LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


Subject: Love Letters
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 08:57:44 -0500
From: "Lynne Cornwell" <LCornwell@enerteck.net>

I have a POW bracelet for W/01 Luis Holguin 1-3-71 and have had this bracelet since the Vietnam War. He is still listed as MIA and was wondering if you have any current information.  Thank you for your assistance.

Lynne Cornwell


From: "Janice Thompson" <thompson.trio@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 11:33:27 -0400
Dearest Family Members and/or Friends of
SGT. CHRISTOPHER GROSSE JR. (03.28.68)
I am honored to have had this bracelet for almost 40 years now (since High School) and in my heart I have referred to it as my "Band of Gold" and it has always been one of my most treasured possessions.
Your loved one will not be forgotten and will be in my memory as a wonderful soldier who served his country in honor.
I purchased this bracelet when my boyfriend was serving in Viet Nam as I cared very deeply for all of our troops serving.
My boyfriend did come home and we have been married for 38 years. Neither one of us has ever taken our lives for granted, knowing and understanding what it takes to have the freedoms we have have because of those serving.
As I recently read SGT. CHRISTOPHER GROSSE JR.'s bio, He still is and always will be in our prayers that he will come home someday.
Please, if you would like to contact us and/or would like his bracelet, you may contact us at: Thompson.trio@worldnet.att.net
May God Bless You!
Sincerely,
Bill and Janice Thompson
Martin, Michigan

Subject: Re:  Sgt. David Erickson- POW
Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 14:20:50 -0400
From: schuyler17@aol.com
I have a POW bracelet with Sgt. David Erickson's name on it.  I would love to return it to his family.  I have had it since the 70's and have thought of him often over the years.
 
Please help me in getting this bracelet back to his family members.  GOD BLESS all of the POW's and their families.
 
Thanks!
 
Susan M. Schuyler
Highland, IN 
schuyler17@aol.com

Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 06:06:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dawn Bloom <dawn.bloom@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Major Charles Alva Dale

Dear Loveletters,
 
I have had the POW/MIA bracelet of Major Charles Dale since the summer of 1969.  I was a young girl at the
time and it was the height of the summer of love.  My brother and my fiance had just returned from Nam.
There was a large bucket of bracelets on display in the boutique I had entered and he idea was to just
reach your hand in and pull out the first one you touched, for some reason I wanted to pick my own, I
landed on the Major's bracelet and pulled it out.
 
I wore his bracelet for many years and when the boys started  coming home I scoured the lists of men who
were returning but did not find his.  I continued wearing the bracelet until we started searching for
our boys remains in Vietnam years later when the Vietnam government agreed to allow it.  By then I was
sure he was probably dead.  Again nothing.
 
Back in 1996 I did a search on his name on the POW/MIA website and learned about the mystery surrounding my
POW/MIA.  It seems he was shot down probably during a surveillance mission with another soldier, spotted a
couple of times and then never seen again, until 1987, when evidence was found of a large number of Americans
being held in China and were the property of pro-China Vietnamese officials, Charles Alva Dale was seen
serving as a houseboy to one of these officials.
 
My horror at the thought that this proud American Hero could possibly still be alive and being used in such a
manner fills me with anger.  I want to shout from the mountain tops at the unfairness of such an event and
pray, to my shame, that he died with dignity rather then was reduced to live as someone's slave.
 
I've resolved that I will never know for sure what happened to this proud American Hero and pray his
family has found some peace in their hearts.  I can't imagine how I could have ever gotten over it if my
brother and fiance had something happen to them like this. I want his family to know that someone else out
here has thought of their loved one all these years and will continue to pray for his soul.  I will not forget.
 
I have visited the moving wall twice and always look for his name, I know the idea of the bracelet is to
wear it until the soldier comes home or we learn of his fate, I've decided the next time I visit one of
the moving walls I will place his bracelet along with a copy of his story from the website at the wall so
all who visit can read about this brave American Hero who went to war for our freedom and gave his life in
the most horrific way anyone can.
 
GOD BLESS Major Charles Alva Dale, I pray he rests in peace somewhere.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Dawn Bloom
Canton, Michigan

From: "bensonba" <bensonba@cox.net>
Subject: LoveLetters to the family of Lt. Douglas Ferguson
Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 18:08:19 -0500
I begun to wear the POW/MIA bracelet representing your brother just shortly after leaving the military. As a veteran I wear it in honor of those who have gone before me and their families. Recently, I held a position as counselor for at risk youths and it made me proud to share the history of the bracelet and why I wear it. Frequently, I am also asked by strangers what the bracelet means and I take full advantage to remind them that we have fallen/missing military members who have not yet made it home.
 
Please continue to advocate for our missing and though I am not able to do more, I hope that, in simply wearing this bracelet in honor of your family member, I can continue to educate my neighbors.
 
With deep respect,
AnnMarie Benson, USAF

From: "Jason Mackey" <vbch_emt@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2007 14:08:49 -0500
To the family and friends of SSgt William C. Shinn
 
My name is Jason and I wanted to tell you that I have been a POW/MIA supporter since I was six years old.  I was given my first bracelet at that age and I was privileged enough to go to that soldiers funeral and present the braclet to the family.  When I was in the Air Force, my First Sergeant heard the story of my first bracelet and presented me with a new bracelet.  It was SSgt Shinn's.  I have NEVER taken it off, it makes think there is a part of him always with me.  I would like to let you know that if there is ANYTHING I can do to help, let me know.  You can contact me by e-mail at this address: vbch_emt@hotmail.com.

Jason Mackey
EMT-B

Date: Sun, 20 May 2007 20:54:59 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
From: "Linda" <mtsea@gwi.net>
Subject: Cdr James Griffin 5/19/67

I have a copper bracelet with Cdr Griffin's name on it which I purchased during the Vietnam War and found tucked away in my jewelry box.
 
I scrolled down hoping to find his name not there....but I see from your site that his remains were returned to his family.
 
I don't know how many were circulated, but would be happy to send it to a family member if they would like it.
 
Feel free to have them contact me at this email     mtsea@gwi.net

Thank you, Linda Lee

Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 20:44:11 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
From: "bj_nona" <bj_nona@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Capt. W.W. Hail
I bought a bracelet with Capt.  Hail's name on it and wore it for many years.  Just recently a friend, who is attending West. Point, showed me a similar bracelet, new of course.  How can I ... contact his family.  thanks bj

From: "Leslie Spencer" <lala42352@comcast.net>
Subject: Joseph T. Kearn's Bracelet
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 16:43:42 -0400
To the Family of Joseph T. Kearns
Sea Girt, NJ
Date Missing June 3, 1967
 
I have had my bracelet now for 35 years with the name of Joseph T. Kearns from New Jersey!!  I can't believe that much time has passed.  I don't recall how the bracelets were assigned back in 1972, but it turns out that the family of Joseph lived very close to me, and when his mother received my letter, she actually called me on the phone.  I was amazed, honored and so touched by her kindness.  It was right around the holidays, and that wonderful woman actually sent her son to my home with a gift.  I'll never forget it.  As it turns out, Joseph's brother and I had previously attended the same high school.  Such a small world.
Although I treasure the bracelet, I would happily return it to his family.  If any of them are reading this site and would like the return of his bracelet, you may contact me at lala42352@comcast.net.
 
