LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


From: "David and Pam Saffran" <dpsaffran@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 14:01:54 -0500
I have been wearing the POW/MIA bracelet of LCDR Michael (Scott) Speicher. I would like to let the family know I have his bracelet.  I also read about him on CNN today.  I have had his bracelet for 5 years.  Please contact me if you wish.  Would really like to hear from you.

Pamela Saffran 1382 Admiral Dr
Porter IN  46304

From: Rinehart Donna F Contr AEDC/ATA <Donna.Rinehart@arnold.af.mil>
Subject: Loveletters to our POW/MIA
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 16:40:01 -0000

I still wear the bracelet of Maj. Glendon Lee Ammon(F-105 pilot) shot down 9/21/66 and returned home after being KIA.   I found out that his body was returned home for burial approximately many years later, to me it is like I was his only contact on earth. I watched anxiously as our men return after the war was over.  I would get up at 3 or 4 am and watch to see if he ever was one I visited the Washington Memorial,  I found his name inscribed on the wall.  I lost an uncle in Korea , many of my fellow classmates and college friends were lost in Vietnam .  I was raised in a military family and found peace knowing that now Col. Glendon L. Ammon came home.  He was in the 357th Tactical Fighter Sqd.  And in the Air Force, Col. Ammon was from Muncie Indiana and was killed/MIA just 1 month and 9 days short of his 34th birthday.

I hope if you are a family member or friend, you will know that someone continues to care for this brave man that died for all of us and our country almost 45 years ago.  God Bless America

Thank you,

Donna Rinehart


From: GMaurino@cabq.gov
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 18:19:13 -0600

Dear Family;

I have had my bracelet since I was a Sophomore in High School, that was in 1971.  My soldier is Spec 4, Robert Trujillo. missing 1/7/1968.  I have this website as a favorite on my computer and I check it often hoping that  Robert's status has changed.  My love for my country and the men and women that gave all of themselves is so great that I has taken this long for me to try to contact any family members.  As I write this letter my eyes fill with tears for the uncertainty of so many courageous Americans.  Know that your loved one is not forgotten and is in my prayers and thoughts always.  I will continue to wear my bracelet so as long as it takes for Robert to come home.  I use Roberts name instead of his rank and surname not out of disrespect but because I have had him in my life for over 34 years and consider him family and not just a name.

If this letter gets to any of Roberts family please contact me

Geraldine "Gerri" Maurino
gtms4@aol.com

Sept 9, 2005 by mail
pwright@ccu.edu

Please contact if you can, the family of LtCMR Michael Lora Bouchard. I have his bracelet and would like the family to know I still wear it. Thanks a million.

Pricilla Wright


Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 05:17:37 +0100
From: "Hanna Ryan H SrA 351 ARS/DOL" <Ryan.Hanna@mildenhall.af.mil>

Dear Tatum family,

            I am SrA Ryan Hanna currently stationed at RAF Mildenhall , UK and in the USAF.  I am a proud member of the Honor Guard and became lucky enough to get COL. Lawrence B. Tatumís POW MIA bracelet while I was performing a ceremony for the POW MIAís.  So what I want to say to the Tatum family is thank you if it wasnít for your husband being so brave I would probably not have the freedom that I have today.  I will continue to wear this bracelet for as long as it takes to find Col. Tatum.  I would love to hear from the family my email address is Ryan.Hanna@Mildenhall.af.mil.

God Bless!


Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 22:49:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mike Matteri <mman467@swbell.net>
Subject: POW/MIA FAMILIES

Hello There;
 
My name is Mike Matteri, and I am a Navy veteran who has been involved in the POW/MIA issue for a long time.  I have a website at:  http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747 .
 
I have adopted a lot of missing servicemen on this page. If you are a family member of one of my adopted missing servicemen, please email me as soon as possible.
 
