LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 20:55:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lynn <lynnmarie97267@yahoo.com>
Subject: Loveletter for S/Sgt Thomas Perry 5/10/68

I wore my bracelet for many years, and then placed it in my cedar hope chest in hopes that Thomas Perry would come home. 
Over the years I thought of him and wondered again where he might be, does he have family, and would they like this bracelet. 
 
I have been taking my dear friend to the Veterans Hospital these past few months, and as I look into the faces of these men I wonder might they have known Thomas?  My friend does not know him, but he does know of what went on, and how hard it would be for a family to know there child was left behind.  That was a big fear of his and so after many conversations I would like to reach out to the Perry family.  With my heart felt sympathy and let them know that as much as I have cared for a man I never knew I would like them to have my bracelet. 
 
It currently sits on my desk where I can think of him daily.
 
Lynn

From: "Dorothy Mosso" <dorothymosso@comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 12:34:46 -0400

To the family of Lt. San D. Francisco who disappeared on 11/25/68.  I wore this bracelet until I saw the prisoners come home in 1973.  I learned later that he had not survived.  As long as one person remembers, he will never truly be dead.  My daughter has wanted me to give her this bracelet and she will have it when I am gone.

Dorothy Mosso


From: tekonsha@comcast.net
Subject: USAF Major Martin  Massuci 10-1-1965 NVN
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 22:32:45 +0000
I wanted his family to known that I wear his bracelet.  He is not forgotten!
 
Mallory Webb Zanetta
Tekonsha, Michigan 49092
 

Date:   August 20, 2008
 From:  Beverly Watters
           bevwatt@sbcglobal.net
 
         
           Re:  Major Don Lyon 3-22-68
 
I've had my bracelet for nearly 40 years now.  I see it everytime I open my jewelry box, and it never fails to make my heart beat a little faster when I see Maj. Don Lyon's name.  His name and memory are indelible in my mind and heart.   I've tried twice to find a contact for him.  The first time was many years ago, after the dedication of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento, CA.  The Sacramento Bee newspaper printed an article about the dedication and, in it, mentioned a name on the wall, "Air Force Lt. Col. Donavan L. Lyon, 33, of Hollywood."  There was also mention of his Aunt Ruby Carroll of Citrus Heights, CA, then 71 yrs. old.  I have always kept  this article with my bracelet.  Early in August, of this year, I again tried finding a connection through the internet to no avail.  From your list of POWs and MIAs, there is apparently still no information about this special hero.  But, clearly, I've never forgotten and never will.  

From: daniene@comcast.net (Daniene)
To: info@pownetwork.org
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 01:08:41 +0000

Below is a post on your website. My great uncle was Galileo Bossio who is my grandmother's brother. Is it possible to contact this person or post my email. We would love to have the bracelet.
 
daniene@comcast.net
 
 
From: "Paulasue" <ppatterson3@cox.net>
Subject: Lt. Col. Galileo Bossio
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 17:24:01 -0500
I have a bracelet I wore in the 60's for Lt. Col. Galileo Bossio (7/29/66).  Would like to know if his family would like me to send this to them. 

Very truly yours,
Paulasue Patterson Sawyers, Garden City, KS

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 09:26:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: "John P. Jones" <jjnole98@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: jjnole98@yahoo.com

RE:  LT. David McRae
 
While in high school  in the 70's a group of us got together and obtained MIA bracelets.  Mine was for Lt. David McRae.  I recently moved again and discovered that I still had it and looked at your site today for the first time.  I found that his remains were identified in 2002.  I was proud to wear the band in his honor and was wondering what to do with it now.
 
I saw on your site that a recommendation is to leave it at the wall in D.C.  I would be happy to return it to his family if they so desired but will keep it as a memory of my youth and in his honor for serving our country.  I feel like I knew him and because of that, the band is a piece of my life and  youth.
 
If the family does read this and wishes to have it I would be more than happy to send it on.
 
Thank you for the information on your site and for allowing me to share some of my heart with others.

John

Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 18:15:14 -0400
From: Mary Jo Kurko <mjzk2@comcast.net>
Subject: POW David Skibbe

I would very much like to find the family of POW David William Skibbe, USMC, whose date of loss is listed at March 2, 1970,  I have been wearing  2nd Lt. Skibbe's POW bracelet for over 25 years and am constantly reminded of his family's and our country's loss when he became MIA.  I am aware that a rescue attempt was made for Skibbe by helicopter but the hoist on the chopper snapped and Skibbe fell to the ground.  The  team members rescuing him was not aware that he had not been safely lifted into the helicopter and assumed the attempt was successful.  A 2nd recovery attempt was made and an even more sad story developed when another team member fell to his death.

This story haunts me and I want his family to know that every day when I wear his bracelet, he is not forgotten nor is the reason for his being in Viet Nam.  My husband is also a Marine Corps Viet Nam veteran  but he was fortunate and returned home.  It is men like Lt. Skibbe who will never be forgotten by there former corpsmen.  I read his bio daily and forever remember his family in my prayers.  Thank you for any information regarding his family that you can give me.

MaryJo Kurko
Bellaire, Ohio 
mjzk2@comcast.net
 

Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 12:04:29 -0500
From: "BAIRD, JACQUELYN K" <JACQUELYN.BAIRD@dfps.state.tx.us>

Just a note to the family of Sgt. James Harwood.  I keep his bracelet in my top desk drawer so that I see it at least once a week.  I touch it and say a prayer for his family.  I just want you to know that he is not forgotten.

