LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


From: "Marlene Graham" <marmar711@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 11:23:28 -0700
TO:    THE FAMILY OF LCDR TERRY A. DENNISON
POW:    7/19/66
 
I had wondered for so many years what became of Lt. Dennison.
 
I can't remember exactly how I was blessed with his bracelet, but I have kept it all these years, as if I own a piece of history.  The bracelet became a permanent fixture on my wrist from the time I received it until the war ended.  (I believe I was a junior in high school at the time the war ended.)  Little did I know (before ready his biography) that Lt. Dennison's remains were returned about the same time. 
 
Lt. Dennison was 32 yrs of age when he was struck down.  I don't know whether or not he had left behind a family, and whether or not his legacy was passed down.  But if there are any family members of Lt. Dennison in the State of Washington or elsewhere on the West Coast, I would love to hear from you. 
 
Your Friend,
 
 
Marlene Graham

From: "kelly craner" <ba15ck@hotmail.com>
Subject: Spec 4 Joseph Fitzgerald
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 07:45:06 -0700

Hello,
 I have a POW-MIA bracelet for Spec 4 Joseph Fitzgerald who died in South Vietnam in 1May, 1967.  I understand his remains were returned much later.  If anyone in the family would like to have  this bracelet with his name I will be most happy to return it. 
I am so sorry for the family loss and it has been a provelege to have this all these yeas.
Please contact me at my e-mail address, bcfresh@flash.net.
Best Regards,
Martha Craner

From: DonnaC368@aol.com
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 19:37:17 EDT

I am writing to tell you that the remembrance of Capt. W. W. Hail lives on.  I wore his bracelet in the 70s and my 15 year old daughter has rescued it from my treasure box and proudly wears it now.  She understands the significance of it, especially in light of our troops fighting so hard  overseas now.

Donna Cutler

Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 12:41:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tylene Warner <t.warner@sbcglobal.net>

To the family of Lt. Col. Donald Klemm,
 
I'm so glad I recently heard about this website.  I had no idea how to find out the status of Donald.
 
I proudly wore my POW bracelet with his name on it when I was in my late teens.  When many of the POW's returned, I watched for him hoping he would be coming home to his family.  But sadly, it didn't happen. 
 
I put my bracelet away in my jewelry box and every time I ran across it, I always wondered about him and his family.  I have it sitting here on my desk now as I write this email.
 
Please know that I will never forget Donald and the ultimate contribution he made to our country.  All of these men will forever live on in our hearts.
 
Thank you,
Tylene Warner

From: M2Nichols@aol.com
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 01:22:55 EDT
Subject: Lt. James Plowman

Dear family of Lt. James Plowman,
 
I was a very young girl when I received the bracelet proudly bearing the name of Lt. James Plowman.  I wore it all the time, never taking it off!  I chose his name because the date of 3-24-1967 was close to my birth date (March 3).  I never really understood it's significance until many years later.  I have kept the bracelet all of these years in my jewelry box.  Every time I came across it, I wondered about the man that I felt I had an attachment to. 
 
Over the last 2-3 months, I have thought about him many times, wondering who he was, and how I could find out more about him.  I happened upon this web site and looked up his name.  Amazingly, I find that within the last 2-3 months, he was identified and his memorial was held only 3 weeks ago!  Oh, how I would have loved to have been there to honor the man who's name I looked at every single day!
 
As I sit here at my computer, I have the bracelet beside me.  It still means a great deal to me and I have to admit I am very selfish with it.  I will not return it to my jewelry box, but will place it in a very prominent place in my home for all to see. 
 
I will never know how your family suffered not knowing where he was.  I do know that I will forever remember the name of the man I never knew and will pray for his family daily. 
 
Thank you for your sacrifice to me and our great country, The United States of America!  Because of him, my family and I enjoy freedom!
 
Sincerely,
 
Marianne Nichols
Henderson, TX
m2nichols@aol.com

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 03:35:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: "geupka-bucci@yahoo.com" <geupka-bucci@yahoo.com>

Still thinking of Melvin D. Rash daily, the bracelet has been broken and left at the wall in D.C., I received another bracelet, oddly enough the name on it was in the same aircraft with Melvin.  Melvin, I speak of him as if I knew him, he is always with me.

