 3-6-68 SVN.

Thank you,

Jessie Ozmelek
Grovetown, GA 
ozzie2150@cs.com

From: DonDergrosse3@wmconnect.com
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 01:23:39 EST

To the family of Captain Robert James Schweitzer,
I have wondered for all these years off and on whether Captain Schweitzer was released and I just found an exerpt from the book "WE CAME HOME".  I'm happy to know he was released but it's very sad that he died the next year!  How ironic.
I hope he knew Christ as Savior and is in heaven now!  May your family have a blessed Christmas.  It sounds like this man was very successful in his Navy carreer and I'm proud to have worn his bracelet as a Junior High girl!  If you would like the bracelet back, please let me know.  
Sincerely, Diane A.  e-mail address DonDergrosse3@wmconnect.com

From: "Laura Cinquanta" <lcinquan@twcny.rr.com>
Subject: For the family of JOHN E. BARTOCCI
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2003 18:27:04 -0500

    To the family of LCDR John E. Bartocci, Your son, brother, cousin, husband, is not forgotten. I keep his bracelet on my dresser, so I see him every morning when I get ready for work. I would like to return the bracelet if you would like it back please contact me at lcinquan@twcny.rr.com
    Yours Truly
        Laura A. Cinquanta

Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 16:44:26 -0800 (PST)
From: Earl Bernie <etiib_99@yahoo.com>

My Bracelet has Lt. Gilbert Mitchell 3-6-68 on it & I would like to tell his family that I am sorry for
there loss. I don't know him but I have had the bracelet since 1969 or 1970. If they would like it
back I will send it to them or I will keep it until he returns because he is not forgotten.
                Thank You Earl T Bernie II
                          1217 Talley Dr
                          Salina Ks. 67401
                          etiib_99@yahoo.com

Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 12:55:32 -0800 (PST)
From: Kim McClure <kimmcclure@hotmail.com>
Subject:
Capt. Wallace L. Wiggins

I am writing to the family of Capt. Wiggins.  My mother passed a bracelet onto me, that she had worn and now I wear. 
As we celebrated Christmas this year, I wore the bracelet.  We decided it was time to see if we could find out what had happened to Capt. Wiggins. 
I searched through names and was both saddened and relieved to find out he was returned in 1978.  I guess I had always hoped he had come back to you alive, but I am glad that you were able to have some closure.  I am so sorry for your loss.
I would just like to let you know that my family has been linked to yours, through this bracelet.  We have sent many prayers out to you and I just wanted you to know that he is not forgotten.
I wanted to ask if you'd like to have this bracelet, since he is home now.  Please contact me if you wish at kimmcclure@hotmail.com.  If I do not hear from you, I will keep it with me.

 

Sincerely Yours,
The McClure Family

From: "PATRICK GUNTER" <kgunter6@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 17:31:53 -0500

I HAVE A BRACELET THAT BELONGS TO   BENTON, GREGORY REA JR.  I WENT TO ANOTHER WEBSITE AND IT SAID THAT A "MARY BENTON " WAS LOOKING FOR IT, I SENT AN E-MAIL BUT HAVE NOT RECEIVED A REPLY. I BOUGHT THE BRACELET ABOUT 5YRS AGO IN WASHINGTON AT THE WALL.  I PICKED IT RANDOMLY OUT OF A BOX AND TO MY SURPRISE THIS SOLDIER HAS THE SAME MONTH AND DAY AS MY BIRTHDAY. I WEAR IT ALL THE TIME AND WONDER ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PERSON HE WAS, WHAT HE LIKED AND GENERALLY WHAT HE WAS LIKE AS A PERSON. I WOULD LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANY FAMILY MEMBERS OF HIS AND POSSIBLY RETURN THE BRACELET IF THEY WANT IT. IT MEANS A LOT TO ME, BUT IT WOULD MEAN EVEN MORE TO RETURN IT TO HIS LOVED ONES.

 

KERRY GUNTER

From: "Christina" <ChristinaSharik157@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 10:58:18 -0500

Dear POW/MIA Families:
I remember. I have never forgotten, not will I. My dad served in China in WWII, my ex in Vietnam, my son is now an Army SSG, having served in Germany, Korea, Somalia and Bosnia. I am so proud of all of you. How difficult it must be to wait and hope and wonder. My admiration and heartfelt hope and love, are with you always. I wore the bracelet for Maj. Jon Reynolds back then, and I understand he made it home. I now wear a bracelet for Capt. James W. Gates, 4-6-66, Laos.
God's Blessings upon you and yours.
Christina "ArmyMom" Sharik

From: Ebonyeyes1203@aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 19:54:27 EST
Subject: Loveletters-Cpl Bruce E Kane

I'm a student, and adopted Cpl. Bruce Edward Kane through Operation Just Cause. As a military daughter I know how hard it is to see loved ones go off to war. My father was part of Desert Storm and my uncle is currently in Iraq. I could never imagine what it would be like to watch everyone else coming home and wondering where your loved one could be. I began to campaign Cpl. Kane's cause. I started writing letters to congress. I wear his bracelet. My family wears his bracelet. I made the POW/MIA issue aware in my high school. Many student wear ribbons and bracelets now. I would just like you to know that Cpl. Kane is not forgotten. I pray for him and you everyday. I hope that with all the efforts, you finally get the answers you deserve. If you would like to correspond please email me at Ebonyeyes1203@aol.com, I would love to hear from you.

Kristin Schmidt
*Leave No Man Behind*

From: "WALTER HARDY" <cbhardy@mpinet.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2004 01:00:58 -0500
I am a retired MSG, Nam Vet that picked up a bracelet when I finally returned in '70 or early '71.  I took it to the wall in D.C with the idea of leaving it until I found out what they do with them.  They just go into a large warehouse with tons of other stuff, get cataloged, but it never gets back to the family.  I just happen to notice your article in my VFW and researched the name on my bracelet,  CDR  Roy Howard Bowling ("Hap" according to your records).  Apparently his remains were returned on18 Mar '77.   Since he has come home I was wondering if his family would like the original bracelet, not one of the reproductions made since.  What do you think?  If there is a way my email address can be forwarded to the family, and they wish to have said artifact, I would be glad to send it to them,  I have had it now for over 30 years, it has traveled around the world with me several times but maybe ! it should go home.
 