Jacquelyn Baird


From: "kjslreaver@netzero.net" <kjslreaver@netzero.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:38:41 GMT

SFC Daniel R. Phillips USASF
Hi Daniel  Another birthday come and gone. Happy belated birthday. I just opened an e-mail subject was 50,000 it's a song by George Jones. I thought of you , and I wanted to let you know you are thought of often and you are Missed . I didn't know you but you are with me forever. Love Kerry

From: LisaBDenton@aol.com
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 19:52:11 EDT

To the family of Lt. Col. Howard Smith:
 
I wore the bracelet of Lt. Col. Howard Smith for several years.  From the research I've done on the website, I see he is still listed as MIA.  Just wanted you to know I prayed for him daily, and he is not forgotten. 
 
If you would like to contact me, please feel free at LisaBDenton@AOL.com.

Subject: Love Letter to family of Capt. Thomas Duckett 12-12-70
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 13:37:17 -0500
From: "Gray, Keith, FAC" <Keith.Gray@jocogov.org>
Cc: <ENMC87@aol.com>, "8-Ball" <cloch@kc.rr.com>

     My father Gary Gray recently passed and sorting through his things I found a POW-MIA copper bracelet with your family members name. I am a motorcyclist involved with KS Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, with KS American Legion Riders Post 370 and with KS Patriot Guard. I just made my first Run to the Wall ride to DC earlier this year and I understand the significance of the bracelet. At families request I would be proud to return it, I would be happy to leave at the Wall on subsequent visit or I would be happy to wear and pass to my son. In any case “Tom” Duckett is not and will not be forgotten. Keith “Sparks” Gray, EN1(SW) USN retired. Thanks go to POWnetwork.org for making connections possible.


From: Bethatag1@aol.com
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 11:52:28 EDT
Subject: spec 4 Craig Dix 3-17-71

I have worn the POW/MIA bracelet bearing Craig Dix's name for about 35 years now. 
Do you have any other information on him other than what is on this site.  I didn't quite understand whether he is still MIA or if he is dead.
 
If you could let me know, I would greatly appreciate it.  After 30 some years I still pray for him every single day. 
 
I have never removed this bracelet.  For surgeries and baby deliveries I made them tape it.  I have refused to remove it until he is found.
Thank you for your time.
 
Beth Tagliavia
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Subject: Loveletter for MAJ. Charles Dale - 6/9/65
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 16:49:54 -0400
From: mmcfar2734@aol.com
 
Hello,
In 1970 as a freshman in High School in Everett , MA , a few friends and I sent for POW bracelets. 
I received a bracelet engraved as:  MAJ. CHARLES DALE/6-9-65.  I wore this bracelet for approximately
23 years until it lost its shape. 
 
It currently holds a place of honor next to my rosaries from my 1st Holy Communion and a crucifix from
my Confirmation.  I think of Major Dale often; in fact, whenever I purchase a new vehicle, I affix a POW
sticker on it to remember and honor his service and his sacrifice.
 
I have been to the Wall on three occasions and always stop and say a prayer for Major Dale.  Although I
never knew him, I cannot help but feel overwhelmed when I see his name.  He, and you, his family, are in
my thoughts and prayers.
Marylou

From: Arien Erickson <arienerick@hotmail.com>
Subject: Loveletters LTC Marvin L. Foster
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 21:52:21 -0400

For the family of Marvin L. Foster, there are many people out there who have not forgotten your loved one - and I am one of them.  I purchased a bracelet back in high school (1990) and wore his bracelet every day.  It was eventually placed in my hope chest.
 
I hope that it gives you some comfort to know that younger people still pray for those brave enough to defend our country years ago. I know that the focus is now on those in Iraq.  I cannot imagine the sense of worry and uncertainty their families feel.  No matter of political opinions, divisions, or judgement.  The bottom line is - whether you believe in it or not, our men and women are still risking everything to ensure that we can sleep peacefully at night. Like prior wars, everyone always has an opinion. My opinion is that I want to live here and nowhere else, where I would like to think that dignity and love of country still govern.  I am proud of our service men and women, and I am proud to have worn the bracelet of a hero - LTC Foster.
 
With much respect,
Erin Anderson
arienerick@hotmail.com

From: "Kelly Phelps" <kelly@saac-arts.org>
Subject: Wallace L. Wiggins, USAF
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 11:10:30 -0500

I was 12 when my Aunt Mamie handed me a POW bracelet and explained what it was and what my obligation would be if I chose to wear it.  In a 7th grade class of 40, more or less, I was the only one wearing one.  I wore it every day.  I was 15 when the POW’s were released, and I watched and waited as hero after hero disembarked.  Wallace L. Wiggins was not there.  Aunt Mamie had told me that she asked for an Arkansas POW for me, so as a 15 year old in the pre-internet age, I did all that I could to find any Wiggins in the state of Arkansas.  None were my soldier.  When I was 16, I took the bracelet off and put it away.

We have recently completed three nights of performance of “Touch the Names” here at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado, Arkansas, where I work.  Beth, my boss, had a bracelet, and as we were talking, I told her that I haven’t seen mine in years, but that I never forgot the name engraved on it.  Suddenly, I realized that I could very easily go to my desk and find out what happened to Wallace L. Wiggins; and I did.