From: "Brenneman, Frank Mr EPG/Contractor" <frank.brenneman@us.army.mil>
Subject: CDR Norman E. Eidsmoe
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 15:04:25 -0700

I have a POW/MIA bracelet of CDR Norman E. Eidsmoe that I have cared for and worn for many years. Not sure when I picked it up. Over time I placed it on a memorial shelf at home along with my cousin Richard E Brenneman (USMC) that died in the Quang Tri Province in 1969. For some reason recently I began wearing it again and today Googled CDR Eidsmoe's name and was delighted to see that he has been recovered. I had heard that it was customary to return the bracelet to the family if our fallen were found. If this is in fact true and a family member would like to have it please forward my e-mail to them (if possible) and I will return it to them.

Thank you for your time in this matter

V/R

Frank


From: Wr2psnapod@aol.com
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 22:55:28 EDT
First I would like to thank everyone who has made this site possible. My Name is Leah and I was given my 1st POW MIB bracelet by my Dad who was in the army all his life. The 2nd one I retired after finding out he was returned home. LTCOL CHARLES J. RAMSAY I would like to let his family know how much a part of my life he has been and send them my bracelet and my love. Thank you Leah
 
e-mail : wr2psnapod@aol.com 

From: Jennygiff@aol.com
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 18:30:07 EDT
LT.COL.(retired COL.) Irby David Terrell From jennygiff@aol.com ( Jenny  Gifford)
 
On October 14, 2006 a great American hero died, my POW LT. COL. I. David Terrell.  I had worn Dave's POW bracelet in the early 70's and met him and wife Charlene, in 1996.  I was one of the fortunate people who have worn a POW's bracelet and actually met the man who's name was on my bracelet.  Yesterday, Oct. 21, 2006 was the memorial for Dave Terrell.  It was wonderful hearing all the stories  about Dave. One of the most moving parts of the memorial was the "Words of Remembrance" as told by former POW, and Dave's cell mate, Lee Ellis.  He told us stories of their captivity, and how Dave was looked up to and respected. Mr. Ellis learned a lot from  Dave .  Dave was the older of two, being in his 30's at the time, and Mr. Ellis, in his 20's.
Dave, you will never be forgotten, you will be in our hearts forever and forever.  It was a very sad day, but a happy day also to know that Dave is now is in a better place, no more pain, no more suffering, just joy and happiness. God Bless you, I. David Terrell, my hero

Jenny Gifford


From: "keknowles" <keknowles@earthlink.net>
Subject: Capt. Glenn Cook - USAF
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 15:10:27 -0700

I’ve had my “Glenn Cook” bracelet since 1970/71 when I was living in Maine. I looked for Capt. Cook and/or his name to surface when our men came home from Vietnam and it always bothered me that I never heard anything about Glenn.

Finally today(!), I went on line, found this website, and discovered that Capt. Cook had been shot down and never captured (to our knowledge), or returned.  I found another website which had a photo posted of his plane and last flight!

I wanted his family to know that I still have “his” bracelet, and that I am another person who has always remembered him, thought about him and carried him in my heart. I’m so sorry the family never received him or his remains, but I’m so glad that I now know more about Capt. Glenn Cook.

I hope you read this note with the respect that it carries, and know that I am another person who cared way back then and still cares now.

With Caring Thoughts,

Karen Knowles-Pearce
San Francisco  


From: "JENNIFER RUTHERFORD" <msjenni726@email.wintu.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 21:36:29 -0500

Dear Family of Capt. Donahue,

In 1971 at the age of 15 while two of my own brothers were in Vietnam I ordered a POW/MIA bracelet, it was inscribed with the name and date of my POW/MIA’s info: Capt. Morgan Donahue 12/13/68.  I put it on and wore it for years; a copper band that kept my wrist green and reminded me how lucky I was to have my own brothers come home safely. One day it cracked in half and was lost, I felt lost also but I always remembered the name and date on my bracelet.

At the end of the war and for many years after I looked every time I saw information on POW/MIA releases, returns, remains, I never saw Capt. Morgan Donahue on the list. At 28 I married an Air Force Navigator; I never knew until tonight this had been Capt. Donahue’s military assignment as well. Many times over the years I tried to find information on him with no success; my ex-husband helped me search for him in the early 90’s when the internet first came into being but there was nothing to be found back then. Tonight as I was reading the Yahoo Hotzone articles on veterans who have returned to Vietnam for various reasons I decided to do a web search again for Capt Donahue, the first one was pownetwork.org so I clicked it. The very first click and I am looking at my Capt. Morgan Donahue, I have read his story over and over. I am a little over-whelmed in some ways, like you I wanted to see something different, I had hoped for a date he came home. I share your frustration.