I am going to the University of Arkansas, and I am studying to get a B.S. in Computer Engineering with a minor in Law Enforcement.   Tonight I saw something on the campus that made me stop[ and reflect on the issue, and reaffirm my staunch belief in this issue.  It was a POW/MIA table being guarded by 2 Air Force ROTC cadets at 12:00am at night.  I want you all to know what I have done, and that is I am now researching map coordinates of my adopted missing servicemen from the University of Arkansas Library, and I am researching my adopted missing servicemen from the Federal Research Division through the Library of Congress through an Interlibraary Loan with the University of Arkansas's Mullins Library. I know it is not much, but I am determined to find out answers more than ever before on their fate from even the Vietnam War. This includes Captain Michael Scott Speicher as well.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Matteri
US Navy Veteran
VF24 Fighting Renegades
Westpac '93 aboard the USS Nimitz
 
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2005/09/16/news/opinion/letters/02letter9.16.txt

Letters

POW/MIA recognition day means they are never forgotten

Dear Editor, I still can't believe in this day and age that many young and old Americans don't know what POW/MIA stands for (prisoner of war/missing in action), or what the POW/MIA flag represents. With POW/MIA Recognition coming Friday, Sept. 16, it's my hope that people will start to take notice and reflect on its meaning. For those of your readers who don't know what it's about, please allow me to share with them some information.

It began in 1971 when Mrs. Michael Hoff, the wife of a missing soldier from the Vietnam War, recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs. The idea was brought to a company who designed flags and the black and white silhouette of a prisoner encased in barbed wire with a looming guard tower was born. On Aug. 1, 1990, the 101st Congress passed Public Law 101-355, recognizing the POW/MIA flag "... as the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation."

The flag, of course, has no boundaries. It represents prisoners of war and missing in action service personnel from all wars. It represents Sgt. Matt Maupin, declared missing after an April 9, 2004, convoy attack near Baghdad and Scott Speicher, Navy pilot shot down on Jan. 17, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm. Sadly, many people don't even know that we've had POWs from the present war.

We may not all agree on whether the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is right or wrong, but we should all take a moment on Sept. 16 to say a prayer for Sgt. Maupin and Lt. Cdr. Scott Speicher and for thousands of others who remain unaccounted for from all past wars. I hope that this letter will touch a few hearts and the next time they see a POW/MIA flag or symbol they will remember its meaning, say a prayer for them and their families. We should be grateful to them for their extraordinary sacrifices and bravery.

May God bless America.

Glenn T. Nichols, MCPO, USN (Ret)

President, Rolling Thunder® Inc., GA Chapter 3
Fayetteville


From: Seelymt@aol.com
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 03:09:02 EDT

Dear Family of Major Harry A. Amesbury,
    I have been the proud owner of a POW/MIA bracelet with MAJ HARRY A. AMESBURY, JR.'s name on it. I just visited the "moving wall" in Murray, Kentucky in September, 2005 and was inspired once again by the sacrifice made by so many. I was also inspired to check on the whereabouts of Major Amesbury. I see that he is home at last.
    Would you like my bracelet? It is still in good condition though somewhat bent. I am a retired teacher. My name is Maribeth Seely - seelymt@aol.com. Thank you and God bless the family of this great man.
                                                                                                    Sincerely,
                                                                                                    Maribeth

From: Lneelis@aol.com
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 15:48:04 EDT

Re: Major Charles Kuhlmann
 
Dear Family of Major Charles Frederic Kuhlmann, I respectfully write this letter. I have the MIA bracelet of Major Charles Frederic Kuhlmann from New Britian Connecticut - Served Vietnam with Air Force Unit 602nd Special Ops -MIA September 22, 1968, identified  1995 and buried at Arlington Cemetery  on September 22, 1995 . Major Kuhlmann has been prayed for for almost thirty years. The owner of the MIA Bracelet could not find information ever regarding the Majors status, she has asked me to. We do not want to cause any more grief or painful memories. With all due respect and honour,  she would like you to have the bracelet if you would like.
 