If any of Wallace L. Wiggins’ friends or family reads this, please know – I thank him, and you, for his life, for his dedication to our country. 

Kelly Phelps

Strong, Arkansas


Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 20:49:25 -0400
From: David Jones <trailblazer8@windstream.net>

To the family of Captain Richard W. Cooper, USAF:     I wore his bracelet during the war and kept it for some time afterwards.  I was drafted in 1971 and joined the US Marines, was assigned to the 2nd Marine Airwing.  Thankfully I did not have to serve 'in-country' in Viet Nam as so many, many did including friends of mine.  I often looked at my bracelet, sent up a prayer and wondered if I would ever know anything motr than what was engraved there.  It was something very unfinished inside of me tucked away in the memory of a war that is becoming lost in time.  Thanks to this wonderful website(which i just discovered this evening, 9/17/2008)  I have just looked up and read the biography of Capt. Richard W. Cooper.   As for you, his family, I cannot begin to grasp what you have gone through.  I noticed the date in 1996 of his return home and the identification in 2003.  My prayer this night is for a final peace and rest always knowing that he is continually embraced in the heart of God.  I would also like to say:   'Thank You!'!  His sacrifice will always be remebered by me and my family as I will tell them of his dedication and service to the United States of America and its people.    David L. Jones, Former Sgt., USMAC(release from active duty October 1975), Talking Rock, North Georgia   
Email:  trailblazer8@windstream.net

From: "Tom & Jean Coffey" <haleycoff@comcast.net>
Subject: Capt. Steve Armitstead
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 09:07:06 -0400

Dear sir,

On March17,1969 I was a twenty year old Cpl. assigned to VMA (aw) 533 at Chulai. I  worked in maintainence control and the aircrews had to check in with me prior to going on their assigned mission, Capt.Armitstead and Maj. Finny were to fly a mission over Laos that night. I have vivid recall of that night although many decades have passed since. I'm sixty years old now and returned when Capt. Armitstead, Major Finny and other Marines in my squadron weren't as fortunate. I pray for my buddies I left behind and for their families. I will never forget the moment the duty officer informed me they would not be returning. I was introduced to Steve's wife and two little girls before we left Cherry Point with VMA (aw)225 in Nov. of 68. I',ve been wearing his bracelet and will continue to do so in tribute to a great marine officer, a great pilot, a great man. To my knowledge Capt. Armitstead was from Los Angelas. If any friend or family member would care to contact me I can be e-mailed at
haleycoff@comcast.net 

sincerely

Tom Coffey


Subject: LOVE LETTER for Major Bobby Gene Neeld
From: Darleen Limburg <limburg@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 16:23:15 -0400

The Moving Wall was in my area over the weekend (Sept.19-21, 2008 Harrisburg, PA) and I went to view it, hoping NOT to find the name on my POW bracelet that I have had since 1971..........unfortunately BOBBY GENE NEELD was listed on panel 35W line 36....... my heart sunk when they told me that he was declared dead, and his body was never recovered.
I got my bracelet when I was 14 and wore it for many years, always wondering where Bobby was from, what his family was like and if he would come home.  Back then, we really had no way of communicating with the families of the men we wore on our wrists.  We could only watch and hope,  as we saw on TV,  the men who made it home.....
Today, as  I read Bobby's bio, I realized that he was 41 when he flew out on that fateful day - 04 January 1969.  He would be 80 years old this Oct. 8.  Too many missed birthday's, Too many tears shed................. He's been gone almost as long as he lived..........

I would like to be able to send my bracelet to Bobby's family, in hopes that they will know and understand, that I never gave up thinking about him, praying for his return and caring for a man I never knew.
I would also like to THANK his family and friends for his service to our nation - for the honor of his service and for his ultimate sacrifice.  He was one of many brave men and women who chose duty, honor and country above all else.  I salute him now and will always remember and honor the members of our military.

May GOD bless you,  Bobby,  and your family,

Sincerely, Darleen Limburg


I can be reached at DAL28PENNY@yahoo. com or LIMBURG@US.IBM.COM

I also come from an Air Force family.  My father was a Navigator of a B52, killed in a mid-air collision in 1958,  I was 18 months old and never really knew him.  


Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
From: <kqtoo@entouch.net>
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 15:09:55 -0400


I have come across a bracelet marked with S/M/SGT. GEAN CLAPPER SR. and a date below the name of  12-29-66.

I would like to return this bracelet to the family if at all possible.  If their contact info is available to you, please forward my email address to them notifying them of the bracelet so that I can return it to the people it belongs to.  My email address is kqtoo@entouch.net

Thank you for your time.

Katie Leuthold


Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 07:25:50 -0500
From: "Kate Glinsmann" <cglinsma@gmail.com>

To the family of Ivan D. Appleby 10/7/67:

I wore my bracelet for years in the 60s. I was a mere teenager then, but I somehow knew it was important for me to wear it. Ivan's name stayed with me in the decades since that time and he is often on my mind and in my prayers. I was proud to show the bracelet to my sons and tell them about the significance of it and how important it was to me.

A few years ago someone I knew went to see the traveling wall and made a rubbing of Ivan's name for me. It was humbling to know that he was indeed deceased, but glad that the family finally knew for sure. I have gone through this tragic experience so I will not claim to know anything about how you must have felt or now feel on the anniversary of when he went missing.