 
WALTER HARDY

Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004 16:22:09 EST

I just found out about this site and was able to find out the status of Lt. George Emerson Jones.  His remains were identified and returned in 1997.  I want to say how much we thank his family for Lt. Jones and his sacrifice.  I'm sure the identification must have been difficult for  but I hope it brought some comfort. 

We have his bracelet and wanted to do what is appropriate at this time.  From reading on the site, it looks like the best choice will be to leave it at the wall when that is possible. 

If the family reads this or somebody who knows them, please let me know if you prefer to have it sent directly to you instead. 

Most sincerely,

Bruce Bridges

we can be reached at 601 684 2626
2089 Berthadale Rd
McComb, MS 39648

brucebridges@mac.com

From: Christmas19592@aol.com
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2004 01:14:02 EST
Subject: TO THE FAMILY OF GSGT VICTOR J. PIRKER, USMC 22 NOV 1965 SVN,  01/04/2004

HI, MY NAME IS WANDA DAVIS, FROM PHILADELPHIA, PA. MY FAMILY AND I ARE RETIRED MILITARY FAMILY. SO WE WENT SHOPPING TODAY AND I SAW THE MIA BRACKETS IN THE STORE.  I TOLD MY HUSBAND IF I CAN GET ONE AND HE SAY OK BUT TO GET ONE THE MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU. SO WHEN I STARTED LOOKING VICTOR'S NAME LIKE CALL ME THAN MY DAUGHTER SAY THAT HE WAS MISSING NOV 22, 1965, SO I PICK HIS BRACKET CAUSE FOR NOV 22 IS MY DAUGHTER BIRTHDAY AND GSGT WAS MY HUSBAND RANK WHEN HE RETIRED, BUT ALSO BECAUSE I THINK VICTOR CALL TO ME.  I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM IF I CAN PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT CHRISTMAS19592@AOL.COM I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

FROM : WANDA DAVIS AND FAMILY

From: "ginny@rof.net" <ginny@rof.net>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2004 02:50:23 -0500

To the Family of Capt. Chambless Chesnutt:
 
I am in Las Vegas visiting my aunt.  Tonight we were going through some jewelry she purchased at an estate sale.  As she was going through a bag she asked me what this metal band was.  There, nestled among the necklaces and bracelets, was a well worn POW Bracelet.  I was honored to have been here and knew what to do.
 
I immediately did a search through Google and found this website.  I looked up Capt. Chesnutt and found his bio and while saddened by his loss, was glad to know that his remains were found and brought home in 1985.  I do not know that I will be making a trip to Washington, DC in the near future but I will hold on to his bracelet until I can either leave it at the wall or at a memorial.  Another possibility I may consider is incorporating the bracelet in a work of art of my own composition as a way of memorializing Capt. Chesnutt.
 
I am certain that your loss was profound and my heart and prayers go out to you.  Rest assured that I will honor your son's memory in a way fitting a hero.

Sincerely,

Ginny
ginny@needlesandpins.biz

From: "Jayne Bradley" <jayne.e.bradley@btopenworld.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2004 17:17:08 -0000

I have a bracelet in remembrance of Major George Clarke Jr., which I got when I was visiting the Vietnam memorial in Washington DC in 1995.
Although I am in the UK, I regularly look at the bracelet and pray that more information was known about this man's whereabouts.
I guess the recent Gulf War conflict has brought this all home to me and I hope that Major Clarke's family one day get the peace of knowing what happened to their loved one.
Bless all those involved in the continuing search for closure.
 
Jayne Bradley, Atherstone, England

From: "Michelle" <wrongwaymichelle@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 01:30:43 -0600

TO the family of Col.Robert Wilke :
I have had a bracelet since 1970  honoring the sacrifice your loved one made for our country. It saddens me as an American  that we still have not recovered all of our people not only from Viet Nam but other conflicts before & since. Even sadder is the fact that we still have to make more of these bracelets for more of our brave sons and daughters . I pray that Robert will be found and returned home to you soon. Until then, I will keep my bracelet and use it to remind me and my children and grandchild of the human cost to keep us free. God bless you.                    

Michelle

From: "Jessica L. Reiner" <libertas_vel_mors@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 11:52:04 -0500
To the family of Capt Peter G. Moriarty, USAF:

I wear Peter's bracelet everyday and have since last year; it does not come off. I want you to know that everyday I think about Peter and how I want him to return home to you. I know that Peter came from Newington, CT and I live in CT as well.

Many people ask me about my bracelet; I show it proudly and share Peter's story. I know his biography--where he was lost, and how. I want others to know about him, to think of him, and to pray for him and for you as well, and other soldiers who are still lost.

I want you to know that you are in my thoughts daily; that I pray for you and Peter. I also want you to know that I (along with many others) will never forget your loved one. He was lost fighting for his country, and never did a more honorable duty exist.

Peter is in my heart; though I never knew him, he symbolizes hope and honor. I glance at the shiny bracelet that bears his name and look forward to the day when he is returned home, where he belongs.

