LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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

From: "Jim & Charlotte" <jcopsahl@nrctv.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2009 10:22:34 -0500
I have the POW/MIA bracelet of SGT. Michael Burns who was lost on 7/31/69. Laos was the country of loss. I would love to find a update on his status. My prayers are with him and his family until I know for sure that he is safe here in the USA or his remains have come home and is resting peacefully in Heaven. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY, AND THANKS FOR MAKING THIS THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON WORLD. AND GOD BLESS ALL OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN.


From: Barksbt@aol.com
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 21:07:55 EDT
Subject: Stephen Armitstead, Lt., lost 3-17-69

To His Family,
 
I have had his bracelet for over 30 years; I still wear it.  I will continue to wear it until he comes home.
 
Thank you for loving someone who served so proudly.
 
Sincerely,
 
L. Barker

From: "Danny Nash" <dannyn@newtonjonesagency.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 09:27:04 -0400

To the family of Steven Morris Hastings Ė E5/US Army Ė 240th Assault Helicopter Co, 214th Aviation Btn., 12 Aviation Group,

I have had a P.O.W. bracelet with his name since 1970. I am trying to find anyone in his family. Please email me at this address.

Regards,

Danny Nash


From: "Kelly" <kellytimes4@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 12:02:13 -0400

Back in 2003, I purchased four POW bracelets and by the time they were sent to me, these POWís were found alive.  Thatís the good news.  I would like to give these bracelets to the soldiers but donít know how to find them. They all went missing 3/23/03 and were found alive 4/13/03.  Their names are:

David S. Williams

James J. Riley

Edgar A. Hernandez

Joseph Hudson

My email address is kellytimes4@comcast.net

 

=================
 

I originally sent in a letter in October, 2009 that was posted here (http://www.pownetwork.org/tletter28.htm).  It is the 4th letter from the top.  I have made contact with all 4 POW's and I am mailing them their bracelets today, November 11th, 2010 (Veteran's Day).  All thanks to MaryAnn, who without her assistance I don't think I would have been able to locate any of them.
 
Thank you for your help.
 
Kelly Hedger

 


Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:27:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: KATHY JENKS <kj93023@sbcglobal.net>
In 1970 I began wearing a P.O.W.- M.I.A. bracelet bearing the name of Air Force Major Wendell Keller. I wore this for over 20 years until it became so thin and worn that I was afraid that it might break. Unfortunately I put it away and forgot about it until recently when I began a search to find out more about who Wendell the man was. I would like to make contact with any family or friends of Major Keller to thank them for his service and return the bracelet to them for future generations of his family.
Kathy Jenks

Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 01:33:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ken Leon <ken@kenleon.com>
Subject: MAJ John R. Schumann

I've never attempted to contact Major Schumann's family, but have worn his bracelet now for about 15 years.  I was thinking of them recently when I had an encounter and I hope they are well.
 
Two nights ago I went to dinner; nothing fancy, but one of the best things about working in Kuwait (instead of Iraq or Afghanistan) is that you can do that, go to dinner at a place other than the mess hall. In Kuwait, where two-thirds of the population is expatriate, most of the chain restaurants are staffed by Phillipinos, and the Johnny Rockets which I have frequented lately near the apartment is no exception.
 
Unlike most nights however, the young lady taking my order attempted to engage me in a discussion about something other than my menu choice.  And she caught me completely unaware.
 
Looking down slightly, she said, "You are Mr. John?" I was at a total loss, and she could tell.  Then, pointing at my POW bracelet, she said again, "You are Mr. John?" I was glad she had pointed, or I might never have caught on.  I wondered to myself who might wear a bracelet with their own name engraved on it.
 
The Mr. John she referred to was John Schumann.  Major John R. Schumann, an Infantry Officer who died in captivity in Vietnam in 1965 after being captured near the village he was assigned to.  Multiple eyewitnesses have verified his capture and subsequent death, but to date he hasn't returned, so he's still on the rolls of the missing.  He is likely never to return.
 
When he died, he was younger than I am now by 12 years, even though we hold the same rank. I started wearing the bracelet with his name when I was a Company Commander, about 15 years ago, and after wearing the aluminum version out, had this one cast in silver, which has held up very well over the years.  It is as uncomfortable as it is unattractive- but then it isn't an adornment.
 
I explained to the young lady that the name of the person on the bracelet was that of a soldier, an officer who was captured during the war and who later died.  I don't know if she fully understood my explanation or not.  She looked puzzled.  "Was he famous?"
 
I answered no, he wasn't famous.  Just a soldier in a very difficult war, who was ambushed, captured, and then forced to work in a labor camp until he became sick and died.
 
"Was he important?"  No, I said, he wasn't overly important in the grand scheme of things, just a young officer performing the duties he was assigned to the best of his ability, like the thousands of other soldiers in that conflict, but neither famous nor very important.
 
The puzzled look came back, and then, as if trying to figure out a way to finish the conversation, she said "I thought sure you were Mr. John."
No, I said, I'm not Mr. John.
 
But he's in my thoughts.

Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 5:56 PM
from: sarkin48@san.rr.com
Subject: Re: bracelet

While I was cleaning out my late mother-in-lawís apartment, I came across an MIA/POW bracelet which she had.  It has the name of Lt. Col L.W. Whitford Jr. on it and the date of November 2, 1969.  Even though she never told my husband and me about this, it was obvious a precious memory for her.  Do you  have any updated information about Lt. Col. Whitford?  Do you think this is something that his family would be interested in receiving?
 
Thank you,

Sandra Arkin
 


From: Lucinda Poahway <lucindap@cameron.edu>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:07:51 -0600
Subject: Family, Friends, Comrades of Lt Richard Clark, USN

I wear the bracelet of Lt Richard Clark to honor him and keep his memory alive.  I remember choosing the bracelet as we were performing in Washington DC at the Smithsonian.  We stole a few moments to go look at some of the landmarks.  When we passed by this small tent, we had just come from the Viet Nam Memorial.  He asked us if weíd like to look and buy one to remember these men whoíd sacrificed so much.  In a hurry we decided yes but was not familiar with that kind of tribute.  And there were so any to choose from. I donít think it was until that moment I realized how many men were captive or killed in action in Viet Nam much less the other world wars.  It was astonishing and overwhelming to these gals from Oklahoma.  I told him I wanted one from the US Navy because my husband had served in the Navy and he was always so proud of the Navy.  He showed me some, then I said ďIíd like the one with the name Richard Clark, because I know someone back home by that last name.  We decided to go back to the memorial and look for the names of our fallen heroes.  We found Lt. Clarkís but could not locate the others.  I remember thinking to myself what a daunting way to look at that Memorial, knowing someoneís name, having a connection.  And if it had not been for that one moment in time, I would not have the same feelings about the losses we had in Viet Nam or anywhere else in the world.  I always lived in my comfort zone.  But for the efforts of men and women who know the loss, we can never imagine what it was.  You have kept these service men and women in the hearts of America.

