LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


From: "annbrooks" <annbrooks@bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 19:45:02 -0500

I found the mia/pow bracelet of Maj Vladimir Henry Bacik.  Needless to say I was outraged.  I immediately purchased it and will wear until I pass it on to my children and grandchilden.  I don't want them to forget his memory, and to appreciate the freedom we have because of men like him.  I look up all his casualty record and found that he was declared dead in 1979.  But his body nor the other pilot's body has not been returned. Neither has the plane been found.
I your know this family, please tell them that I wear his bracelet with pride!
If they want it though I will be glad to send it to them through this web site
 
                                  Peace, honor, and Love
                                  Ann M. Brooks
                                  Bremen, Georgia


From: "John Falzone" <johnfalzone@hotmail.com>
Subject: Major James Treece USAF - 10-7-66
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 20:30:24 -0500
I have had his bracelet since they were first made available, so it has been in my possession since the early 1970's. It has gone with me from each home and is sitting directly in front of me right now, right on my desk. It has never been out of my hands & not a day goes by that I don't pick it up and just wonder and pray for the return of Major James Treece. The reports on the various sites seem to give different information as to whether or not his remains have been found and/or returned. I will continue to hold onto his bracelet until I can can find conclusive evidence of his return. If the family requests that the bracelet be returned to them, just let me know. Until that time, it will be always be with me.

From: Epix1a@aol.com
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 15:50:07 EST
Subject: POW Bracelet - Capt Richard J. Callanan
I have a POW bracelet for Capt Richard J. Callanan.  I wondered if his family would like to have it.  I would be glad to send it wherever you think would do the most good.  Thanks so much
 
Kathryn Edgar

Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 22:14:15 -0500
From: Cindi Hall <cincin910@charter.net>
I have been wearing Paul A. Avolese's bracelet for many years. He is from New York, not too far from where I grew up. I think of his family often and think how he's been missing for almost as long as I have lived. If his family gets to read this, feel free to contact me.
Cindi Hall
New Milford, Connecticut

From: "annbrooks" <annbrooks@bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 17:53:39 -0500
I HAVE THE BRACELET OF MAJ.VLADIMIR BACIK.  DATE OF MISSING IN ACTION   8/27/67.    WAS LATER PRESUMED DESEASED IN 1979.  I WARE THIS BRACELET WITH HONOR AND TO REMIND NOT TO TAKE MY FREEDOM LIGHTLY.  IF THE FAMILY WANTS IT I WILL RETURN IT THOUGH.
I PRAY FOR ALL MIA/POW FOR A SAFE RETURN HOME EVERYDAY
                                     ANN

 


Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 17:28:20 -0600
From: "Anderson, Peggy" <PAnderso@scj.com>

To the family of Capt. Calvin Maxwell:

I recently came across the POW/MIA bracelet that I purchased when I was a young girl and wore for many, many years. Just as the name is etched on the stainless steel band itís also etched in my memory; Capt. Calvin Maxwell.

When I paid my $3 for the Ďtrendyí bracelet back in the early 70ís, I was young teenager just becoming aware of the world around me. I felt that my $3 donation and wearing the bracelet Ďtill they come homeí was my first real grown-up social issue. It made me feel a part of this world. I was making a difference.

Iíll never forget when I brought it home because it made my dad cry.  My father had fought in WWII. He took many lives and had lost plenty of his buddies also.

This little piece of stainless steel that I so proudly wore brought back sad memories to my big strong dad. Memories he had not shared with me until that point. I felt such pride that there are people like my dad and Capt. Maxwell that give so much of themselves to make this country great. I learned a lot that one afternoon.

The bracelet has been in my jewelry box for 35 years now. Every time I come across it, I think about Capt. Maxwell and his family. Again Iím reminded of the pride I feel for the sacrifices he made. My own son, my only son, is serving with the Air Force and I couldnít be more proud.

Iíd like you to have this bracelet for your family if you would like to have it.

If not I will keep it in my jewelry box as a reminder of personal sacrifice, bravery and honor. I will think of Calvin every time I look at it.

Sincerely,

Peggy A. Anderson

Racine , Wisconsin


Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 17:18:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Michael White <mawhite3@sbcglobal.net>
Dear Madam/Sir -
 
During my college years I proudly wore the bracelet of Lt. Richard Minninch Jr. - 1-4-68.  From Internet postings I now understand that his remains were returned to the US in the 80's.
 
My heartfelt thanks go out to the family of this brave airman.  I too was in line to fight in this war - having joined Air Force ROTC during my college years.  Alas, the war ended and so did my AF career - they did not want anymore pilots..
 
I would be most honored to return this bracelet to the courageous family of the Lt.
 
Please pass my e-mail address on to them if possible.
 
Many thanks to the brave men of this era.
 
Michael A. White

Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 18:04:12 -0500
From: "Herd, Edward R." <Edward.HerdJr@pseg.com>

To The Family of Theothis Collins,

A day does not go by that he is not remembered. I have and still wear his bracelet until there is a full accounting of our brother's that were lost and forgotten. A Marine never leaves a brother behind, physically or mentally. I will continue to wear his bracelet until he comes home.

