LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


From: MFColon517@aol.com
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 00:02:14 EDT

To the Family and Friends of  PFC Matt Maupin,
 
I have been wearing Matt's bracelet for a few weeks now - I think of him every day and pray that he will return home safely.  These past few days must have been more hellish than the rest for Matt's loved ones.  Whatever the outcome, I will never forget Matt for the rest of my life.  God Bless Matt, his family and friends.
 
I also wear a bracelet for LCDR Michael Scott Speicher.  I was in college when the Gulf War took place and unlike many of my classmates, I was supportive of the war and our quest to liberate Kuwait.  I now have 2 nephews in the Marine Corps, one of whom is serving in Iraq.  I hope that when this war ends, we will have found Scott alive so he may finally be reunited with his family or may we at least learn of his fate.  God Bless Scott, his family and friends.
 
Mary Colon,
Long Island, NY

From: Firegirl33088@aol.com
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 23:54:44 EDT

To the family and friends of Marvin Benjamin Christopher Wiles;
 
I have been wearing Marvin's bracelet for 4 years now. Ironically, I bought his bracelet two weeks before the tragedy of September 11th on a school trip through the US capitol. I was going through all of the POW bracelets and for some reason Marvin's just stuck out from the rest. So that day I bought his bracelet and have been wearing it ever since. It is now very old and worn down, but it is still on my wrist, where I put it 4 years ago. Every day I look at this bracelet and pray that he will be returned home. I look at this bracelet also as hope for all of our men and women that are fighting right now in Iraq. It reminds me that not only is their hope for their return, but as long as I wear this bracelet, there is hope that he will also. I am now 16 years old and I plan to wear this bracelet until I know that he is back home. If any of his family and friends are reading this, God Bless you all, and I wish you all the very best. My prayers are with you every day. I would love to hear from the family of the man whose life I pray for every day, so please contact me if you can.
 
Samantha Neathery
Riverside, CA

From: Hootsiedinger@webtv.net (John Starks)
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 19:59:50 -0400
Subject: To Family of Capt. Kenneth Goff, Jr.
As a teenager, I obtained the POW bracelet of Capt. Goff and wore it all through high school. 

Recently, I found it in my  jewelrey box and would like to know if the family would like to have it. I have been honored wearing it all those years and wish for u to have it if u want. U can contact me at anytime.

Sincerely, Leslie A Starks

From: Blountkelle@aol.com
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 22:15:40 


This e-mail is to go out to the Family and Loved ones of SSGT Robert H. Gage,  listed MIA near Hoa An.  Tonight is the eve of SSGT Gage' disappearance for he was listed MIA on 03JUL66.  It is with a heavy heart, I write this, at the thought of dredging up any painful memories and for that I sincerely apologize.  It is however my intent to offer my appreciation and gratitude for what He did.  For his sacrifice and fortitude; his commitment and strength will of course always be remembered and revered in the hearts and thoughts of many Americans.  
Especially this weekend.  My evidence for this claim, is the respect in my heart and mind not only to him (for it his name on the band around my wrist) but to all Americans that fought for freedom-regardless if on foreign soil.  The band will remain and all hope is extended that there will be many  POW/MIA returned in years to come.   

Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 17:37:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gonsalo Cordero <corderog@prodigy.net>

I too am a vet and have worn this bracelet for years. The name on the bracelet is SSGT DANNY WIDNER U.S.A.  5-12-68 . I will be doing some back ground check on this now as my time to re-tire is at hand. Don't remember how I received this but it has been with me for a long time and I hate to part with it but I will try to return it or keep it with me till the time comes for me to turn it over to a younger vet to carry it on less we forget what America stands for. It has been a privilege and an honor to have served my country and to follow in the footsteps of faithful Americans.. thank  a vet

Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 12:36:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: Derek Blount <djblount@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: To the Family of Lt. Jack C. Rittichier, USCG

I have only just found out about the return of the remains of Lt. Rittichier and his burial in Arlington in October of last year.  I have worn a bracelet with his name for over 12 years.  I obtained my first one at the Lincoln memorial in Washington.  It was aluminum and after a couple of years it finally broke.  I went back to Washington that year and went to purchase another bracelet at the Viet Nam Memorial.  The table I approached had a pile of stainless steel bracelets in plastic bags over a foot high and covered the entire table.  I put my hand in the pile and pulled out a new bracelet.  To my utter astonishment, I found Lt. Rittichier's name again on my wrist.  He was refusing to be forgotten.  I was in Washington to do advocacy work for the National Park Service and as I went to Congressional offices I reminded them of their duty to find Lt Rittichier and all other MIA/POWs.  I have worn that bracelet since, ....until today.  Today I removed the band and in March when I go to Washington again I will find a new band to wear with pride and remembrance.  I will also make a concerted effort to visit Lt. Rittichier's grave at Arlington.  I will also once again remind our Legislators of their duty to support the return of our patriots.  I am glad that Lt Rittichier has finally come home but still saddened that so many still have not.  Although I have retired Lt. Rittichier's bracelet from my wrist it will hang on my wall with a copy of the incident report as a reminder of a man that refused to be forgotten.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Derek Blount
civilian


From: "Raymond  Wojciak" <wojciak1@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 23:19:22 -0700
Hello.
While clearing out my mothers jewelry, my sisters and I found the POW/MIA bracelet she wore for many years.  She is now 77 and in failing health.  We wondered what to do with this bracelet and began researching the bracelets on the web.  As a result of 'surfing' the web we found your sight.
Following your instructions we want to let you know that we have a bracelet for:
CDR Guy Johnson - MIA 12/20/65.
We see that his remains were found and returned.
If the family would like the bracelet they can e-mail me at:kjthornton@bellsouth.net
 
Thank you for your great site and information.
Sincerely,
J. Thornton

From: Iambrbphl@aol.com
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 18:49:42 EDT
Subject: Kenneth Thomas 5-5-66

I have kept this bracelet 38 years and, his remains are home and his spirit is with our heavenly father....... although my bracelet says Capt. i have heard that was a misprint and he was Lt.  doesn't matter he has always been a true Hero to me...thanx for a beautiful web sight....

b johnson email iambrbphl@aol.com

From: "Neil DiTrani" <4ditfam@netzero.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 17:09:51 -0700
To the family of Capt. Robert Stanley (4-1-67),
I have had his POW bracelet since the early 70's. I wore it for many years. I have it now with other cherished family items. If it would be appropriate I would love for you to have the bracelet. I respect your privacy and do not wish to intrude. If you would like me to send the bracelet to a family member I will be happy to do so. It has been an honor to wear and own this bracelet.
Respectfully,
Barbara DiTrani

From: RacinYank@aol.com
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 10:42:08 EDT

MIA   EDWARD A WILLING   7/21/68

Another year has passed and Edward is not home. I and others remain to keep the faith that he will be one day laid to rest below his marker at Arlington. We continue to search for the answer as to his fate. Edward is not forgotten!

This poem was left at both The Wall in D.C. and at The Moving Wall when it was in my city.  It was written ( without my knowledge ) by my then 16 year old son.


Edward Arlo Willing

One day in June he joined so brave
So very young a man was he,
A fighter of the strongest will
A symbol he would be

Trained on the island of Parris
There a Marine was made,
Crafted and reborn was Edward
The Marine would not fade

How soon his journey would begin
A journey not alone,
Their honor all in brotherhood
His fate it was not known

A radio operator
A fighter of real skill,
He was a natural Marine
Semper Fi was his will

One day he went out from the bridge
Returned not to his peers,
That one lone bridge was TU CAU
What's left us now are only tears

On July six-eight it was
When Edward disappeared,
He was but ninetenn years of age
By many now endeared

by:  Matthew Mielke  October of 1999


Until you are home..............