I am a Kiowa woman.  We have high regards and honors for our warriors.  We stand behind them.  We sing war journey songs for them till they return.  Even though Lt Clark is not a Native American, he still lives in the heart of one who wears his bracelet at our warrior society ceremonial dance.  I do not have to announce it or let everybody know I have a bracelet, I proudly wear it when I dance the Scalp Dance of victory.  I wear it when our Chieftain songs are sung, this is the greatest honor for a warrior, and a great warrior he was.

Although I do not know Lt Clark, have never seen a picture.  I believe one day I will meet him and will know who he is.  I pray the family of Lt. Clark, that they have found the comfort of the Lord whose arms their son/brother/cousin/friend/comrade is in.  Ah ho.  


From: "Mark Coleman" <bosheis@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:13:10 -0800

Happy Veterans Day, My name is Mark and I have Col. Sheltonís POW bracelet,

Mark  


Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 09:42:46 -0800 (PST)
From: Judith Gonzalez <judgonzalez@yahoo.com>
Subject:  To Lt. Michael Bouchard 12-19-68
To Lt. Michael Bouchard,
 
While going through some boxes today I found your bracelet.  I have had your bracelet since I was a teenager in Texas I am about to turn 50 in a few days.  I have always wonder if you had returned home.  Today while searching I found my answer, there is always hope.  If they can find a missing girl after 18 years there is alway hope.  I hope your family is well as I have always wondered about them.
Judith

Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 11:03:33 -0800 (PST)
From: reccia amolsch <recciaamolsch@yahoo.com>

Upon my left wrist still is the pow bracelet with the name of  Spec 5 Craig Dix  3-17-71.
I grew up in Monroe , Michigan just south of Livonia.  So close yet so far away.  Spec 5 Dix and his family remain in my prayers daily.  I may be contacted @  recciaamolsch@yahoo.com
 
May  God be with you, God Bless all of our troops past and present.
 
Reccia M. (Bussell)  Amolsch  

From: SFAXTROP@aol.com
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 20:17:03 EST
Subject: Captain James Hale Tucker

Aloha,

I received Captain Jams Tucker 4-26-66 bracelet in the early '70's.  I still have the bracelet today.  There is not a day that goes by that I hope to get further information regarding Captain James Hale Tucker.  I know he is from a small town in Okl
a
homa.  The reference # I have for him is 0317-0-02.

I wonder what he looked like, how he grew up, if he had a wife and children, etc.  If there is any chance my email would be forwarded to a member of his family, I would g
r
eatly appreciate it.

I think of him and all of the men and women not only in the Vietnam War, but all wars that have given the greatest sacrifice for us and our country.


Mahalo,

Kim Marie Ramick

From: "Dave" <kulullin@hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009 23:04:16 -0500
I have a bracelet that has the name of Maj. William Brooks missing 04/22/1970 and I would like to return it to the family if they would like it.
 
I have searched for information about him and found he was in a group burial on 11/08/1995.
 
My email is kulullin@hughes.net, please pass this on to the family so that they may contact me and I can get this to them.
 
Thank you
Ruth Organek

From: DavR6@aol.com
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 10:40:49 EST
Subject: VietNam Bracelet S FC Lawrence J Englander

I have been wearing this bracelet for many years.... I served in Viet-Nam from 1967 - 1968. I was attached to a Special Force's Mike Force.
 
Although I was wounded three times it was  through God's good graces, I returned home. Jerry is like the other Vets who did not return home a brother and hero to me. I now reside in the United Kingdom.
 
 
Robert L David, CMSgt, USAF Retired
Lakenheath Suffolk

From: Kerry Laster <kerrysmail5@aol.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 20:59:57 -0800
To the Family of Sgt. Refugio Thomas Teran: I have rediscovered the POW/MIA Bracelet that I acquired when I was eleven years old, living 
in Los Angeles, in 1970. I have had in my possession your beloved's name engraved on this bracelet for the past 40 years.  I am in Nevada, 
many miles away from you, but close in thought. May God continue to enfold you after all these painful years. I display your son's name 
proudly on my POW bracelet.
Sincerely, Kerry
Reno, NV

From: "wmiller" <wrms@tds.net>
Subject: RE: POW bracelet 
Marvin Foster, POW 1969
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 17:24:19 -0600

Today I was doing some cleaning and found my POW bracelet that I bought a long time ago.  I saw that "my POW" had his remains announced in 2005.  Please send my condolences to the family if you have contact as he has been with me for a very long time.
 
Wendy Miller
Kenosha , WI


From: Rosamond Prince <rblossom@charter.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 13:34:45 -0500  edited 06/16/2013
To the family of SP4 JOEL C. HATLEY:     

I have had Joel's POW/MIA bracelet since the early 1980's.  I wore it for several years, and prayed that he would be found alive.    Then as the years passed, I stopped wearing it and put it in a jewelry box.  I have periodically taken it out and wondered about him, and made a promise to myself that one day I would try to contact his family to thank you for his service, and let you know that he was not forgotten.  When I recently came across his bracelet, and two others that I inherited from a friend who died, I decided to google POW/MIA, and as a result, I found a little information about him.  Since the website seemed to indicate that his remains were found and identified, I would like to know if you would like to have his bracelet that has been in my possession all these years.  Please feel free to contact me via email, and then if you desire further contact we can arrange for that in a less-public forum.  
 

My email address is rblossom@charter.net       


Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:13:39 -0500
From: WWIII <ww3lads@gmail.com>

To the family of Maj Richard G. Elzinga,
 
My name is Bill Wilcox and I am a Technical Sergeant (Active Duty) in the USAF. I have, for many years, worn a Vietnam era POW-MIA bracelet bearing the name and carrying the honorable memory of Maj Richard G. Elzinga. Via an excerpt from the book "The Ravens", it is my understanding that he and "Hank Allen" took off one day, in Laos, and their aircraft simply disappeared, neither of them to be heard from again. I would be interested to hear if there was any further info about him, but I do not require it in order to maintain my undoubtable faith in his dedication to his country, the USAF and his mission.
 
I have worn, and will continue to wear, this red bracelet bearing his name for many years. I can say that is has parted company with my wrist only when mandatory, usually in the performance of my own duties and as a matter of safety and security. Nevertheless, I would be honored to return it to a member of the Major's family, if they should so desire it.
 
Please contact me at this email address, ww3lads@gmail.com with any associated information about the Major, or request for the bracelet. Take care and God bless.
 
Sincerely,
William E. Wilcox III, TSgt, USAF

Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
From: "Dan Reeder" <dan.reeder@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:59:44 -0500

Hello Ė I am trying to track down a relative of Lt. Col. Ward Dodge.  He was the name on my POW/MIA bracelet when I was a young girl. I know he was a pilot and was shot down, captured, and died a week later.  I found my bracelet yesterday while in the attic of my parents house and have always wanted to send it to his wife or daughter, son, or any relative.  He was born in 1929 so he would have been 80 years old.  If you have a contact address I would love to forward this bracelet to them.