Warm regards,

Jessica L. Reiner

libertas_vel_mors@hotmail.com

"It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all." --Thomas Jefferson (to M. D' Ivernois, 1795)


From: "trimm" <kjt@fayette.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 17:58:00 -0600

TO  THE FAMILY OF MAJ. MERRILL LEWIS JR..
I HAVE WORN THE BRACELET OF OUR HERO AND YOUR LOVED ONE. IN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 70'S I RECEIVED MY BRACELET AND WAS PROUD TO WEAR IT.  I HAVE THOUGHT OF MAJ. MERRILL LEWIS JR. OFTEN THROUGH THE YEARS AND HAD WISHED I COULD KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM.  NEVER FORGETTING HIS NAME, I WOULD SEARCH AND LISTEN WHEN ANYTHING OF  THE POWS WOULD COME UP. I STILL HAVE THE BRACELET, AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE IT UNLESS THERE IS A FAMILY MEMEBER OUT THERE WHO WANTS IT.
I WAS SO VERY SAD TO FIND OUT  THAT MY ADOPTED HERO DIDN'T MAKE IT,  IT HAS BEEN SO MANY YEARS, AND YET I JUST FOUND OUT AND IT SEEMS SO RECENT AND PERSONAL TO ME.
I WILL REMEMBER YOU IN MY PRAYERS AND MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO  COMFORT AND BLESS YOU.
 
SINCERELY,
JAN TRIMM
714 WALNUT ST.
SULLIGENT, AL   35586    kjt@fayette.net

From: "Carolyn Fox" <cmfox@frontiernet.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 01:42:11 -0600

To the family of Ronnie Lindstrom:
I pray for Ronnies return every day.  I made a web page for him because of his home state, MN.  I am doing everything I can to bring awareness for our POW/MIAs to the forefront.  Like you, our family is waiting for our hero, Joseph Thompson-WWII MIA(PD), to come home.
I hope you have visited my site and approve of what I did.  Feel free to e-mail me and suggest changes or anything.  Ronnies page is really your page.
There are other pages as well that helped me gather the information that I used for the page.  You can go to the home page and see all the links including this one for pownetwork.org on the links page.
 
Carolyn Fox

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 17:26:18 -0500
From: "Stevens, Tammy S - Eastman" <tsstevens@eastman.com>

I have a POW/MIA bracelet for LT Col W.N. Newk Grubb.  He was a member of the USAF.
I have kept him and his family in my prayers for many, many years.
I would like to give the bracelet to his wife or sons if they would like to have it.  You may contact me at the email address below.  Thank-you.

 Tammy S. Stevens
           tsstevens@eastman.com

From: "Sheila Myers" <wildreb@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 04:54:49 +0000

To the family of  Petty Officer Third Class Terry Lee Beck,
 
I've recently filled out a form at Operation Just Cause to adopt a MIA. The name they sent to me was Terry Lee Beck of Linesville, Pa. They also sent a small amount of additional information about his service in the US Navy.
 
I cannot say that I know the pain and heartache that you are going through because you may not  know more about your son. I can, however, let you know that my prayers are with you and your family. I appreciate all that veterans have done in service to their country. Your son is a hero to all of us who know what it means to serve in the armed forces. I will continue to keep Terry and your family in my prayers. I will also contact our elected officials to inform them of my concerns and my wish to see your family reunited with Terry.
 
I do have one small request if it will not upset or anger you. I'm in the process of creating a page at my website dedicated to Terry and would like to add a personal touch. It will let people know more about what Terry was like at home - family, spouse, pets, hobbies, etc. I want to let other people know that Terry was more than a name on a list of casualties from Viet Nam. I would also like to add his military picture as well as a few family pictures. Do you have anything that I can add to the dedication pages?
 
As long as I'm able, I will continue to search for more information about Terry and will share anything I find with your family if you wish to keep in contact. I will not forget Terry and the other MIAs.
 
May God be with you and your family.

Sheila Myers
wildreb@hotmail.com

From: TheSandman0323@aol.com
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 07:17:14 EST
Subject: writing to SFC Joe H Pringle'sfamily

To whom it may conscern
 
I am a Sergeant Major in the US Army and I have worn  SFC Pringle's POW/MIA braclet for the last 23 years and have worn it thru Desert Storm and now I would like to write a paper about him for the NCO history for a class that I have to give and would to know more about him and his family, so any help I would be very greatful, plus I would like to let his family know that he is truly not forgotten.
 
Thank you
Thomas C Fenton
SGM USAR

From: "Jeffrey Mcmenamin" <tbirdaz64@cox.net>
Subject: Family of Major Joseph L Chestnut
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 11:46:55 -0700

Dear Loved Ones> Please know that I am sending this note in hopes of finding the family of Major Chestnut in order to return his bracelet which I have lovely kept for just about 30 years.
 
During the conflict (I was born in 1960) my parents chose to acquire three POW/MIA bracelets for their kids,  each of us had one, and since then I became the keeper of all three.
Two have been returned to the families.  I continue to search for Major Chestnut's family & hope that I may have the honor of completing my task with them.
 
I am now aware that Major Chestnut was returned & identified to his family in 1995.  Please contact me if anyone can contact the family or loved ones. 
 
May God Bless.
USAF Major Joseph Lyons Chestnut.  Lost 1970 Laos.  Returned 1995.
 
Sincerely -
Jeff McMenamin
Scottsdale, Arizona

From: FraklySpkg@aol.com
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2004 19:23:43 EST
Subject: LOVELETTERS - Eugene Henry DeBruin 09-05-63

To Eugene's family - particularly Jerry and Dar,

I'm so privileged to find this website. I was preparing a speech I'm to deliver to a group of spouses of deployed soldiers in ND next month, and I pulled my POW bracelet out of my jewelry box. I bought it in 1971 when I was a college freshman and our sorority was holding a fundraiser. I've always kept Eugene's name in my prayers and wished there was some way I could find out about whatever happened to him. Today I did. I found the Loveletter website and printed out the story of Eugene and your amazing family! It was fascinating and I read the whole piece to my 20 year old son as we sat for dinner. I wanted Bryan to know how much the soldiers had meant to us even though their "homecoming" was less than desired. Now HE knows.
I'm using my bracelet to begin my speech as I'm to talk about the transformation over the years that the military has made in helping families cope with the separation of deployment. I can talk about how it WAS, and how they are trying to help now. I'm proud to be able to start with Eugene. It's soldiers like him and their families that inspired me to recently write a book called "I'm Already Home - Keeping your family close when you're TDY". It has helped over 3500 families since Sept 2003 with ways to lessen the impact of separation. I wish something like that had been available for you way back then. Thank you for caring so much and for letting someone like me be a part of remembering him. (To Eugene's family: I would be honored to gift you a copy of the book if you'll email me and you feel comfortable giving me your address.)
Finally, I gathered from the articles that your still not 100% sure if he survived or not. Until you know, I'll keep praying. God Bless you all.