Leslie Spencer
Brick, NJ

From: L8yblue@aol.com
Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 22:00:45 EDT
Subject: Loveletters:  Michael L. Batt

Hello,
I'm writing about Michael L. Batt.  I wore his bracelet for a long time, but had to put it away when it became impossible to wear at work.  But I've never forgotten him, and his bracelet remains safely in my jewelry box on top of my dresser.  Over the years when I've visited the Wall in Washington, I have always found his name (on Panel W29), and wondered if his family ever received any news.  About two weeks ago, I was back in the D.C. area, visiting family, and in conversation about Keith's bracelet realized that there might be a way to track down more information. 
 
That led me to this website, and here I find the news that his remains were ID'd and returned in July, 2005.  If anyone in his family (Defiance, OH) reads this, and would like to have this bracelet back, please let me know.  If not, I'll continue to keep it as a remembrance of his bravery and his sacrifice. 
 
Thank you.
Linda Woodard
 

Linda L. Woodard
P. O. Box 594
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
L8yblue@aol.com


Subject: 1st Lt. Sammy A. Martin USAF
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 02:33:04 -040
From: <deniedparty@ups.com>

Hello,

My name is Samantha Scaglione and I am former Air Force; when I joined in 1995, after Basic Training I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet.  On my bracelet, I have 1st Lt. Sammy A. Martin, who went MIA 27 December 1967 in North Vietnam.  Lt. Martin has been with me everyday since 1995, he has even walked me down the isle, because I have not removed the bracelet (except when I have had surgery).  According to the records, his plane went down over the water and he slipped out of the rescue harness and fell back into the water, and was never recovered.  He is presumed deceased.  1st Lt. Martin was only 25, but is completely possible that he might have had a wife and children.  I know that if it were my father (luckily for me he came back); I would like to have his POW/MIA bracelet for my children and myself.  I have no idea how to find out if he did, if he didnít, he might have had brothers and sisters, or his parents are still alive, if so, I would like offer to them Lt. Martinís bracelet.  Would you all be able to help me make this offer possible?  Itís not that I want to be rid of my bracelet, because I donít, I have become attached to Sammy Martin, but I am sure that his family is a bit more attached to him than I am.  Thank you for reading this e-mail, and thank you for trying to help me.   

With kindest regard,

Samantha Scaglione


From: Jesstom1979@aol.com
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 18:09:06 EDT
Subject: Loveletter for LCDR Michael J. Estocin USN (now Capt. USN)
Dear Family of LCDR Estocin,
 
   I have had the MIA bracelet for this brave American hero for about 40 years.  Recently, I found a website and decided to find out about him.  I was both astonished at his courage in his receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in the face of grave danger and remorseful at the same time.  I just wanted you to know that he will not be forgotten by me; LCDR Estocin has been a member of my family as well for the past 40 years.  I pray that one day you will have peace regarding him and that he finds his way home.
 
Sincerely, and with a great deal of love and respect,
 
Jessica E. Johnson

From: "Mary Kuss" <3292455@military.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2007 18:37:21 -0500
Dear Sir and/or Ma'am,
 
I am a Retired Naval Petty Officer (22y6m21d continuous service) and have had my MIA/POW Bracelet since early 1990 when I was stationed at Adak Alaska.

I would like to know if you have an update on MY Soldier.  His name is:
                                   Cpl Walter Pierce, US Army
                                    Missing on 11-02-1950
                                    During the Korean Conflict
 
I would be very interested in any information you can provide me as I am also a member of the American Legion Post #499 in Gordon WI.  I will be bringing before the Post the information on the Bracelets and hopefully add my  Post to the effort to remember OUR missing Americans.
 
Thank you for your help in this.
 
Mary Kuss
USN Retired

 

If you are able, please pass to the families of both Pierce's (Vietnam and Korea) that I am still wearing my bracelet that I applied for while on Active Duty stationed on Adak Alaska in 1988.  I will add the second Soldier to my prayers and light a candle in his memory beside my 'possible Uncle'.

 


From: "adv" <adv@newstrib.com>
Subject: Lt. Col. John W. Armstrong
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 15:56:57 -0500
June 15, 2007 - I was 9 years old(1969) when I first read about and wanted to order a POW bracelet.  I didn't fully understand the war or what it was all about, but I wanted to get a bracelet.  I wore it for a long time, but as time past, I put it in my jewelry box and later, I got rid of it.  Many years later, I visited a "Moving Wall" in a town nearby.  I spoke to one of the veterans and explained that as a kid, I didn't realize what it all meant, but as an adult, I understood the impact of  Vietnam, the sacrifices that were made and the meaning behind the bracelets.  I regret not holding on to it.  Through the years, I always remembered the name on my bracelet, Lt. Col. John W. Armstrong.  We located his name on the wall and it really touched me.  I immediately ordered a replacement bracelet and I still have it.  I came across this website and printed out the Bio.  It includes a name and e-mail for Thomas K. Armstrong, his son.  I just want to say, that I never knew the man, but I never forgot the name, Lt. Col. John W. Armstrong and often think of him and his family.  Thank you all for giving so much!  puddytat@insightbb.com

From: "Judy Richman" <samscycle@gpcom.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 20:46:03 -0600

I have had the POA braclet of Capt. Howard Rutledge 11-27-65 since my High Schools days of the early 70's. I finally found information on him on your website.
I would be honored to return the bracelet to his family if they so wish. Please contact me if possible. I wore this bracelet and prayed for him. I am glad that he had a life returning from the war. Blessings to all of you.
Judy Richman
Huntley Nebraska
Thank you!

Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 12:17:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: its none of ur bsness <tigersfunnyface2@yahoo.com>
Subject: Larry Zich

I am writing this letter for my mom, she is a Navy Veteran. I am trying to find information on Larry Zich MIA 04/1972 and any family he may have. She wants to write a letter to the family letting them know that she adopted him in 1973 and since has worn his bracelet everyday and prayed for him and his family. If you could help I would be very grateful.
 
sincerely
Sandra Lambert

From: "belinda Duke" <venusskye@earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 23:29:05 -0500
My maternal grandmother purchased a bracelet and would pray for this soldier everyday for his safe return home.....she wore the
bracelet 24/7 until her death a couple years ago....I now wear this precious bracelet ; and like my grandmother, continue to pray for
his family to see him walk through their door one day.
The inscription is that of SPEC 5   WADE GROTH  2-12-68
My father also served as a  Ranger/ Paratrooper during the Vietnam War.......He met my mother who, while in high school sent out
letters to the troops; he received her letter and therefore became pen pals. They finally met and married........I was born in Sept. 1969.
I'll continue to wear this bracelet and ask the Lord to be with his family until he's found and able to bring the Groth family peace of mind.
If his family sees this Love Letter of mine and wishes to contact me..........PLEASE email me at: venusskye @ earthlink.net.
God Bless Our Soldiers,  Belinda Duke

From: "MATTHEW & CODELE LURKER" <lurkfam@msn.com>
Subject: Remains returned home
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 02:32:54 -0600
I have recently discovered that the remains of Glenn D. McCubbin were returned to the United States in 2006.  Until a few years ago, I have been wearing the POW/MIA bracelet for fifteen years.  After years of wear and tear while on active duty in the Air Force and now in the Auxiliary, the bracelet finally broke in two pieces.
 