Thank you Ė Cheryl Reeder


From: dbook51@cox.net
TO: Family and friends of SFC Lawrence J. Englander
Date: Mon, Jan. 18, 2010
Subject: Vietnam Bracelet

Due to a football injury, I did not serve. And yet was grateful and thankful to all those that did in my stead. I've worn several bracelets over the years, keeping a supply in my draw should one break. I've been wearing SFC Englander's bracelet for about 5 years. I've read "Jeff" enlisted in the town I was born, Van Nuys, CA, and felt an immediate connection with him. Another of the bracelets I have, the soldier lost on my birthday, is another connection I keep in my heart.
 
Today as I was surfing the net, I came across "ėLove Letters" and with tears in my eyes, I read of the connection people have with those lost. While missing or dead, they are not far from people' hearts or their wrists.
 
I'll wear this bracelet until "Jeff" comes home. And should his break, I'll wear one of the others I have. I'm now a professional truck driver with an American flag on one side of my truck and a POW on the other. There's not a day goes by where I don't thank a Vet somewhere, somehow. 
 
Thank you for SFC Lawrence J. Englander's service to his country and for keeping me safe. Thank you for your sacrifice.   
 
Being grateful and thankful for men like SFC Englander,
Doug Book
 

From: "Barbara Galentine" <catsmile@carolina.rr.com>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:40:44 -0500
As a college student I had the privilege of acquiring the MIA bracelet of Col. Robert W. Brownlee, date missing 24Apr1972. It is my understanding that Col. Brownlee remains missing. It is with heartfelt gratitude that I would like to offer the bracelet to his family.
Please contact me: catsmile@carolina.rr.com
 
Thank you,
Barbara Galentine

From: cbb9090@aol.com
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:27:11 EST
I do estate sales and have found a bracelet for SPEC. 5 RICHARD GARCIA 3-71.  If you would like me to send this to a family member - please contact me.  cbb9090@aol.com or www.tastefulpromotions.com

 

GARCIA, RICARDO MARTINEZ

Name: Ricardo Martinez Garcia
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: 48th Aviation Company, 11th Aviation Group
Date of Birth: 15 September 1951 (Kingsville TX)
Home City of Record: Driscoll TX
Date of Loss: 19 March 1971
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 163940N 1062920E (XD585428)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1C
Refno: 1730

From: OBeautifulyblind@aol.com
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 18:52:45 EST

I am  writing to the family of Capt. Ronald Leonard Watson. I have worn your sons name upon my wrist for a while, and found this site in seeking a family member.
I wish to say how proud I am, in wearing your sons name, and he will not be forgotten . He was a brave man, and in learning about him, I have discovered something in myself. He had the courage to do so many things, and in that he has given me the same courage as well, to carry through my own life. Thank you and god bless your family... " They will never be forgotten . "
 Judy Anderson... San Antonio , TX

From: "Goss, Wayne" <Wayne.Goss@LibertyMutual.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 11:11:14 -0500
Subject: LoveLetters to the Family of Don Lyon (MIA 3-22-68)

To the family of (then) Major Don Lyon,
 
Back in the very early 70's, I walked into a pizza shop when I was around 10 years old to order a pizza.  There on the counter in a basket were a handful of POW/MIA Bracelets.  Little did I understand what these really were or meant.  I dug out a dollar from my allowance and bought the bracelet.  The name on it was Major Don Lyon.  I wore that bracelet until I was in high school slowly learning through the years that it was not just a name on a bracelet, but that it was a brave person who served to protect our country.   On a trip home from PA in 1978, I realized I had lost my bracelet somewhere along my journey!  I was sad and anxious and angry at myself for losing it.  Upon arriving home, I immediately began the search for a new one.  I NEVER forgot the name on the bracelet and finally found a place to get a new one.  And I did....Major Don Lyon has been with me ever since!  The invention of the internet has helped to be able to keep track of ALL the POW's / MIA's and I constantly check for Major Lyon.  I have even been to the wall in Washington D.C. to visit his name.  I hope that one day, he will be home where he can be at peace.  Until that day, he will be with me, on this bracelet, and in my thoughts and prayers.
 
God Bless!
 
Warmly,
 
Wayne Goss

From: "barbara cavanagh" <barbaraecavanagh@aol.com>
Subject: Love Letters
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 14:02:33 -0500

To the family of Major Wayne Fullam (10/7/67)

I have  Major Fullamís POW bracelet. I probably received it in 1970. Iíve often wondered who he was and what circumstance brought his fate. Iím very pleased to know his story now  , though I didnít have to read it to know he was a hero.  

I thought his family would like to have the bracelet  back.

If you would like it returned, please contact me at barbaraecavanagh@aol.com.

 

Barbara Cavanagh


Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 17:26:41 -0600
From: "R.E. Parker" <reparker@optonline.net>

To the Friends and Family of Robert F. ScherdinÖ

This year again I would like to reach out and send my sincerest feelings of shared loss with you.   I continue to wear Robertís MIA bracelet, and always will.  Last year I was honored to hear from one of Bobís Special Forces Classmates, Frank McCloskey, who graciously shared a few of his memories of Bob with me.  Through him I learned more about the man Bob was and that his loss is felt much farther, and deeper, than one might think.  I believe we are both, and all of us, lucky to have been touched by Bob to a greater or lesser degree and to share this one connection.  I wish there were a way for me to take on a bit of your grief and lessen your sense of loss, to perhaps diminish some of your burden.  Again this year, today on what would be Bobís 63rd Birthday, let me thank you for the sacrifice both you and Bob made for us all.  America is a better place because of men like him and we are all very grateful.

Sincerely,

Ed Parker


Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 04:30:30 +0000
From: Spicychicken014@gmail.com

To the family of :
LT. COL. BOBBY BAGLEY

My father was a Vietnam veteran. He past away almost two months ago now. I have been going to a few of his things and came across a POW/MIA bracelet with all of his Vietnam stuff.
I would like to return the bracelet to the family because I know my father would of wanted me to do it.
The information on the bracelet reads:
LT. COL. BOBBY BAGLEY
9-16-67

Any information about the family and how I could return the bracelet would be great.
Thank you,
Anthony
spicychicken014@gmail.com

From: Shrew808@aol.com
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:09:23 EDT

I have had Captain Robert F. Coady's POW/MIA bracelet for the past 40 years.  I still keep it and think of him.  If his family would like to have it, I would be willing to send it to them.  Please know that he is still in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Diane Friske
Glenshaw, Pa. 15116

From: "donna" <dayleen1995@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:49:47 -0500

I have the bracelet I bought when I was in High School & just found out that the name on the list Lt.Col Carl Karst  11-16-68  was no longer MIA but his remains were found & idenified in 1994. I would like to return this to his family if I could.If anyone reading this knows his family Please let them know I am looking for them. Thank You Donna

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 18:48:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kathy Jacobs <nativetexankj@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Vietman braclet from 70's

I have an old, what I believe to be, a POW braclet from when I was a child approx 1970.  The name on the bracelet is Lt. Col. LAIRD GUTTERSON   2 -23-68 
 
Could you please give me some information on this gentleman that served our country during what I believe had to of been Vietnam.
 