SEMPER FI

Edward R. Herd Jr.
Pine Beach NJ


From: "Kim Jozefyk" <kimjozefyk@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 23:12:10 -0500
I was going through an old jewelry box that I had as a kid.  (During that time my own brother was in Vietnam).  I came across my old POW bracelet and thought that I'd love to give it back to the deserving family. I don't know how to go about this or if I should.   I wore this bracelet in honor of S/SGT. FRANK MOORMAN  1-23-69.
If his family is reading this now, you can know that his heart was and will always be with me.  Please let me know what to do.   Thank you for your anticipated words.
Sincerely,  Kim Jozefyk                             Kimjozefyk@yahoo.com

From: "L. Ray Rains" <lrains11@cox.net>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2006 10:28:38 -0600

I am an Army Vietnam Era Vet, 2-14-65---2-15-68.  I have three bracelets.  The first one I purchased a number of years ago.  I wore it until the red anodized finish was almost gone and had started to brake.  It had info. on  it about Col. Charles E. Shelton, USAF, 04-29-65,Loas, KY/CA.
The second bracelet I bought when I drove my car, I didn't have a bike at the time, from Salina, Ks. to just West of the Ks. Colorado line, to meet the Bike's going to D.C. for the Run For The Wall. I followed the Bike's to Kansas City, Mo. where they spent the nite, then came back to Salina. 
The bracelet is special to me because I had the honor of meeting the daughter of Lt. Ronald James Janousek, Marines, 367/MAG 36, UH1E HELO, RECON. DOWN SE KONG RIVER, KHE SAHN, Posen, Ill, 8-9-69 SVN.  I was very sorry to find out later that the Lt.'s Wife had died under circumstances that made me feel that she was also a casualty of Vietnam.
The third bracelet I have, I purchased when the Run For The Wall stopped here in Salina, Ks. to spent the night.  It has name's of Kansas Military Personnel on it.
The reason for my e-mail is to say that in Honor of ALL Vets, Vietnam Vets especially, I will keep these bracelets to hand down to my children, Grandchildren, etc. in the hopes that nothing will be forgotten.
I am a very stanch supporter of P.O.W./M.I.A. and all it represents.  I fly the flag and wear the hat with pins all the time in that support and will continue to do so.  I recognize that I am only an era Vet. but I still and will always CARE. 

SP5-E-5 Lewis Ray Rains (the rank was when I was on active duty)

Thank ALL of you for what you do and represent.

Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:04:45 -0800 (PST)
From: Elizabeth Huey <pielady1aol@yahoo.com>
I have had my POW / MIA bracelet for many many years.  I decided today to look on the internet to see if I could find any information about then man that I have had on my wrist for so many years.  I would be happy to give my bracelet to his family if there is anyone in his family that would treasure and appreciate it.  I can be contacted at Pielady1@aol.com if there is someone interested.  He was a Hoosier, and I was too, now living in Florida.  Thank you for being here. 
SFC. Ronald Eugene Smith 11-28-70.

From: Lightraes@aol.com
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 13:48:55 EST

To the family of Capt. Jefferson Scott "Scotty" Dotson, missing 8/9/69 and whose remains have been identified, returned, and interred at Arlington Cemetery
 
I have just found websites with information about Capt. Dotson and would like to let any family members know that I have had his POW/MIA bracelet in my possession since I was a teen in the early 1970s.
 
If you would like to have his original POW/MIA bracelet, please feel free to contact me at lightraes@aol.com and I will happily forward it to you and yours.
 
Blessings,
Robin Coleman MACP
San Carlos, CA

From: "Erin Thomas-Cole" <willowbend@woh.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 20:48:48 -0500

This is regarding PFC John Jacobsen Chubb MIA 3-20-71. My name is Erica Thomas and I am in possession of his remembrance bracelet. My mother, Jane Thomas (Rehl), wore the bracelet for years and when I was 13 (1984) my mother gave it to me to wear. I have never taken the bracelet off and I am now 35 years old. The bracelet is my constant companion and has always kept Johnís name and spirit alive through my conversations with others regarding the bracelet. He has always been in my prayers. I am not that internet savvy and I do not know why I have not thought to research this before now. I am so emotional and elated to know he has been returned and identified.  I would like to let you know that if you would like the bracelet it would give me great pleasure to return it to you. If you would like for me to continue to wear it I will of course do so. To be honest, the bracelet has become like a second skin to me, I feel naked when I do remove it (showers, throwing pottery, etc.). I would like to send my love to Johnís entire family and to let them know he was never forgotten and never will be.   If you would like to contact me, please feel free to do so at farmgirl800@yahoo.com.

Regards,

Erica Thomas


Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 13:51:54 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
From: "R.E. PARKER" <Ektarr@verizon.net>
To the Friends & Family of Robert F. Scherdin:
 
On this, what would be Robert's 59th Birthday, I write to remind you that there are those of us out here who grieve with you...who think of Robert often and pray for his comfort, safety and return.  I've worn Robert's bracelet for years and take every opportunity to tell people about him...his story, where he came from, how he went missing, and of his bravery.  Having never met him, I still miss him.  Having never known him, I still Love him like a brother.  My best to you and all those who share our connection with Robert.  God bless you and comfort you all.

Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 10:28:25 -0600
From: "Silvia Salinas" <Ssalinas@Tahoka.esc17.net>
Subject: In Memory
     Several years ago, my brother, who is a former Marine, bought me a POW/MIA bracelet with a name I had never heard of. The info about him and where more or less he was last seen. It touched me so much, I felt a lonely feeling in my heart. My brother in law served 3 tours in Vietnam, and was also in the Marines. He never talks about it, even though he did tell me if I ever wanted to know anything about it, he would be more than helpful to tell me whatever I might want to know. I still haven't, I can't seem to find the right time too. At least for his sake. I still have the bracelet, but I can't wear it anymore because it broke. I haven't the money to order a new one. I want to find one with Leonard's name on it. I feel as if I am a part of him in some strange way. I talk to my kids about it sometimes. I often think and wonder about him, and how he might look like. I have no idea of that. All I know is where he was, what unit, his birthdate, and branch he was/is in. I am so sorry, but I feel he is with you everywhere you are, whether in mind or spirit, he
is alive. Thank you for letting me express myself to you about Leonard. I know I will never know what he looks like and never get to know him in our physical life, but I know I will meet him someday in spirit.

Thank you so much, Silvia Salinas


Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 05:27:27 -0800 (PST)
From: lisa lepley <grubbygal@yahoo.com>
Subject: bracelet found

Hello I have found a bracelet that looks like it was never worn, the name on the bracelet is Col. Leslie Hauer the date on it is 11-18-67
If the family of col. Hauer would like to contact me I will return the bracelet to them.


 Grubby

From: "dmelucci" <dan6@cox.net>
Subject: Capt. James Widdis Jr.
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 19:14:25 -0700

I wear his bracelet since 1969, it is engraved: "CAPT JAMES WIDDIS JR. 3-23-69" and has never been removed from my right wrist.
I experienced X-RAYand MRI disagreements over it, got involved in heated exchanges regarding metal detection policies at airports, federal buildings and courthouses over it, and still never removed it.  
I purchased bracelets from the league at that time the war started and provided bracelets to others genuinely concerned about returning our soldiers that were missing or prisoners in Viet Nam. My children and their friends have bought them from me less they never forget although they were not even born yet. They understood and respected the effort.
I have some left over from my last purchase many years ago when a profile was included with them. I never received any documents or photos when I got mine.
Once I called the POW/MIA office and was told by the person who answered the phone that she was a friend of CAPT. WIDDIS' s  wife. What a coincidence.
On a business trip to Washington later on,  I located his name on "THE WALL" and was told that he was promoted in rank after being missing for such a long period of time. I didn't know that this was routinely done. It was one of the most emotional things I ever experienced, I'll put it up there with when each of my parents passed on.
Recently, my town erected a war memorial and I sponsored a plaque in contribution with the simple inscription:
"IN MEMORY OF CAPT JAMES WIDDIS JR." I would like his family to know that.
I just became aware that he had been promoted to the rank of Liutenant Colonel during the period he was missing, his remains were identified in 1996 and returned to the USA and I now have a picture of him from information the www.pownetwork.org site..
I voluntarily joined the New York National Guard 5/14/1963 prior to the start of the war, not to avoid it like some others. I lost many good friends to the war and it was very frustrating to be in a position like that just at that time, a newlywed starting a family. So, I decided to wear the bracelet to support those who were involved in it, became missing or taken prisoner.
 Is there any way you can forward this e-mail to any of the surviving members of his family to let them know that I have had them in my thoughts all these years?
I am now 62 years old and would like to determine where the best place for my bracelet should be when I die.
Dan Melucci

Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 21:05:18 -0800 (PST)
From: Danny Rozzell <dannyrozzell@sbcglobal.net>

To the family of United States Navy CDR James Bauder,
     I have CDR Bauders bracelet. I have had it for more than 30 years, and I finally found his story on the internet. I have often wondered about him and his family and prayed that CDR Bauder would be found. You will continue to be in my prayers. I f you would like the bracelet, its yours. If not, I will pass it on to my children to wear. God Bless all the men in our Armed Forces, past and present and may God Bless The Families.
                                                                  Sincerely,
                                                               Danny Ray Rozzell
                                                                Vernon, Texas

From: Gaskin William MSGT CRTC MAF <William.Gaskin@gacrtc.ang.af.mil>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 15:50:55 -0500

Dear Speicher Family,
 
My name is Master Sergeant William Gaskin and I have been wearing Captain Speicher's bracelet for three years now. Although I have visited the pownetwork website many, many times, I have somehow managed to overlook the Love Letters area every time until now.
I want you to know that there are many of us who share your sorrow and who are waiting, just like you.
In December of 2005, Captain Speicher's unit sent a detachment to my base for a training exercise. I was very touched to discover that every person I spoke with, even the youngest enlisted maintainers, was keenly aware that one of their own is missing from their ranks. Captain Speicher's unit has not forgotten him.
I was in charge of the POW/MIA table and ceremony for my unit's Christmas party and I could think of no picture more appropriate for the table than Captain Michael Scott Speicher's.
I hope that one day soon I can hand my bracelet to Capt. Speicher in person.
Until then, many of us wait with you.
 