Over the years, I continued to check your website and other listings searching for his status.  Now that his remains have been returned, I would like to send the bracelet to his surviving relatives.  Would it be possible for your organization to put me in contact with them?  After delivering his bracelet to his family, I plan on ordering another bracelet to keep up the fight.  Thank you for your assistance.
 
 
MATTHEW R. LURKER Sr., Capt, US CAP
Commander

Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 16:46:56 -0700
Subject: Capt James E. Hamm
From: "Marylata E. Jacob" <marylata@socal.rr.com>
To the family and friends of Capt. James Edwards Hamm:
 
My father was an AF Lt. Col. B17 pilot in WWII and an airbase commander until his retirement. My older brothers both served in the Vietnam War, one as an army Gunship pilot and the other, an airplane mechanic in the Air Force.  My nephew is currently an AF Lt. Col. and pilot. For over thirty
years, in support of our military men and women in harm's way, I have kept the bracelet for Capt. James Hamm, MIA. All I've known about this airman, has been limited to his name and date on a nickel bracelet.  Yet, in all these years, I have always held him in my heart and prayers.
 
Today, I took my 12 year old son to experience the traveling Vietnam Wall memorial, here in North Hollywood, California.  He carefully traced Capt.
James' name onto a paper provided by a helpful Vet.

My son, through the use of the internet, found information on his courageous service and his awarding of the Silver Star. To those who are nearest and
dearest to Capt. Hamm, know he has not ever been forgotten, and now my son will carry his memory on.
 
My prayers continue for Capt. Hamm and those closest to him,

Respectfully,
Marylata E. Jacob
West Hills, California

Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 22:46:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tamara Carpenter <tgirl09@sbcglobal.net>
Looking for friends and family of Paul L Foster 29 Dec 67  Laos and Craig L Hagen 10 Jun 65 SVN
My name is Tamara Carpenter and I have been the proud wearer of these two honorable mens bracelets. I have been wearing them since 1992 when I was 15 yrs old. I wore my 'orginial' set until they both became so worn that one broke in two. I never take them off, through high school sports, where I would tape them to my wrists, to now, they stay on through everything. They were off once, during a surgery, but were put back on by my mother before I even woke up in the recovery room.  Around 1997, I ordered two more bracelets with their names on them. It was then that I found that Paul's remains were found, identified, and buried 1995. I still wear both bracelets, in honor of their memory. I would be honored if there were any family members of either men, that would like my original set as well as my current bracelet for Paul, as he is home were he belongs.
Please email or write.
 
TGirL09@sbcglobal.net   P.O. Box 3, Bakersfield, CA 93308

Thanks, Tamara   (proud sister of 3 current Majors in the US Army, and 'brothers' Craig and Paul)


From: Tstoneage@aol.com
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 11:49:42 EDT
To the family of Sgt. Edward Beck,
 
My Mom had my bracelet for Sgt. Beck, she just passed away and I found it with her bracelet.  I looked up the information and realized Sgt. Becks birthday is July 7.  He would be 60 years old.   My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 
 
Debbie 

From: "Judith Hejny" <Jjhejny@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 09:18:55 -0500

To the Family of Major Robert Rausch,
 
I found this website and had to write.  I got my bracelet in grade school at church.  I remember it cost three dollars!  I was probably in fourth grade.  I wore it until it broke in half.  I saved it for years but don't know where it is now, unfortunately.  I never forgot his name, though.  I would look in the newspapers every time they listed names of those recovered or returned.  I never saw his name anywhere until I was in Washington at the memorial this last September.  After watching the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown we went to the Wall memorial.  I will never forget the moment of seeing his name in the directory.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, who like Major Rausch, paid the ultimate sacrifice.  God Bless You.
Judi
God Bless America
Home of the Free because of the Brave!

From: Lightningmom1977@aol.com
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 19:50:22 EDT
Subject: S/Sgt. Klaus Scholz
I have had my bracelet with SSGT. Scholz's name on it for many years. I just found out from this website that his remains were declared identified several years ago. If his family wants his bracelet, I will be happy to send it them. Otherwise I will leave it at the moving wall or may even take it to DC and leave it at The Wall.  I am proud to have  had the bracelet of this brave soldier and thank him and his family for the sacrifices made for our country. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.
 
Sincerely,
B. Pitts

Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2007 17:29:44 -0400
From: Yellowelephant <info@yellowelephant.com>

We still have a bracelet with Spec. 5 Craig Dix 3-17-71  name on it. Is it possible for us to directly contact his family? How would we go about it?

We also had one that was returned to another soldier when he safely returned home. My husband was an officer who served in Viet Nam so we are particularly interested in and sensitive to the families.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

Benita Maller


From: "fredia28" <fredia28@windstream.net>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Subject: cwo 3 officer john floyd hummel
my name is donna thomas, i live in corbin ky. i am very  proud to wear the bracelet of cwo 3 officer john floyd hummel, i have been wearing it since 1971 when he went missing. i have visited the memorial wall and it brought tears to my eyes, because i appeciate our men and woman who have served and died for my country. i would like any info if any, about my soldier i so deeply admire and think of everday.     thankyou.

From: Teri Layne <terilayne@mac.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007 19:16:03 -0700
To the family of SFC Ricardo Davis,
     I still have the POW bracelet I got when I was 9 years old in  1960.  I remember writing a letter to Mr. Davis' wife, and she wrote 
a very nice return letter, which I'm SURE I still have, but is in  storage somewhere.  I would love to know how she's doing, and let her 
know that I think of her husband often.
     If any family members would like to email me, please do so 
at:   terilayne@hotmail.com.      I'd love to hear from you!!
 

From: "Russ Kleinbauer" <rekb@atmc.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 02:04:48 -0400
Hello,
 I have had a bracelet for Capt. Edwin Goodrich Jr.( missing 3-12-67) for almost forty years. I wore it for several years, but at the time did not realize the true meaning of all that was going on in the world. I'm ashamed to say I was young and in my own little world as were a lot of us.
In recent years, when I opened my jewelry box and saw his name on the bracelet, I would think of him ( and still do) and what he gave up for us.
I discovered that he was returned home in 1985.
I hope his family was proud of him.
RIP, Edwin and Thank you
Marlene

Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 21:01:16 -0600
From: "Vicki Landers" <jackpotvicki2@gmail.com>

To the family of Spec.5 Ronald Paschall MIA since 4-2-72


I have just today found a website with information on Bracelets worn for MIA's.  Thirty five years ago I remember walking into a large community civic center in Bakersfield, california.  I had graduated in 1968, and had many friends that had been shipped off to Vietnam.  I was very emotional about all of this as my Dad was an ex-Marine and we grew up in a family whom was very respectful of the military.  I felt very compelled to go and select a bracelet, and wear it with pride for a soldier who had put his life on the line, and his honor to support his country.  Many nights and days have gone by that Ronald was thought about.  I prayed every time a list came out he would be on it. My sister and I both wore our bracelets with for several years without ever removing them.  The time came when I had to do this and I cried.  I had developed a terrible rash from the metal in the bracelet and my arm had literally started bleeding at times because it became so raw.  However, even after removing it  I always had a safe place for it and often took it out just to look at it, and wonder if Ronald had ever come home. I just wanted someone in his family to know he has always been a part of my life.  I still pray for your comfort and the hopes you will know how proud of him I am.  It means alot to me to think maybe someone in his family will know I still look at his bracelet with pride and hopefully maybe you could tell me something about your son, brother, dad or friend.  Thank you, and may God bless.