With love,
Patty

Patricia Mielke
12 Melinda Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027


From: "Ed Blankenship" <edblankenship@transloadshippers.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 18:30:59 -0700

My name is Ed Blankenship and in the early 70's (70-71) I was in the USMC stationed at El Toro Marine Base, in Southern California. One day while browsing the PX came across POW bracelets sitting on a counter for sale. Wanting to show my support for our brothers whom were listed as POW/MIA picked out two bracelets to purchase. One was for LCDR Larry J. Stevens and the other was for Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Rose III. I alternating wearing both bracelets for the next two years. Soon they found their way into a box of my military memento's and about twenty years ago, was fortunate to purchase a vacation home wherein I proudly displayed my bracelets. I took every opportunity to tell their story to my children and friends. Each time I always wondered if they made it home. From looking at your list, it appears CWO Rose made it out. It doesn't appear that LCDR Stevens has made it home yet. Like his family, I do believe he will. If anyone has any information on CWO Rose please let me know. Would love to send his bracelet to him and/or his family. In addition, would like to let the Stevens family know, that as I write this, I have his bracelet in my hands. We want forget and we will never give up hope that he will be released soon. God Bless you all.  

My email address is: ed@transloadshippers.com


From: "Angela Shaffer" <majick1010@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 19:52:54 -0400
For two years now, I have had and worn the bracelet of SFC/SPC (?) Richard J. Lacey US ARMY missing 31 Jan 1968. I would like to be in contact with anyone who knew this man or his family. If you have information, please e-mail me at Majick1010@hotmail.com {please put Lacey in the subject line}.
 
Thank You
Angela Shaffer


Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 13:10:29 -0700
From: "Deedee Coffey" <Deedee.Coffey@sharp.com>

Looking for wife/family of Klaus Dieter Scholz - We use to exchange letters (often) when I was a teen..(the first couple of years after the helicopter accident - and Klaus was MIA).   I remember you had one or two small children, I believe a daughter...I wore my bracelet up until 2000, when it cracked, and is now very close to breaking.  I read that remains were identified for the entire helicopter crew in 1990. I would love to know you are okay.

Please feel free to contact me at this email address...

From: KamperTwo@aol.com
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 15:21:56 EDT

I am trying to find the family of a man whose POW bracelet I wore for many years. Unfortunately, I don't remember his name and I sent the bracelet to his wife who I wrote to in the 70's when I was in high school. She sent me a picture of my POW standing in front of his plane. I saw him return home on TV. The bracelet I sent back to the family had my name engraved on the inside of the bracelet. If you received a bracelet that was engraved on the inside with the name Kathie or Katherine Tippetts please contact me. I just wanted to thank you for serving. My husband is a Navy Captain and our youngest son is at Marine Corp. bootcamp Parris Island right now.
written July 26, 2004
Sincerely,
Kathie

From: Quietvenue@aol.com
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 00:18:02 EDT
Subject: USMC MIA RANDY N. MCPHEE

mia, april 30,1967 vietnam. california is home of record.
my name is william c. (bill) asbury, usmc 1965-1969. vietnam 1967-1968.
i proudly wear the mia bracelet for pfc mc phee. i would like any information available concerning pfc mcphee including family information inorder that i may contact them and let them know he is in my thoughts and prayers. i recently had one of my dogtags found in vietnam and returned to me, so i know there is still hope.
anyone with any information, please contact me at QuietVenue@aol.com
thank you...

From: "David Dishman" <d.dishman@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 19:50:56 -0400

To The Family of Sgt. Steven Hastings,
 
I purchased and wore a pow/mia bracelet when I was a sophomore in high school.  That would've been in Tennessee in 1975 or so.  The man's name on my bracelet read S/Sgt. Steven Hastings.  I wore the bracelet for almost two years.  I developed an allergy to the metal and had to stop wearing it so I put it in my jewelry box for safe keeping.  I still have it and keep it among some of my most treasured possessions. I have also shared its' story with my children.  My daughter who is now 13 had to write a lengthy paper on the Vietnam War last year.  It was of special interest to her.  Over the past thirty years I've often wondered what happened to the man whose name is engraved on my bracelet.  It's been on my mind much more as of late and I decided to try to find out something by checking the internet.  To my amazement I found there were many sites with a lot of different types of information.  I was nervous as I looked up Sgt. Hastings' name in an index on one particular site because I was hoping to see that he'd been found and returned home to his family.  Unfortunately that website also stated that Sgt. Hastings situation is one of many that has never been resolved.  I can't even begin to imagine what it has been like for you all these years.  I don't know if he had a wife or children, but I'm sure he left behind parents and possibly brothers and/or sisters.  The reason I'm writing is to let you know that I've never forgotten about your loved one, Steven, and the sacrifice he made for me and my country.  As I'm writing to you now I'm wearing the bracelet once again.  I'd love to hear from any family member if you'd like to contact me.  If there's anything I can do to help,  it would be an honor to write to any government official on his or his family's behalf.   It is my hope that someone in Sgt. Hastings' family reads this and knows that he, and they, have been in my thoughts and prayers all these years.  I will never forget!
May God bless you and keep you in His care.
Love In Christ,
   Cathy Dishman

From: Jeryg801@aol.com
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 10:18:13 EDT
Subject: Capt. Frederick J. Sutter
Hello,
I received my bracelet from my mom for Christmas when I was a kid. It had the name Capt. Frederick J. Sutter on it with a date of 12/31/71. The bracelet and Capt. Sutter have been a part of my life ever since. I am not computer savvy, so it took me a long time to find contacts and website that offered a little more insight into the whereabouts of Capt. Sutter. He was only 25 at the time, which is about the age of my daughter now. Through the years, many things have brought a new light onto my feelings and connection to Frederick Sutter. I read the history and see that his father passed away, but I do not know if his mom is still alive. I had contacted someone who stated he has a sister, but that is all I know. If there is any family member of Capt Frederick J. Sutter that is out there and looks at this site, I would want to tell them that he has been in my mind and heart for all these years. I still have the bracelet and will keep it until if and when his family contacts me and asks for it.
Blessings and I hope this finds its way to one of his family members.
Diane McMillan

From: "nadine" <nadia@pennswoods.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 17:16:31 -0700

HI . I HAVE   A POW BRACELET   OF LT. COL. JERDY WRIGHT JR.  I JUST LEARN ABOUT THIS NETWORK. I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN THE BRACELET TO THE FAMILY OF LT. COL WRIGHT IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT.
          MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS NADIA@PENNSWOODS. NET.
                                  THANK YOU   NADINE R. BRESSLER

From: "The Curnett's" <jmcurnett@netzero.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 21:31:40 -0500
To the family of Robert Ira Bush of Racine, WI:
 
I have had the Robert's bracelet since September 1989 when I was in basic training at Lackland AFB, in TX.  I am 33 years old now and a disabled veteran.  I currently live in Wisconsin.  My husband, myself, and my two children went to see the moving wall today in Shawano, WI.  My husband drove back to our house to get our bracelets.  We went to the information booth and located where the names of our bracelet "Buddies" were on the wall.  It was touching and extraordinary to see the names on the wall.  We had them etched and it will touch our lives forever.  Although these fallen heroes are gone, they are not forgotten.  As a fellow veteran, I look up and respect anybody who served our country, but I can't describe how it feels when somebody gave their life for our country.  They have done the ultimate sacrifice and died as heroes.  If you would like to contact me, I would be more than honored to write back.
 
Thank you and God Bless your family!
 
Michelle Curnett

From: Wwjackson2029@aol.com
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:16:14 EDT

I have worn and kept the bracelet of Air Force
Captain John Charles Hardy.............................
For many years our family prayed for him and
his family.......I just want his loved ones to know
that we thank him for the ultimate price he paid
for our family and America.  We have not forgotten.
                                                     Jane Wille
                                                     wwjackson2029@aol.com


From: LIAppraise@aol.com
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 02:05:39 EDT
Subject: Major Morris McDaniel Jr.

I have had his bracelet for over 30 years. I wore it for years, searched the paper for a listing of his name, and have kept it and him in my prayers. God Bless him and his family and friends.

Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 19:18:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: m m <beavervalleychoppers@yahoo.com>

Well let me see how do I say this ..
  i been wearing the bracelet with the name of
WHEELER, EUGENE LACY

Name: Eugene Lacy Wheeler
Rank/Branch: O4/US Marine Corps
Unit: VMO-2, MAG 11

well it kind of a hard for me to talk about this cause the bracelet was my fathers and a few days before he died he wanted me to take it but i would not take it cause i did not want him to forget after all this years of what he believed in and i told him that after he dies then i would wear it but only till then  cause i like my father and i will not forget all that the military have done. And i feel that no one should be left behind  the bracelet is wore and almost unreadable so what i am going to do is order another one with his name and stuff on it and wear it right next to the one my dad had  that way both are not forgot in my eyes. This world now adays the kids do not know anything about the bracelets which in
 my eyes they need to know cause the more that know the more the government is pushed to do more to find them . I believe in the bracelets with all my heart cause then no-1 ever gets forgotten cause they  will always be beside us and in our hearts .

   I kind of found this site when i was looking for info about the bracelet.

                                                               I hope They Bring Everyone Home Alive and well

                                                                          Matt Blankenship

From: "Denise Lundy" <lundyd@vcss.k12.ca.us>
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 21:48:51 -0700

I have the bracelet of Maj. Donald Cook, which I received when my grandmother passed away.  It is always out in my home and not a day goes by that I don't stop and look at it and think about what these men have gone through for us.  I keep the bracelet with pride.
Thank you
Denise
lundyd@vcss.k12.ca.us
"Life may not be the party we hoped for...but while we are here we might as well dance!!!"

From: "Meghan" <gingergeisha@excite.com>
Date: Mon,  9 Aug 2004 19:03:58 -0400 (EDT)

Re: Lt. Col. David L. Hrdlicka, et al

Although I was born well after the Vietnam War officially ended and all POWs were supposedly returned to the US , I have worn a bracelet bearing the name of Lt. Col. David L. Hrdlicka every day for the past year. I purchased the bracelet on a trip to Washington DC in 2003 because I was so moved while visiting the memorial. I have had many friends and family members in the Armed Forces, and while at The Wall, I couldn’t help but think, “what if one of my friends or family members was still unaccounted for a! fter so many years?” So, I purchased a bracelet as a reminder of the missing and as a daily reminder of the often unrewarded sacrifice and struggle that so many have undergone (and are still undergoing) throughout the history of the US . It truly saddens me that our government has let this issue linger on for so many years, and that Lt. Col. Hrdlicka and so many others have been missing in Laos and other areas since well before I was born 25 years ago. The idea that we are currently sending people younger than I am to war in Iraq while people of my grandfather’s generation are still missing throughout the world is definitely a hard pill to swallow.!

I hope that the Hrdlicka family, as well as all of the other families of missing men and women, can at least take some small comfort in knowing that their loved ones have not been forgotten. I will continue to wear my bracelet until Lt. Col. Hrdlicka returns to this country or until I die, at which point, it will be passed on to another member of my family to wear.

To everyone who reads this, please get involved. Write letters, send emails, demonstrate, educate and wear a bracelet. Use the power that Lt. Col. Hrdlicka and countless others fought to defend—the freedoms afforded to all who live in a democracy—to make it well known to our government that they have not done their service men and women justice. We must remind the government that some still survive and we will not be satisfied until they as well as all who perished are returned to their loved ones.

To the Hrdlicka family, I anxiously await the day that I will be able to return the bracelet that I wear to you. It is to my knowledge that Mrs. Hrdlicka is very involved in the POW/MIA cause, and I would like to let her know that I truly admire her steadfast determination and unshakable courage. Although I’ve never had the privilege of meeting him, I’m certain that wherever Lt. Col. Hrdlicka is, he’s very proud.

If there is anything that I can do, please let me know. Your family (and all other families of the missing) is in my thoughts and prayers.

All my best,

Meghan Ramsay

gingergeisha@excite.com

Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 16:53:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kay Pendleton <flyergirl8810@yahoo.com>
Subject: What can I do?
I have worn a POW/MIA bracelet for Lt.Col. Bobby Neeld since I was a teenager. I got some information about him from your website, but I would like to know what I could do to help with the cause to get our government to demand more information about our men. I appreciate your help. 

Sincerely, Kay Pendleton


Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 16:56:40 -0400
From: purplenergy@optonline.net

For the family of Larry R. Kilpatrick from Georgia-

My name is Nancy Williams, I live in New Jersey. I have had your loved one's bracelet for about 8 years. I just found this website and had hoped to find info, and I did. So I will continue to wear my bracelet. I had a cousin that was a chopper pilot in Vietnam. He was shot down and killed while on a resue mission. I was little then, but still remember him.  He sent my Mom and I little silver and gold helicopter pendants from Asia. We were lucky enough to get word right away and were able to bury him at west point where he went to school as did his father before him. I hope that find some comfort in knowing that Larry is not forgotten. 

Love- 

Nancy Williams-purplenergy@optonline.net


Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 18:43:54 -0400
From: Marina <mbless0528@direcway.com>
Subject: Leslie Sampson Ssgt USAF 

To the family.
 
  My name is Sam Whitehurst & I've been wearing Leslie's Bracelet Since 1987.  May I say It's been an honor to wear it these many years. I will continue to wear it until I'm told for sure that he has been found.  I will check back In hopes of finding you well.
 
  God Bless
 
       Sam

Subject: Joseph Patrick Dunn MIA  USN
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 15:23:28 -0700
From: "McDaniel" <McDaniel@fecrecpark.com>

As a proud American girl of nearly 10 years in 1968 I excitedly joined my Mother and best friend at the local Jewelry store in Vacaville California in order to choose a POW/MIA bracelet. There were so many names that I was at a loss as to the one to choose. But low and behold, “Joseph P. Dunn’s” name jumped out at me when I noticed that he disappeared on Valentine’s Day. Even then, as a young girl I thought……….. there’s no better way to send my love than to a man lost on this day.

It wasn’t for a number of years that I learned that his middle initial stood for Patrick. I have had my bracelet for many years but it broke and I placed it in a container at my Mother’s home. Upon my Mothers passing I located it and again touched the silver worn bracelet with scratches from my youthful play and recalled how I had worn it with pride for so many years. I have often wondered about his family, children and friends over the years and decided it was time to send a letter to you. Every time a soldier from the Vietnam War comes “HOME” I look to see if his name is on the list.

I am going to purchase a new bracelet in honor of this fine American Soldier lost so very many years ago in China . My father was a Navy man in WWII, my mother was civil service for 42 years Air Force, and my family still has men serving today in Afghanistan and Iraq .

I attended MANY home-coming ceremonies at Travis AFB in Fairfield , California for many years as my Mother worked under the Base Commander. She really instilled the importance of seeing our young men and women arrive home. We sometimes shared in the joyful celebrations of POW’s coming home, but we also witnessed the somber times as the caskets were carried from a C-5 Galaxy. Many a time I wished and prayed for Joseph’s return to Travis to no avail. Today, I still pray for his return to you, his family and the country he loved so dearly.

I have read Joseph’s Bio and admire his and your courage to continue your stead-fast resolve to bring him home.

May God Bless each of you and I will always have a place in my heart for Joseph Patrick Dunn USN!

 

Yours in Remembrance,

Becky L. McDaniel  (age – 46, married with one daughter)
beclmcd@comcast.net.


Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 19:39:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: Cyndi <purplemaniac63118@yahoo.com>

To the family of :  John M Bischoff  SFC
                                   USSF
                            Lost Apr. 22 1961
 
I am writing to you to tell you I have found your loved ones bracelet. My father was SFC retired John N Aberle. He died on Aug 14, 2004. In going through his things I came across this POW bracelet. I decided to look on the internet for John Bischoffs name to see if he had returned home, I was sad to find out that he didnt. I want you to know that in your loved ones honor and in my fathers honor I will wear this bracelet.
 
Sincerely,
Cynthia Aberle

Cyndi


From: Mary Ann Dunbar <Mad7516@Charter.net>
Subject: Service to our Country.
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 20:45:18 -0400
I would just like to thank each and every one of you for what you have done for me.  Living in a free society is the most wonderful thing a human being can have.  Because of all of you, and those serving to day, our country is free.
 
I am a mouthy person, and to whomever will listen to me, I am telling the story of John Kerry.  My brother served three tours in Vietnam as a Medic.  He was serving while Kerry was back here spouting off.
 