Most Sincerely,
Bill

From: Gaskin William MSGT CRTC MAF <William.Gaskin@gacrtc.ang.af.mil>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 19:26:46 -0500

To the family of Colonel Derrell B. Jeffords, USAF
Dear Jeffords Family,
 
My name is Bill Gaskin and I was barely 18 months old on 24 Dec 1965. I would have been unable to comprehend, on that day, what had happened half a world away over Laos.
Nowadays, I am a Senior NCO and although I can't fully grasp the loss you have suffered, I have worn Col Jefford's bracelet for many years. I couldn't even tell you when I got it.
There is a civilian contractor on the field who operates two reconditioned C-47's. Almost nightly, at about 1900, the rumble of the big recip engines reminds me of Col Jeffords. If you ever feel that nobody remembers...I do. There are a lot of others like me who wait with you.
Col Derrell B. Jeffords will not be forgotten if we remember.
 
Bill.

From: "Jay Arnold" <jdarnold@pikenet.net>
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2006 07:41:37 -0600

I saw the website after it was linked on paratrooper.net. I am 9-year vet of active and reserve duty. After a 5-year hiatus I am returning to service in the National Guard.
In the summer of '93, I bought an MIA braclet from a vet group at the Wall in DC. It bears the name of SSG Burt Small. By some freak occurence (kismet, karma, mere happenstance), Burt was a Psyop Specialist just like I was. I read the bio you have for him on your site. It contains info I had not seen before. I still wear it to this day, and will continue to do so until he comes home. Next Monday will be the anniversary of his capture.
Thank you for service to the Vet community.
Jay Arnold
C Co, 2/130th Infantry Litchfield, IL (ILARNG) present
308th Psyop Co, Belton MO (USAR) 92 to 94 and 98-01
A Co, 6th Psyop Bn (Abn) (USA) 94 to 98

Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2006 02:18:56 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeff <lenzac@yahoo.com>

To the family of Frederick Joesph Wozniak:
 My name is Jeffrey Crisp and many years ago I received a POW-MIA bracelet bearing your loved ones name. I only wish to let you know that I have never stopped praying for him or thinking of him. I shall never forget his name and now, as I have been raising 2 sons on my own for the last 11 years, I tell them the story behind my remembrance of his name. The Crisp family will never forget Frederick Joesph Wozniak and our prayers are always with you the family. With respect and love, Jeffrey Crisp and sons Zachary and Lennon

From: Leenane8@aol.com
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 16:37:41 EST
Subject: Loveletters:  Lt. David E. McRae

    When I was a freshman at Jesuit High School in New Orleans in 1972-73, I found a metal POW/MIA bracelet at the school engraved:  "Lt. David McRae  12-2-66."  I took it home and my father William H. Cahill (a Colonel and Louisiana Wing Commander in the Civil Air Patrol) saw it and immediately began wearing it.  He wore it for many months, if not years.  He did not learn of the fate of Lt. McRae, other than he apparently did not return with the POWs in 1973.  My father died in 1988.
    I now understand that Lt. McRae's remains were returned in 2002.
    Recently, in the process of having our house gutted in the wake of last year's Hurricane Katrina, I came across the bracelet again.
    Checking this site, I see that several others wore bracelets for David McRae and have been trying to get in touch with the family to return the bracelet.  I don't know if they have had any success but if the family would like to have it I would certainly be pleased to send it to them in David's memory.
    Thank you,
    Michael P. Cahill

Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2006 11:59:24 +0300 (MSK)
From: Pavel Tsoupik <afganistan_memorial@yahoo.com>
Subject: About Vietnam war
Kind to you time of the day, dear sir or lady!
Paul Tsoupik writes to you.
Should apologize before you for bad English, I, to my regret, use the program for translation.
About itself: to me 23 years, I Russian, live in Russia, in Magnitogorsk, The truth, would like to pass service in army the USA, in 7th Cavalry Division or in a brigade of sea infantry, but Russian there
hardly take. I write to you in the following occasion:
me and earlier, since the childhood, military themes interested. Now I would like to organize web-page, analogue of " a virtual wall " in Russian thus to honour memory of those who was lost in Vietnam.
Perhaps, my letter will offend you, you will tell, " that this Russian can understand ", but I ask you to not condemn me concerning it. I, certainly, was not on one of those wars that conducted mankind for the twentieth century, but I am deeply convinced, that with the help of a computer I can make much more, is rather than simple with the help of my belief. For last period of my life (I study on a faculty of law) I was convinced, that wars not militarians all the same do {make}, and policies {politics}. In this sense I can even recognize, that Vietnam for us, Russian (I indeed so I think) was sorts the prevention {warning} (recollect war in Afghanistan where too was lost many soldier, and not only
Russian). I do not know so it whether or not, but as I looked in film " We were soldiers ",
military correspondent Joseph L. Galloway (it {him} actor Bary Pepper played) has told, " I hoped to understand this war, if not to stop her {it}, and to help to understand this war by that who has remained an at home ".
Very sadly to understand it, but war in Vietnam (as well as war in Afghanistan though in Soviet Union events occured differently, anyway, in a peace life) was favourable ONLY to policies {politics}. And the worst in war in Vietnam, that in the USA policies {politics} have turned this tragedy in such a manner that " or love the country and battle for it {her}, or be the vermin, as those who against war in Vietnam ". Especially, if the majority of those who acted in crowds Holding a meeting against war, were from campuses ("campuses"), and these small towns are financed basically from the budget of the state, that is from federal treasury.
If you express me the trust and want to send me photos of your relatives and the colleagues who have lost in Vietnam, want to tell about them, I only shall be glad to your letters.
If you want to respond to my letter, maybe, later I if will allow time and means, shall open similar " a virtual wall " to honour memory of victims in Afghanistan. I shall hope very much for your understanding, and very much I want to hope, that at me all will turn out, in fact if on my future page will go even thirty young people in the age of from 15 till 30 years I can count, that though on most a
little could force to think young generation of the life. Bless you the God.