Sincerely,
Laura
 

From: "Rey5Torres" <R5torres@sc.rr.com>
Subject: FAMILY OF: RICHARD CASTILLO  DATE OF LOSS: 29 MARCH 1972
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 22:16:40 -0400

I am Retired MSG Reinaldo (Rey Torres) Torres-Bazan. I reside in Columbia, SC. I will like to contact the family of: Richard Castillo. I have worn a bracelet with his name for years. I was stationed in Long Binh with the 1st Plt. 32nd Medical Depot, 44th Medical Brigade Mar 68 - Dec 69.
 
My address is:
1912 Shelby Drive
Columbia, SC 29223-3945
Phone: 803-787-5385
 
 "YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
 
Thanks and Keep up the good work. God Bless You All.
 
 
Rey Torres

From: Popnflares@aol.com
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 09:56:19 EDT
Subject: FAMLIE`S OF LT.LESTER BABCOCK & S.SGT FRED MOONEY

 My name is Gary Monks, I also was a crew chief/scout, with B.Trp. 7/1 AIR CAV.Lam- Son 719. And Wish to let you know. That your loved one`s Are not Forgotten! I know I can say that.
From all of us, that were there! We all shared a very close Brotherhood and Bond.& that they are truly & respectfully Missed. I know, because LT.Shoemaker an I were shot down 2/26/71 in the same area.          with deepest reguard & respect     G. Monks   popnflares@aol.com

From: HMajcher@aol.com
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 09:21:10 EDT

I have had the bracelet of Capt. Mitchell Sim Lane for almost four decades.  This past week was the first time I visited the Wall in Washington, DC, and was sad to learn that his name was posted there.  If he has ANY family, it would be my pleasure to return it to them.
 
My deepest condolences for Mitchell, and all of those 58,000 whose names are on the wall.
 
Betty Majcher
Parkville, Missouri

From: Tabascocatt1@aol.com
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 23:41:37 EDT

To the family of Tim Bodden ,we still have  and wear your family members bracelet. God bless you

From: <chelle0405@peoplepc.com>
Subject: To The Family of Col. Floyd W. Richardson
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 05:28:10 -0500
I wore a bracelet bearing Col. Richardson's name for many years, until it broke in half.  He, and you, were in my prayers and have been often since I quit wearing the bracelet.  I recently learned that he was found and returned to you.  I am grateful that you, at last, have him home.  I still have the bracelet pieces and have shown them to my children and grand children; always telling them the story of why I wore it.  If you would like me to return the bracelet, I will be happy to.  It has meant a great deal to me to have it, and I have been honored to keep it for you.  My email address is chelle0405@peoplepc.com, if you wish to write to me.  Col. Richardson will not been forgotten as long as I'm alive.
 
------------------
Rochelle Stephens

From: "Schneider, Doug" <DSchneid@shp-dayton.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 13:33:35 -0500

To the family of PFC Robert P. Phillips

POW VN 06-23-70

I wear the bracelet of you loved one, PFC Phillips.

Today I will be standing honor guard from 2000hrs-0600hrs 9NOV05 over the Vietnam Moving Wall where his name is engraved. It will be displayed in Centerville , OH .

I plan on making a rubbing of his name and posting it in my office at home or work; and saying a prayer for Robert, his loved ones an all those who gave their all in Vietnam.

I was only 7 when he was captured. But I will always remember the sacrifices made. And thank God for the safe return of my family and friends who fought there.

May God continue to bless you and be with Robert.

Very Respectfully

2LT Schneider, Doug las W.
12th MP Bn, 1st Bde
Ohio Military Reserve
http://ohmr.ohio.gov/


From: KLMTravler@aol.com
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 19:07:08 EDT
To The Family Of Sgt. Eugene Handrahan,
Today is the 37th Anniversary of getting my POW bracelet for Sgt. Eugene Handrahan.  I was only 12 years old at the time and didn't really know that much about the Viet Nam War.  But I remember looking in the daily paper at the lists of freed POW's and never saw his name.  Throughout all of these years I never forgot his name and have always wondered what happened to him and if he was still alive and maybe I missed reading his name.  I pulled out my bracelet the other day and decided to look up his name on the Internet where I found quite a few sites about him.  I can't explain the feeling that I had looking at this young man in his uniform and finally putting a face with the name that have remembered for all these years.  From the info that I read he is still missing in action and no remains have been found.  I will continue to keep this bracelet and think of a life that was ended too soon.
 