Please, please, continue to fight for our country and do everything in your power to stop Kerry.
 

Sincerely,

 
Mary Ann Dunbar
Elk Rapids, Michigan

Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 11:12:27 -0700
From: "Carter LCpl Jacquelyn A" <jacquelyn.carter@usmc.mil>

I just wanted to let the family members of Pfc. Antonio R. Sandovall know that he is in my prayers everyday. I am a LCpl in the Marine Corps and I know many Marines that were these bracelets and think about their brothers that are not with us today. All we want to tell you is that we love every last one of them. I always were my bracelet and think of him everyday. Please feel free to contact me at my e-mail address Jacquelyn.Carter@usmc.mil

From: RacinYank@aol.com
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 06:56:24 EDT

8/28/04
 
Edward A. Willing  
 
MIA  7/21/68
 
Gunnery Sergeant
D BTY, 2ND BN, 13TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
28 August 1949 - 20 November 1978
Wilmington, Delaware
Panel 51W Line 029
 
Today would be Ed's 55th birthday.  He is not forgotten.  I remain to keep the faith that he will one day be laid to rest below his marker at Arlington.
 
With respect and love,
   Patty
 
Patricia Mielke
Easthampton, MA

Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 01:05:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: dominic pisano <pisano_dominic@yahoo.com>
Subject: LCDR Kenneth K. Knabb MIA POW
Some years ago ( about 10 yrs now. ) at a native American pow wow, ln Garrett County Md. I ran into LCDR Knabb's family handing out MIA bracelets I just want them to know to this day it is still on my arm and I bring it to the attention of all I meet. I want them to know that he is not forgotten and that they are in my prayers.

 

Dominic Pisano

From: "allen" <afvet@futura.net>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 17:14:22 -0500

To the family and friends of Capt. Michael I. Donovan:
  I am looking to hear from any family member or friend . This is to let you know that Michael has not been forgotten.
  I am a Viet Nam era veteran I entered the USAF in Sept. 1972. One year after Michael I. Donovan was shot down on 9-30-1971.
  I have been wearing his POW/MIA bracelet since. I am retired from the Air Force now. But it has been my honor to wear and to continue tom wear the bracelet bearing his name, he is a true hero in my book. He fought for what was right and paid the ultimate price to assure people in a far away land could have the same freedom we have and enjoy. I have obtained all the information I could relating to Capt. Michael I. Donovan, and pray for his family and friends constantly, that one day he would return. And it would be my pleasure to return to you on that day this very bracelet that I wear all the time.
 
                                                           An Air force Comrade
                                                       TSgt Allen Miller Ret USAF
                                                       afvet5@yahoo.com

From: "Sheet Metal Workers" <mporter1@eatel.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 15:51:55 -0500

In the early seventies, at a little shop on the edge of the Louisiana State University campus, I purchased the metal band encircling my wrist, bearing the name of CPO Edumend Frenyea. The date on the bracelet is 1/22/66. I remember looking through the box of bracelets and thinking "There are so many! How will I ever choose?" The next bracelet I picked up was CPO Frenyea's, and he went missing on my birthday. I was only eighteen.
Through the years, I have worn this bracelet, though not consistently. It rested a while in my jewelry box, and, a couple of years ago, after some prodding from my son & his friends about "what was it really like in the 60's, mom?" I brought it out. How do I explain to these children what brought me to buy a bracelet, with someone I had never met or known's name on it? The reality is, I couldn't explain it. Not in any rational way. So, I told them I bought it and wore it for remembrance. I wore it because a young soldier went missing one day, on the other side of the globe, while I was celebrating my 13th birthday.
I thought about CPO Frenyea through the years. What was he like? Did he have a family? With no face to put with his name, I painted my own version, and tried to lead with my heart. My prayers have always been that somehow he would know that he was not forgotten. I look at the faces of my sons- one a man, and the other on the edge of becoming a man. I remember their faces, as babies, as toddlers, as teens. I wonder what their futures hold. I wonder if somewhere down the line, a thin, metal bracelet will bear one, or both, of their names. I pray not, but, should my heart ever have to bear such a burden, I would like to think that somewhere, some young man or woman would draw a bracelet from a box , and remember my child.
If anyone in CPO Frenyea's family would like my bracelet, I can send it. For 33 years it has been a part of me. Bracelet or not, I don't think I will ever forget CPO Frenyea.
mporter1@eatel.net

From: "Karen Champagne Milliff" <kmilliff@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 12:07:21 +0000

To:  The family of Major Paul Bannon
 
From:  Karen Milliff,  Texas
 
I've worn the POW bracelet for Major Paul Bannon for over 26 years.  I've never taken it off, and won't until we know what happened to him.  I pray for the wife and children he left behind.   
 
My soldier on my first bracelet came home (Capt. Hayden Lockhart, Jr.).  I'm hoping we'll be just as successful with Major Bannon!!!
 
Love and Prayers,
Karen and Family

From: Simmons Jay L Contr 453 EWS/EWA <Jay.Simmons@LACKLAND.AF.MIL>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 07:00:59 -0500
 
Hello,
 
My name is MSgt (Ret) Jay L. Simmons, USAF.  I would like to pass on to the family members of Col Louis F. Jones that I have had the privilege of wearing a POW/MIA bracelet bearing his name for many years.  I have no information that Col Jones has been repatriated or remains recovered.  I would like to send you the bracelet, if you like, at your discretion.  You can contact me via e-mail at jay.simmons@lackland.af.mil.
 
Thank you for your time and God Bless.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jay L. Simmons

From: "cristiano" <cris25@interfree.it>
Subject: Fw: to family and Friends of PFC MATT MAUPIN
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 22:51:52 +0200

Hi my name is Cristian. I wrote from Italy I have been wearing  Keith Matt's Maupin bracelet for a three weeks now. I wearing this Matt's bracelet for all people missing in war because I can't wearing a million bracelets.  I don't know him, but my country and the world lose many people... every day in the war. I think of them and him every day and I hope they will return home safely. God Bless Matt, his family .
 
Cristian    ITALY
Florence

Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 09:28:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: James DeRuvo <jamesderuvo@yahoo.com>
Subject:  - ROSCOE H. FOBAIR

TO THE FAMILY OF ROSCOE H. FORBAIR,

Though I never met him, I'll never forget him.
The name Roscoe H. Fobair forever etched in my memory.
I too wore his POW/MIA bracelet in school. And
although I have long ago lost that physical reminder
of his service to our country, it is as if I can still
feel it around my wrist.
I think about Roscoe, mostly around the holidays, and
am relieved that he is now home and at peace. I can
only pray that his family, and the families of other
POWs will find closure and that someday, they can all
come home.
May God bless him and those he left behind.
I know I will never forget him.
Regards and rememberance,
J. DeRuvo
Santa Clarita, CA

From: Lestergoode@aol.com
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 12:41:33 EDT
I am disabled veteran  wounded in "operation just cause" CoCoSolo, Canal Zone
I wear a bracelet of LTC Nelms lost in Viet Nam. I am ex- Special Forces 18c, Special Operations Sgt. also wounded 1967 during Viet Nam campaign!
Lester M. Goode
P,O. Box 662
St. Augustine, Fl. 32085

From: Trixie320411@aol.com
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 05:20:58 EDT
To the family of Sgt. Tom Adachi and Many other caring Souls::
 
When I was about 16 years old, I found an bracelet with the name SGT.Tom Adachi (4-22-70) on it. I was instantly drawn to it. I wasn't sure what it was, or the meaning behind it. I showed my grandfather, who was in the military, what it meant. He explained to me that is was a POW Bracelet. I looked at it, and felt something for this man, who I had no clue was.  I asked the lady who was was selling it, how much? She told me she would only sell it for a tidy little sum. I was shocked at this, but I felt that this deserved to be with someone who cared for it and the man it stood for. So i bought it, not caring of the price. From that day I put it on, I have rarely took it off. I am now 20 (4 months shy of 21) and still wear it. Not a day goes by, that I do not think of Sgt Tom Adachi. To this day, I look at it and still wonder about my guy( ho i have come to care for him and his family). I recently found this site. To Sgt. Tom Adachi's family-if you read this, know someone cared about him for 4 years, know he was in my thoughts and prayers everynight. I would like to get in touch w/ any member of the Adachi Family. If anyone can help, please email. It would mean a lot. God Bless and Thank you.
 