Further on I read the obituary of Col. Budd Donahue and an email from Lynn O’Shea memorializing Col. Donahue’s efforts in search for live POW’s. You have my belated sympathies as well as my respect for a man who didn’t just accept this missing son or those of others. The hopes of a 15 year old girl remain the same of a 50 year old woman. I can’t begin to tell you how much I truly hope that one day you have closure and know his life’s story.

I have a 15 year old son that I have mentioned Capt. Donahue to many times and repeated his MIA date telling him to remember it in case I begin to forget it in my old age. Tonight I sent him the link to the page in pownetwork.org and he too came to bond with Capt, Donahue. His father is now a Lt. Col. And a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. He was in the clean-up after Desert Storm (he was completing pilot training during Desert Storm), as soon as he was home from there he was sent to fly in the UN peacekeeping force in Croatia, his plane and a Brit. C-130 like it were the first to attempt humanitarian air drops; the Brits took bullets to their plane and the mission was aborted, which began the ground forces having to truck food/medical supplies in. He has served in Afghanistan and in Iraq and is scheduled to return to one or the other this spring; he will hit his 25th year Nov. 11th.

Being an ex-Air force wife I have learned to not fixate on the possibilities of him being shot down and our son having to bear the loss of his father. Tonight after reading Capt. Donahue’s MIA report my son has a little more respect, and perhaps a little more anxiety about what his father does for a living. After sharing I wondered had I done the right thing? The answer is yes, because now not only is your beloved Capt. Donahue part of me, but he is a part of my son now. My hope is to keep his name a part of our own family history and pass it on to my grand-children (should I be blessed) someday.

This letter is sent through the LOVELETTERS site (which is very aptly named) and I am sending my love to the family of my Captain Morgan Donahue, 12/13/68 who lived on my wrist for many years and will again soon as I am ordering a new bracelet. Be Well.

Jennifer Rutherford
Minneapolis , MN

JER1956@breakthrough.com


Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 12:53:36 -0500
From: "Beth Lavery" <beth.lavery@gmail.com>
Subject: LTC Luther A Lono

I have an MIA bracelet for LTC Luther A. Lono. I decided to do a web search and have happily found that his remains have been located and that he is now buried at Arlington. I also came across an email on your website ( http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/c/c113.htm ) from a Marcia Hennessy from Owls Head, NY and she wrote that she had sent her bracelet to Luther's son. I would love to do the same. If there is any way you can help me to contact Marcia or Luther's son I would be very grateful.
 
Thank you for the work you do.
 
Beth Lavery
Bel Air, Maryland

From: "DENISE Cummings" <terpycop@msn.com>
Subject: loveletters
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 20:50:40 -0600
I am looking to get in touch with the family of Maj Neal C. Ward, USAF missing 13 june 69.
Please direct me.
Denise Cummings

From: "bonnie" <bthompson@maineline.net>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 17:59:39 -0500
I have been wearing the bracelet of Lt. David E. McRae since I was in high school in 1972. I recently learned that his remains have been identified. I have considered it an honor to wear the bracelet and would also be honored to return it to his family members if they would like me to do so.
 
Bonnie S. Thompson

Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 14:43:28 -0800
From: "Valerrie Giffin at Franklin High" <VGiffin@egusd.net>

I am still wearing the bracelet of M/SGT Douglas Dailey missing since 12-13-1968.  I obtained the bracelet shortly after that if memory serves me correctly.  Do you have any other information on him?  I read his bio but I wanted to let somebody know that I am still wearing his bracelet.