Vicki Lynn Landers

From: "Maria Ferreras" <maria@armour.vi>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 10:30:15 -0400

To the family of St/Sgt David S.Demmon, 6-9-65, I have had your son/brotherís bracelet since 1972. I am now a grandmother and have considered this bracelet an honored and valuable piece of my life. I also visited the Vietnam Memorial and got an engraving of Davidís name which is now framed in my office. Many people have inquired over the years when they have seen the name on my wall. I also run a memorial each year on the anniversary of his disappearance in our local newspaper, in his honor. I hope you find this message and know that your son/brother has been remembered after all these years for his service to us all by a stranger. All my thoughts are with you.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Maria Ferreras, St.Thomas , US Virgin Islands

maria@armour.vi


Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 16:30:24 -0400
From: <dixfamily@charter.net>

Hi!
Um, I didn't know how else to put my story on you website, soo... this! My boyfriend got this bracelet from a kid on his bus who didn't want it. The kid didn't know who the POW was, (Capt. C. Scott Harris 2/28/69), so I thought I'd try and find out myself. See if he was a war hero and how he may have died! I came across your website and read a letter talking about the same bracelet as mine! I'm not sure if the family may be looking for it, I just thought I'd check! Please help to get my message out!
                ~bracelet owner

 


From: jessmrgn@comcast.net (Jesse)
Subject: William P Milliner
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 01:44:35 +0000
To the Milliner Family:  In the early 70's I wanted to wear a POW/MIA bracelet to show my support for the soldiers we needed to bring home.
I requested the bracelet of a soldier from my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. 
 
I received your son's bracelet.  I wore it faithfully for at least 20 years then removed it because I broke my wrist and it just didn't "feel right" on the other arm.  So I wrapped it in cloth and put it away in a safe place.
 
A few days ago I put the bracelet back on.  It "feels right".  I plan on wearing your son's bracelet indefinitely, unless you would like it returned to you.  I would be more than happy to give your son's POW/MIA bracelet to you if you want it. 
 
You can contact me at:  jessmrgn@comcast.net
 
God bless William and his family.
 
~Jesse~

Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 20:55:54 -0400 (EDT)
From: JOE ROBERTS  <joedebb@embarqmail.com>
     A week ago the traveling VietNam wall came to Bellefontaine, Ohio  43311.  I have a POW/MIA bracelet that I wore in high school, more that 35-40 years ago.  I took it to the wall and they looked the name up in the books, but it was no where to be found.  They advised me to check on the internet, and my sister helped me find the name and to my surprise my POW survived and was released in Feb. 12th, 1973!!!!  The bracelet is inscribed with the name of Capt. Murphy Jones  6-26-1966.  We have checked out the internet and found a lot of information about Mr. Jones.  Is there anyway that you could get my email address or postal address to him?  I would love to send him a personal note.....he is truly a HERO, and has been in my thoughts and prayers for many years.  The info I have said that he is retired and that he and his wife live in Louisiana....I would greatly appreciate any information that you could send my way....

                                                                                                    Sincerely, Debbie Roberts

                                                                                                    joedebb@embarqmail.com


Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 23:32:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: allyson byers <violette_poisson@yahoo.com>

My mother has had the POW/MIA bracelet for Captain Joseph Fanning since the early 70's. She would like to find out more about Captain Fanning and would like very much to return the bracelet to his family. If someone should happen to read this and has any information please let contact me.
Thank you,
Allyson Byers
violette_poisson@yahoo.com

Subject: SFC James Daniel Williamson
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 11:18:10 -0700
From: "McIntyre, Bruce W" <bruce.w.mcintyre@boeing.com>

To whom it may concern:
 
Yesterday it was announced that the remains of SFC Williamson were identified.  I have been wearing his bracelet since 1991 when our
chapter of VVA, Chapter 690, was formed.
 
I would like to return this bracelet to any remaining family members.
How would I do this?

Bruce W. McIntyre

Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2007 15:01:54 +0000
From: "Elliott, Debora" <c-debbie.elliott@verizonbusiness.com>

While going through some of my old things that I had collected over the years, I came across my POW bracelet, the name on the bracelet is LCDS Michael Quinn.  I decided to go online to see if I could find out about any information about Michael and if he was ever found.  I understand that Michael was never found and his name has been engraved on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC . I came across this wonderful site that I am entering this letter from and I am hoping that I can locate someone from Michaelís family as I would like to give them my POW bracelet as a keepsake.

Debbie Elliott

Elbert , Colorado 80106

deb_d_elliott@yahoo.com


Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 18:34:41 -0400
From: "Marnie Bauman" <marnie.bauman@gmail.com>
Subject: loveletters-POW MIA William Forman

August 12, 2007               

To the family of William Stannard Forman

I was looking through some old papers and memorabilia today and came across the MIA POW bracelet that I wore for so many years so long ago ~ 40 years ago.  The name on the bracelet was  LCDR William Forman ~ date missing 01/22/1966.  I was 16 years old when I received William Forman's bracelet.  I often wondered what happened to William and just today, with the miracle of the Intranet, I saw his face and plane and read about his story and how he and his crew members went missing over the Gulf of Tonkin.. 

I remember when the war was so called "over" people were asked to send their bracelets to "somewhere" so that a monument could be constructed with these bracelets.  I could not let mine go, because I always knew there would be a connection.  Now, I hope I can connect with a family member of William Forman so that I can give them the bracelet that I wore for so many years.   Warmest Regards,

Marnie Bauman

Please email me at marnie.bauman@gmail.com


From: eadndniee@netzero.com
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 08:40:20 -0500

I have a bracelet I received and wore in the early 1970's with the name of Sgt. David Erickson with the date of 3/16/68.

I would like to know if David Erickson has any family that I could correspond with so that I could get additional information on him. Can you

pls advise how I may go about doing that.  He has been on my mind for years and I finally took the time to browse the internet and found that he
was only 18 years old at the time he went missing in action.
 
May God Bless all the Vietnam soldiers and present day military for keeping the US Safe!