Karen Marano

From: Docstruick9@aol.com
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 23:06:17 EDT
Subject: My Bracelet

My name is Norman Brown  , I live in Riverside California.
 
My Bracelet bear's the name 'Thomas G. Derrickson 11'
I have had this bracelet a very long time and I wear it every single day!
Also I have studied much in regard to this hero on my bracelet and his
co-pilot 'John Hardy'.
 
This is all I know about the men by what I read and check again and again to
see if just by chance of any new new's in regard to these men.
 
I am no relation however I share a special bond with these men in my heart ,
there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of them because I will always wear this bracelet bearing Derrickson's name until he his home.
 
If you could forward the family this letter and please let them know that I Truly do care
and even though it's been a very long time I will never give up hope.
 
I believe Derrickson had a daughter. 
 
Please let her know ..Even though I did not know her father in the least bit personally
I will never forget him.
My Email address is Docstruick9@aol.com
 
        I thank you very much
 
                   A American
                             Norman Brown

Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 18:56:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: John Wood <johnwood9929@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Sgt. Gary Labohn
I have a POW/MIA bracelet from 1972.  I got it when I was in Vietnam.  Your history says he last lived in Wixom, Mich.  I now live in Brighton, Mich. which is only a few minutes from there.  Can you give me some information about his family?  I would love to give them the bracelet.  Thank you in advance.
 
John L. Wood
730 S. Third
Brighton, Mich.   48116

Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 08:43:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jessica Blevins <gertruudeb21@yahoo.com>

To the family of Lt Larry Stevens,
   
 
    Hi, my name is Jessica Scott.  I am a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force.  From the time I was very little, my Dad wore the bracelet bearing your loved ones name.  As a child, I asked about it often.  When I made the decision to join the military myself (my Dad is a Vietnam Vet)  my Dad was very proud.  As a symbol of that he passed down his cherished bracelet.  I now wear that bracelet everyday and say a prayer every night for him and for your family.  To me, Lt Larry Stevens is a hero, making the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  I will wear this bracelet until he comes home, or until my child joins the military.  Lt Stevens is not forgotten in my family. 
 
 
 
With much love and respect,
A1C Jessica Scott
Keesler AFB MS
 

From: "Suzy&Mike" <suzyandmike@knology.net>
Subject: return P.O.W. Bracelet
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 22:48:47 -0500

To whom it may concern:
 
I have a bracelet That I did try to return to the wife Of Donald Russell many years ago. I found out at the time he became a P.O.W. he had a wife and I believe 2 children maybe boys.?
I was living in Macon Ga. when a traveling wall came to our town and I then looked into returning the bracelet....  From what I can remember the wife had remarried and didn't want the bracelet. I just could not get rid of it. I must have worn it for at least 10 years and kept it all those years since then and just did not have the heart to dispose of it. I have had it I think since 1969.
I just cant stop thinking that maybe he had siblings...Some family members???? Maybe now that his children are grown??? I just found it again and I would like to know that I have tried to find any and all family members of his. I saw on one of your pages many years ago his remains came back to the states...Maybe I could just return it to wear he was from?... A high school? His burial site? I would just hate to think I'm the only one
that has cared about a man for all these years and I know nothing about him.

I hope that you will be able to help me.

Thank You.

Sincerely,
Suzy Amley

Re: Maj. Donald Russell 12-5-67  I Did hear that he may have received more
rank.

From: "Suzette Hawes" <suzettehawes@gmpexpress.net>
Subject: love letters LT. John Ryder 6-9-70
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 18:53:03 -0400

I have had this bracelet since day one and I wore it for many years (until 1976) 24X7 and still do every now and then.  And it is kept in a very special place when it is not worn.  Iím sorry he never came home.  If the family would like to have it they can contact me @:

suzettehawes@gmpexpress.net


Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 09:50:35 -0500
From: Joan <cogdal@notladmail.com>
I just came across your site - I have been wearing a bracelet for Major Albert Pitt 1/24/66 for 35+ years, and would like his family to know that he and his family are in my thoughts and prayers daily.  Words cannot describe what his family must endure.  Thank you.  My e-mail address if cogdal@notladmail.com, I would enjoy hearing from his family.

Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 18:35:10 -0800 (PST)
From: Mike Matteri <mman467@swbell.net>
Subject: To the Families of My Adopted Missing Servicemen

Hello There;
 
My name is Mike Matteri, and I have been an avid supporter, and to some members in my family, and some friends at the University of Arkansas, obsessed,and downright persistent as h***,  in finding my adopted missing servicemen from Operation Just Cause. I have recently scanned a lot of documents from the Department of Defense from some reels that I have on loan, and are scanning them to CD.These reels have Misc. DPMO Documents, Message Traffic from Sept. and Oct. of 1994, and Bigraphic Site Reports,as well as the Case summeries of MIA's on the reel.  I have the following servicemen listed on my website at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747  , and would like it very much if the families of these missing servicemen to contact me by email at: mman467@swbell.net as soon as it is possible. It would mean so much to me. These following servicemen are: Arthur Sinclair Hill, Jr., William S. Forman, Edmund H. Frenyea, Robert R. Sennett, Erwin B. Templin Jr., that were lost over Bach Long Vi Island on Jan. 22, 1966. I have some related information on the history of that fateful day in .jpg format.I scanned it from Reel 443 Copy 2, and have it on CDROM. I also am working on diligently with the University of Arkansas's Mullins Library to scan more information from the microfilm that I have on loan from the Department of Defense on other REFNO's. There are others that I am working on including Ronald L. Roehrich which went missing on Jan. 18, 1968. If you are the family of those that I have mentioned, or that are on my website, please contact me. I am going to try and find more information tommorrow when I go to the library in the afternoon. I can send the families a copy of what I have on disk in regards to their family, and my adopted missing serviceman when they contact me. All I ask is for a blank CD, and a place where I can ship it to.  I am also planning on starting a student organization at the university to bring attention to this cause. I saw a quote on a website I saw somewhere that read, "To the world, I may just be one person, but to that one person, I am the world.", but I can not remember where I saw it.  I am just one person who cares, and it is my mission in life that I have chosen to find answers.
 
The families of those listed on my site deserve nothing less than the truth, and I am determined to find it, come "hell or high water". This issue is very near and dear to my heart.
I have included some photos with this email. These photos are a sample of what I have.
 
I will send a photo of a POW/MIA rock that is at the University of Arkansas, as soon as I can, aside from going to school, and homework.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Matteri

From: "Sarah" <athen197@icqmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2005 16:27:41 -0800

I was given my POW/MIA bracelet by a friend after i had admired hers and I would like to say to the family of 1Lt William W. Bancroft, Jr. that I will proudly wear it until the day he is returned home and my prayers are with you.

Sarah Peck
athen197@icqmail.com

From: Deecgo4it2@aol.com
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 12:22:54 EST
To the family of Lt. Col. Hobart Wallace Jr. 
I have recently been able to go to Washington DC to see the Vietnam Memorial, and I shall leave my bracelet there.  I have had this bracelet since 1969  and it has been a very important memory for me.  I thank God daily for our men and women who unselfishly go to war for our rights, our freedom and our future when in fact some of them will have no future.
I want you to know that I am very proud to have worn this bracelet, and I made my self a promise that if I ever got to go to the Memorial I would leave it there with the person that it belongs to.  And Lt. Col. Hobart shall now have his bracelet back.
Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
GOD BLES AMERICA AND MAY GOD BLESS THE FAMILY OF:
LT. COL. HOBART WALLCE JR.
Sincerely
Dee Coats
deecgo4it@yahoo.com

Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 16:55:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Kym Thompson <kymthompson@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Captain Lynn Huddleston
Hi,
   My name is Kym Thompson. When I was about 15 or so I received a P.O.W. bracelet with the name Capt Lynn Huddleston on it. I put it on and I didn't take it off for years. Not even for my wedding. I believe I finally took it off in 1976. I never had a way of knowing what happened to Capt. Huddleston but he became a part of my life. I am now 48 years old and am now supporting deployed military, I was sitting here tonight looking up things on my computer and Capt. Huddleston came to mind again. This time though through the miracle of computers I typed in his name and up pops a picture. I thought this cant be my man. And then I started reading his story and as I realized the date on my bracelet (that I have laying next to me right now as I type, as I have never been able to get rid of it) is the date that he went missing. I started to cry to realize that his story ended sadly. There was still hope that I would find out that he had been found and living well here in the states again. Thank you for whomever has taken the time to post all of this info and God Bless our Men and Women who protect us. I just wanted somehow to let family of his know that he was thought of daily and a part of a young girl who thought her prayers could bring him home.

Sincerely Kym Thompson

From: "Dianne O'Brien" <dianneso@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 20:29:47 -0500
I have a POW/MIA bracelet with the name of Capt. Marvin Lindsey on it.  I purchased this bracelet in 1973 and wore it every day for many years.  It is still in my jewelry box and whenever I see it, I wonder about him.  I checked his bio and it states he is MIA, which made me very sad.  Sometimes my children have spirit days at school when they dress up from previous decades.  I always encourage them to dress from the 70s and I pull out the bracelet and give them a mini lesson on the history of the bracelet and the Vietnam war. 
 
If any member of his family reads this, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
 
Dianne O'Brien

From: Bucherann1@aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 20:06:43 EST

After being in  Branson Ms. for the veterans day celebration, I remembered that I had a Pow,Mia bracelet. I came home and put it back on my arm. The name on the bracelet is CDR. Michael G. Hoff USN 1-7-70 Laos. I can not find out if he was released or is still a prisoner.     
   I would like to find his family and find out about him. Can you help me please.    
 My heart goes out to all Vets Especially the ones who were captured.  Please help if you can     
 Thank you and God bless you and God bless those whom we know not where they are.    
       My e-mail address is Bucherann1@aol.com

From: "Sandy Branske" <mycoffeebreak@cox.net>
Subject: 1LT Francis Townsend
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 17:21:57 -0800

These love letters have made me feel so much better. I got my bracelet when I was 16 (I'm 49 now) it had a little hole in it which I was told meant that my guy was a MIA. That was the first time I ever really remember being afraid. I felt very attached to Lt Francis Townsend, in fact at night when I would be going to sleep I would talk to him. Tell him to be strong and stay safe. I would also tell him about my life things that were going on etc. I know it sounds crazy but in reading these letters I realize that many people became attached to their faceless names that they wore daily.
 
At first I would watch names scrolling on the TV news at night, but his name was never on it. After a while some of my friends pow's started to be found or come home. I can't even explain how that felt, watching them be excited and happy, as I continued to wait. I'm sure his family knows even better then I do how that felt. I received two letters from his family when I first got the bracelet, and I wrote to them but received my letter back saying they could not be located. That's when I think I went into a shell about it, and hid from anything that might tell me what had happened to my dear companion LT Francis Townsend. I felt sure that he had returned to his family, lived in a beautiful house, had wonderful children. I like dreaming about that for him and found such comfort in my fantasy. However, in my heart I knew it wasn't true, and that has haunted me all of these years.
 
In 1980 my mother passed away, and a few months later my apartment was broken in to, and much of my mother's jewelry was taken along with my POW/MIA bracelet. I could not believe that someone would steal a bracelet like that, it held no monetary value. It meant the world to me, I had held that close through thick and thin, and it felt like a piece of me was gone.
 
Anyone who has known me through the years has heard about 1LT Francis Townsend, including my kids. My husband has encouraged me to find out about him and the truth about what happened to him, and I have backed out every time. Today was going to be the day. The memory wall is here (in Las Vegas) just for the last few days, and we have been planning to go, but this morning I again backed out. Then finally a strength came over me and I looked it up on the computer, and there it was, the truth that I have been afraid to find out all of these years. I cried all day, I can't even begin to know the pain of his family, and I feel for them. Even my daughter shed a tear as she knew how important this man has been to me all of these years.
 