Can the bracelet be returned to the family?  Is that what we were supposed to do with them.  For some reason I always thought it was to be returned to him to show my support or to the family.
 
Please advise me.
 
Sincerely,
Kathy

Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 16:00:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: Deborah Huffman <deborahhuffman1@yahoo.com>
To the family of Sgt. Robert Gage - Mia  7-2-66
 
I wore Robert Gages POW bracelet for many years.  I bought the bracelet while I was in high school in the early 70s.  After it broke in two I taped it together and wore it until it just wouldn't hold anymore. I tucked it away and found it today after more than 35 years. I have placed it on my desk by my computer.
I've never forgotten his name and have prayed about him during all these years.
 
It would mean a lot to me if you would respond to me. 
 
Thanks.
 
Deborah Huffman

Subject: MIA Bracelet for Major James McGarvey
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 01:03:42 -0500
From: "Baburek, Joseph (J.)" <jbaburek@ford.com>

To Whom it May Concern:
    My name is Joe Baburek and I served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1969 to 1975.  In 1970, I was called to active duty, and spent half of my time on the USS Oriskany CVA 34, and finished up at COMFAIRALAMEDA, in Alameda, California.  In 1970, I made a donation to acquire an MIA Bracelet, and swore to myself that I would wear it until the man was found or I was discharged from the service.  I have to say that I kept my word, even though the bracelet made my skin turn green.  Anyway, after all these years, I ran across the MIA bracelet of Major James McGarvey in a box of military artifacts and pictures I saved from my time in the Navy.  If anyone in your organization has or can contact Major McGarvey's surviving family members, please tell them that I would be honored to send them the bracelet, so it may serve as a memory to his family, that Major James McGarvey was never forgotten.  My e-mail address is <jbaburek@ford.com> if any of his family wishes to contact me as to where they would like it mailed.  If he were my father, grandfather, or any close relative, I know I would have wanted it.

                                                                                                                            Sincerely,

                                                                                                                             Joe Baburek

                                                                                                                             YN3 USNR


Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 14:42:51 -0700
From: Michele Larsen <larseninlb@charter.net>
I have in my possession an MIA bracelet with the name of CAPTAIN MICHAEL DONOVAN, missing September 30, 1971. 
I wore this bracelet for many years.  When I stumbled onto this web site I was sad to see that his status remains MIA.  I would be glad to return the bracelet to family members or other loved ones.  Please advise.
 
As the mother of a son I can't fathom what you have had to endure for all these many years.  Rest assured, I won't forget your brave son and what he sacrificed for me. 

Michele Larsen

From: "G.A. Schweitzer" 
Since I was 13 years old I have kept my Vietnam Soldier's Bracelet in my jewelry box.  Form many years after the war, I watched to find out what  may have happened to Lt. Co. John Robertson.  After watching Senator McCain during the debate, I took the bracelet out and searched the online database to see if he ever came home.  I am very proud to have had the opportunity to keep the Lt. Col. in my thoughts and prayers for these many years and would welcome the opportunity to return the bracelet to a family member. I can be contacted via email at oehlcke@hotmail.com
This bracelet has been a treasure of mine for many years, I am grateful for the Lt. Col's sacrifice in the name of of our great country and know he is resting in grace with God.


Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:46:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: Cynthia Aguilar <cynd2950@yahoo.com>
Subject: MAJOR TERRIN HICKS

I have cherished my bracelet for 40 years and have wondered about the fate of my POW/MIA and have worried and prayed for his family.  Today, while looking in my jewelry chest for something, I ran across my bracelet and walked over to the computer and typed in what I usually do to look for him, but today was different, I found his story and to my surprise, there it was a beautiful picture of Terrin Hicks in uniform.  I was finally able to see the face of the name I have carried in my heart since I was 20 years old.  I know 40 years have passed, but what I see is a young man's smiling face, a handsome young man.  He was not quite 32 years old when he was reported MIA, but it seems like yesterday when i was given the blue circled star to place on his braclet (MIA).  Looking at his picture and then reading about his mother's passing in 2007, saddened me to know that she never was able to know...to know the truth about his fate...never allowed to bury his remains, if deceased, never able to put her arms around him and welcome him home, and always wondering if he was alive. 
 
The facts of his dissapearance are conflicting, not from our Government's comments but from his captures account of his dissapearance.  The last radio contact from his weapons system operator describes a disturbing account, but yet not a definite account of Terrin's whereabouts, since they were separated about one mile apart after being forced to eject from their aircraft.  Major Terrin Hicks was an Air Force Fighting Pilot and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel while MIA. 
 
 I am a mother of two grown sons and as proud as I am of my sons I am just as proud of "Terry".  My husband is also a proud Vietnam Veteran.
 
I found out that Terrin's high school has established a Terrin (Terry) Hicks Memorial Foundation which awards college scholarships to the best all around students.  Terrin was Student Body President Class of 1954, which makes me smile. 
 
I know there are many other bracelets out there with Terry's name on them and I know that you must cherish your bracelet as I do mine.  We all have a connection to him and his life.  Keep them proudly for our MIA/POW is a war hero.
 
I am not sure how I feel about finding what I have searched for for so many years on what happened to Major Terrrin Hicks, yet maybe this little bit of knowledge and history is the closure I have needed (although his whereabouts are still unknown).  For now, I have a story and a smiling face in uniform and knowing this is better than not knowing anything at all.
 
I know we can't return our bracelets to his family, but I just want his family and friends to know that I won't sell his bracelet on the internet like I've seen done, and that I will never forget him, and after 40 years I am very proud to have this bracelet that brought a young man's life from across the Country into my life and I want them to know that he is loved and stilled prayed for by his extended family of bracelet keepers.
 
Cindy and her Family

From: Day <2crimson@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:29:16 -0400
 
My name is Day Seriani and this year (2010) I have been wearing the bracelet of Maj Martin Scott (Col. Martin Scott) for 42 years.
I was 9 years old when I began wearing it and it was such a serious thing...telling us not to take it off until "our soldier" came home.
I watched the news and hoped that my soldier would come home. In 1994 I got my first computer and one of the first things I looked
at was info on whether Maj. Scott had returned home. When I read that they had a photo of his "crash site" I cried for hours. I wanted
a happy ending for him and his family. Although I was upset at the news, something inside me would not let me take the bracelet off
and I continued to wear it. Every year from the time I could drive I would go to Washington DC and look at the Wall on Memorial Day and I
would pay my respects to Maj. Scott.  My kids grew up with it, knowing the story of me wearing his bracelet and as they got older they
asked to have one made with his name on it too. I wish Maj. Scott's family the best and to them I would say that their loved one has not been
forgotten...he lives on in your family, in my family, and in the families of all that wore and continue to wear his bracelet.