 Anne H. Gardner

From: Opened4u@aol.com
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 15:04:27 EDT
Subject: Steven H. Adams bracelet for Bruce Adams

Found in Gloucester, Va.  and a few years back. The print is really faded. we often wondered who he was. Our friend was born on Oct. 18 and has since past on. We keep the bracelet in our china cabinet thinking of
these people every day. My husband served in Vietnam in 1966-1967.Some records state your brother was an E-7 some an E-3. I don't know what the bracelet means as they still make them for any name you choose. But if it does belong to you it's yours .I was glad to find out someone was looking for it How many responses did you receive? You can return any comments to this e-mail address.
                opened4u@aaol.com  my name is tricia

From: "barbara plumley" <b_plumley@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 23:21:22 +0000
I have two POW/MIA bracelets that I would like to return to the families of the soldiers.
The names are:  Capt. Thomas Amos
                       Maj. Roger Carroll Jr.
 
  Thank you for your help.

B. Plumley

From: "NLaino" <NLaino@bwkip.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2007 20:17:11 -0400

To the family of Lt. Charles Morley:
    I just wanted to drop a note to you to let you know that I have worn Lt. Morley's POW bracelet since I got it back in 1970. I had no idea until tonight that his remains had been id'd back in 1999. I am so sorry for your loss.
    If you would like Lt. Morley's bracelet back, please contact me by email at winetka2@yahoo.com , and know that Lt. Morley will remain in my prayers just as he has all these years. God bless you.
                                       Sincerely,
                                       Nancy Laino

Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 07:06:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: BornToPamper <indyvictoria@sbcglobal.net>

I have in my possession a POW bracelet with the name of James Salley Jr.  I would like to correspond with a
relative if one can be located.
 
Thank You.
 
Dianne V. Allen

From: "J Krumm" <jkrumm@houston.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 08:23:51 -0500

How do you begin to express a name that has never left your heart no matter how old you may be.  Friends come and go and the names just fade away of a distant memory and you ask yourself, ďwhat was that persons name?Ē

A name that never has left my memory is of a man who I never saw. Never spoke with.  His name was Capt. Jerry D. Driscoll.  I am very proud to have worn his band around my wrist.  I buried this band when I was a High School Student.

It had broken in half because we were unable to were our bands in gym class.  It broke my heart and I felt very separated from him.  His wrist band remains buried along with other treasures of my childhood back in a little town in Kansas

Today I have found the Capt. Driscoll had returned home to his family.  My Blessing and Love to you. 

My son is in the Navy.  I ask God every day to Bless and Protect our love ones who are protecting our country.

God Bless You Capt. Jerry D. Driscoll.

J.krumm@houston.rr.com


From: "PD Poindexter" <pd@granitepeaktrans.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 15:23:00 -0600

I have worn Captain James Eugene Steadman (USAF) bracelet since 1980. 

I, at that time was dating a Air Force Veteran and saw the bracelet in his jewelry box.  I asked him about it (as I wasnít really of that era) and he explained to me what a POW / MIA bracelet was.  My next question was ďCan I wear it?Ē and I have it worn everyday since.  I pray for Capt. Steadman peaceÖand for the peace he gave me.  He can never be thanked enough. 

Every anniversary of his loss ( 26 November 1971) I say a special prayer and know he is watching over me.

P.D. Poindexter

pd@granitepeaktrans.com


From: Diane.Mayo@judiciary.state.nj.us
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 14:45:26 -0400
Is there a way to contact the family to see if they would like a pow-mia bracelet that I have had for 35 years? His name is Spec. 5 Berman Ganoe Jr.

Thank you Diane Mayo


From: cheryl caskey <cherrie1960@hotmail.com>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 09:39:11 -0500

Dear John G. Dunn and family-
 
I have had my bracelet since I was 14 years old.  I am now 47. It finally broke a few years ago but I still have it. I remember how I felt when I first put it on, and have wondered and searched for any news of your release. I happened on the website and found that you came home. What a wonderful feeling it gave me.
 
I grew up not far from your home town of Hutch,  in the little town of Valley Center, Ks.  I have proudly visited the moving wall, many times, with my children- I wanted to be sure they understood just how many young men sacrificed for our country. One time it was in El Dorado Kansas and  looked for your name and was thankful it was not there. Who knows? Maybe we stood side by side and cried silently together as we realized the magnitude of loss.
 
Now that I know you came home, I have ordered a new bracelet, for another of our brothers that is still not home. We proudly fly the POW- MIA flag on our cars and our home.
 
Reading you Bio, has enriched my life , wearing your name, forever changed me.
 
God Bless !
Cheryl Caskey

From: Pambaty@aol.com
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 17:39:46 EDT

 Major Harold Lineberger - 1-29-71
Dear Family & friends,
Back in high school I bought a pow/mia bracelet. I wore it from the summer of 1971 and took it off on 3/28/1972. Through the years I have always remembered Major Lineberger in my prayers. It has been amazing how my bracelet has had such a powerful impact on my thoughts thru the years. I thank God for all the brave Men & Women that have and are serving our country, the truly real hero's of the world.
The family may contact me at hbtspam@yahoo.com
May God Bless you All

From: Redd441@aol.com
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 14:19:15 EDT
Subject: re: Col. Robert R Dyczkowski
To The Family of Colonel Robert R. Dyczkowski,
 
My name is Jim Kelly.  I served in Viet-Nam, with the Third Marine Division during 1968-1969.  Upon returning to civilian life I was approached by a WW II veteran friend who suggested that I consider wearing a POW bracelet, which I agreed was the right thing to do.
 
The bracelet I was assigned was in respect of Colonel Dyczkowski.  I wore his bracelet with pride and respect for a number of years.  I eventually removed it and placed it with a number of family memorabilia.
 
I recently retired and was going through these items and found the bracelet.  I searched the internet and found this site and thought I would attempt to return it to his loved ones.
 
I know the pain as I lost a number of friends during the war and understand if you have reached closure after
the Colonel's internment and do not wish to reopen old wounds.  If that is the case, I will return the Colonel's bracelet to the Wall in Washington D.C.
 
If you would like me to return the Colonel's bracelet to his surviving family please contact me at Redd441@aol.com
 
Respectfully,
 
Jim Kelly

Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 21:55:43 -0400
From: "maria going" <going03@gmail.com>
This letter goes to the family of Capt. Murray Borden, from N.C.
 
    I have had his bracelet since 1967 while I was in High School, in Michigan.  I keep it in my jewelry box where I can look
at it every time I go in there for something.  I found the information about him on the internet about P.O.W's.  I remember the
very first time I saw his name I got a lump in my throat.  Capt. Borden has been a part of my life for 40 years now.  I would
love it if someone in his family could write to me and tell me more about him.  I always wondered what he looks like, not that
it matters. I always thought of him as an older brother that I had never met. 
  Please, if there's anyone out there that knew Murray, please write to me.  I don't mean to cause any pain to anyone in
Murray's family.
 
Sincerely,
Maria Going
Michigan

From: Havranclan@aol.com
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 13:59:13 EDT
Subject: bracelet of Steve Musselman
I wore the bracelet proudly for several years, then put it away in my memory box.  During a recent move, I went through it again and found the bracelet.  I would like to know if they would rather that I keep it in remembrance, or, would like to have it for their own memories.
 
I have explained the significance of the bracelet to my children, and we researched the history.  In doing so, we found that LTJG. Steve Musselman remains were returned home in 1981.
 