Last week I was reading a story to some 5th graders and a teen in the story wore a bracelet. The kids asked me about it and I explained, and then wore mine in the next day. It was a good way to make the connection for them and they were really humbled by the bracelet and it's meaning.

I wanted to send you this email today, on the anniversary, in hopes that you will see it on the board and know that Ivan is still in the thoughts of this stranger.
If you would like to contact me my email is cglinsma@gmail.com .

God's blessings,
Kate Glinsmann
Washington, Iowa

Subject: Lt.Col. Lewis Robinson
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 03:18:31 -0500
From: "Curtis Coolidge" <Curtis.Coolidge@sanantonio.gov>

My name is Curtis Coolidge I am a sergeant with the San Antonio, Texas Police Department.  For the past 18 years I have been wearing Lt.Col. Lewis Robinson’s MIA bracelet.  I discovered several years ago that he returned home to his grateful nation and family in 1999.  For years I just could not let go of the bracelet.  I only take the bracelet off for a medical reason.  Col. Robinson’s memory was with me when all of my children were born and through a lot of close calls at work. My Dad was in Vietnam in 1967-68. 

Well I have been wearing Col. Robinson’s memory on my right wrist for almost ten years since he came home to his family.  I think I can let go now, but I must return this memory to his family.  Could you please contact me and let me know how I can get this bracelet back to his family.

Lt.Col. Lewis Robinson U.S.A.F. (Laos June 4th, 1967)

                                                                                                Respectfully,

                                                                                                                  Sgt. Curtis Coolidge #3252 


From: "Patricia Platt" <scubapatty@comcast.net>
Subject: Lt. Col Stanley Clark
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 19:42:50 -0700

I live in Modesto, my daughter Sgt. Elena Mason , US Army, wore his bracelet until it broke it two. She served in the Army for 11 years. She passed away in an auto accident 10 years ago. I want very much to return the bracelet to Stanley Clarks mom, sister or brother Michael. They live in Stockton, a few miles away. She choose his bracelet because he was from Modesto, just like her. I want so much to contact them. There have been articles regarding them in the Modesto Bee and I believe they would welcome my contact.  I did contact the Modesto Bee reporter, but he never returned my calls. My daughter passed Oct. 26, and I have her on my mind so much. I look at his bracelet in her class case where I keep her most important things every day and think of both of them.

Patricia Platt


Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 08:11:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: Donna Mast <donna61052m@yahoo.com>

I have recently found the POW bracelet for WO William Dunlap, 12-2-69 and found him on your website.
 
I would like to return this bracelet to  his family and would appreciate any help you can give me in locating them.
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
 
Donna Mast

From: "Debi Brening" <brening@pacbell.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 15:28:43 -0700

Recently I was going through my jewelry box and ran into my POW/MIA bracelet for Thomas Hepburn Perry 5-10-1968. With the internet, I was able to find out the posted information on S/Sgt. Thomas Perry, I was very touched and would love to return the bracket to the family of Thomas Perry. I purchased this bracelet probable in the early 70’s and was probable only 12 or 13 years old at the time and kept it on for years. I remember thinking at the time how important this was and how Thomas’s and his family sacrificed so much.

I also read that these bracelets are not to be returned until the soldier is brought home, but thought if it was me, I would love to have this piece of my families history, and to know that it has been kept safe and sound by someone that cared about our son, father, or husband and thought of him often over the last 30 years.

I truly don’t mean any disrespect but would love to return the bracelet if that is the families wishes.

Sincerely,

Debi Brening


Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 20:24:44 -0700
From: "Finney, Arthur T CTR USAF AFSPC WROCI/InDyne" <Arthur.Finney.ctr@vandenberg.af.mil>

I am the son of a Vietnam MIA soldier, remains returned.
There is a Ms. Kim Creech, at [forevrgtful@bellsouth.net] who emailed me regarding returning my father's bracelet.  I tried several times to respond
however it would not go through;  apparently there is a problem with her email address.  So, Ms. Creech, if you read this, please email me again
with a correct updated email address/home address/telephone number so  I may contact you. 
Thank you.

//SIGNED//
A.Thomas Finney II
arthur.finney.ctr@vandenberg.af.mil

From: "Judy" <jclark@king-clark.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 08:47:14 -0400

I still have my POW/MIA bracelet that I wore all through high school, 1969-73, I searched for it this week when “The Wall” arrived in our area.  The name on the bracelet is (Maj. Robert Elliott, 2-14-68.  I went to “The Bracelet” web site and printed information matching my bracelet’s information.  I would like to return the bracelet to his family if they would like to have it.  My husband served 2 tours in Viet Nam aboard the USS Constellation.  We visited “The Wall” when it came to our town in California , but it was much too painful for him, and he has no desire to revisit it again. 

If  Maj. Robert Elliott’s family would like this bracelet back, contact me.  My sincerely condolences for your pain and loss.

 

Pati Bess


Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 12:37:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: R Stern <rsternfla@yahoo.com>

  To the family of SPC Ahmed K. Altaie, U.S. Army, from Ann Arbor, MI, missing in Iraq since 23 October 2006, I recently obtained a POW bracelet bearing the name of your loved one.  SPC Altaie and you will be in my thoughts and prayers until he returns home.  There are no words I can write to take away the pain and heartbreak you must feel, but I promise not to forget him and to honor his service.  Peace be with you.
 