Thank you,

Valerrie

Valerrie_giffin@yahoo.com


From: "Desiree' Evans" <desireeevans@ec.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006 10:21:33 -0500
I am a 47 year old woman, a native of and still living in NC.  I have worn a POW/MIA bracelet from the Vietnam war (Capt. Robert Jones 1/18/68)  since I was 13 years old.  I also have a bracelet from the Gulf War (MSGT Paul G. Buege USAF 1/31/91 Kuwait).  Today is Veteran's Day, and I always try to wear both on days like today.  My husband served in the Navy for 11 years. I have always supported our military (even as a 13 year old) and prayed for their safe return and an end to the violence.  I do not know how these very brave men and women live in conditions that they do during war time, and I admire their courage, selflessness and dedication.  I could never have done what these hero's do on a daily basis.  They all have my love, support, and deep admiration.  To the families as well, your sacrifices are deeply appreciated.  I pray that all of our men and women come home, safely, to the ones they love.  I for one, am so proud to be an American, and to know that our country is being taken care of by so many who give so much.  I love you all.  I wear my bracelets not only who I call "my guys", but for all who are serving both here and abroad.

Leigh Anne Shepard
Southport, NC
lashepard2005@yahoo.com

From: "Karen Patterson" <kspatterson47@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 22:04:15 -0500

Looking back, Fred Ransbottom was probably the best friend I've ever had.

I knew Fred during our years at Wright Junior High School and at Edison High School in Tulsa. I met him at a dance one night in a city park in the Brookside area that we lived in. I think we won a Twist copetition that night. We became close friends. He was at my house alot. And I remember being in his home at least once. In our Freshman year of high school, I moved to the Hale HIgh School area. Fred drove all the way across town, two times every day, to take me back and forth to Edison High, until the year ended.

The last time I saw him, was in Oklahoma City during our freshman year of college. I remember that we were sitting, facing each other in a booth somewhere.  

He was such a fine person. I have missed him so much. I've cried all this day, when I heard on the radio that he is finally returning to us.

The first time I visited the Wall, I discovered that my son had the same birthday as Fred. What a shock. It felt like Fred was there all along my life.

The last time I was at the Wall, I wanted to buy Fred's bracelet. When I went up to the kiosk, there was his bracelet sitting alone, right on the countertop starring at me!

When my husband was in the Army, I would read the Army Times. Somehow, articles about Fred would jump out at me...he had made a new rank, etc. Somehow there was always a connection with Fred.

They say that "love is the tie that binds" and unbidden, in so many times and ways, it is like he has reached out and touched me, letting me know he is nearby and watching.

The tears well up tonight and I look forward to his funeral and memorial service. I pray for his family and all the people, who loved him. We grieve. We miss him.

It has been an honor and a blessing to have him in my life.

Mrs. Ransbottom, I hope I can get in contact with you.

K. Patterson


From: "dyann" <dyannmal@chartermi.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 14:03:06 -0500

I have the bracelet of LT. ROGER INNES, MIA 12-27-67. If any surviving family members would like me to return this please contact me at dyannmal@msn.com.
 
My sister wore this my years ago. And I found it among her possessions. She sadly, is no longer with us. But never forgotten.
 
respectfully,
Dyann Malindzak-Goddard

Subject: POW bracelet
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 21:04:33 -0500
From: sknamna1@aim.com
I am writing not because I want to return a POW bracelet but because I want the family of SSG James M Ray to know I care. I have worn his POW bracelet for the past 25 years or so and daily I pray for his safe return. I also would like his family to know that just like them, I will never stop praying he comes home and I will never give up hope.

 

Warmly
   Joan Macleod
   sknamna1@aol.com
   West Kingston, RI

From: "macfam" <macfam@gforcecable.com>
Subject: Gregory Benton Jr.
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006 11:41:29 -0500

It is my sincere request that you forward this message to Mary Benton, if possible.  Her last identified address identified in her posting (pow52369@earthlink.net) on your web is "unknown"

Dear Mary,

I did not know your brother but, I am made to think of him every day.  With the exception of a short period of time, I have been wearing his bracelet since 1971.  During that short period of time (my bracelet was broken), I always felt that I was missing something that had become a part of me.

I check the web every once in a while in hope of some news.  I was happy to see the latest entry and hope that he is finally found and you can come to closure on your valiant quest.

I have tried to contact you in the past.  I hope that this message gets through.  If you are lucky enough to bring him home, with your permission, I will strongly consider making the trip to Arlington, .

Sincerely, I am

Greg McCallum, Aiken SC


Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2006 16:27:45 -0800 (PST)
From: Jennifer Graves <jazzmenjanay@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Patrick Curran
 
To whom it may concern
 
As a teenager I was very interested in the mia/pow and still am it angers me very much especially with the lives that we have lost due to the war we are in now...I was a junior in high school when I purchased my 3.00 red aluminum bracelet I even was able to contact Mrs. Curran a few times by mail and then my bracelet was misplaced, my mother passed away in March of 2006 and we found it....I read the story of the lady that send her bracelet to his crew mates son...if there is any family that you know of for Patrick Curran I would happily send my bracelet to them, or to Luther's son since his father was with Patrick when the incident happened.
 