My deepest sympathies to your family.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jane Havran

Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 14:21:34 -0400
From: "Rosalind Suit" <rosalind.suit@verizon.net>
To the Family of Capt. Ronald Briggs: 2-6-69:
 
For years my friend Ann M. Madden wore a bracelet for Capt. Ronald Briggs, and I'm sure she would be happy to know that his remains were buried at Arlington.  I have been trying to properly dispose of her items since her death in 2003, among them the bracelet she wore so long.  I would be most happy to send it to you.
 
R. Suit

October 17, 2007

To all Families of POW/MIA,

This December 15th, 2007 there will be a special ceremony taking place at Veteranís Cemeteries across our nation. Wreaths Across Americaô and the Civil Air Patrol, both non-profit organizations, invite you to join them in their mission to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve, and TEACH our children the value of freedom. Real evergreen holiday wreaths will be shipped from Maine to all participating Veteran Cemeteries for placement on veteran gravestones. The wreath laying ceremony will include seven special wreaths dedicated to each branch of the military: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIAís. For more information on this project and to find out where in your area it will be taking place, please see the website: http://www.wreaths-across-america.org/

I am looking for any family member of a POW/MIA living on the Big Island of Hawaii who would like to participate in the ceremony at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery I and II in Hilo and lay the special wreath for the POW/MIAís. Please contact me at the email address below.

For those of you living in other states, Iím sure the other participating state locations would also be honored to have you participate. Just go to the website given above, and then click on the ďLocationsĒ on the left and look for your state link. Contact information is listed for each Veterans Cemetery participating.

I feel privileged to be able to participate in a ceremony that Remembers and Honors the sacrifice and heartache your families are still enduring for our country!

Sincerely,

1st Lt. Barbara Cooper, PAO

Civil Air Patrol - Lyman Field Composite Squadron

Hilo , Hawaii

(808) 896-8118 cell

Barbara.cooper@helcohi.com


From: "april havrey" <aprilr33@frotniernet.net>
Subject: M/SGT Marshall Kipina
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 14:12:32 -0400

I am 40 years old. My mother got an MIA bracelet when I was just a very small child it has the name M/SGT Marshall Kipina on it. Oct 22 to Oct 24 I was in DC with my children on a school trip. I have always wondered what ever happened to the man on the bracelet as I called him as a child.. Even though we never knew him when I found his name on the wall on Monday evening I began to cry. Just the thought of his family not getting to say goodbye to him. I want his family to know my family will never forget about him I will keep and pass down the bracelet to my daughters and make sure that they understand what that war meant to everyone in this country.

April Harvey, West Virginia


From: "Kenchington" <carmenkench@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 13:02:02 -0400

Re: Maj Darel Leetun
 
To the Family of Maj. Darel Leetun, I was cleaning out some things in my basement and came across the bracelet I bought just after I got of college. I had tried to learn of his fate several times before but with no luck, until I did an internet search today.  Now that he has been identified I would like to return the bracelet. 
 
Please accept my condolences.  I am sorry for your loss. They were all heros.
 
 
Hank Kenchington

From: "Neecie Herndon" <neecieherndon@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 11:49:49 -0400

Dear Family of John Martin,

I have a bracelet with Maj. John Martin 11-20-67 etched in it. Iíve had it since about 1972 or í73.  I have just recently found out his middle name and that he was promoted to Lt. Col.  Also found out that he was shot down on the date that is on my bracelet.  I went to see the ĎMoving Wallí yesterday and was not able to find his name on it.  This gave me hope.  It saddened me to have a message on our answering machine this morning telling me his full name and that he was a Lt. Col.  I guess thatís why I couldnít find his name.  I gave them the name John Martin and told them he was a Major.  Although it has been many years since his passing, I am still so sorry for your loss.  It is my understanding that we hold on to the bracelet until they all come home.  I understand his body was never recovered so I will hold on to that hope and the bracelet, but if for any reason you would like to have the bracelet, just let me know.  On the answering machine, I was also given the panel number and line in which I can find his name on the wall.  I hope to get back out there today to get a rubbing of his name.

Shine for Jesus!

Neecie

P.S.  I saw someone else had posted a note to you who also had a bracelet for John.  Now you know at least 2 other people who are holding on to that hope.


From: "Ginny Brandau" <ginnyb@hiwaay.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 12:10:16 -0500

I have a MIA bracelet for Capt Samuel Waters.  Please contact me if you would like to receive it. 
Ginny Brandau
Huntsville, Al

From: Hancock0705@aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 19:23:10 EDT
Subject: POW bracelet for John M. Bischoff
  While going through some old things, I found the above persons bracelet.  I would love to return it to his family.  Please email me @hancock0705@aol.com.  I just printed up his bio and was very touched by the service he gave to his country.
 

Subject: Re: POW bracelet for John M. Bischoff
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 19:40:33 -0400
From: hancock0705@aol.com

While going through some old things, I found the above persons bracelet.   I just printed up his bio and was very touched by the service he gave to his country.
I will not forget this soldier.  I was able to find some info about him and how he went missing.  I wish I could find a picture of him.

Please email me @hancock0705@aol.com.


Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
From: "Ann Battistone" <abattistone@cinci.rr.com>
Subject: original bracelets question
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2007 13:21:46 -0400

I have a bracelet for Lt. Nicholas Brooks Ė dated 1-2-70. A friend of my fatherís gave this to me in high school (Ď73-Ď75) and I have kept it ever since. I just found his name on your website and have learned of his death. My father was a German POW in WWII and I know what it would have meant to me and to him to know someone wore a bracelet for him and kept it all these years. If you know his family would like to have me send this bracelet to them, I would appreciate you letting me know.

Thank you,

Ann Battistone


From: "Nanette Vogel" <nlvogel@pacbell.net>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 07:34:57 -0800
To the family of Capt. Carlos Cruz
 
Dear Family,
 
I wore the bracelet bearing the name of Capt. Carlos Cruz for many years. I wish I could remember just when I got the bracelet but I'm uncertain. I can only say that I was a teenager and it was in the early- to mid-1970s. Some time after the war, I put it aside in a memory box and I am ashamed to say that I forgot about it for many years. However, I never forgot the name and date on the bracelet, Capt. Carlos Cruz, 12-29-67. I recently moved and decided to revisit some of the items I had packed away many years ago and came across the bracelet. My uncle, a WWII veteran (now deceased), gave it to me so seeing the bracelet again was emotional on many levels.
 
I immediately went to the web to try to find out what had happened and was saddened to learn the fate of Capt. Cruz. Somehow, as an idealistic teenager, I always thought he would come back. I would like you to know that the bracelet now sits on my desk and it serves as a reminder to honor a reminder to honor the memory and sacrifices made by Capt. Cruz. I would love to return the bracelet to a family member if that is your wishes or I will keep it near me, always remembering.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Nanette Vogel
Reno, NV

From: djoslin@ca.rr.com
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 22:16:28 EST

I have a bracelet that I wore for years of David Winters...4-21-67 .....I would gladly return it to some one in his family..
waiting for some information...
Donna


djoslin@ca.rr.com


From: Heidi Dedrick-Doherty <spammyho@hotmail.com>
Subject: Spec. 5 Craig Dix
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 13:17:03 -0500
Hi - my name is Heidi and I have had this young man's name on my wrist for 30 years.  On 10/4/77 I bought a POW/MIA bracelet with his name on it and the date 3/17/71.  Since you were supposed to keep the bracelet on until your soldier was found, since he was never found, I still wear it.
 