Rob Stern
Chief Gunner's Mate (Retired)
U.S. Coast Guard 
 

From: "Gary & Joy Hinkelman" <hinkelg@tx.rr.com>
Subject: LOVE LETTERS for USAF CMS Samuel Adams 31 Oct 65
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:28:04 -0500

         I have worn Samuel's bracelet for many years.  When I am not wearing the bracelet, it sits on my desk where I can see it, always.  I think of him
often and have wondered about his family. I have read the story on Samuel and still have hope for his return.  I hope the Adam's family receives this
message.  Please pass on my heart felt sympathy, to let them know that I care, as much for a man, I never knew, and that I have his bracelet.  The
family is welcome to the bracelet if they wanted. If not, my family and I will continue to honor it as we honor CMS Samuel Adams USAF.

Thank You

Gary Hinkelman
MSgt USAF (ret)
McKinney TX
hinkelg@tx.rr.com

From: OSMS2F@aol.com
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 12:33:29 EDT

Hello, I am Ruth. When I was in middle/high school, I proudly wore my MIA/POW bracelet until it broke in half...his name: PFC Oral Terry of Mascoutah, IL    I just ran across some letters I saved from his sister-in-law who was so generous about keeping me in touch until the Americans pulled from Vietnam. I remember that the last letter I received was that the family was going to move to FL and try to start anew.  I would love to contact the family and let them know that I have thought of Oral and them from time to time.  Every time the temporary Vietnam Wall would come to Nashville, I would go and look up his name. Anybody that has information on Oral Terry's family.. I would appreciate it. Thanks, Ruth
 

From: "Sandra K. Hoover" <shoover2804@comcast.net>
Subject: Col Burris Begley Dec 5 1966
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 19:36:04 -0500

I have had my pow bracelet since the 70's  I see that there is more than one bracelet issued.  Please help me return my bracelet to any family.
 
Sandra Hoover
 
I have kept this bracelet in a special place all of the days that I have had it.

Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 09:27:36 -0800 (PST)
From: p scott <gananni2@yahoo.com>

Recently I was going through a hope chest and came across my mothers' POW/MIA bracelet for Capt. Bernard Plassmeyer  9-11-1970.  I received this bracelet after the death of my mother. It brought back a lot of memories and prayers I remember hearing.

 She had bought it in the early 70's while we lived at Seymore Johnson Air Force Base. I was 10 or 11 years old at the time and she kept it on for many years. I remember her every night while we said our prayers, (my father a major in Air Force was overseas also) for all service men and women. She would rub her bracelet and include Capt. Plassmeyers' name. I remember thinking at the time how important this was and how his family must be so scared.

I was told that these bracelets are not to be returned until the soldier is brought home. But thought if it was me, I would love to have this for my family history.  To know that it has been kept safe by someone that cared about our son, father, or husband and thought of so much. And prayed for everyday. Although it brought back a lot of memories of me and my mother together, while my father was "TDY". I think his family might cherish it. It will also hold memories for me. Just thought the family might need it more than I do. 

I truly don't mean any disrespect but would love to return it, if the family wishes.

Sincerely,

Pam


From: "TRSeward" <trseward@buggs.net>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 07:57:00 -0500
I have had my braclet since about 1974, for John Henry Call III  from Potomac Md.  I framed it, along with the tracing from the Vietnam Memorial, and the print out from the memorial, also a picture of his name with me holding the braclet just below his name.  I would like to give this to any member of his family who would be interested in having the braclet.  I wore it for many years,  and it is held dearly in my heart. 
 
 I feel it should be with his family.  You can contact me through the e-mail of  trseward@buggs.net       most gratefully....Susan Seward    Bracey,  Va.

From: "monica" <mbudaj@cfl.rr.com>
Subject:: RE: sgt donald peter gervais
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:02:20 -0800

TODAY MY HUSBAND AND I WERE METAL DETECTING IN A FIELD BEHIND HIS WORK AND CAME ACROSS A BRACELETTE WITH THE NAME OF SGT. DONALD PETER GERVAIS ON IT. THRU YOUR WEB SITE I HAVE LEARNED WHAT THIS IS AND I AM DEEPLY SADDEN THAT THIS BRAVE MAN AND HIS CREW HAVE NOT RETURNED HOME TO THEIR  FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I WAS TRYING TO FIND INFORMATION HOW TO RETURN THIS BUT HAVE SINCE FOUND OUT THAT RETURNING IT WOULD BE DISRESPECTFUL TO THE FAMILY, SO INSTEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT MINE ,I PLAN TO WEAR THIS IN THE HOPES AND PRAYERS THAT THIS BRAVE MAN WILL BE RETURNED HOME!!!I WILL BE KEEPING UP ON  HIS RETURN THRU THE WEB SITE.

I DO WANT TO SAY TO THE FAMILY THAT I AM SORRY FOR THE MANY YEARS THAT HAVE GONE BY WITH OUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR LOVED ONE. INDEED THIS IS AND WILL BE HARD TILL YOUR LOVE ONE IS RETURNED HOME. I DO NOT WISH TO MAKE THIS ANY HARDER ON YOU,BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE BRACELETTE I HAVE FOUND RETURNED TO YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME AT MBUDAJ@CFL.RR.COM .