Elaine          Elaine@ImAlreadyHome.com

From: JSD1017@aol.com
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2004 11:38:45 EST
Subject: Major John Held 4-17-68
Hi,
     I was always trying to find out just who Maj. John Held was after all these years of having his POW/MIA bracelet.  I was about 15  (1975) when I got my bracelet.  I have pulled up some info on him, and now understand what happened to him.  I will still wear my bracelet, and now it means even more because I have an identity to go with the name.  To Major Held's family, my thoughts are with you, and if you ever get to bring him home, I will be happy to return my bracelet to you.  Your father, brother, husband, uncle, was someone whom I'm sure your'e very proud of.  I teach my kids about the wars, and all the sacrifices our brave men and women made for us to live free here in the USA.  I will honor Maj. Held always, as well as all our brave service men and women. 
God Bless,
Katherine DeGraffenreid

From: RacinYank@aol.com
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 06:39:11 EST

Today.....1/21/04

James T Egan Jr.    MIA 1/21/66

Jim is NOT forgotten.

WE remain to keep the faith.


~~~~SAEPE EXPERTUS, SEMPER FIDELIS, FRATRES AETERNI~~~~

          "Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever"

With love,
Patty
LeRoy
Angie
Jacquie
Mike
Bill
Peter
Bill
Larry
Earnie

** Point of contact   Patty Mielke    RacinYank@aol.com   **

From: John.West@transplace.com
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 11:47:45 -0600

My name is John West I am a 32 year old American citizen, and this message
is for those who are still missing loved ones from wars past and present.
I cannot express the love I have for my country or the military personnel
who give or have given their lives so that we may live in a world of
freedom.  I am proud to say that I served as a United States Marine from
Jan 29th,1995 to Mar 12th,2003.  This by far the grandest contribution of
my life and would like to extend my thoughts and pryers to those whom might
read these words and know that those who have laid down by war will never
be forgotten not by my family nor I.  I am sorry to say that I cannot serve
in the capacity that I once could, but will remember the sacrafice that men
greater than me endured so that I might live in peace enjoying the very
freedom that these courageous men and women have provided.  To all those
missing loved ones, I extent my love and admiration and please know
that there is an American citizen who considers us all one family, the
family of the United States of America.  I will for ever be in the debt of
those who gave all and I have not forgotten the priviledge's afforded me
because of those men and women.

 

Sincerely,
John West

From: "vic and roxa kreimeyer" <vicroxak@starband.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2004 12:33:33 -0800

re bracelet for remembering CDR Thomas Carl Kolstad, Navy, born 11 July 1935
 
Dear family of CDR Kolstad, I wore the bracelet and prayed for this man.  I'm sure he was an outstanding person and much loved by friends and family.  If you should like the bracelet returned, please let me know.  If not, I will leave it next time I get to a Vietnam memorial if I can reach one.
 
Sincerely, Roxa Kreimeyer
12140 Rd 5 NW
Quincy, WA 98848
509-787-2555
 
I may be moved by the time the family might see this, but the phone number should remain the same.

From: Habeshere@aol.com
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2004 21:58:47 EST
Subject: Maj Earl Cobeil 11-5-67

I have a pow/mia bracelet of Earl Cobeil and was lucky enough to find information on him. I would like to get this to his family, so as they have something of his.  I was overwhelmed by what I read and realizing I was just 7 years old.
 
I remember in the 70's, the government releasing the names of the men and women who were coming home.. I had another bracelet also and this young man came home safely..
 
I want the family of Earl Cobeil to please contact me so I can get it to them.. He was with a Maj. Dutton when their plane went down.. He was in Hanoi when he died..
 
Please email me at my address.. I cannot tell you how the pain in my heart after so many years is broken..
 
If by chance we don't hear from the family, we will place it at the Washington site within the year..

From: "Julie Sealey" <justmejulie@comcast.net>
Subject: RE: Capt. Warren Anderson 4-26-66
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 01:17:41 -0800

To the family of Warren Leroy Anderson,

Today as I was unpacking some boxes from moving, I ran across my bracelet and it occurred to me that there may be something on the internet where I would be able to check up on the status of my braceletís namesake. I am saddened to see that the news is not good. I hope it might comfort you to know that a little elementary school Camp Fire Girl wore his bracelet for many years. We wrapped and sent little care packages to the troops in Vietnam at Christmas time. Iím now ashamed to say that I took it off but have often thought about you all and prayed for him every time I run across it in my jewelry box. He was and is in my heart and I will continue to pray for him and his family. If you would like the bracelet or wish to let me know of any news, I would love to hear from you!

Julie McCarroll-Sealey

justmejulie@comcast.net


From: "sharon jennings" <omablj@alltel.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 14:04:59 -0600

This is to the family of Capt. John H. Crews lll 5-22-68
    I have a pow bracelet of your loved one.  My husband received a VFW magazine, which told how to find out about the soldier on your bracelet.  I went on the website and read he was presumptive finding of death 1973. 
   My husband was stationed at Rhein Maine, AFB in Germany in 1972.  They were selling the bracelets  in front of the BX, and I bought 3 different ones.  I've had John's bracelet for over 32yrs.  John has always been in my thoughts and prayers.  I've always taken good care of his bracelet.
   I know I'am suppose to keep it until he comes back, but I was wondering if you would like it.   If you do not to wish to have it back I'll keep it as a memorial reminder of all the POW/MIA  Soldiers.
   With Love from:  oma@alltel.net

Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 22:28:50 -0500
From: smithvalleyfarm1@juno.com
To the family of  David Leet,
 
I have held onto this bracelet since 1973 or 1974.  Thank you Capt. David Leet for your heroism.  Thank you for your strength and your bravery.  Your family knows that you are honored by others unknown by you or them for giving your life for the future lives of others. You will not be forgotten.
 