Kristen Brust

Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 11:24:33 -0500
From: "Advanced Training Systems, Inc." <atsinc2@qwest.net>
Subject: THE FAMILY OF MAJOR JOHN LEIGHTON ROBERTSON
 
Dear Barbara and Children:
 
I say children, but I know you are all adults now and probably have children of your own.  I just wanted to let you know that I have been wearing your husband's/dad's bracelet for the past 30+ years and I believe I only removed it for only 3 days.  It is just a small piece to remind me of the huge sacrifices that people like John have and are still making for our precious freedom.  I still to this day hope and pray that he will be returned to you.  Until that day I will continue to wear his bracelet proudly and continue to explain the bracelet to people when they ask about it.
 
I have written a couple letters over the years and had gotten some general information on your family.  Nothing too personal, but at one time I had learned that a couple of you had still been trying to get more information over in Vietnam and surrounding countries.  I know that your father would be very proud of your determination and courage throughout all this.  I hope one day all of you and JOHN can finally rest in peace.
 
If I have not returned the bracelet before I die, I would like very much to have it returned to your family at that time.  Although I have thought to give it to one of my family members to carry on if they would.  It is something I am muddling over.  Please know that we do think of you and John often and wish everyone God's blessings.  Please take care.  I can be e-mailed at:  jmatt@ecenet.com ONLY.
 
Thank you and GOD BLESS John and the entire Robertson Family!
 
Elaine Mattson

Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 23:05:36 -0400
From: Keri McKenzie <keri_mckenzie@comcast.net>
Victoria Echanis Wallace,
I just wanted you to know that I have "adopted" your father, Maj. Joseph Y. Echanis, through Operation Just Cause. A page with his bio and information is posted on my web site. I have also written to our state officials, expressing my strong feelings about your being unable to access records regarding his case four years after they should have been declassified. The only email address I could find for you was no longer valid.
 
I pray that - if appropriate -  this message will reach you to let you know that someone still cares.

From: "Sue Mersereau" <sue@promopower.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004
Capt Frank Midnight - MIA - 8/23/67.  I still have the bracelet I bought when I was 17 years old.  I'm 55 now.  I've often thought and wondered who this person was.  Like you, I have never given up hope.  Some people have told me that there was no way everyone got a real person stamped on their bracelet but I guess I just knew better.  I cannot imagine the loss and feeling of helplessness.  I now have 2 sons, 37 and 27.  Neither have had to fight in such an ugly war.  I lost many classmates to the Vietnam war and many others came back with unbelieveable stories and pain. I have a nephew in Afghanistan & the war is now much different.  Imagine being able to email the soldiers.  It keeps us close.  Keeping this bracelet has been keeping Frank's memory alive but I'm at a crossroads in my life now and I don't want something to happen to this.  If you would like it back, please email me.  I've taken good care of it for 38 years. 

From: LCella221@aol.com
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 19:20:55 EDT

I am holding a bracelet for LCDR William Forman, missing as of 01-22-1966, He
was in the US Navy aboard a submarine and lost over the water. He is from
Pipestone, MN. If anyone has information as to his return or not returned, I
would be interested in hearing. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time and God bless. Linda

From: <wendy.raleigh@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 13:57:19 -0400
My eldest brother was in Viet Nam and luckily was never captured and he returned to us.  While he was in the Air Force, I obtained the bracelet of POW Capt. James Berger 12-2-66.  I wore it for many years and finally put it away but it was never far from my mind.  I have decided to determine the fate of Capt Berger and would like to send the bracelet to him or any of his family members.  If you have any records that would help me find him or a way to contact him,  I would appreciate this information.  I can also be reached at the following:
 
Wendy Raleigh
(248) 737-4060

From: "Marc en Jeannet" <samieke@zonnet.nl>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 15:59:13 +0200

Today it's 35 years since Captain Glenn Richard Cook was lost. I just wanted to post this for he has not been forgotten. Though my nationality is not Amerivan (I'm Dutch) I still wear his bracelet to his remeberance. I'm a theacher and by wearing the bracelet students have become more involved in de subject of POW/MIA's. I hope this will supprt the family.
Marc Kuperus

Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 03:11:50 -0400 (Eastern Standard Time)
From: "Mel & Cathi Long" <luckygeorge1@access995.com>

To the family of Col. Burris N. Begley,
I received his bracelet in the early 70's before some of our POW's came home.  Many years ago the original bracelet broke and, sad to say, was lost.  Col. Begley and his family were never lost to my thoughts and prayers, though. Several years ago I was able to replace it and find info on Col. Begley himself.  I just wanted to write to let you know that neither he nor his family are forgotten. 
I hope and pray that over these long many years you all have been able to find some peace.
In my thoughts and prayers,
Cathi Long

From: SensuousElf@aol.com
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 08:30:01 EDT

To the family of Alan Wendel Gunn:

Chief Warrant Officer
50TH MED DET, 43RD MED GRP, 44TH MED BDE
Army of the United States
28 May 1948 - 05 June 1978
San Antonio, Texas
Panel 39E Line 006

I have worn CWO Gunn's POW bracelet since 1972 and still to this day I wear it. I was just a young girl of 22 when I got it in Sandusky, Ohio from Kent State University. I was not a student there, only visiting a friend. It is one of two that I wore. I had great hopes of returning it to him someday as I did the first one to its owner but unfortunately I have not had that pleasure. I have thought about sending it to his family but it has been such a part of me that I have not been able to let it go, perhaps because I still have 'hope'.

For Alan's family, I wish you peace. And if I never have the courage to return this to you, it will be in my Will that my daughter accomplish this unfinished task for me.

Sincerely,
Lena O'Kelly, Houston, Tx
(now a resident of North Georgia)
email    PartimeElf@aol.com


From: ZELDA8@aol.com
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 20:21:59 EST

Hi

I am writing in hope that you can help me. I wore a POW/MIA bracelet for years...

Col. Paul Underwood
3-16-66

I found on your website that his remains were found in 1998. My heart goes out to his family. He will always be a big part of my life as I wore his bracelet so proudly for so long. I think about him all time especially on this day.

I would love to contact his family so I can let them know how much he meant to me and the service he gave to this country.

Thank you for your time.
Stacey Kinsey
Simi Valley, CA


From: "Rose" <sadiemae98@comcast.net>
Subject: Spec. Keith Maupin
 I just received my POW braclet. I have no one close in the service but Keith's name just stood out to me. I will not take off his braclet untill  he returns home. My prayers are with him everynight. God Bless his family and all the servicepeople who are fighting for our freedom.
                     Rose

From: Oggie125@aol.com
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 18:36:21 EST

 TO THE FAMILY OF MANUEL PUENTES
 
JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW, I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN HIM.  I BOUGHT A BRACLET BACK IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN HIS NAME.  I HAVE PRAYED AND THOUGHT OF HIM FOR YEARS.  I AM NOW WEARING THE BRACLET AGAIN, AS TO HONOR HIM.  I WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO CHAT.

Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 13:00:12 -0600
From: Al Kandziorski <kandzior@fnal.gov>

Greetings,
                I recently submitted my name to the adopt an MIA POW. The individual I was honored with was Pfc Wayne Bibbs. His helicopter was shot down over South Vietnam on June 11th 1972 just three days before his 18th birthday. His body nor his remains were never recovered due to the overwhelming enemy fire in the area. It grieves me to think this brave young man was left there in that God forsaken place. If anyone knows anything about Pfc.Bibbs feel free to email me at kandzior@fnal.gov  
I'm just curious if he has any surviving family members. I think we should all continue to urge congress to continue to make an attempt to recover the remains of these heroic individuals and bring them home.