 
Thank you for in advance for any information in which you may be able to give me
Jennifer J. Graves

From: "Jennie Ellis" <coors0426@msn.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 22:08:06 -0500
SP4 Randall "Shelley" Ellis April 18, 1969
 
I have been in the US Air Force for 13 years.  The military is a family tradition for us.  My grandfather (who was in the Army during WWII) passed away this past summer.  I hadn't known him very well because we lived very far apart.  I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time with him before he passed.  He told me stories of his time in the war and that made me realize that it was time for me to adopt a POW/MIA.  I went to a site and started looking at names.  I found Shelley's name and decided he was the one for me.  You see, my name is Jennie M. Ellis.  As soon as I received the bracelet, I put in on and then headed for the internet to see what I could find out.  I managed to find a picture of him and was rather startled.  He has my grandfathers ears and nose.  Unfortunately, my father and brother both have them too!  Now my family and I are trying to find out anything we can about Shelley and his family.  Could he be a long lost cousin???? 
Wether he is related or not, he will always be my "brother" and will never be forgotten.  I will wear his bracelet until he comes home. If anyone knows anything, please contact me.

Jennie Ellis
coors0426@msn.com

From: Homosassa5acres@wmconnect.com
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 08:16:31 EST

To the family of Robert M. Elliott; I still have his POW bracelet.  If his family would like to have it you can contact me at

      jeepmama89@hotmail.com

Leslie Ostergard

To: info@pownetwork.org
From: boo60 <boo60@aol.com>
Subject:  Lawrence B. Tatum
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 12:46:59 -0500

I wore the POW bracelet of Lawrence B. Tatum.  I got it when I was in grade school.  I've always wondered about him.  Today I did an exhaustive search on the internet and did find out a lot of info about him. I was thrilled. He attended Syracuse University, not far from my home in Buffalo.  I believe I read that he was a teacher, as am I. I am 46 now, the same age as he was when he disappeared.  I have always wanted to contact his family and tell them how I treasured that bracelet.  It unfortunately was cheaply made metal that broke in half, I remember I cried until a friend soldered in back together.   I would love to hear from a family member.  Please email be at boo60@aol.com.
 
Leila in Buffalo

From: "Northend Appraisal" <northend@lorettotel.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 16:30:11 -0600

I still have my bracelet from high school for PFC Oral Terry dated 5/3/68.  For some reason I went to the computer today and typed in his name not really expecting any results and was pleasantly surprised to see a profile come up!  It is so heart warming and at the same time so sad to see this on-going search still so active.  If I am still wondering about PFC Oral Terry I can only imagine how his family still wonders, especially now with the holidays here.  My Christmas wish for the family is for them to have some closure this year and I hope that they come across this e-mail and realize that someone else cares and still has their loved one in their thoughts and on their wrist.
 
Respectfully,
Jo Ann Peters - Hocking

From: Bowman, Michelle
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 8:29 PM
I have had my bracelet since the early 70's always wondering what happened to Major Merrill Lewis, I never could find his name on the memorial wall.  Today I found this website and found Major Lewis, he was a solo pilot  on 7/20/ 1966, his aircraft was hit and he was reported down.  His remains were not identified until 1989, I am beyond devastated.  I loved my bracelet and the hopes that someday I would return this to Major Lewis in person.  If any member of his family would like this bracelet I would be honored to mail it to you. I also have the blue sticke star  on it that I placed when he went missing.
Michelle Bowman 

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 12:04:22 -0600 (Central Standard Time)
From: "Marky Tucker" <matucker@opso.net>
Subject: Major John Conlon III
To:  Claire Evans, Dalls, PA
         Sister of Major John Conlon III
 
I was a junior in high school in California when your brother went down in South Viet Nam.  I received my POW/MIA bracelet in 1967 or 1968.  I wore his bracelet for 25 years and finally lost hope, I apologize for that. I put it in my jewelry box and then to a keepsake box. I never forgot about him, he  entered my thoughts many, many times throughout the last 15 years. I picked it up this morning and put it on so I would take time at work to see if anything new was posted since I last looked sometime last year. And I saw that John's remains had been found and returned and buried at Arlington. Good, Finally. Rest in Peace. I was also glad to see that others have worn his name through the years with better integrity than I. I will be happy to send you my bracelet or leave it at The Wall, next time I am in DC, which ever you prefer.
 