WITH DEEPEST REGARDS AND BEST WISHES
MONICA AND JEFF BUSQUE

Date: Sun,  2 Nov 2008 11:35:47 -0600
From: Titta44 <titta44@aol.com>
I recently located this site and looked up the name on my P.O.W. bracelet and saw that his remains had been returned in 1973.  I don't won't to bring up bad memories for his family, but if they would like his bracelet in memory of him I would gladly return it.  Or, my son works at the Pentagon and I could mail it to him to place at the wall.  His name was CW2 John S. Anderson missing 11-4-69.
 
Sincerely,
Janie

From: "Mary-Beth McMurray" <markandmb@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 16:24:07 -0500
My name is Mary-Beth McMurray, and I live in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
 
I have had SSGT. Ervin Warren's bracelet for many years. (4th Air CMDO, SQDRN, AC47)
 
I sat down today and through an internet search, found that SSGT. Warren's remains were buried along with his 5 USAF crew members, in Arlington National Cemetery on November 5th, 2004.
 
If there is a family member out there who would like the bracelet, I would be more than happy to send it to you. 
 
I was honored to wear it and am happy that he is at rest.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mary-Beth

Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2008 21:09:30 -0700
From: "E.Karp" <airangel59@cox.net>

Dear the Mearns & Maxwell families

   It's coming to 42 years since Lt Col Arthur S Mearns (11-11-66) was shot down and it's been 31 years since his remains have been home (9-30-77) and buried at Arlington.  I've still got his bracelet and often think about Art and his service to the US, more so at this time of year.
  Unfortunately I've been unable to get back into the website to do upgrades and am hoping I can the password reset to allow me to edit it (http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Senate/7558/) as I also have a different email address now (airangel59@cox.net) but still reside in Tucson.
  Am hoping his family (Pat & the girls) are still doing well and just wanted to again reach out to the family as Veterans Day approaches.

Ellen

Subject: Lt. Col. James Hartney Bracelet
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 16:26:07 -0500
From: "Carl Ambrogio" <cambrogio@associatesofwestport.com>
Last week I finally got the courage to check on the internet to see if the name on a bracelet I had purchased in the early 1970's, after losing a close friend in the Vietnam War, could be found. The bracelet was honoring a POW named Lt. Col. James Hartney, January 5, 1968.  While surfing the internet I found your site.  However, just minutes prior I found out that Lt. Col. Hartney's remains were sent back to the US and then onto his family.
 
All I would like to do is find out how to get this email posted somewhere, just in case a Hartney family member possibly reads it.  If they do, I want them to know how proud I was to have worn Lt. Col. Hartney's bracelet and that I never forgot who he was.  Although finding this information was bittersweet, I am happy that his family finally got closure.  I would not want to open an old wound, but would like to post this somewhere.
 
I understand that placing the bracelet on the war memorial in Washington can be done, however, I would rather keep this bracelet on my bureau at home, so I never ever forget the sacrifice our soldiers have made for me and my family throughout my lifetime.
 
Sincerely,
F. Carl Ambrogio.
 Southport, CT 06890

Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2008 09:55:32 -0600 (Central Standard Time)
From: "Phyllis Kilts" <pjk@wildflower.net>
Subject: Capt. Edward Lehnhoff
I wore the bracelet of Capt. Edward Lehnhoff''s until our men & women came home & continued to wear it until the prisoner of war vets came home. I scanned the lists of those that returned in hopes of seeing his name but to no avail.
 
I never took it off. It went through a lot of getting sweaty & dirty & a lot of showers to get clean again. It went through getting dressed up in evening clothes & going to dances. I would put on sparkling earrings & necklaces & somehow it was still the prettiest piece of jewelry I had on. It went through scolding my kids to praising & loving my kids. It went through teaching my kids about what our men & women went through & the sacrifices that they made in that war because of their love & loyalty to their country. When they saw the news coverage the bracelet brought Capt. Lehnhoff close to us. We loved him. We are Kansans also. 
 
I finally took the bracelet off when I could no longer find out any information in regard to his return. Like so many people the Internet helped me to get that information. I put the bracelet on this morning so I could find a web site by searching on his name. It sounds strange & I suppose corny but the bracelet feels warm & comforting on my arm. I will take it off again & put it back in the place of honor where I keep it along with a medal from my beloved uncle who was a vet of WWII in a glass viewing case. 
 
Though I did not know you Capt. I will always love & honor you.
 
Phyllis Kilts
Ozawkie, Ks.
   

From: Steve Wright <envoy4hope@mac.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:32:32 -0800
Dear Friends,
I was in elementary school when I received a bracelet bearing the name of LCDR RICHARD NELSON. I wore it for many years. Today it can be 
found in cup that holds the cherished mementos of my life. I come  across it often and it reminds me of the sacrifice of the brave men 
and women who have served our country with honor. It’s a very small  strip of metal and yet it bears the name of a hero who fought in a war 
I was too young to understand.

Thank you, LCRD RICHARD NELSON. You have not been forgotten and, in my  lifetime, you never will be!
Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Steve Wright

From: angel-ev@webtv.net
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 07:14:25 -0500
In 1970, my cousin , Robert Albert Painter! was killed in vietnam, age 20, and I got a bracelet, in the 70s, of a mia, pow! i was only 14 yrs
old, his name was James, and being a girl so young, and having it for many years, and life, cant find itt! But, always,hope he was found!
when I see the wall, I see all  my cousins friends with him, and watching over us all, for we r still free,and God bless America!!!!!!!!!!
and they all r free now! and we will be too, and join them, in our time! God, help the troops in the war now! dont let us have another wall, to erect, for our brave americans, for another country!
we need our army here, to fight, if we need it, not, in another country, that dont care about life, and not about america! 
keep our army home, and together we will fight, what comes here! 
God, bless America!!!!! and our brave! and people! we will fight,for us, for once! not for another country! my opinion! God, be with us all! 