From: "Bill Reesman" <billteen@austin.rr.com>
Subject:  Maj. Larry J Hanley
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 03:33:37 -0600
As of today 4 Nov 2004 it has been 35 years since Maj. Larry J Hanley flew his last F-105 mission. Larry failed to return to base after his mission over Laos on 4 Nov 1969. This annual posting is to let his loving family know that Larry has not been forgotten and that we still pray for his safe return. The heavy sacrifices made by our POW/MIA's and their families should never be forgotten. May God bless Larry and his family for the burden they have carried for so many years. His bracelet continues to be worn and he will NOT be forgotten.
 
Bill Reesman USAF (Retired)
DaNang 70-71

From: Dlhams@aol.com
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 16:22:48 EST

To the family of  LT. Richard Willis Minnich, Jr, I offer you my sincere condolences.  I am Linda, the widow of Donald A. Hampshire who died in 2002 not knowing the status of the person for whom he wore the POW/MIA bracelet for so many years.  I recently retrieved the bracelet from his jewelry box and with this web site, given to me by a friend, I am completing what my husband set out to do.  He was proud to have served in the Air Force many years before I met him.  This bracelet meant that part of him would be missing til LT. Minnich was found.  I now know that LT. Minnich's remains were returned to his family in 1985.  I wish Donald could have known that before his death.    
   
I had three brothers who proudly served in Vietnam, too.  They were lucky, they came home.  It is perplexing to me how God chooses those who may now enter into heaven.  I don't want to create any more grief for you.  I just hope that this little note lets you know that there are and were people who have not forgotten about you and your loss.

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with the bracelet.  Would you like to have it?  I'm open for suggestions.  You may contact me at this Email address:  dlhams@aol.com.

Sincerely,
Linda Hampshire 

From: "LEVI SIMPSON" <leviandalex@msn.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 20:58:42 -0500
Hello, My name is Alexandra Simpson, and I have just recently come across this website. I'm not one of many words, but I have to say that I have been wearing Jerrold Allen Switzer around my wrist and in my heart now for 12 years. I have never met this man but feel that I have always known him. I would like to wish the family and loved ones well, I have never stopped thinking about you or Jerrold and I never will. In my heart is where I keep all of you. If anyone would wish to contact me I would feel honored. I hope one day I can know more about Jerrold.
with all my love, Alexandra
 
my e-mail address is :

From: "shirley york" <sdy@webcoast2coast.net>
Subject: Lawrence Neal Helber
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 13:01:51 -0700

This note is to the family or fellow Marines who may have known or served with Capt. Helber. In 1972, I lived near Hunters Point NAS in California.My husband was aboard the USS Enterprise, and at the base one day I bought a POW/MIA bracelet with the name of Capt. Lawrence N. Helber.I was pregnant with my daughter at the time, and I constantly wondered if Capt. Helber was alive in the jungles of Viet Nam, missing his family, and prayed that he would return one day. When the POWs came home, I watched tv, seeing them deplane, and the announcer named them as they came off. I anxiously awaited hearing the name of Lawrence Helber, only to be disappointed that he waas not among them. I still wonder if he may be alive in Viet Nam, I wonder about his wife and family. Until the advent of the internet, I never expected to learn anything about his fate. I have his bracelet to this day, and it is one of my most treasured posessions. My daughter went to The Wall last summer, and got a tracing of his name for me. I have had Masses prayed in St. Mary's Church in Walsenburg, Colorado for him, and keep him and his family in my prayers always. If anyone who knew him would like to contact me, I would really like to know more about him and his life.My email is: sdy@webcoast2coast.net. The men who never came home will never be forgotten or forsaken. May God bless them and all those who served in that war. They never got the respect or appreciation that they deserved. Sincerely, Shirley York

Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 11:43:41 -0800 (PST)
From: Steve Tyner <weeben_28358@yahoo.com>
To the family of Colonel Gordon Page,
 
I received a bracelet for then Major Gordon Page in the early 1970's and wore it throughout the time of
the duration of the war.  As my life moved ahead the bracelet was stored away but never forgotten and I
have often thought of him and you over the years. Recently I began a search to find the bracelet which
had been stored away for many years over several different home moves.  Today I located it and decided
to use the Internet to find all I could about Col/ Page and what had happened in the intervening years.
I want you to know that I have always had the utmost respect and honor for those men who made the ultimate sacrifice during a campaign that was so unpopular. What so many seemed to forget is that those men cared enough about the freedoms we hold dear to put their lives on the line.  We should have honored them more than we did as a nation.  I have always tried to honor them, including Col. Page, at any ceremony I attended.
 It is my deepest hope that one day I will be able to travel to the Wall in Washington, DC and there leave
Col. Page's bracelet as my final tribute to him. Until that time it will remain a sacred emblem of the
sacrifice he made for our nation.

I am sincerely,
Steve M. Tyner
411 West 18th Street
Lumberton, NC 28358
(910)671-1535

Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 14:17:41 -0500
From: Annie Benner <annieb02@optonline.net>
Subject: LCDR John Turner Glanville

I have been wearing his bracelet for 17 years now, since I first learned about these tribute bracelets.  I have gotten his name from the Vietnam Memorial, and wondered what his story was.  Thanks to this site, I have learned some of what happened to him that day.  I'd like to tell his family that some people still think of him, even if we weren't born yet at the time of his loss.

From: <NJSP@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 12:46:57 -0600

I thank all who served in Vietnam and continue to keep in prayer the families of those brave men and women. My husband also served and thankfully returned home without any physical injuries.
 
I have a POW bracelet that I treasure but will gladly give it to any family member of: Lt. Daniel G. Dawson from Fort Bragg. The letter I recieved with the bracelet says that he loved to and fish and hunt. He was married and had one son and three daughters. He was in the 73rd Airborne and was a ranger pilot. I am so very sorry that he did not return safely to his family.
 
Ann Coyne njsp@comcast.net

From: Dedoarredondo@wmconnect.com
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2004 22:47:26 EST
Subject: PFC BRIAN KENT MCGAR

IF YOU ARE READING THIS I HOPE YOU ARE THE FAMILY OF BRIAN.
I HAVE JUST GOTTEN ACCESS TO A COMPUTER AND WANTED TO SEE
IF THERE WAS A WAY I COULD SEARCH ABOUT MY POW/MIA BRACELET.

WELL, I WAS SURPRISED TO ACTUALLY FIND THIS SITE.

I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS BUT, GRATEFUL TO KNOW
THAT HE DID FINALLY RETURN HOME.

I KNOW THAT CAN'T BE EASY, BUT, KNOWING THAT HE HAS FINALLY COME
HOME TO HIS LOVING, CARING FAMILY HAS MADE HIS REST A PEACEFUL
ONE NOW.

I RECEIVED HIS POW./MIA BRACELET FOR CHRISTMAS WHEN I WAS
10 YEARS OLD.  THAT IS ALL I ASKED FOR AND I RECEIVED IT.  YOU SEE
AT THE TIME MY FATHER WAS ALSO IN VIETNAM.

I HAD WORN THE BRACELET AND NEVER TOOK IT OFF FOR OVER
15 YEARS.  WHEN I FINALLY HAD TO REMOVE IT, IT LAID ON MY NIGHT
STAND FOR ME TO SEE EVERYNIGHT WHEN I WENT TO BED AND AGAIN
EVERY MORNING WHEN I AWOKE.

NOW  THAT MY SON-IN-LAW IS IN IRAQ, I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU ALL
MUST HAVE FELT WHEN IT WAS BRIAN KENT OVERSEAS.  THE NOT
KNOWING IS VERY HARD.

NOW THAT I HAVE LOCATED THIS ADDRESS AND HAVE READ YOUR
LETTER IS SADDENS ME TO KNOW THAT THINGS LIKE THIS GO ON.

I KNOW IT HAS BEEN SEVERAL YEARS SINCE BRIANS RETURN BUT,
I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO RETURN HIS POW/MIA BRACELET TO A LOVED
ONE .  IT HAS MEANT ALOT TO ME AND HAS HELPED ME THROUGH ALOT
OF TOUGH TIMES IN MY LIFE.

IF KATHY OR BRIANS' MOM WOULD PLEASE CONTACT ME I WOULD
GLADLY SEND THIS MEMORY TO YOU.