With love, respect, and gratitude.
Day Seriani
 

"Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth.
We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it."  

1792, Chief Seattle (Seatlh) Suquamish Chief

Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 20:20:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: J M <jsmjr92557@yahoo.com>
Subject: POW/MIA Bracelet for MSG Mike John Scott, US Special Forces
I have a POW/MIA bracelet for MSG Mike John Scott from Newark, New Jersey. MSG Scott was lost in Laos when his O-1G was shot down. His body has never been recovered. My name is John S. Myers Jr, SFC, US Army, Retired. I served in the 82nd Airborne Division. I would love to find his family and tell them that I still wear his bracelet to this day. I have had his bracelet since 1982. I was trained never to leave a fallen comrade behind. I still believe in it to this day. I hope that someone in his family sees this letter and contacts me. Thank you and may GOD be with MSG Scott and his family.
 

From: David Daaka <daviddaaka@gmail.com>
Subject: Captain. Carroll Lilly and Family
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 10:15:51 -0400

Captain Lilly,
 
I wore your bracelet through many of my school years always hoping fro your safe return home. I often thought of how brave and kind you must be and also that you are probably also quite handsome!
Now with the internet, there is a chance that you or your family will receive this note and contact me. I will continue to hold close your bracelet until I hear from you.
 
G-d speed

Liza Daaka
yadaaka@gmail.com

Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:37:01 -0400
From: "Fulp, Connie" <CFULP@indy.gov>

To the Family of Lt. Col. Edwin David Palmgren

I purchased my bracelet back in 1970Öat that time my brother was a Marine and was on his way home from serving in Viet Nam. I wanted to do something to help the families that had loved ones that were POW/MIA.  Like others, I wore the bracelet for many, many years. Iím having another bracelet made in Honor and Memory of Lt. Col. Edwin David Palmgren and will wear it too with great pride!

Thank YouÖ for the extreme sacrifice that was made for my freedom.

Connie M. Fulp

Beech Grove, IN 46107

www.cfulp@indy.gov

I am just an ordinary woman on an extraordinary journey with an awesome God.

                                                                                                                                        Linda Rose


From: "nancy Heinze" <heinze57@hickorytech.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:34:54 -0500

Hello, I wanted to let someone know that I have had and worn a bracelet for LCDR Michael Estocin for at least 35 to 40 years. I don't remember when I recieved the bracelet so I can't be certain about the time period. Back in 1967 I was only in 7th grade. I know I didn't get it then...sometime later. I just wanted you to know that I have thought of him all these years and I am grateful beyond words for his service for our country and my freedom. Thank you. Nancy   heinze57@hickorytech.net

From: Carol Birmingham <res07xau@verizon.net>
Subject:  Captain Michael Leo Donovan Sept  30th, 1971
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 16:36:18 -0700
 
My son is taking his 8th grade trip to Washington DC and they will be visiting the Vietnam War Memorial next week. I went to my jewelry box 
and found the POW bracelet that I have had for almost 40 years. I  searched the POW/MIA name index and located the name on my bracelet 
Captain Michael Leo Donovan Sept 30th, 1971. I was saddened to discover that his remains were never returned to his family. My son 
will stop and honor Captain Donovan with a prayer. We hope that his family can take comfort in knowing that Captain Donovan has not been 
forgotten.

Carol Birmingham

Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:01:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mary McIlraith <mmcilraith@yahoo.com>

My name is Mary and I have a bracelet with the name of Ronald Dodge 5-17-67.  I understand his remains were finally returned in 1981.  If his family would like my bracelet, I would be honored to return it to his surviving family. 
 
I also have the January/February, 1973 issue of The VOICE of POWs and MIAs a Los Angeles newspaper.  Lt. Dodge's photograph after his capture is on the front page of the paper. 
 
I am the daughter of a WWII Vet and am so proud and honored by every man and woman who has served this nation.
 
 

Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:46:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: Linda Dunwoody <dunwoody_l@yahoo.com>
Subject: POW bracelet of Elton Lawrence Perrine
Hi my name is Linda Dunwoody. I live in Grinnell Iowa, and work as a para-educator in the local high school. In 1971 after losing a dear friend, it made me think of those families whose loved ones was listed as POW's or MIA's. I got a bracelet in October 1971. The name on the bracelet is Maj. E. Lawrence Perrine 5-22-67. I have worn that bracelet everyday since then, never taking it off. I have over the years visited the traveling mini Vietnam Wall. I found some more information through this, but always still listed as missing in action. The bracelet over almost 39 years has given me countless encounters with other bracelet wearers and others that did not know that there were thousands that did not get their final honor. Working at the school the bracelet has given me new opportunities to give another generation an insight they would have otherwise not have been able to understand. One of the classes I'm assisting in chose to read the book, "The Things That They Carried" by Tim O' Brian, once again the bracelet became part of what I could share with them. It also reminded me to look again to see if there was any news. It was one of those moments that I will never forget, I always hoped this day would come. Your loved one is hero and always will be. Now that the journey of this bracelet is over, I would be honored to send it to your family. My heart will be with you on May 24th I would love for the bracelet to be there too. 

Please feel free to e-mail me @ dunwoody_l@yahoo.com 

 Thank you for your time.

Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 12:07:29 -0400
From: Robin Deibert <robindeibert@gmail.com>

I recently was going through my "memory box" from the past and came across my MIA bracelet for Spec.5 James R. Nelson. lost 6-11-67.  I did a little research and found from this site that he is still missing and his biography has been recently updated with a photo.  If his family should see this know that he is still in my thoughts and prayers.  We will be visiting Washington this summer and was going to leave the bracelet there, I will now keep it.

Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 10:50:16 -0400
From: valerie225@aol.com
To the family of Chief Master Sergeant Lawrence Clark,
 
Memorial Day always brings the sadness and thankfulness for all those who did not return from their duty in  Vietnam.  I have had Lawrence Clark's bracelet since the early 1970s.  I was married to a Marine who died young and am now married to a retired Naval Office who served in Nam.  Our prayers have always gone out for the the return of your loved one.
 
I will continue to treasure the bracelet or return it to you if you wish to have it.

Truly,
 
Valerie McKenzie

From: rrrinkrat rrrinkrat <rrrinkrat@hotmail.com>
Subject: Col. Joseph Christiano
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 16:36:27 -0400

 
Hello,
 
I read a note from the niece of Col Christiano on a web link to your site. I have held a POW bracelet for the Col. since they first came out.. MANY years ago and I will continue to , so we don't forget. Do you happen to have any contact information for his family that you could forward this to them? I know his wife is gone, but maybe there is someone? I just want them to know he is not forgotten and how much I appreciate what he did for our country.
 