Sincerely,
dottdagy@juno.com   

From: "Tina Goodyear" <tgoodyear@satx.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 20:41:49 -0600

To The Family of Spec 4 Manuel Puentes, from Texas , MIA on March 3, 1971 .

 

 

I am very sorry to learn that you son has not returned to you after all these years.  I was 15 when I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet from the Fire Department in Beaumont Texas, with high hopes of returning the bracelet to your son.  As I also have sons, my heart goes out to you for your pain and suffering,  May the peace of God be with you.

 

If you would like for me to return the bracelet to the family, please let me know and I will send it to you.  My e-mail address is tfgoody@yahoo.com.


From: "Sean Cooke" <scooke223@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 15:37:36 +0000
To the family of CMS Charles D. King,

 I just wanted to let you know that I am wearing the bracelet of your loved one Charles D. King. I purchased this bracelet on the day I graduated from Army Basic Training in October of 1998. There were many bracelets to choose from but I chose this one because of the unfortunate time of his loss. I never take it off and I never will. I ended my term of service with the Army in November of 2003. In the time that I served I have been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have worn Charles's bracelet in: Germany, Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kuwait, and Iraq. People ask me about the bracelet constantly assuming it is a medical bracelet. When I explain that it is a POW/MIA bracelet people will always ask me "Why do you wear it?". I think that after five years of answering the questions I have finally got it right. I just say I didn't know him I'm not related to him but that's not the point. People loved this guy and he loved his family but he went and did what others would not do. He placed others before himself and as a result he didn't come back home.  I didn't know him but I try to use him as an example in my every day live. From what I know of his story Charles was a great man and exemplified those tenets held in such high regard by the military: Loyalty, Duty, Honor, Selfless - Service and Personal Courage. I'm honored to wear this bracelet I'm not related to him but he is my brother regardless and as long as I am alive and able to wear this bracelet Charles will never be forgotten.

 Thank You So Much,
 
  Sean Cooke
 
scooke223@hotmail.com

From: "Brian Redstone" <ufbluebomber@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 13:01:09 -0500

Hello,
 
I was wondering if you could get me the address of a family on your site. I have the POW/MIA bracelet for Ervin Warren and I recently found out from your site that he has been returned and ID'ed.  I would like to send the bracelet to his family so that they know that someone has been thinking of their father/husband/son.  If you could help, that would be greatly appreciated.
 
Brian Redstone
Cadet Lt. Col, Univeristy of Florida, AFROTC Det 150

Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 08:11:19 -0500
From: Bonnie Snyder
To the family of James Lloyd Griffin:
 
I currently have the POW bracelet of James Lloyd Griffin.  I have had this bracelet for more than 30 years.  I just came upon this website and looked up his name only to find he died in captivity.I never knew what happened to Mr  Griffin.  If you would like to have this bracelet, please   contact me and I would be more than happy to send it to you. We shall never forget our POW's.  Every year I run a road race in their honor, I am usually at the back of the pack, but such a wonderful cause, who cares where I come in!   This was was such a terrible war as with all wars.  My own dad fought in WWII but was lucky enough to come home. I am sorry for your loss even though it is very late.  If I do not hear from you, I will keep the bracelet forever.  Thank you. bonnie.snyder@childrens.harvard.edu

From: Crmerch@aol.com
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 23:32:09 EST

I really don't know what to say or do.  I have been wearing the same bracelet for about 15 years now, only taking it off when Jobs require.  The POW*MIA is Ronald J. Dexter, US Army(SF). Gone missing in Laos, 03 Jun 67.  My thoughts are with the family.  My Father was lucky enough to come home, however, he is 100% Disabled, PTSD.  I learned a lot after I got out of the service, after Desert Storm was over.  I just feel I needed to let you now I have not FORGOTTEN, and I will not Until he comes home. 
 
I am sending a copy of this to my Dad.
 
Charlie

C. R. Merch. Inc.
www.crmerch.com

From: "rfarrell1" <JAFRF23@HVC.RR.COM>
Subject: CAPTAIN ROBERT M. ELLIOT - 2//14/1968
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 10:48:07 -0500
To the Family of CAPTAIN ROBERT M. ELLIOT, USAF
 
I have been wearing my MIA/POW bracelet for 20 + years, for Capt. Robert M. Elliot, missing 2/14/1968.  I have found out recently that his remains have been returned to the USA in 1999.  I can't tell you how I feel about that.  In one way happy that at least you now have the real answers to your questions and to know that he has not been a prisoner this whole time, yet sad, knowing he is truly gone.  I feel that I should return his bracelet to you if you would like it.  I know it is coming close to the anniversary date that he went missing. 
 
I don't know how else to contact you, so hopefully you read LOVE LETTERS from time to time and will be able to contact me.  Please send me an email at JAFRF23@HVC.RR.COM to let me know how I can return my bracelet.

From: SouthernMtnMan@aol.com
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 22:19:16 EST

TO CAPT SAMUEL DEICHELMANN'S FAMILY... the date on the his bracelet is 9-6-68.    

I am a Nam vet as are so many men and women .. I have only one thing I care to finish before my times comes and that is to find the family of a man who's POW BRACELET I found in a antique shop many years ago.                         

After much  prayer and meditation I have decided to wear the bracelet. I am honored to wear it.

I would like to say thank you CAPT DEICHELMANN for your sacrifice, for it is men and women like you who gives us our freedom today.. CAPT SAMUEL DEICHELMANN... if you are alive  you will never before gotten...and if you have passed over... may you rest in peace...

My heart and soul still hurts for all the men and women we lost .. The only thing I wish is that we will one day be able to say... all have been found and have be returned home to their love ones. May we one day learn that war isn't the answer.. I speak as a Nam Vet ...my heart goes to all families and my prayers will be with you all... let the love of your Higher Power guide you in all you do.