I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WEAR THIS BRACELET THROUGH
MOST OF MY LIFE.  GRANTED THE CIRCUMSTANCES WEREN'T THE RIGHT
ONES, BUT, I DO FEEL HONORED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO KEEP HIS
MEMORY ALIVE WITH ME THROUGHOUT ALL THESE YEARS.

AGAIN, I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND HOPE THIS LETTER DOESN'T
OPEN ANY BAD WOUNDS OR SADNESS..  I JUST WANTED TO BE ABLE
TO ACTUALLY HAVE CONTACT WITH HIS FAMILY.

I WROTE A LETTER OVER 35 YEARS AGO TO THE ADDRESS I HAD
FOUND BUT NEVER RECEIVED A RESPONSE SO I WASN'T SURE IF
IT WAS THE RIGHT ADDRESS OR NOT.

BUT, AGAIN PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER.
I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO SEND IT TO A LOVED ONE BY
CHRISTMAS.

THINKING OF YOU

DEBBIE ARREDONDO
dedoarredondo@wmconnect.com


Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2004 23:49:45 -0500
From: PATRICIA RYAN <shcpat@optonline.net>

   I wore my bracelet with the name of Capt. Larry J. Hanley on it until about twenty years ago but kept it in my jewelry box on top of my dresser.    
  Sadly, I put it on again tonight and am sorry that it is necessary to continue to wear it. 
   When I took it off,  I had come to believe, mistakenly that he had come home. At work today (Sunday 11/28/04), I was talking about him and how I wished I knew for sure that he had come home but, it was only tonight that I realized that I might be able to learn more about him on the computer, so I entered his name on Google and found that he has not yet returned.  
  I am so sorry to find that he is still MIA. I will check this site regularly and will continue to pray for him and you and will not remove his bracelet until I see that he has truly been returned to you.
  As a mother of a daughter and  three sons, I cannot begin to  imagine how painful these 35 years have been for you. I will pray that you are able to accept the peace that can only come from God.
  Captain Hanley will not be forgotten.
 
Pat Ryan (shcpat8@netscape.net)        

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 12:05:30 -0600 (Central Standard Time)
From: "Mike Hill" <grumpyandhappy2@yahoo.com>

 
My wife just found this web site. I have been wearing 2 POW - Mia bracelets. I checked the list of returned remains and found one of my names on the bracelets to have been returned. His name is LCPL Irving L Bower Jr. I am so glad that the family now has him home. My dad was a POW in WW2. He was shot down in Germany on Oct 9, 1943 and was a POW until May 1945. If he was forgotten I wouldn't be here today. I feel very strongly that countries should be held accountable for returning our brave men and women. Too much time has gone by and we still have many unaccounted for. I know it will be impossible to find all of them but I think more can be done. My heart goes out to all the families that still don't know where their loved ones are. I know my Mother had to endure the pain but my family was blessed to have him come home. He is a hero in my eyes just as all the brave men and women that have fought for this great flag are. I lost my father in 1985 but my family is proud that he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery where so many other heroes are buried. I hope the family of Irving L Bower knows that he was with me for many years. I am so happy he is home. If the family wants his bracelet I will send it to them. May God Bless our brave men and women and may He bless this family.
 
Mike Hill

From: "marcia byrd" <mello@knology.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 20:17:32 -0600

Hey, my name is Ashley... My mom was going through some drawers in our house, and came upon a POW bracelet she bought and wore when she was a teen. The inscription is S/SGT Prentice Hicks, 3-25-69. We believe S/SGT is wrong b/c Hicks was infantry, and S/SGT is a title in the air force. Looking through sites, we saw that Prentice Hicks was a PFC. We've been unable to locate if he was promoted or not, and if so, we are sorry for getting his title wrong. I just wanted the family to know that if they want the bracelet back, please e-mail us with their mailing address, and we will send it to you as soon as possible. Until then, I will wear it and pray for his return every day. Thanks to all the great men who have served this country, and God bless them all. Sincerely, Ashley - Prattville, AL. (my e-mail is drumchick2006@knology.net

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 14:35:38 -0500
From: "Snyder, Christopher D.   MESA" <CDSnyder@archchemicals.com>

Today is the 37th anniversary (11/29/04) of SFC Michael Millner’s Capture in SVN. I just wanted to tell he and his family that I wear his bracelet with pride and pray for him everyday. Thank you for all of the sacrifices that you have made for our country. You will not be forgotten Michael.

Chris Snyder.


From: WhateverVK@aol.com
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 13:16:10 EST
Subject: M/Sgt. Jake Mercer

My name is Vicki Torfin.  I was in the 8th grade and living in Anacortes, Washington when I purchased an MIA bracelet with the name and missing in action date of an American soldier.  I still have this bracelet and over the years think about the man who's name is on it and hoped to give it to him.  Sadly, I just found that I can no longer do that.  His remains were found in 1994, however if possible I would like to send the bracelet to his family but I don't know how to contact them.  His name is Jacob "Jack" Mercer, he was a Master Sergeant on June 18, 1972 when he went missing.  From research on the internet I also found that his home was Jacksonville, Florida.  If you could help me with this I would very much appreciate it.  My e-mail address is WhateverVK@aol.com.  Thank you so much.
Sincerely, Vicki Torfin   

From: "Candy" <candy_gates@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 13:14:16 -0600

To the family of CW2 Jon Sparks~

 Hello. I feel very honored to be writing this letter to you concerning a very brave and special man, Co-Pilot Jon Michael Sparks, with the US ARMY, 48th Aviation Company, 11th Aviation Group, who I understand is still Missing in Action, possibly in Laos. God be with him.

 I was just a girl in Jr. High, in North Little Rock , Arkansas , when I purchased my bracelet. War was something, that I now know, I really did not understand. I knew that there were many “Daddy’s” and “Grandpa’s”, etc. who were away from their families, in a scary place with guns and bombs, but I know now how much those families were really giving up for the love of their country. My Daddy was a very hard-working man, but he came home every night, and was there to tuck me in bed, and I did not realize then, at a young age, how lucky I was. However, my little bracelet, that I still have in my possession, and wear very proudly still today, touched a special place in my heart, and has “left footprints” there. My thoughts and prayers have been with this remarkable man for all these years and hopes that someday he will make it home.

 I will continue to proudly wear, and keep this bracelet with me, until I hear that he has been found, and returned safely back home to ID. If someone in Jon Sparks family finds and reads this email, I would so very, very much appreciate receiving an email from them. It would touch my heart to know that they know how much respect I hold for Mr. Sparks, and how proud I have always been to wear my bracelet in his behalf.

 May God continue to give your family strength, courage, and patience, as you hold on to the hope of someday soon seeing your loved one home, where he belongs.

 Have a wonderful Holiday Season and God bless.

Sincerely,

Candy Gates
Maumelle , Arkansas
candy_gates@sbcglobal.net


Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 12:35:39 -0400
From: "Lucy Tirado" <ltla@htcn.com>
Subject: bracelet CAPT JAMES REED   REFno.1650

THE PURPOSE OF THIS LETTER IS TO SEND THE FAMILY OF CAPT. JAMES WILLIAM "BILL"REED THAT I HAVE AS I PROMISED UNTIL HE RETURNS HOME THE BRACELET THAT I BOUGHT WHILE IN COLLEGE  IN PUERTO RICO.
MY NAME IS JESUS "TUTTI"TIRADO
                     CALLE # 1 G-23 URB HILLSIDE
                      SAN JUAN,PUERTO RICO 00926
TEL.787-789-5554
 
CAPT.BILL REED IS DAILY ON MY PRAYERS!
 
MY RESPECT TO THE FAMILY ,BUT ALWAYS , GOD HELP THE NEEDED AND NEVER FORGETS OF THEM!
 
GOOD HOLIDAY'S AND MY GOD BLESS ALL YOUR FAMILY!
 
RESPECTFULLY,
JESUS TIRADO

From: "Gunny Hooch" <GunnyHooch@hotmail.com>
Subject: RE;  Letter to the family of Capt Robert "Bob" D. Kent  POW/MIA 20 DEC 68
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2004 21:37:49 -0600

I like to take a moment to write a email to Capt Robert "Bob" Duane Kent family, regarding Capt Kent.  I have since 1970 worn a original VIVA, stainless steel bracelet I obtained in 1970, and as I entered the Marine Corps. 
 