From: "L. Ray Rains" <lrains11@cox.net>
Subject: Vietnam
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 15:59:53 -0600
     I'm not sure as to how to tell this story because it has haunted me since it started.
     I was stationed at Ft. Dix, N.J. in May of 65 to U.S.A.T.C. Inf for A.I.T in M.O.S. 711.10, Clerk-typist.
     When my Company graduated all but three of the graduates were told that we would be shipped out, in mass, to Vietnam.  The other three were being sent to Turkey.
     Since we were being shipped out in mass we were given permission to contact our familys and let them know and that we would not have any leave in route.
     Two or three  day's after I had been told of our orders and contacted my family with the news, I was told to report to my C.O.'s office.
     Before going any further with my story, I would like to explain some things about me and my backround.
     I was raised by my Mother and Step-father.  My Step-father was a Korea Vet. and latter joined the Regular Army.  When he go out his rank was E-6 and we had moved to about every basic training Army base in the South East. He was a Mess Sgt.  Needless to say, anyone that knows the Army they know what Mess Sgts. are like.  I was raised very strictly military.
     When I was 17 I  met my real Father for the first time since he and my Mother were devorced.  I went fo live with him and his family.  My Father was a newly commissioned 1st Lt. in the Medical Corp.  He had joined the Army when he was 17 and served his tour and then joined the Air Force until he was promoted to 1st Lt. in the Army.  I, also joined the Army, while I was 17.  My father, being an Oficer, swore me in.
     Needless to say, the military and what it stood, and stands, for was the only life I knew, and sometimes I still feel that way.
     To get back to my story, when I reported to my C.O. and was informed that I was not to be sent to Vietnam.  I was being sent to HQ, U.S.A.R.A.L., Yukon Comand, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.
     Now the twist and the meat of my "story".
     I asked my C.O. for some kind of explanation as to the last min. change in MY orders.   I was informed that he didn't know why I was picked but that they needed someone to ship out right away and the person that was supposed to go to Alaska was being held back to be shipped out to Vietnam, in my place, because Personnel has lost his 201 presonnel records and as soon as they were found he would be shipped out.
     The fact that someone, spicific, was sent to Vietnam in my place haunted, and still does, me.
     I never had time to find out the name of the person that Personnel had lost the records on.
     I have had no way of finding anything about him, thus, this inquirey.
     Don't get me wrong, I was and am, glad that I didn't have to go to Vietnam, but the idea of someone spicific going in my place, didn't and doesn't still, set well with my then and now, since of duty.
      I am in hopes someone will recognize the other side of this story and contact me with there story.  I can only hope and pray he came home in one piece and most of all, alive.
     If anyone recognizes this story, PLEASE contact me at lrains11@cox.net......
     I'm sorry if this brings up any memories that might be hard to deal with.
    You have no idea how this has haunted my over the years as I am sure it did the other person and or his family.
     Hope I hear from you or a member of your family.
                                                          Reluctantly,  L. Rains

Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 10:09:09 -0800 (PST)
From: joseph saunders <josephsaunders@sbcglobal.net>
I have a P.O.W/MIA bracelet with LIONEL Parra JR's name. I was wondering if the family would like it or if  I need to keep wearing it. We are still praying for all.

Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 11:53:31 -0900
From: George & Pat Ball <mtidak@gci.net>
Subject: POW Bracelet for Marvin B.C. Wiles, USN

I recently found this web site and would like to express my sadness that there is no information on Marvin.  I have been had his bracelet since 1972ÖI must have received it shortly after he disappeared.  I would like to communicate with his family if they should read this post. 

Sincerely,

Pat Ball

patball@gci.net


From: "Lynda" <ldignan1@cox.net>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 18:31:39 -0500

Hello,

I have been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet for Bruce C. Walker for over 30 years.  I have been searching for information on Bruce for years and today something just told me to try on the internet in general and there was your site with the information.  I see they had a memorial service but they have not recovered the body.  I donít know what I can do but I feel such a connection to this honored soul.  Is there something I can do to help?  I know we cannot contact family members but I want them to know that there is someone that has thought of Bruce every day since 1975 when I got the bracelet from a now defunct ďNational Forget-Me-Not Association in St. Petersburg , Florida where I was living at the time.   I was 27 at the time and now at 57 I still want to know for sure where his body is and the bodies of all of our citizens.