God Bless,
Barbara Cady
Waynesboro,PA.17268

Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 11:57:20 -0400
From: "Baldassari, Linda M" <linda.m.baldassari@lmco.com>
Subject: Roger E. Wilson
 
 

My daughter and I visited DC recently and it brought back the memory of the bracelet buried in my jewelry box.  I found your website and the bio of Roger.  Words cannot express what it did to me.  Anyhow I have this bracelet if anyone is interested in it.  If not, I will be proud to keep it.

 

linda.m.baldassari@lmco.com

 

 

L


From: Kelly Weiss <wyneselr@msn.com>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 15:05:39 +0000

CAPTAIN STEPHEN HANSON

6.3.67

Dear Family-                                                                            5.20.2010

       For many years I have wanted to write this letter.  I myself was i guess never in the right place at the right time.  Maybe now I am.  My mother was the one who wore the bracelet.  My father went to the Vietnam war, twice, served in the military for 20 yrs, and my mother was very active in the Navy relief in the 60's.  When she passed in 1972, Captain Hanson's bracelet which was among her personal things, which were few as a military wife, and my father considered it to be a personal possession of hers and passed it to their oldest child, which was me.  I was born in '63.  I didn't get the items of mother until I was moving out at 18.  The bracelets, as you know, were made of copper back then. So the center started to become weak from bending all those years, which is why I don't wear it everyday.  However the bracelet has floated everyday throughout my life since my receiving it.  It was never my intention to give it up, because in my life it had a dual meaning.  One for the man who serves, and my mother for wearing it.   I always wanted Captain Hanson to know that my mother was faithful in is return and wore his bracelet constantly. I thought you as his family and him would appreciate the fact after all these years it still exits. My regards and pride go out to all of you- Kelly 


From: "Francie Oreilly" <foreilly@mi.rr.com>
Subject: LOVELETTERS - Sgt. Refugio Teran
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 21:16:38 -0400

 
To the family of Refugio Teran,
 
I have had Tom's bracelet for over 30 years. I know that he has been home for several years now, but I still wear his bracelet proudly. As Memorial Day approaches and I wear his bracelet it is very special to tell a stranger his story.
 
Today  someone who was born the year before he went missing, saw my bracelet, and was very interested in the orgin of the bracelets and how important they are to those of us who still wear them.
 
I just wanted the family to know that Sgt. Refugio Teran will never be forgotten!
 
Sincerely,
 
Francie O'Reilly

Date: Sat, 29 May 2010 08:41:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gwendolyn Palmer <wenderfulone@yahoo.com>

 
Buying my MIA/POW Bracelet while in high school, at the local VFW was the only thing I could do to show my support for the Vietnam troops at that time. 
It wasn't long after that, in '75 that I joined the service of the US Army. 
The name on my bracelet at the time was Airman First Class, John Q. Adams.  Today, in searching for places to buy a new bracelet... mine had broken after about 2 years of wearing it, and I kept it for many years until in moving, was finally lost track of... came across the site to search to finally after all these years if the airman on the original bracelet.  In searching the Data Base... found that 'my' MIA from the bracelet I wore, had finally just last year had his remains found and returned to the family.  Also was able to read the whole story in the Biography Page about Airman First Class John Q. Adams (yes, he was named after the president, I found out in a letter from the family many years ago in a reply to my inquiry).  That was great, not the news I and so many others had been waiting for, that he be returned alive, but at least his remains found to be able to put closure to his MIA status. 
I did go to the Wall in D.C. about 20 years ago, where I had found he was still at that time, MIA. 
Saddened, but happy he was finally accounted for...  and promoted to Staff Sgt meanwhile as well. 
For the family, if you read this... all my condolences for the loss of your son, brother, uncle.  I had prayed that he would not be one of those who were never accounted for.  I was happy to see that in recovering his remains so recently as last year, there is still ongoing effort to see that as many MIA accounted for as possible. 
And, if you do read this, and find the time, please, I invite anyone in the family or circle of friends of John Q. to contact me at Wenderfulone@yahoo.com.  I never have seen a photo of John, but would love to see his face!
Sincerely, with Loyalty, Honor and Respect on this Memorial Day...  Wendy
 

From: "steve sandine" <ssms@charter.net>
Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 18:12:14 -0500

 
To the family of SSGT Daniel R. Nidds ~~~  I have been wearing Daniel's braclet for many years...proudly.  It is Memorial Day 2010 & that made me think more of him.  I just wanted his family to be aware that someone is still thinking of him & still keeps him there prayers.  If you ever would like to contact me it would be an honor to hear from you.  My e mail is ssms @ charter.net & my name is Marcie & I live in Wisconsin. 

From: "Sue Murphy" <beaglady1@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 16:35:03 -0500

 
I have been wearing the bracelet of S/SGT William Stubbs (10/20/69) for over 40 years and have followed the website accounts of his MIA status.  I've never written to your website, but feel this Memorial Day to be an appropriate time.  The church I belong to, All Saints Lutheran in Orland Park, Illinois recently created a beautiful veterans' memorial on their grounds and held a dedication yesterday.  I've ordered a stone for William Stubbs to be laid at this memorial to honor his heroic service to our country.  If this message reaches his family members or friends, please feel free to contact me at beaglady1@comcast.net.  Please know that I've held him in highest esteem with my deepest gratitude and that my prayers are for his memory and for strength to those who miss him the most; I will continue to wear this precious bracelet that stands for so much...God's blessings to all who serve.
 
Respectfully,
Sue Murphy
Justice, Illinois  

From: Marlene Nyiri <marlenenyiri@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 11:36:02 -0400

 
My father served in the Army and retired as a Sergeant Major.  He served in Korea and WWII.

I was a young child when the Vietnam war broke out.  I remember vividly praying at night that neither my brother nor his many high school friends that I knew would be drafted.  It was such a scary time for children.

I wore a bracelet for CMR William McGrath.  I had to coat the inside of it with nail polish because I am allergic to one of the metals that they are made of.  I remember getting a rash on the inside of my left wrist when the polish would start to wear thin.  But I refused to not wear that bracelet every day.

I tucked the bracelet into a jewelry box years ago but I never forgot CMR McGrath.  I contacted the Vietnam Veterans group in Rochester, NY several years ago to learn if he had come home.  At that time I learned that, while he had not returned as I had prayed for all those years, at least his family now knew of his fate.

That bracelet came back out the jewelry box at that time and it has been on display in my home ever since.  It is still coated with nail polish.  It's a constant reminder of those scary times and the ultimate sacrifice that CMR McGrath made for me and my family.  My eyes still well up in tears every time I look at it.