  EV! ~O~


From: "Jill Hill" <whidbeyhills@comcast.net>
Subject:  Cpl Gerald E. King
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 18:10:20 -0800

When husband and I first met we each asked for POW/MIA bracelets. Mine is for CPL Gerald E. King USMC, 5-10-68. I have often thought about him and wondered how his family is doing. I still have the bracelet and will keep it unless the family asks for it back and I will saddened, but happy to send it back to them. I have always wanted to touch bases with the family.

I have not forgotten about Gerald or the other service members who did not make it home. God bless them all.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Hill

whidbeyhills@comcast.net


From: "Teyet Moy" <teyet@juno.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 00:17:06 GMT

I have had the POW/MIA bracelet of MARVIN WILES, USN for more than 30 years. I have no information relating to Marvin except what I found on the pownetwork web page. Please know I appreciate his service to our country.

Teyet Moy

<teyet@juno.com>


From: "Jonelle Mangione Cochran" <catmamajo@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2008 06:53:59 -0500

to the family of
KENNETH BRADFORD GOFF JR
 
I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet in 1972 in Tampa, Florida, bearing the name Kenneth Goff Jr. Every Memorial Day, I have remembered him and hoped and prayed that he came home.  This morning I was looking for something in my jewelry box and looked at my bracelet and wondered if today's internet would tell me about Kenneth Goff Jr.  I really knew nothing about him except that he was MY POW/MIA.  I found his photo, the details of his flight, the story his mother did in the Rhode island paper, and where to find his name on the Wall.  My heart goes out to your family.  Please know that I will always remember him and his sacrifice.  God Bless.
 
Jonelle Mangione Cochran
Fort Meade, Florida

From: Dvaid" <mike6k@pa.net>
Subject: Capt Raymond F Salzarulo Jr
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 13:39:52 -0500
My name is David A Oshinski. I served with the 1st Inf Division in Viet Nam in 1966 (Bco 1st Bn 28th Inf). I cant  remember when I got my Mia bracelet but I married a girl from West Virgina, and that's were Capt Salzarulo came from so it has to be over 30 years ago. I happened to check you web sight and found that Capt Salzarulo came HOME (Thank God) and I found his home was Fallenshee Wva, I can't find it on a map or any kind of address for a family member. Can you HELP me send my bracelet home to his family...............
 
Thank-you
Ssgt David A Oshinski 

Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:08:12 -0800
From: "S Haney" <haneysl@gmail.com>

Dear Family of Capt. Patrick Harrold,
 
I thought about your loved one this morning as I prepared to send a Christmas box to a young soldier serving in either Afganistan or Iraq.  This particular care program is through an organization named "Project Prayer Flag."  I couldn't help but recall the gratitude and love I had for Patrick and the special connection I had with him as a result of wearing his name on my wrist for so many years. 
 
I am grateful that, through DNA technology, identification was confirmed and you were able to lay your loved one to rest.  If you are a person of prayer, please remember this other young man in a far-away country. His name is Nicholas.
 
With Love and Appreciation,
 
Susan
Huntington Beach, CA

Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:05:31 -0800 (PST)
From: Karen Kruz
I have the bracelet of Capt. Charles Austin (4-24-67) and I've had it for maybe 35 years. I just wanted to let the family know that someone had his bracelet and has thought of him often. I wish them peace.

KKruz624@aol.com  Karen


From: Gini18@aol.com
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2008 21:46:17 EST
Subject: Found Copper Bracelet

   My name is Gin Goode living in Greenfield, Indiana. Recently my mother passed away. While going through her jewelry, I ran across a copper bracelet my sister wore in honor of one of our brave soldiers. The name on the bracelet is Capt. Lynn Huddleston  9-67. I looked up his name and it seems his plane went down. After many hours of searching he was reported missing in action September 26, 1967 in the vicinity of Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam. Loss Coordinates: 113115N 1062952E (XT633739). After one year he was declared dead. His name is on the wall but I'm a long way from the wall so I can't leave the bracelet there and I will not throw it away. Is there any way I can send it to the family? I know it might bring up sad memories but if were me, and a member of his family, I would want it. Please help me if you can. Thank you.

Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2008 14:46:34 -0500
From: "Norma" <mittens072@verizon.net>
Subject: Bracelet of S/SGT James R. Thomas
Dear Family of S/Sgt. James R. Thomas who became MIA 11-25-71
 
I wore bracelet of S/Sgt. James R. Thomas, and I still have it.  I corresponded with his wife, and still have the letter she sent me. 
 