To the family, please accept my deepest regret for not having the same courage as Francis Townsend had. I saw his picture for the first time today. I have printed it out and I am going to frame it and place it next to my Grandfather (my other hero) who was a Col in the army in WWII. Col Paul B Baker. My two heroes will be side by side.
 
Sandy

 


From: Csnantn4@aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 22:45:46 EST

As a fifth grade history teacher from San Antonio, TX, I assigned a Veterans' Day paper to my class.  I was amazed at the medals, pictures and memories these children pulled together by interviewing family members.  My own memories surfaced and I promised the class that I would find out any information I could about the two POW/MIAs whose names are written on the bracelets which my husband and I wore.
 
It was wonderful to reaffirm that John Blevins came home.  I remember finding his name in the lists that were published in newspapers way back then.  I had a desire to locate him and to return his bracelet; but, could never find out how to do this.  Tonight, I "googled" POW bracelets and found your site.  Thank you for this opportunity to thank Capt. Blevins and his family for their sacrifice and love.  Our niece and her husband were deployed to Iraq on Veterans' Day.  If this reaches Capt. Blevins, please ask him to pray for them.
 
Our other bracelet with the name of Lynn Huddleston did not have such positive results.  We continue to pray for him and his loved ones.
 
Thank you for your service.  May God bless you all.
 
Peggy Czelusta
San Antonio, Texas

Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 08:24:15 -0500
Subject: MIA Bracelet
From: "Carolyn Dowling" <cdowl@lawrence.k12.ny.us>
Sirs:
I have found in my attic an MIA bracelet I wore in the 70's,  the name on the bracelet is:  LCDR WILLIAM FORMAN with a date of 1-22-66.  I see this name in your database with information from the family.  I would like to locate the family.  Could you help me with this?

Thank you,
Carolyn Dowling
Lawrence Public Schools

From: "Cindy & Ken" <cgoodlesky@twmi.rr.com>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 19:52:33 -0500
RE;   WO WILLIAM PIERSON III
 
I have had a bracelet with Mr Piersons name since 1970.   I have prayed that he was found and back with his family.  The bracelet would gladly be sent to his family if they wished.   My prayers to the whole family
Cynthia Goodlesky
 
email:      cgoodlesky@twmi.rr.com

Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 21:44:38 -0800 (PST)
From: Matthew Garza <therev_sa07@yahoo.com>
Subject: Douglas F. Strait

Dear Strait Family,
 
I have been wearing the bracelet of Douglas F. Strait for over a year now. I have read about the crash in Vietnam and thoroughly believe that he is still alive. I continuously check for any updates on his whereabouts and hope that there is some news. I will continue to pray for his safe return home.
 
If you would like to contact me please do so at: therev_sa07@yahoo.com.
 
God Bless Your Family,
Matthew Garza

From: "Carol" <carolcpreston@hotmail.com>
Subject: Maj. Ernest DeSoto
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 21:25:31 -0500
I was just watching an episode of "Cold Case" on television which centers around a Vietnam POW.  I immediately got up and found my POW bracelet I've had since 1970.  The name on my bracelet belongs to Maj. Ernest DeSoto 4-12-69.  My father left for Vietnam shortly after I graduated from high school.  I thank God every day that I have my dad in my life, that he made it home.
 
I have also wondered what happed to Maj DeSoto's family, what happened in their lives.  I know nothing personal about his family and since I have a close knit family, I've always had concerns for his family.
 
If anyone should read this who knows anything, please contact me at carolcweaver@hotmail.com.
 
How grateful I am that at least the troops are supported in their efforts in this day and time. 

Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 16:30:39 -0800
From: Patty McLaughlin <pmclaugh@pcc.edu>
Subject: Capt Patrick Carroll Jr
Good Day,
At this time of year when we are all giving Thanks for what we have, I would like the family of Capt Patrick Henry Carroll, USAF from Allen Park MI,  that I wear with honor a bracelet with his name on it.  I pray for him daily and want you to know he will never be forgotten.
I have worn this bracelet everyday since the early 1970's and wear it proudly. Blessings to his family and PEACE to OUR WORLD.