It would be an honor for me to return it to his family if they so desired.

Sincerely
Marlene M. Nyiri
 

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From: Artgin203@aol.com
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:14:11 EDT
Subject: LCDR William Arnold

 
I have worn the MIA/ POW bracelet of LCDR William Arnold since 1968.  I just want his family to know that they are still in my prayers every day and that their son/father/brother is not forgotten.  God bless you all for the sacrifice you've had to endure so that our country can remain free.
                                                                                            Sincerely,
                                                                                            Ginnie Kenney
                                                                                            Seaside Heights, NJ

From: "Janet Brunnemer" <jmbrunnemer@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2010 13:54:27 -0400
 
In 1970, as a 17 year old high school student, I bought a POW bracelet with the name of Capt. Bud Smith on it and date of capture of 1/8/68.  I wore it faithfully for several years, then put it away.  But I often have thought of Capt. Smith through the years, wondering what happened to him, hoping and praying that he made it home.  I never knew how to find out.  Today I was reading an article in the Indianapolis Star about someone who recently found out about the person on her bracelet (he survived and is still alive) and it gave P.O.W. Network website as the place to find out.  So I looked up my Capt. Bud Smith (I believe he is Hallie William Smith) and much to my deep sadness, I discovered that he is still missing.  It made me cry.  Forty years later, as a 57 year old, I am putting on Capt. Smith's bracelet and will wear it till something definite is known about his fate.  I pray for his family and I am so sorry for all these years of not knowing that they have gone through.  I cannot imagine the pain and suffering they have endured.
 
Thank you for this website.  I now have it listed under "Favorites" on my computer and will check it regularly.
 
Janet Brunnemer 

From: "Newland, Nancy" <NNewland@pjc.edu>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 17:29:50 -0500

 

I wear the bracelet of Pfc. Douglas O. Keefe, USMC, 20 May í67, SVN.  Pfc. Keefe is known to have been killed, but his body was not recovered.  Iíd like his family and friends to know that he is remembered by a police chief in Florida who was a teenager in high school in 1967.  If anyone has info on this young man or would like to share about him, please contact me:

 

nnewland@pjc.edu

 


Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:34:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Julia Collins <piglt11@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: MIA-POW bracelet

 
CDR David Cooley 4-22-68
We would like to forward CDR Cooley's MIA-POW Vietnam bracelet onto a family member.  If you have information on his family, please contact me at piglt11@yahoo.com
 
Thank you Julie
 

Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:16:49 -0400
From: karenalden <karenalden@aol.com>

 
To the family of Colonel Joseph Bower,
  I have had his POW/MIA bracelet for many years. During the Viet Nam War I wore it proudly. I later learned he lost his life while flying a mission over the ocean.  I have always kept it in his honor. I happened upon the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall website and learned it is customary to return the bracelet to his family. I would very much like to do that if I had a way to make contact with them or have them contact me. Today is my birthday, but my birthday wish is to give the gift of his bracelet back to his family if they would like to have it. He is on my mind and in my heart. You can know I send my blessings.  If anyone can direct me to his family, I would be most appreciative. You may email me at karenalden@aol.com
I thank him for his service and sacrifice. He and all veterans are my heroes.  We owe them a debt of gratitude for the freedom we all enjoy.  
Sincerely,

Karen Ward
Reading, MA. 

From: Nancy Britt <britts6@verizon.net>
To: info@pownetwork.org
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 20:57:39 -0400


 
I recently found the POW-MIA bracelet that I had worn for many years as a teen.  In searching for information about my soldier I discovered that he is the husband of the woman who designed the black and white POW-MIA flag.  It was very moving to read his bio and the article about her unending search for him.  I live in Tampa and she lives in Orange Park, FL so we are in the same state and my father was in the navy, as was LCDR Mike Hoff.  I would be honored to have my bracelet sent to his wife and family.  I know in August of 2009 she had Parkinson's disease so I'm not sure what her status is now.  Having lost my husband almost 3 years ago of a sudden heart attack helps me relate to her heartache.  I do so hope to hear from some one regarding my soldier's bracelet.

 
Nancy Britt  

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:43:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Kathleen V." <sweet_kv@yahoo.com>

 
RE: Lt. Col. Donald F. Casey

I am writing this letter in memory of my mother Bonita Valley, who recently passed away. For over 40 yrs she had worn on her her beloved bracelet on her wrist as well as her heart, and now it has passed on to me, who will wear it in honor of her as well as Donald Casey. The only time the bracelet was off her wrist was during hospital procedures and then put right back on when she returned to her room. The bracelet has made appearances at every family wedding, baptism, party and finally at her last appearance; her own funeral where the bracelet and her dedication to a man she never met was a frequent topic.

To the family Lt. Col. Donal Casey...please know that you and your family have always been a part of ours and will continue to be.

Kathleen Valley
 

From: "re246" <re246@bellsouth.net>
Subject:  William Meyer USAF
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 17:06:29 -0400

 
I received 2 POW-MIA  bracelets when I was a teenager. I am now 52 yr. old woman searching for closure for my bracelets but never the love I have had for the men whose names I know as well as my own. While still living at home with my parents the newspaper released the names of the where a bouts of many of the soldiers. I recognized one of my soldiers names and he was released back to the American forces sometime in the middle 70's.  I know that I should at that time probably researched a way to send him the bracelet, but I still wore it along with his fellow soldier and USAF brother William Meyer. I just found out today that William Meyer's remains also returned home but not until Aug. 14, 1985.  Both of these men were lost to us four days apart in 1967 and that is all I know about them or their situation, family or anything else. As for me, I was too young to fully understand the impact of war on a persons heart and soul, but I can recall the visions of war I witnessed on tv every night for years. These men and women lived it daily in person then and if still living I'm sure they are still haunted by the ghosts left by war.
  I prayed for my POW and MIA soldiers and other lost soldiers for years and I have never forgotten them or their families. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to search for some information about the men who I loved for so many years. I hope and pray that Mr. Meyer will have some family or friends with some information about him. I would like for them to know that their was a young, naive, American girl who wore their names with honor and I was so proud of their bravery. I have kept these bracelets carefully in a box for years. I regret I didn't do anything but take them out and run my finger across the writing every time I touched them. I've always wanted to return them to their rightful place and that would be to a friend, or family member. If anyone has any information they could share with me about William Meyer I would be so pleased. Age has a way of humbling us to a place of trying to put things in order, and I owe my life to these men and women whose names are engraved in my heart and soul forever. I would personally like to thank someone who knew him.
    I am sorry for the loss of so many human lives lost in war on both sides and the families and friends left behind. For me, I was just a teenager lost in my own youth, but touched so deeply by what was happening to these men and women not much older than me. I pray it is not too late to find someone who will help heal my heart for the loss of this mans soul and help heal someone else find out how deeply he was cared for and prayed for daily.                