Morris J. Griffin...SP4 HHC 1ST ENG...BIG RED ONE...


Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 19:57:54 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
From: Ed Parker <reparker@optonline.net>

To the family of Robert Scherdin:
 
I wear Robert's bracelet.  I wanted to take the time to wish you my best on this February 14, 2004, Robert's birthday.  Please know that he is remembered and missed, even by people who never had the good fortune to meet him.  Warmest heartfelt thoughts to you and him, and know that you are in our thoughts often.
 
Yours in sympathy for your sorrow...
 
Another G.I.

From: "Mike Matteri" <mman467@swbell.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:25:44 -0600
My name is Mike Matteri, and I am 36 years old, a US Navy veteran, and live in Springdale, Arkansas. I adopted your loved ones over 7 years ago as part of Operation Just Cause, now I am a Operation Just Cause Adoption Team member. I continue to fight for your loved one's whereabouts. 
I would like you all to know that I have made a website dedicated to them, and to let you know that I am in touch with JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command), DPMO, representatives, congresspersons, the President, and other government agencies on the whereabouts of your loved ones. 

The website for LCDR Richard Frank Collins is at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747/index2.html

and the one for LT. Michael E. Quinn is at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747/index2.5.html , along with the letter that I got from the DPMO from the letter I sent them on June 28, 1997, on your loved ones at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747/index5.html .

The website for LCDR James R. Dennison, LTJG Terrence H. Hanley, and Chief Petty Officer Henry H. Herrin is at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747/index6.html .

The website for William S. FormanEdmund H. Fenyea, Robert R. Sennet and Erwin B. Templin Jr. is at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747/index7.html .

The website for LTJG Thomas E. Brown is at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747/index8.html .

The website for LTJG Paul E. Swigart Jr. is at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747/index9.html .

 I have put a lot of time, love and effort into those pages in the hopes that one day it will lead to final answers to what happened to your loved ones. I want you to know that I have not given up, and will not, ever until they are finally home.  Every day I pray for the answers that will come your way and you can finally know truly what happened., and even at church, I say a special prayer for them. One of my continuing birthday wishes every September 10th, for the longest time is to have all my adopted missing servicemen home with their families. Some birthday wish, huh??   Please if you can, email me at: mman467@swbell.net  and let me know that you have seen the sites, what you think of them, and I want you to know that you can rest assured that I am doing everything that I can to find the answers that you all seek. 

I have a copy of all the Library of Congress documents that I researched last year on a CD-Rom, and it is available to you if you would like it. It is in .pdf format (Adobe Acrobat Reader), and I can make you a copy of it, if you would like, and send it to you by regular mail, and make arrangements on getting it out to you, or you can get it from the sites listed above that are a tribute to your loved one. I hope that if LCDR. Richard F. Collins and LT. Michael E. Quinn were able to see these sites, I wonder what they would tell me. 
 
There is no greater form of satisfaction for me than to see your loved ones home.
 
Please email me. I would like to talk to you all. I hope one day that we can finally meet face to face, and you can see the person behind the sites. :)  
 
Sincerely,
Mike Matteri

From: "joanne glynn" <ladyj114@hotmail.com>
Subject: Maj.Harrison H Klinck
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 18:29:00 -0800
To the family of Maj.Harrison Klink.   

I have his POW/MIA bracelet and would like to know if his family is interested in having it. Please contact me. Extra thoughts to you on 9/11 and 11/19. 


JDS

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 09:19:30 -0800 (PST)
From: "k.j. mccarthy m.d." <kjm32127@yahoo.com>
Subject: any family of Dominic "Spike" Spinelli
Would like to reach any family of Dominic Spinelli if still around. I wear his POW-MIA bracelet and know what his bio is but if possible would like any family member to contact me Kevin Mccarthy. kjm32127@yahoo.com........

From: "Bridget Whelan" <bwhelan@ftdi.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 21:34:22 -0600

To Carolyn Green or Dr. Dolittle, as your e-mail states.  You had posted a message about Richard D. Robert, missing since 3/25/69.  I have tried to e-mail you, please contact me, I do have a very small amount of info. On our boy!

bwhelan@ftdi.com

Sincerely,

Bridget from Arkansas


From: "DANIEL COPLEY" <DAKTO1@msn.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2004 16:12:37 -0600

TO THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM MICHAEL COPLEY,  MY HUSBAND SERVED IN VIETNAM FROM 1968 TO 1968. HIS NAME IS DANIEL COPLEY. HE WAS BORN IN COLUMBUS, OHIO ON 7-24-48. MICHAEL WAS BORN IN COLUMBUS IN MAY OF 1949. DAN HAS WORN MICHAELS BRACELET FOR OVER 10 YEARS. THE ONE HE HAS NOW IS VERY FADED, BUT HE REFUSES TO TAKE IT OFF FOR A NEW ONE. HE TOLD ME THAT MICHAEL AND HE KNOW WHOSE BRACELET HE WEARS.  ANY WORD FROM HIS FAMILY ABOUT MICHAEL WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO HIM. MICHAEL IS ALWAYS IN BOTH OUR PRAYS AS ALSO HIS FAMILY.
 
THANK YOU,
 
DANIEL AND KATHY COPLEY
 
E-MAIL; dakto1@msn.com
 
after dakto is the number one(1)

From: "mimi" <rogers134@charter.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 14:01:03 -0600

I am deeply humbled and proud to say that I have finally located information concerning the POW/MIA bracelets for: 
COL. Donald G. Cook USMC  Vietnam
and
LTC Richard Duane Appelhans USAF  Vietnam.
 
I have had their bracelets for many, many years. 
Never did I think I would find out about these two brave men!
 
In mid-March 2004, I will be making my first trip to The Vietnam War Memorial in DC.

If the families of
COL. Donald G. Cook USMC  Vietnam
and
LTC Richard Duane Appelhans USAF  Vietnam
wish to have the bracelets, please contact me.
mimi
Never forgotten.