Patty McLaughlin
Portland Oregon
pattymac1951@yahoo.com

Subject: JOSEPH ANDREW MATEJOV
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 14:29:24 -0500
From: "Donna Kerl" <Donna@schunkeagency.com>

HI - RECENTLY MY FRIEND SENT ME INFORMATION REGARDING A POW ON A BRACELET I HAVE FROM 1973.  THE POW WAS JOSEPH A. MATEJOV - MIA 2/5/73.
 
I WAS WONDERING IF THE FAMILY IS STILL LIVING AND HAS A EMAIL OR WAY IN WHICH I COULD CONTACT THEM TO LET THEM KNOW I HAVE HIS BRACELET AND I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN IT TO THE FAMILY.
 
CAN YOU PLEASE ADVISE?
 
DONNA KERL
LANCASTER, NY
 
DONNA@SCHUNKEAGENCY.COM

Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2005 11:11:57 -0500
From: "Donna Kerl" <Donna@schunkeagency.com>
HELLO - RECENTLY, I WAS GIVEN INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE FROM A FRIEND WHO HELPED ME LOOK INTO THE VETERAN ON A BRACELET I HAVE HAD SINCE I WAS A TEENAGER.  I AM LOOKING FOR ANY FAMILY MEMBERS OF JOSEPH MATEJOV - MIA 2/5/73 - I HAVE HAD JOSEPH'S BRACELET SINCE SCHOOL, AND JUST RECENTLY READ ABOUT HIM.  IF THERE IS ANY FAMILY OF JOSEPH - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME - I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN MY TREASURE, I HOLD DEAR,  TO THEM AND LET THEM KNOW THAT NOT A YEAR HAS GONE BY THAT I HAVE  EVER FORGOTTEN OR GIVEN UP ON JOSEPH'S SAVE RETURN.  MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY.
 
RESPECTFULLY,
 
DONNA - LANCASTER, NY
DONNA@SCHUNKEAGENCY.COM

From: "wb2ukx" <wb2ukx@cox.net>
Subject: loveletters
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2005 22:21:46 -0500
I still continue to wear your brothers bracelet (SSG GEORGE CURTIS GREEN JR )    May God Bless you and your family
 
SFC Ed Biedricki USA (Special Forces) Retired   wb2ukx@cox.net
P.S.
Lost your email address

Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 14:09:57 -0500
From: "Walter Freeman" <freemanw@nashua.edu>
To the family of David Stanley Demmon,
 
I have had David's bracelet since 1972.  I have also spoken, via e-mail, with several people who have also had David's bracelet and who have held him in their hearts for all these years. 
 
May God bless him for his service.  He is not forgotten.
 
Sincerely,
 
Walter Freeman


Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 18:46:43 -0800 (PST)
From: <nlbrown52@netscape.com>

Dear family of Lt. Col.Bossio; I still have my bracelet and want you to know I still remember and have not forgotten your love one. I have lived my entire life in Ohio and purchased my bracelet while still in High school. I am now in my 50's and have a son serving in the Coast Guard. Nancy Brown

Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2005 22:38:18 -0500
From: John Vega <jv29967@optonline.net>
Subject: Michael William Havranek
To the faimly of this brave marine who served our country Ive just started wearing his bracelet this past month and researched the circumstances of his service and am proud to remeber him may god bless his faimly always
 
                                                 John Vega Jr
                                            JV29967@optonline.net

From: <cldreif330@alltel.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 11:20:56 -0600

To the Family of Major Richard D. Smith 3-11-65
 
  As I have many times over the years, today I looked at my POW bracelet with Major Smith's name on it, I wondered what the result was, and of course prayed that he had returned safely.   Today I went on the internet and found otherwise and I'm truly saddened. I can't even imagine the pain your family went through and pray that healing has and will continue to take place.  I have the bracelet here and would love to return it to you and the children if you so desire.

Sincerely,
Cathy L. Dreifort
cldreif330@alltel.net