Yours in Deep Respect,
 
 
Marky Tucker
P.O. Box 1803
Monroe, LA 71210-1803

From: CSBurrisNJ@aol.com
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 16:26:23 EST
Subject: Capt.Frank Midnight

I hope this e:mail reaches someone in the family of Capt.Midnight. I have worn his bracelet for many years....
 
My name is Carol Burris and my e:mail address is CSBURRISNJ@aol.com
 
I will continue to pray for Frank and his family.

From: "Colleen Kelly" <ckelly@keypress.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 09:48:49 -0600
My Mother gave me a bracelet that she wore for about 20 years after the Vietnam war. I just returned from DC and was unable to find his name on the wall and just looked at your website and could not find his name there either. The only info I have is that he was PFC David Roe and went missing 8-28-1967. I was wondering if there was any other database I could search to see if he was brought home/ found/alive??? This is very important to me as I just buried my father at Arlington

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From: "The Castros" <castros@myeastern.com>
Subject: PFC David Roe
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 00:08:28 -0400
I am unable to find PFC David Roe (8-28-67) in the Biographies section.  I have had this bracelet since the early 70's.  Any help would be very much appreciated.
 
Thank you,
Kim Castro

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 18:14:41 -0500
From: "BILL ALEXANDER" <wh.alexander1@verizon.net>
I am trying to locate ANY relatives (wife, children, brothers, sisters) of:
 
S/SGT. (E-6) JAMES M. LUTTRELL
HOMETOWN: FAYETTEVILLE,N.C.
 
M.I.A. VIETNAM, 5/10/71
LATER VERIFIED ,2002 ,AS K.IA.
 
WE HAVE A WRIST BRACELET WE GOT BACK IN 1971 WITH HIS NAME AND RANK AND DATE OF M.I.A.
 
WE WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT THIS TO HIS RELATIVES IF POSSIBLE.
 
IF YOU CAN GIVE US ANY INFO. AS TO HOW WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS, WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT.
 
THANK YOU.
WILLIAM H. ALEXANDER  

From: "Dan Breyfogle" <dan@breyfogle.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 07:46:00 -0600

I received the bracelet labeled Spec. 4 Arthur Wright, 2-21-67, while on active duty with the United States Air Force.  I wore it for so long that I wore all the chrome off the inside and now proudly display this in my office at work.  Many of the old vets who visit my office comment on their bracelets, wondering what ever happened to the bracelet they wore, others know their MIA’s name and rank and can tell me exactly where they’re bracelet is stored.  Sadly, many who enter my office have no clue what this bracelet stands for, and when I tell them I get very strange looks that can only be read as, “so what’s the point, that was so long ago?”

I have no idea if Arthur Wright will ever be found, or if anyone will know what happened to him.  But I know this, his sacrifice, like the sacrifice of so many young Americans, will never be forgotten by me as long as I live.  We lost that war, but not because our men weren’t brave or dedicated, but because so many American citizens didn’t have the stomach to do the right thing.  If any member of Mr. Wright’s family reads this please know that every time I see this bracelet I wonder about the man it represents.  I wonder where he came from, who were his parents, did he have siblings, was he married, and did he have children.

When my mother passed away she left a letter behind to be read at her funeral.  In it she said, “As long as there are those to tell stories of me and my life I will live on, I do not die until I am forgotten.”  And so as I write this I am thinking about the man that this bracelet represents, and it is my hope that my few meager words will help in a small way to let his family know that Arthur lives on in my mind, wherever he is and regardless of what has happened since February 21, 1967.

Sincerely,

Dan Breyfogle


Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 20:48:53 -0600 (Central Standard Time)
From: "Rox" <roxana@stx.rr.com>
Subject: My bracket

I just came across my POW bracket that I wore in my world travels in 1972. Now that there is the Internet I thought I could just google and find out whatever happened to him.  He is not listed on your index of names.  This was before the days of phonies.
 
My bracket says :  1 Lt Rick Blake    11-4-70.  I met many people who also bought bracelets at that time.
 
What can I do?