I gave 20 years service to the Corps, with 2 tours Vietnam  68-69/70-71, not mention other areas since then,  All during this time in Vietnam, I wore this bracelet bearing the name:
Capt. Robert Kent  12-20-68, it at times was blood covered, mine, and those of buddies of mine, it fell in a pungi trap along with me, traveled the world, seen the inside hospitals, shared the pain and grief of losing a buddy in combat, remained on me through out my entire career, If it could only speak, the stories it could tell.
 
Have taken the next step and for well over 2 years now, carried my goal to not ever forget Capt Kent and to know more about him, I have hosted and will until the day, his time has come to be brought back home. My web site is locate at: http://captainrobertdkent.homestead.com/main.html
 
I have learned much about this man and its like I know him personally. The site has had many visitors and even through these I have been able to do much more later updates regarding Capt Kent.
 
The bracelet now remains, worn, scarred, but still going strong, and If a family member would like to have this bracelet, I would be honored to return it to them. 
 
I can be emailed at:  gunnyhooch@hotmail.com
                               or: jgordoski@sbcglobal.net
 
Sincerely,
J. " Gunny " Gordoski

From: Young Dana G SSgt 964 AACS/DOD <Dana.Young@tinker.af.mil>
Subject: Family of Jimmy L. Watson
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 07:48:18 -0600

Dear family,
I wanted to let you know that I wear your MIA's bracelet everyday. I am in the Air Force and currently stationed at Tinker AFB, in Oklahoma. I'm originally from Danville, VA and lived very close to the NC border. My grandmother was a Watson so I snagged the bracelet when I saw it. I will continue to pray for you and the return of your loved one.
 
Dana

From: Vickie Van Syckel <Vickie_VanSyckel@cmicro.com>
Subject: Capt John R. Peacock  II
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 14:08:59 -0800

I saw on this sight that a women has been wearing the same MIA Bracelet as I have. I have been wearing mine for 6 years now. There is not a day that goes by that I miss wearing it. I pray and think that one day I can send this to his family. My thoughts and prayers to all MIA's and their families.

With love:
Victoria Van Syckel
Rhododendron, Oregon
97049


From: "bennyb" <bennyb@ameritech.net>
Subject: pow Russell Bott
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 19:23:28 -0500

To His Family,
     I obtained S/SGT. Bott's POW braclet in 1969 or 70 when I was still on active duty. I have never taken it off except for a few times. I am afraid during these times the the military will abandon more young men. I came home but as we all are aware of many did not.
     My heart and condolences go out to his family and Russell Bott is in my prayers everyday. You see even as a POW/MIA he saved my life. Years ago I was attempting to save a little money by burning wood in my fireplace. Purchased a chain saw and went to cutting. Things went fine for a while. During a major snow storm I was cutting wood and the chian saw kicked back towards my face and I reacted by attempting to hit the saw away with my hand. I almost blead to death had it not been for the bracelet. I lost the use of my right hand, but had my life. The notches are still on the bracelet to remind me how lucky I was to have worn Russell Bott's. POW bracelet. Please, if there are any of his family in contact with your organization please pass on my prayers and thanks.
 
                                                       Benny Bozeman
                                                       USN 1967/1971

From: frankdiliberto@comcast.net
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 20:59:37 +0000

 My name is Frank Diliberto. I have been wearing the bracelet of LTC Joseph T. Kearns Jr. for over 15 years .While home on leave for the  holidays, I went to the Vietnam Memorial Wall to pay my respects and that is  when I purchased this bracelet.

 I joined the Air Force in 1979, and have  been in for almost 25 years. I also come from a family of military men. I  chose the bracelet engraved with LTC Kearns name because he was from New  Jersey as I am, and served in Vietnam as my father did. I have recently  come across a web site for returning bracelets to the families of veterans.

 I have worn the bracelet of LTC Kearns with honor and pride for the  sacrifices he made for our country. Wearing the bracelet started so many  long, educational and interesting conversations. I have gotten so many other  people POW/MIA bracelets to wear so they too can continue to carry out the  tradition and not forget. It represented that eventually everyone would be  brought home again. I pledged to wear it to keep the memory of a fallen  airmen until LTC Kearns was returned home. It will be an honor to send it  back to you and his family. Although it is an honor please understand that I  will miss the bracelet. It and a part of LTC Kearns have been a part of me  for the last fifteen years. Now, I feel as though I am sending you a part of  myself as well.

Please contact me when you receive this email and let me know what I need to do to get the bracelet to you. Thanks for your time.

 Sincerely,

 TSgt Frank Diliberto

frank.diliberto@njmcgu.ang.af.mil


From: "wrusted" <wrusted@worldnet.att.net>
Subject:  SMS James R. Williams USAF date of lost 12/29/67
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 14:17:19 -0800

My email is Adisisfoundhere@hotmail.com  I do not know if the remains of SMS James R. Williams USAF were returned to his family. The last report from this site in 2000 said he was identified in 2000 date of lost 12/29/67. My Grandfather was the original owner of the P.O.W. bracelet, I took it upon his death or else he would have been buried with it. When I was little, after my grandfather's death I use to wear it to school and then hide it in a toy box so that no one would find out that I had it and take it away from me. I had no idea at 5yrs of age what a P.O.W. was.I just knew the bracelet never left my grandfather's wrist he claimed to know James and said it was his missing friend's band and that he would not take it off until James came home. My grandfather wore it as a sign to our government. My grandfather said "if I were to fall, you are to wear it". Well, I am 28 now and want to do the right thing with the bracelet even though it is very special to me. I would like to give it to one of his family members. Until I am told that his body has been given back to his family from the Vietnamese government, I will continue to keep it on. I know he may already might have been put to rest but please if you are one of his family members, let me know what to do with it. I will leave it on my wrist and keep it safe till then, seeing how my family has had it for over 30 something years I can't just take it off until it should be returned to one of James's loved ones.
Love
Adis

From: "Shannon K. Johnson" <bassai13@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 19:48:11 -0600

This email is for the family of Dennis Pike, USN, missing over Laos on March 23, 1972.  About 6 years ago I bought his bracelet outside of Fort Bragg, NC. I just wanted his family to know he is in my heart and prayers, and will continue to be so until he comes home.  

Shannon K. Johnson

"No matter where you go, there you are."


From: "Elisabeth Wink" <matilda03@access995.com>
Subject: LT. RICHARD D. BRENNING, USN, 26 JULY, 1969
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 20:04:01 -0500
TO THE FAMILY OF RICHARD BRENNING:  AS I SIT HERE AT MY COMPUTER, I RECALL ANOTHER DECEMBER DAY, IN 1968.  I HAD JUST DEPLOYED FOR MY FIRST WESTPAC CRUISE TO VIETNAM ABOARD THE USS LYMAN K. SWENSON, DD729.  I WAS JUST 20 THEN, AND IT WAS MY FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME. I WAS TOO YOUNG TO FEAR. 
 
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, AROUND 1999, I JOINED THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA AND PURCHASED MY BRACELET.  I ASKED ONLY FOR THE BRACELET OF A FELLOW SAILOR.  WHEN I RECEIVED THE BRACELET, I READ THE NAME, PUT IT ON MY RIGHT WRIST, AND I HAVE NEVER REMOVED IT.  
 
I HAVE BECOME INVOLVED IN POW AFFAIRS.  EVERY SEPTEMBER, ON POW RECOGNITION DAY, MY LETTER IS PUBLISHED IN OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER.  I WRITE A MONTHLY ARTICLE FOR OUR NEWSLETTER CONCERNING POW/MIA AFFAIRS.
 
AS CHRISTMAS APROACHES, I WOULD LIKE LT. BRENNING'S FAMILY TO KNOW THAT EVERY DAY, HE IS ON MY MIND.  I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FOR THE REPATRIATION OF ALL MISSING AMERICANS, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO TELL LT. BRENNING'S STORY WHENEVER ASKED.  

GARY WINK, USN, 1967-1970.  VIETNAM, 12/68-5/69 & 3/70-11/70.


 

 

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