N. J. D.

From: "Sherri Anderson" <sherrilynne78@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 19:43:17 -0500
I received a bracelet with the name, LT. Gilbert Mitchell, while in jr high. I still have the bracelet and think of Lt. Mitchell. I would love to hear from a member of his family and possibly have a picture of him for my album. I appreciate so much his dedication and sacrifice for our country.
My email is sherrilynne78@hotmail.com

Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
From: "CathieG" <chaddycat@qwest.net>
Subject: LoveLetters
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:26:41 -0700

Hi
I have a MIA/POW bracelet since 1971, I was on your website looking for the persons bracelet that I have.  I did find someone with the same name, the name on my bracelet is SPEC 5 Craig Dix 3/17/1971.  I would like to contact his family. I wanted to check if this could me the same Craig Dix from Trenton, Michigan. This is what I found on your site:
 
Name: Craig Mitchell Dix
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit:
Date of Birth: 05 December 1949 (Trenton MI)
Home City of Record: Livonia MI
Date of Loss: 17 March 1971
Country of Loss: Cambodia
Loss Coordinates: 121005N 1062140E (XU480455)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 1
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H
Refno: 1727
Thank you,
 
Cathie

Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
From: "Marty Eisert" <meisert@uaacog.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 12:50:29 -0700

To the family of Jacob E. Mercer USAF,  Jacob and his family have been close to my heart since I started wearing his bracelet around 1972.  It was bent from my taking it off at night and putting it on again and I was afraid it would break.  I stopped wearing it and ordered another one with his name and wear it to this day.  I would like to return my original bracelet to you, if you would like to have it.  Please contact me thru my email - jandmeis@hotmail.com - if you want the bracelet, or for any reason.  Thank you for him and his willingness to serve our country.  Words could never express my gratitude.  Some gave all.  God bless, Marty Eisert

From: "Linda Taubert" <spunky40@ptdprolog.net>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Subject: Captain Samual Waters
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 09:56:29 -0500
My name is Linda Taubert. I live in East Stroudsburg PA.  When I was a little girl, I purchased a bracelet with Capt. Samuel Waters name.   I am now 50 yrs old and when I was going thru my things, I found my Bracelet!!!  I went on this website and found that his remains were returned in 1977. I was very upset, I was hoping he was alive so I could send him my Bracelet.
 
My husband is in the Navy for 25 years and while he was in Iraq (2 times and in Kuwait and also Afghanistan) he also purched a few Bracelets of our proud Military Men. I just wanted Capt. Walters family to know that I am sorry about his death and I am proud to have this Bracelet. If for any reason they would like to have it, if he had a wife or children, I wouldn't hesitate to send it to them. God Bless our Guys!!!
 
Linda Taubert
PO Box 1322
Marshalls Creek,PA 18302 or taubtville@yahoo.com

From: "Vicki Roberts, Esq." <vicki@restmycase.com>
Subject:  Col. Paul Underwood
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 17:03:04 -0800

Hello,
  I have my original bracelet made by VIVA for Col. Paul Underwood, 3-16-66.  I have displayed it prominently for almost 40 years.  I would like to return it to the family if they would like to have it.
  Cordially,
  Vicki Roberts

From: "Mary Lou O'leary" <mooieol@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 17:21:51 -0500
To the Family of Robert Sennett,
 
I was going through some articles I had for many years, and came across a bracelet I had worn for many years. It was ADRC Robert Sennett, January 22, 1966. I often wondered who was this man who was fighting for my freedom and where he was. I prayed that he would be safe. I tried today to look up in the computer about Robert Sennett and I found information about Robert Sennett, DOB May 2, 1939, Date of Loss Jan. 22, 1966. North Vietnam, If this is the soldier that is on my bracelet and his family would like to have it. I would love to give it to them. My e-mail is mooieol@comcast.net. Thank you

From: "Debbie Horn" <dchorn@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 15:33:09 -0500

To the Family of Major Donald A. Brown (Panel 08W - Line 68);

I had the honor of wearing the POW/MIA bracelet of Capt. Donald Brown, 7/30/70 for many years.  As I grew older, I placed it in my jewelry box for save-keeping... but every time I opened the box I thought about Donald Brown and if he was ever found.  I had visited the Wall but couldn't find his name because I didn't know of his change of rank.  I recently discovered the POWNetwork.org and found his bio, which in turn lead me to the Virtual Wall.

My Father was a WWII Veteran, I know several Vietnam Veterans and my nephew is a Veteran of the War in Iraq.  I held a job working beside Veterans for eleven years and will always remember their sacrifices for our many freedoms. 

If the family would like to have his POW/MIA bracelet, I would be glad to forward it to them.

Thank you from a grateful American,

D. C. Horn

dchorn@comcast.net


Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2008 00:15:20 -0500
From: "Stephanie Coulter" <coulter.stephanie@gmail.com>
I have a POW bracelet with the following info:
 
1Lt. Rick Blake 11-4-70
 
I cannot find any status information on him on the internet or your website.  Can you assist in where to research Rick Blake's address/status?  If still possible, I would like to return the bracelet to him or his family.
 
Thanks!
 
Brad Heidorf
Prospect KY 40059

From: Cashdavid1@aol.com
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 20:12:49 EST
Subject: Re: bracelet, 1972
My mother gave me my diary that I had kept when in high school. In it I wore a pow/mia bracelet the name on it was Capt. H.H.Buddy Fleming III 5/10/68. I wore and believe he did make it home. I think my mom has the bracelet at her house, I would love to find it. I wore the bracelet with pride during the difficult war. I could not find any information on him, would love to hear if all went well with him and would like to contact him if at all possible. Thank you for your time       
 
Chris Cash


Mary- Thank you for emailing me back, I'm sad to hear he never made it back. I hope his parents know that I wore his bracelet with honor. God bless you for what you do.

Chris
Cash
Tallahassee, florida