The first bracelet I had turned my arm green but I kept it on until I knew for sure (watching him on TV) that my soldier had arrived home safely.  (I believe his name was Capt. Leroy Stutz) Then in 1977 I bought a new one - thank goodness this one was made of different material and my arm's not green and it still rests on my wrist where it was placed so long ago.
 
If anyone knows anything about this young man or how I might reach a family member to let them know that there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him and the life he gave for our country.  Also, if anyone has a picture of him so that I could put a face to a name, that would be incredible.  After 30 years, to know what he looked like and maybe something more about him would be amazing.
 
Thanks for listening - Heidi.

Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 20:06:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Nancy Schow <nancyschow@sbcglobal.net>

I have a bracelet for Capt. Thomas Mitchell 5-22-68.
When I looked his name up it just says "photo" and
when I clicked on that I was able to read his story.
As of 1973 his status was still listed as Missing in
Action.  God bless him and his family.

Nancy Schow
Lomita, CA

From: "dlgrenier" <dlgrenier@roadrunner.com>
Subject: Lt. William Christiansen 3-1-66
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 10:08:05 -0500

My husband has worn for many years a bracelet with the name of Lt. William Christensen born 3-1-66. Your service and sacrifice for our country and the times in which we have lived without knowing who you are and what has happened to you does not go with out our thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
 
All of us who remain here with our memories of those days and times of struggle will forever remember you and support your memory.

From: "Cheryl" <cknapporama@gmail.com>
Subject: Spec. 5 Rick Medaris
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 12:08:24 -0500

Hello,

I have had Rick Medarisí bracelet since the bracelets started Ė I donít know, maybe around 1970? I know Rick Medarisí date of missing was November 4, 1969.

I often wondered what happened to him. Iíve worn it often, keeping it in my jewelry box when I didnít and wearing it today, I decided to search again for him on the Internet. The bracelet still has the sticker with the blue star on it. Itís in rather good shape.

My oldest son joined the Navy and served for ten years. He fought in a couple of wars and was the first battle group to go over after 9/11. I know the fear of a son going to war Ė his ship (the T. S. Roosevelt) was just missed by a missile. Now, though a civilian, he still serves his country by keeping the computers running on the naval ships. They fly him out for weeks at a time. He is still in danger. He still canít say where he goes.

My deepest sympathies go to the family of Rick. I was so upset when I discovered he had died. I had always hoped he made it home. I have to say, I am honored to have his bracelet knowing he was fighting for freedom when he passed. I also know no words will take away your pain, I hope time has made it bearable.

Sincerely,

CherylAnn Knapp


From: "Lois Calzone" <rockmelon@comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 21:36:35 -0500

I have had the bracelet of Sgt. Earl Shark 9-12-68 since either the late 60ís or very early 70ís.  Sgt. Shark was four years younger than me and I felt a special bond knowing that the name on my bracelet was a very real person who had a very devastating experience. 

Throughout those years, I have on occasion ďlost everything;Ē furniture, clothes, keepsakes etc, but the bracelet stayed with me.  I often wonder what will happen to it when I am no longer here and would love for a relative of Sgt Sharks to have it.  Maybe one day I will bring it to the Wall as I understand that all articles left at the wall are archived.  I hope I get to do that!  Iím going to put the bracelet where I can see it everyday, as a reminder to take that ride over to D.C.!  Thatís a promise.

Thanks Earl! 

Sincerely,

Lois Calzone

Rockmelon@comcast.net   


Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 00:11:23 -0500
From: "Jenna Susi" <jennalee53@gmail.com>
Subject: Patrick Curran

Hello 
 
When I was a teenager, snooping through my mothers jewelry box, I came across a metal cuff bracelet with a mans name on it.  I asked her about it, thinking it was an old boyfriend or something, but she explained to me that it was a pow bracelet that she had got when she was a teenager.  She said she wore it for years then finally one day just put it in a drawer and forgot about it.  She gave it to me and said I should wear it so people wouldn't forget his name, so I did for 2 years.  I now have two bracelets, one is that of Patrick Robert Curran, the other is that of my brothers best friend who was killed in Iraq.  I pulled out the bracelets a few days ago and haven't stopped thinking about them since, so I decided to search on the internet to find out more information, and I did.
 
Thank You, my Mother was brought to tears when I told her the story and having a face to put a name to.
-Jenna

From: "Mary Gropp" <MaryGropp@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 21:58:49 -0500

I have determined from your site that the remains of SSGT Donald H Klinke were found and returned to the family.  I have had his bracelet these many years and would gladly return it to the family, if it would not cause any pain, etc.  I am available by e-mailing Mary_Gropp@yahoo.com Please advise if his family would like to receive this bracelet.


From: "Mary Gropp" <MaryGropp@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 22:03:14 -0500

If Iris Powers is still looking, I have her sonís bracelet.  I would be honored to return it to her, but have kept it due to his status.  Please e-mail me at Mary_Gropp@yahoo.com if you determine his family would like the bracelet of Lowell S Powers.


From: horning75@comcast.net (The Horning's)
Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2007 04:15:23 +0000
My brother Thomas Deschaine served in Vietnam in the late 60's.  When he left to serve I wanted to do something to support our brave soldiers and began wearing a bracelet for Capt Edward Lehnhoff. (11-18-67) The bracelet caused a rash and I continued to paint the inside of the bracelet with clear nail polish so I could wear it.  I remember writing to his parents to let them know I was praying for him EVERY day and each time a newspaper article came out with names, I would search and hope I would see him on the list.  Now in 2007 I still hold the bracelet close in my jewelry box all worn and tarnished on the it and over the years looked at it and said a prayer each time I came across the bracelet.  His remains were returned in 1987 and for that I am grateful, that he is back in the country that now understands what the brave men went through during that time.   Now, my son, David Horning is a helicopter pilot in the Army and has served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.   Than
k you to every person who was either drafted or enlisted to serve.  You are respected and appreciated.  You make us feel safe. 

Love from: Kathleen Horning
PO Box 495
Hartland, MI 48353
If there are any family members of Lt Col Edward W Lehnhoff Jr I would be happy to respond.  God's speed.

From: "Dianne Arnett" <darnett@austin.rr.com>
Subject: Vietnam Veteran:  Sandy Sanderlin
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007 08:02:48 -0600

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sanderlin and Sandyís siblings,

                I too, wore one of Sandyís bracelets.  I was a young girl then, and now a 50 year old mom of two daughters.  They will wear a bracelet now of a soldier.  A tradition I am sad must be passed down.  I wore my bracelet with Sandyís name on it until it broke from weakness.  I am sorry for your loss. I am proud to have worn his name on my wrist for so many years.  I am proud to know that we have such brave young men willing to protect our freedom. That war was especially difficult for the soldiers with the protest against it.  I hope Sandy felt like his efforts were appreciated.  I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers so many years later and hope you are doing well and that sadness in your hearts is softer now. 