From: "aimwop_fl8" <aimwop_fl8@bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 10:40:14 -0500

HELLO MY NAME IS T BAILEY
I HAVE HAD A BRACELETS FOR 10 YEARS NOW
I JUST WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW.
HIS NAME IS SSGT CURTIS R. CLINE.
I LOOK HIM UP ON THE POW-MIA SITE.
AND HE WAS FROND I AM HAPPY THAT HE IS HOME WERE HE SHOULD BE.
I KNOW HE IS WITH GOD NOW.
IF ANY ONE KNOW THIS MAN PLEASE LET ME KNOW BE EMAIL.
I DO CARE ABOUT ARE POW-MIA.
I WILL NEVER F0RGET THEM ALL
THANK YOU SO MUCH
TAKE CARE&BE SAFE.
FROM MRS T BAILER
NC.

Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 20:50:37 -0500
From: "Dave C." <jrzydave3@netscape.net>

To the family of Cdr. Fredrick W. Wright

I cannot thank you  and Cdr Wright enough for the sacrifices you and he made for this country and me. I will place his bracelet at The Wall unless I receive a request to send it elsewhere. Be well. You all are in my thoughts. 

David Cohen


From: "Byron Gibbs" <bgibbs@camtel.net>
Subject: S/Sgt Richard Fitts Mia 11/30/68
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 10:19:39 -0600

I was in the USAF from 1968-1972. IN 1970 I came out of the BX and there were some ladies selling bracelets. The purpose being, to raise funds for the families of men mia/pow and to remind everyone that we still cared. I had hoped that one day I could return this bracelet to Richard Fitts. That maybe he had made it home. I was extremely saddened to find out that he was killed in action over Laos. That of the few remains found some were Identified as those of S/Sgt Richard Fitts. I have kept his bracelet for 34 years. I just wanted to tell his family that I never forgot. May God bless you. 

Coach Byron Gibbs Hackberry H.S. Hackberry,LA


From: "Eileen Stephenson" <eileenb03@hotmail.com>
Subject: Capt. Lewis P. Smith II
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 20:35:59 -0600
I have a bracelet for Capt. Lewis P. Smith II who was listed as MIA and now listed as KIA.  I would like to contact his family and return the bracelet to them.  Anyone who can help me, I would most appreciate it.
 
Thanks,
 
Eileen Stephenson

From: Pmpkin123@aol.com
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 21:04:27 EST

To the family of PFC Richard E. Mishuk;
 
    I wear his bracelet all the time to remember his sacrifice.  As I type this letter, my 19 month old daughter is sitting on my lap giving me hugs and kisses.  My three and a half year old is playing with her toy animals.  My 3 month old is sleeping soundly.  All three of my daughters have no cares and no worries.  They don't have to worry about food, or clothes, or a roof over their heads.  And I want you to know that I recognize it's because of PFC Richard E. Mishuk and so many others like him.  Because of the sacrifice they have made, my family can sleep soundly in a free country. 
    Two of my uncles served in Vietnam, thankfully they came home.  My brother served in Desert Storm and is now stationed in South Korea.  My husband is a police officer.  As I can appreciate the daily sacrifices made by those who choose to protect our country in one form or another, I cannot comprehend the loss of one whose life was cut short by doing so.
    From me to you, thank you for your son, your brother, your friend.  Because of him, I can get and give hugs and kisses to three of the most beautiful creatures God ever made.  He is not forgotten. 
 
Sincerely,
Margaret Close
Pmpkin123@aol.com (If you wish to correspond.)

From: "Margaret Bailey" <midge83@earthlink.net>
Subject: albert pitt
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 22:43:51 -0500
 
hi, I have the bracelet of Albert Pitt. I believe from Hempstead long Island. I am originally from Lynbrook. I had worn his bracelet for many years (until I married in 1983). I keep it in my bedside table drawer. I have prayed for and cried over his fate. Please let me know. I love him, only from wearing (keeping) his bracelet. I am sorry I could not help him.
Margaret,midge83@earthlink.net
 
Margaret Bailey

From: "Don & Jane Kay Poore" <donpoore@mchsi.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 22:56:57 -0600

I wear the bracelet of Air Force Captain RUSSELL ARDEN POOR (no relation) from Warsaw, Indiana.   If I had the opportunity, I would tell his family that my prayers are with Captain Poor and his family every day.  It would be nice to have a face to put with my thoughts and prayers.  Has the POW Network ever thought of doing something like that?  Since Captain Poor was shot down on 4 Feb 1967, the picture would be 37 years old at least.  I pray daily for eventual release of Captain Poor.  Others shot down with him were released alive in 1973, and remains in both 1977 and 1990.  What grief his family must have gone through each time his fellow officers were released.  My heart goes out to them and all others suffering as they do.
Jane Poore
Columbia, MO

From: CRAFTON69@wmconnect.com
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 22:13:53 EST

Since I was a young girl----maybe 11 or 12 years old----I have had the bracelet of Lt. Col. Tom Finney. I found it in a box of keepsakes recently and could not get the thing out of my mind. I checked the website and found, sadly, that Lt. Col. Finney's remains were returned in 1985. If you are a member of this hero's family, please know that I prayed many many prayers for his safe return back in the 70's and pray now for his family who lost this brother, father, husband, son. Though my heart is heavy tonight, having just discovered Finney's fate, I know your hearts are proud to call him your own. Now the bracelet is more special to me than ever.                                          
                                                                                    Susan Storm

From: "Dermot Rodgers" <revdermot@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 13:43:38 -0500
My name is Karan and I am hoping to correspond with a family member, friend or someone who served with Lt. Alan F. Ashall, U.S. Navy.  My mother had long ago bought me a bracelet with Lt. Ashall's name on it and I am trying to get it replaced as well as find out as much about him as I can.  He is in my daily thoughts and prayers.  Feel free to e-mail me at churchlady152@yahoo.com................

Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 22:53:14 -0500
From: "Katz, Corey" <CKATZ@bridgew.edu>

This is for the family of Robert D. Hauer.  My name is Corey and I have been wearing my braclet for almost 5 years now.  I bought the braclet when I was 15 years old and have only taken it off for a total of 3 days since I have had it ( my proms, and my moms wedding).  I just wanted to write to let you know that someone is praying for your son and his family. I would love to be in contact with his family, however I understand if they do not wish to talk to me, but I will keep on praying and God Bless him and his family.