Regards,

Lynda Dignan

Norfolk , VA  


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 11:23:15 -0800 (PST)
From: William Dunn <deacon0619@sbcglobal.net>

03/14/06
Dear Family of Captain John Baldridge Jr.,
 
    I am 53 years old and have had the original bracelet for Capt. Baldridge since High School. I have always kept it (when I wasn't wearing it), in a special place in my home. I often prayed for him and his family, never knowing anything about him. My children have learned so much about Vietnam and what happened there because of the bracelet and the questions they would ask. It only occurred to me recently to look on-line for him, and I was pleasantly surprised to get information on him after all these years.
    I am so sorry for your loss, and I will continue to pray for you. If you would like me to send Capt. Baldridge's bracelet to you I would be honored to. Just contact me at me e-mail address. God bless you for the sacrifice you made for our country all those years ago. I have a 25yr. old son who serves our country in the Air Force now, and I can't imagine losing him. God bless,
Jan Dunn

Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 17:38:21 -0800
Subject: Don C. Wood
From: Maureen A Hosley <zechariah9@juno.com>

To the family of Don Wood;
 
I have been wearing the bracelet of Don Wood since 1972.  Has been  a part of my life for over 30 years. He was with me through the death of my parents and the birth of my neices and nephews. I've been praying for you for many years and still do.

Maureen Ho

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 09:16:53 -0800
Subject: Loveletters
From: Nancy Courtney <pizzetto@sbcglobal.net>

To The Family of:
 
M/SGT C.J. Hodgson
1-29-66
 
I have worn your family member's bracelet from the beginning of these dear reminders of our men in action.  I just wanted you to know that he is still remembered by a total stranger who is so grateful for his sacrifice.

God Bless.
 
N. Courtney

From: "Sherri Anderson" <sherrilynne78@hotmail.com>
Subject: Loveletters-Lt. Gilbert Mitchell
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 21:00:04 -0500

To the Mitchell Family-

I have hoped since I was in 8th grade for the safe return of Lt. Mitchell. I am now 46 and continue to hope for thst day when news is received of him. I remember so clearly the Lt.'s name and all other info on the bracelet. It remains with me and Your family is always in my thoughts. I only wish I had a photo for my home to remind others of his sacrifice. I lost an uncle in Italy in 1944 at age 19.

Sherri Anderson


From: JLK1889@aol.com
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 05:12:52 EST
Subject: MSG HENRY J GALLANT
Hello, I am wearing a bracelet for this hero hat was last seen walking wounded into the brush in SVN on July 13, 1965. I am trying to find information on may if he has any family left. I am 30 years old and have been wearing this bracelet since I was 14 years old praying he would come home. I just want someone to know that I think about him everyday of my life. I have worn this bracelet through high school \, fire fighting school, my wedding and the births of my three children. The only time I take it off is for when I have had to have a surgery and it would me a lot to me to let  someone know I think about him and I care . if you can help me in way I would greatly appreciate it.

THANKS
LISA LEE PROUDLY MARRIED TO THE MILITARY FOR 10 YEARS NOW AND 20  YEARS MILITARY BRAT

From: Smurc4@aol.com
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 22:02:16 EST
Subject: Randolph J. Ard

I have been searching many years to find out about the young man who's bracelet I wore as a teen.  Tonight I found his story on this website.  His remains were just identified in December 2004.  I still have the bracelet and would like the family to know that another person wore his bracelet and remembered him through these many years.  The strangest thing is a few years ago my oldest son was asking questions about the Vietnam War.  I told him about the bracelet I wore and went to get it to show him.  The date on the bracelet is my son's birthday (3-5-83).  The actually date on my bracelet says 3-5-71 although the date on your website has 3-7-71.  I wore the bracelet 4 years without ever taking it off. Ever!!!  But then it started causing a rash and I had to take it off but my thoughts were still for this MIA. I am so thankful I found this site and his family now has his remains.  What should I do now with the bracelet....although I must admit I'm a bit attached to it.

Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 19:45:41 -0500
From: wordnerd@cox.net
Wondering if there's some way to let the family of LCDR Ralph C. Bisz know that I wear a p.o.w. bracelet with his name on it.  It never comes off.  Although I did not serve "in country," I did serve during the Vietnam Era and am a veteran.  I just want them to know he's still remembered.  I require no acknowledgment.
 

Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 15:56:03 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
From: "Dave & Deanna" <dmunsonhenderson@charter.net>
Subject: Captain Martin Massucci

I also wore Captain Martin Massucci's bracelet and still have it in my jewelry box.
Is there any family information on him, living relatives, children?
I didnt realize that duplicates of names were given, I am the 3rd bracelet I have seen so far for Captain Massucci, How many were made for each one?
Deanna Henderson

From: DPhill1881@aol.com
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 09:25:58 EDT
Subject: S/SGT. DONALD NEWTON 2-26-66

I still wear my bracelet.  If the family would like it, I will send it to them. If I can get in touch with the family- i would love them to know that I have been wearing this bracelet for over 30 years. Thank you- Deborah Phillips

From: Gaskin William MSGT CRTC MAF <William.Gaskin@gacrtc.ang.af.mil>
Subject: LOVELETTERS - Col. Eugene D. Hamilton
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 12:38:13 -0400

Welcome Home, Sir. We've been waiting for you.
I hope to be among the Patriot Guard members who will be honored to give you your hero's welcome.
Your mission is finally complete. Well done, Sir.
 
MSG William Gaskin

From: <tony@ajscustomwoodworking.com>
Subject: MIA's contact information request
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2006 11:21:55 -0500
Greetings.
 
My name is Anthony Palmiero.
 
I joined the Rolling Thunder Organization in Feb. 2003 and have ridden to the Vietnam wall with them for the past three years.  This 2006 year will be the third year.  Each year I have "Ridden For" three past POW/MIA's.  Each year I have placed "Rolling Thunder Dog Tags on the wall in memory of these individuals. 
 
What I am looking for is the name/names of any survivors of these men.  I have searched the names on the internet and of course came up with many individuals with the names of these men.  I do not wish to email or write to individuals that are not actual family members of the men.
 
Thus I was hoping that somehow your data base would be able to help me locate family members of the MIA's.  I only wish to let them know that there is another military serviceman who rides in memory of their family member.  And, to let them know that it is their family member's name that I place a Rolling Thunder dog tag on the wall.
 
I am a veteran of the Vietnam era.  I was stationed in the Air Force in Germany during the "Cold War", 1964-1967.  
 
If your network could/would help me in my search of family members I would greatly appreciate it.
 
The three MIA's are:
 
Knochel, Charles Allen
O3/US Navy   Attack Squadron 176, USS Intrepid (CVS-11)      Date of birth 12 February 1940 (Rensselaer, Indiana)  Date of loss September 22, 1966 North Vietnam over water.
 
Schoonover, Charles David
O4/US Navy  Recon/Attack Squadron 9, USS Ranger (CVA-61)   Date of birth September 18, 1931  (Louisville, Ky)  Date of loss January 16, 1966 South Vietnam over water
 
Lautzenheiser, Michael
E5/US Army    68th Aviation Company 52nd Aviation Battalion 17th Aviation Group 1st.   Date of birth  September 15, 1951 Hartford City Indiana    date of loss  October 26, 1971  South Vietnam over water.
 
 
Thank You
Anthony Palmiero

From: "Elaine and Jerry Weiss" <jerelaine@comcast.net>
Subject: Major Roscoe Fobair
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:04:12 -0400
My first husband served in Vietnam and I chose to wear a POW Bracelet.  I received the name of Major Roscoe Fobair and wore it "forever".   After a recent move I was sorting through my jewelery and found the bracelet and wondered about him.  I knew that I could probably find some news on Google!  I did.
God Bless all of our men and women in Uniform.
Elaine Weiss

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 20:54:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ellen Heigert <ellenheigert@yahoo.com>
Subject: Maj. Robert H. Harrison

Last weekend I was at an estate sale and found the POW bracelet for Maj. Robert Harrison (6-18-72).  I bought it and have it with me now, wondering if you might be able to contact his family to see if they would like to have the bracelet, in which case I will  mail it to them or to your organization to pass on to them if they'd rather remain anonymous.  My email address is ellenheigert@yahoo.com. Thank you for researching this. (I did read his bio, which stated that his remains were identified in 1994.)
 
Ellen Heigert

From: "mamagarv" <mamagarv@cox.net>
Subject: Loveletter to the family of Lawrence N Helber
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 09:02:22 -0500

My name is Debbie and I have had a POW bracelet with Capt.Helber's name on it since I was in Jr high in the late 60's. For many years I have taken the bracelet out of my jewelry box and wondered about Capt.Helber and his family. I was fairly young when Vietnam was happening so I didn't have a real understanding about it. If you are reading this I just want to say how brokenhearted I am for your loss and how proud I am of Capt. Helber and all the men and women who served our country. 

From: Bwitchb2@aol.com
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 18:37:18 EDT

Ronald Leslie Bond
390th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Da Nang, South Vietnam
02/US Air Force
 
To the family of Ronald L Bond.
 
My mother has had Ronald's POW/MIA Bracelet since they first came out.  I can remember as a small child looking in her jewelry box and asking what it was.  She always told me (with tears running down her cheeks) that this was a vow to bring a soldier home alive, and never forget.  Well I am now 35 and have never forgotten.  We go to the Memorial Wall whenever it comes to town, I now take my children there.  My mother has a plaque with Ronald L Bonds name, that had been scratched over the Wall with pencil, it hangs in her den.  The bracket is broken, and she keeps forgetting to take it to the Wall to leave it there.  If the family of this brave man would like this bracket back please contact me at daffynesss@yahoo.com.  My dad was a Marine in Vietnam.  My husband and I have the US Flag painted on our porch and the POW/MIA flag painted on the side of our porch.  We are very thankful for all who have fought and for those still fighting.
 