Best Regards,  dianne arnett


From: PastorBDZ@aol.com
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 15:54:32 EST
FROM Brian Zulauf  pastorbdz@aol.com
 
To the family of SFC ERNEST FRANK BRIGGS JR
 
I have been for the past 10 years been wearing his bracelet.With the hope in my heart that the day he will return home and to find out that this past August. That SFC Briggs has come home and is now laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. It is with great honor to have worn his bracelet and would like to give his bracelet to you. Not a day went by that I didn't think of him or his family.
 
GOD BLESS
BRIAN ZULAUF

From: JaimeDiego@aol.com
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 15:45:01 EST
12/15/07
 
Attn:  Aaron Masterson
        Son of deceased LcDR "Bat" Masterson
        F4J Phantom pilot/USS Saratoga
 
Aaron:
 
I served onboard the USS Saratoga in 1972.   As an enlisted TAD member from CINCLANTFLT/Norfolk,  I found the "flight ops" extremely interesting.  I have a photograph of your father. I may have several.  I would gladly print/possibly e-mail the photo(s) to you.
I personally did not know your father. I never spoke with him but his Phantom jet always caught my attention because of his name, "Bat."  
 
Respectfully,
Jim Nickel
Troutman, NC
 

From: "Becky Vincent" <beckyvincent@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Chris Jenkins - Son of Captain Harry T. Jenkins
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2007 12:35:02 -0800
Over 35 years ago, I was a young girl of about 18 and I proudly wore the POW Bracelet of Captain Harry T. Jenkins, Jr. Captured November 13, 1965.  I purchased the bracelet around 1969  at Lemoore Naval Air Station in California.
 
I went to a lunch at Okey Frijoles in Visalia, California with a friend of mine and a couple of her friends (If I remember about 1970). 
 
There was a shy young man named Chris (if I remember right) from Hanford, California. Chris was saying that if he was lucky that he would be seeing his Dad at Christmas time...
 
I assumed that his Dad worked out of town, or possibly his parents were divorced, or maybe his Dad was sick.  Later in the conversation, his last name was revealed as Chris (?) Jenkins.  I asked Chris again about his Dad and he told me that he was a POW and was hoping on his father's safe return from Viet Nam.
 
I lifted my sleeve slightly to show Chris (?) my POW bracelet that showed Captain Harry Jenkins and got chills on my spine because of the coincidence. I remember that I was trembling and tears in my eyes.
 
Recently, my grandson asked me about my life as a teenager for a paper that he was doing.  I dug around and found my POW bracelet that I had worn for years and took off when Harry  Jenkins came home.  I related this story to him and he said that it was very ironic that I had lunch with a POW's son Chris (?).  I was a young girl and never knew what happened to Chris, but I was very to happy to know that he had his father back.
 
I remember taking off the bracelet when Capt. Harry Jenkins came home and have stored it away for safe keeping.

Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 15:08:57 -0600
From: "Lenee Marshall" <marshlg@bay.k12.fl.us>
Subject: letter to the family of david r williams

i am not sure whether i am navigating this site correctly in order to email the family of my braclet's namesake...
but...here goes...
i am a teacher at surfside middle school in panama city beach, fl...
we finished reading the clay marble just before veteran's day (a book set in cambodia and thailand) and were doing some other related articles for veteran's day-the pow/mia braclets came up...i told them i had one that i would look for!  over a long weekend cleaning for out-of-town guests i found it!
we've spent several hours trying to locate col. david williams and just now at the end of the day! came upon this site!
i hope this will prove fruitful as we are all eager to know more about the man on the bracelet!

 

thank you,
lenee' marshall and 8th grade students

From: "Jeffrey M. Good" <jmgco1@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:55:51 -0500

To the Family and Friends of CAPT Norman Eidsmoe:

I have worn CAPT Norman Eidsmoeís bracelet since 1992. I got his bracelet near the Wall as I had just gotten to DC to begin college, and start NROTC. I have worn the bracelet ever since, taking it off only once in these 15 years. Iím not sure why I did it, but I just recently googled CAPT Eidsmoeís name and found that he and three other brave souls had indeed been found and returned home on 12/9/1999. I wanted to tell the family how proud I am to have worn his bracelet, how I never once forgot him, or how I would always take the chance to explain to others what the bracelet is and what it meant to me. I pray that you have received some closure now that he is home in Arlington . I hope to head over to Arlington before Christmas to welcome CAPT Eidsmoe home and thank him for all he did, and then go to the Wall and take his bracelet off one last time. If anyone in the family would ever like to reach me, my email address is jmgco1@gmail.com. If anyone from the family is ever in the DC area or in need of anything, please donít hesitate to contact me. God Bless all of our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen. May they all come home.

Jeffrey Good


December 26, 2007

RE:  CDR. Edward Holmes Martin July 9, 1967, Returnee March 4, 1973
 
Dear Vice Admiral Martin (Sorry, I am unsure of the protocol for the salutation);
I received your letter just before Christmas.  Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me.  You have no idea how thrilled I was to actually
hear from you.
 
And it was comforting to learn how your life has continued after that horrible black period of time.  You have done some amazing things (before
and) after your captivity.
 
Again, I just wanted to thank you for writing.  I just think it is fascinating that after 35 years to have contact from the person whose
bracelet I wore.  It makes it much more real.  What an amazing world we live in that we can find and contact people so instantly.  I am so happy
that you have survived to witness it all!
 
Love to you, your wife and your children.
 
__________________

RE:  CDR. Edward Holmes Martin July 9, 1967, Returnee March 4, 1973
 
I wore Cdr. Martin's POW bracelet for 2 years in High School.  I graduated in 1973, have moved many times, but have always had my bracelet with me.  I
just started wearing it again a few days ago after watching a show on the history channel about the year 1968 and the events that took place that
year.  It is only now that I have any amount of perspective of what it meant to Cdr. Martin to have been away for so many years and the changes in
society that must have been hard to understand upon his return.  He was captive through my whole junior high and high school years.  I can't even
begin to comprehend what it meant to be away for that amount of time and to be where he was for 5 years and 8 months.  I just know that I have a
tremendous amount of respect for him and am honored to wear his bracelet. It is my most cherished possession.  I have tried to explain its importance
to my own children so that someday they will understand why it meant so much to me.
 
Gail Mullaney

From: "Jerry Campbell" <jerrydc1@earthlink.net>
Subject: Billy Joe Ellis
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 12:02:49 -0500
 As The New year begins it's been 40 years since Billy Joe Ellis came Missing and unnacounted for( 1-3-68) I am proud to wear his POW MIA bracelet in  honor  of  him  and all who have not came home when I visit the V.A. Hospital or see a returning Veteran it takes me back 40 years God Bless them I see whats ahead..I read of the fakes and wannabes why would  anyone want to steal from use ? Thank you for all you do I had to chat and I thought of you.  Jerry Campbell
 
 
Jerry Campbell
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