Sincerely,
Corey

From: "Lynn Martyn" <auntlynn@ev1.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 19:50:42 -0600
CPL. Steve M. Trivelpiece
USA 4-4-68 SVN
 
I have wore my bracelet since High School, I am wearing it now. I know he is KIN/BNR meaning Steve is NOT HOME. I will continue to wear it unless a family member requests my bracelet.
He Is Not Forgotten!
 
Love, Lynn Martyn
      auntlynn@ev1.net

From: Waamani@aol.com
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 20:53:16 EST
Subject: To The Jon Busch Family, MIA 6-8-67

I would just like to say that I have had Jon's bracelet since I was in high school.  I graduated in 1974 over in Germany.  I never took it off during high school, and actually I had two bracelets. 
 
My dad went over  there in 1966, when I was 8 and I will never understand why, and 41 years later, I still don't.
 
I just wanted you to know that I am a veteran from a strong family background of veterans.  As my son was growing up, I explained the signifcant importance of why I have these two bracelets.  They will forever remain in my possession.
 
But mainly, if this note ever gets to Jon's family, I just wanted to say, may the Lord be with you and all is not forgotten.  I apologize for intruding on your family in this way, but I was so excited when I found him, I just had to write.  

Yours in Christ,  A. Feliciano


From: "kthompson2" <kthompson2@indy.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 18:35:32 -0600
My name is Ken Thompson and as a teenager in the early 70's  I wore the bracelet of Lt Joseph P. Nolan Jr.  During a sporting event, the bracelet was broken and likewise my promise.  I didn't replace it and forgot his name. After 9/11 and another generation of soldiers have gone off to serve, I've reflected on the missing soul that I too had abandoned. Through prayer and Grace, God forgave  my broken promise and restored the memory of Joseph to my heart.

I am honored to once again wear the bracelet that bears his name and only hope that forgiveness will also come from his family, friends and comrades of the A/101. I send my love, support and prayers to the family and would very much like to learn more about Joseph. 

Please email at kthompson2@indy.rr.com


Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 08:00:40 -0800 (PST)
From: Martha Green <felinel@sbcglobal.net>

Date: 03-28-04
 
To: The family of RICHARD DEAN "Dick" ROBERTS
Date of Loss: 25 March 1969
 
I have read the story of our hero RICHARD DEAN ROBERTS.  The report I have read certainly shows that Richard was a brave soldier, dedicated to his fellow men.
 
I looked up his story because, my fiance', has been wearing Richard's bracelet ever since he bought it in New York in 1970. My fiance' escaped communist Czechoslovakia in 1968 with his family when he was 16. At the time he bought Robert's bracelet he could barely speak English, but knew the significance of what ithe bracelet represented. He doesn't talk about it much, but HE HAS NEVER TAKEN IT OFF!!! He won't take it off either, even when you suggest it. Maybe because he knows the plight of those controlled by communism. He had an uncle that was imprisoned in a Communist Labor Camp in Eastern Europe for many years. He also knew as a young boy that he could never go back home to Czechoslovakia, or he and his family would be imprisoned.
 
I have had many relatives serve in the Armed Forces both war and peace time. I am fortunate that they all came home alive. My thoughts and prayers will always plea for Richard's return. I plan on visiting the P.O.W. network website often. I will also be more alert to what is being done to bring our men home!
 
Sincerely,
Martha Green
Pasadena, Texas

From: LuvmyMarines@aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 05:08:39 EST

For years I have worn the POW/MIA bracelet for Cpl James F. Worth.  I can not recall how I got this bracelet as a child, but I never completely understood the signifiance of it until I was considerbly older.  Since then it has not left my wrist.  I am now 33 years old and several years ago I set out to find anything I could about "Jimmy" (as he was called by his family members)  Luckily I have located several members of his family and they have been etremely wonderful in sharing memories of him with me.  As I grew up I often thought of Jimmy as my guardian angel.  I just visualized what he looked like also.  Words can not describe the emotions I felt when I was finally holding in my hand a picture of Jimmy.  I just wanted to let the Worth family know that a complete stranger still honors and remembers their brother and I will do what I can to finally give them the answers they so much deserve.  Jimmy will always be in my thoughts and forever in my heart.  One day I hope that he is returned to American Soil where he rightfully belongs.  My heart and prayers go out to not only him but his family as well.  I pray that one day I will be able to meet all of Jimmys family and  be able to hug all of them for sharing their brother with me.  Without their love I would have never known how truly remarkable their brother was, for Jimmy has touched my heart forever.

From: "Lisa Yoder" <lyoder@san.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 10:45:09 -0800

To The Family of Donald G. Fisher:
 
I was going through some boxes of mementos from my youth (I'm 49 now) and found the POW/MIA bracelet I wore during my college years in the early-to-mid 70s.  I can't remember how I came about having the bracelet nor when/why I stopped wearing it.  I apologize for any disrespect my actions signify.   For many Americans like myself, there was a day when the war was "over."  This wasn't true for families like yours who suffered the loss of a loved one or, perhaps even worse, the unknown fate of a loved one. 
 
When I frequently found Major Fisher's bracelet, I put it in my jewelry box and wondered how I could find out about his fate.  Today, I got on the internet and started exploring possibilities and found the web site from which I'm writing you.  I am so sorry to hear that Major Fisher did not make it home and I realize that this has impacted your family forever.  I would like to return the bracelet to your family if it is wanted as a memorial token to honor and remember him.  Please contact me if this something you would like to happen.
 
Sincerely,

 

 

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