God Bless America
and Thanks to all who protected us and still are.
Jayne Leedy
Mulvane, Kansas

From: "MB" <pursuitcongruous@peoplepc.com>
Subject: To The Family of SPC Charles Newton
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 10:18:25 -0600
I don't believe there are words to express my deep gratitude, Our Country's...though I've looked many times in an attempt to find out information of your loved one, all the information that I find still indicates his return to you has never occurred...I wore SPC's bracelet for so many years, still have it in my tender care though it broke and I was afraid to attempt to have it repaired and destroy its beauty...yesterday at Easter service then sharing the day with two of God's blessed in heart followers, we began to talk as I learned of his outstanding military career and the subject of the Vietnam bracelets came into our conversation.  Immediately when I returned home, retrieving my bracelet, did I then notice that the date upon the bracelet is 4-17-69....37 yrs today...God HAD to been at the discussion table and lead me to write this letter on this day.....I would be more then happy to return the bracelet to you...most importantly, I wanted to send to you my heartfelt thoughts, wishing you through the years many blessings, mercy and grace.. May our Lord keep you within his tender care and I will continue to pray for news of SPC Newton's return to family and loved ones.
 
Sincerely,
 
Marie B. Haines
 
 
God brought me to it, he will see me through it...

Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 16:39:17 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)
From: "Wayne Hembrook" <kb9nlq@verizon.net>
Subject: To The Family of Harley H Hall  MIA 1/27/73

 To The family of Harley Hubert Hall American Hero
 
 Just a note to let you know I haven't forgotten Harley and he is in my prayers every day. I didn't know Harley but after all this time feel he is a missing family member. My fervent wish is that someday soon he will be returned to you. I as you do not recognize three teeth as proof of death. I still wear Harleys name on my POW bracelet as I have for years which is getting pretty worn but I will continue and will not take it off untill he comes home.  I still tell his story to whoever and whenever I can. Please keep the faith and no matter where he is Remember Harley is in Gods
hands. 
Wayne Hembrook 
kb9nlq@verizon.net
 
" I can't promise you that I will bring you all home alive. But this I swear... when we go into battle, I will be the first to step on the field and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind... dead or alive. We will all come home together.   " LTC Hal Moore - 13 Nov 65
 
                             Proud Member
                         

Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 07:11:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: Pastor Ranay Brown <javadolphin@sbcglobal.net>

Dear Family of Joe H. Pringle
I am wearing the bracelet of Joe, and today found this site.  Hoping you will read this and be blessed.  He is still being remembered, prayed for, and thought of.  All the information I have is that he was never found.  Is that still true?  I wear the bracelet til then.
I will never forget!
Rev. Ranay Brown

From: <fmdente@bellsouth.net>
Subject: John Kennedy Bracelet
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 12:47:50 -0400

I have 1st LT. John W. Kennedyís bracelet and would like to return it to his family.  The date on the bracelet is 8/16/71 when he was declared missing.  I notice that you have quite a lot of info regarding John (Jack) and that he has a brother named Daniel who made it home safely from Vietnam .  Please feel free to have someone from the family contact me or if you would like to do it on my behalf, please let me know.

I wore the bracelet for years and it is time to go home to his family.

Regards,

Marg Dente

Arden, NC


From: Luvmeneway0123@aol.com
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 14:55:40 EDT

To the family of Lt. Col. Robert Hagerman, 11-6-67.
When I was ten years old I received by POW/MIA bracelet and you can tell by looking at it now that I wore it for a long time.  I did just recently look up Lt. Col. Hagerman and saw that his remains were returned in 1985, which is I suppose a blessing in itself.  If by some chance a family member of Lt. Col. Hagerman would like this bracelet from 1967, please feel free to email me.
 
Thank you and God bless.
B.E. Tate

From: "Jade" <jade@mindspring.com>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Subject: LOVELETTERS -Herreic/d Spec 5 Robert 10-10-68
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 13:58:02 -0700
Found today in my mothers things, 1 bracelet, bearing the name of someone she never met, someone she hoped to meet.  I went looking to see if he was yet returned, I struggled to find his name on every list.  Then I found it, but spelled one letter differently the bracelet says Spec.5 Robert Herreic 10-10-68...no more...the list says Spec.5 Robert Herreid 10-10-68.  I am certain someone mis-typed or goofed on the engraving.
 
Mother is gone now, where her last soldier is appears unknown. I thought she had returned all of her bracelets, I know she talked of having done so with the last one in 1980 something...They meant a great deal to her, and I am sure to someone else.  I missed this because towards the end she had to remove all jewelry, something about the chemical reaction with her cancer meds.
 
I have this one now, I will wear it.  I am a short time veteran, medical issues removed me from a service I truly wanted to do.  I still have many friends who have served in many conflicts since the one where Robert went missing on 10-10-68.  I will wear his bracelet, until someone asks for it back, someone who knew him, who loved him.  I will wear it as my mother did, waiting for news of his return.  If you are a member of his family and wish to talk, feel free to write me at jade@mindspring.com.
 
Walk in Harmony,
Jade