Sincerely,

Jonee' Hiter-Seigler     re246@bellsouth

From: usmc47oohrah@aol.com
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:07:02 -0400 (EDT)
 
I wear the bracelet of USAF LTC David Hrdlicka, this bracelet I never take off. It is a honor to wear  it. Leo Hrdlicka does know that I wear because I spoken with a few times . I have also spoken to his nephew, Leo's son. I hope one  day David will be found. We should all honor because of his courage and bravery we are free today. God bless David where ever you are.
 
Bring them home or send us back 

Kris
Denver Colo


From: "Mark and Sue Johnson" <m-sjohn@myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:04:04 -0400

 
I have a POW bracelet that has been with me for over 30 years. I know from the internet that Capt. John Baldridge never made it back.  I want his family to know that he is not forgotten. God has him in his arms.

Susan
New Hampshire

Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 17:38:53 -0400
Subject: MIA LTCDR Trent Powers
From: "A. Norberto Diaz-Rivera" <prcoqui51@gmail.com>

 
Greetings.
 
I am LTC A. Norberto Diaz-Rivera,  a POW/MIA bracelet that bears the name of LCDR Trent Powers, missing in action 31 October 1965.  I have held this bracelet since 1971 and I am now looking for information or whereabouts of LCDR Powers family in order for me to return to them this bracelet which means so much to me, but I am sure that it means more to his family.  
 
Your assistance with this matter is greatly appreciated.
 
Respectfully;
--
LTC A. Norman Diaz-Rivera

From: "Lenda Randleman" <randlemanl@astound.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 20:05:35 -0700

 
I have a bracelet with the name of LCDR James Beene inscribed on it.  This bracelet has been a part of my life ever since I recieved it, which I think was the late sixties.  I was a young girl then and now am in my late sixties. LCDR James Beene was my hero then and still is.  He is loved like a member of my own family.  I pray the Lord, "Grant Him Peace"

Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 20:24:53 -0700
 
........ on board the USS Hooper DE 1026, 1966-1968.  He never talked much about Viet Nam or the war. I do know he and others were put on shore to do body counts. Before he died of cancer he told me of this:
He was there, WEST PAC, when they were searching for a downed US fighter jet & pilot they were in a small boat, they had found a wing off the jet, then they found the pilots body floating in the ocean.
The captain would not allow them to pick up the body, but ordered it run over and sunk by the boat. My husband hated that captain, the captain would not allow them to even get the dog tags off the body. I'm sorry to tell you this now, I wish I had more information. My heart aches for the family of the pilot, never knowing what happened. If the captain, or other crew members of the Hooper, were contacted maybe they could help with identifying this hero.
Sincerely
........
widow of ......... USN

From: "Frank Zimprich" <frankz@hickorytech.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 18:42:21 -0500

 

I have worn Jon Sparks bracelet over 30 years I pray for him and his family. Through the years I have had many people asking about the bracelet including my grandchildrenI have hope that someday  I will be able to return this to him   or his family. Remenber after all these years you are not forgotten.

 

 

Nurserhondalynn@yahoo.com


From: "Jim Jennings" <jjennings@isabellacounty.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 09:17:39 -0400

 
I have worn the bracelet of SSG James M Ray since the 1980's.  A courageous army soldier who will not be forgotten.  Sargeant Ray along with my friend Tommy VanPutten suffered dearly for their attempted escape. Tommy has now passed and these brave men shall be in my heart always.
 
Jim Jennings
1st Infantry Div 1967-1968

From: "Eric Hendrix" <ehendrix1@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: POW/MIA Bracelet
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:50:31 -0500

 
I was wondering if there is any way to get in contact with the family of SSgt. Marvin Earl Bell.  I have had the bracelet bearing his name since 1989 when I got it at the age of 10.  I would really like to send it to the family if that is at all possible.  Any information towards fulfilling this goal would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
 
Eric Hendrix

 


Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:08:39 -0400
 
This is to the family of Robert Leonel Liles, Jr. My name is Rita, I am 53 years old, and as a teenager, I wore a MIA bracelet for many years with Robert's name on it. I did not understand much about the war, but took wearing it very seriously in that I prayed for him, and it was worn in honor of he and all soldiers. I wore it for several years, and remember keeping it in a jewelry box when it finally came off. I am so sad to say that somewhere along the way, I lost it. I have never forgotten his name, and began the search tonight for info re: him. I found on a site that his remains were recovered, but that it was possibly questionable, I believe. I am thinking of reordering a bracelet with his name on it. I honor his memory, and all like him who have served us, and given me this free life I have enjoyed. Also, I have a son, Seth, age 28, who has been in Air Guard for 9 years, and may be going to Afghanistan as an MP in the spring. I would wear it in honor, and as a reminder to daily pray for peace. If you should get this, how I would love to hear from you. It would be a gift to hear from  the family of a man, that I have held in my heart for close to 40 years. Blessings. 

My email is, latterita@yahoo.com.


Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:32:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joyce Myers <joyce_myers98@yahoo.com>
 
Just as a note of information. 
I received my bracelet in 1970, for Captain Robert White - shot down over Vietnam November 15, 1959.  In the meantime, my brother-in-law, Thomas Wayne Myers, Middlesex, NJ was killed in Vietnam 5/27/69.  I saw Captain White return home, I believe in 1973.  Watched him get off the plane as his wife ran up to greet him.  It was almost like having Tommy return home.  I decided then to continue wearing the bracelet, in honor of Tommy, until all Vietnam POW's had been accounted for.  To this day, I continue to wear my bracelet, which has been off my wrist only once when I caught it on the shower curtain.  My bracelet has also gone through 2 surgeries with me.  I wouldn't take it off, so they taped it up.
I promised myself that after 25 years, I would try to get in touch with Captain White, which I did, but to no avail, which was okay with me.  I'm sure every soldier would like to put that part of their lives to rest.
I am so grateful to all the men and women who serve in the US Armed Forces, for sacrificing their lives so we can contine to be free.
Thank you for reading my story.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Joyce Myers


 
Do not walk behind me for I may not lead.
Do not walk in front of me, for I may not follow.
Just walk beside me, and be my friend.

From: stevensste@hotmail.de
 
Aug 18, 2010
 
Hi! I just came across your site and wanted to know how I can let the family of SSG James M Ray POW 18 Mar 68 know that I have been wearing his bracelet since I visited the The Wall in Washington DC in Nov 84. My family was lucky both my brothers came home from Nam. I served in the US Army from 1976 to 1996 when I retired. I will wear this Bracelet until SSG Ray is returned. God Bless.  

Steven Stevens


Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:52:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: KRIS bergeron <krisstiebee101@yahoo.com>
 
My loveletter is to  the family of Lieutenant Commander William Tamm Arnold, U.S. Navy. I recently went to Washington D.C on a family trip. There was a man selling military pins and pow/mia bracelets. I came across William's name and read his story. After reading about William ,it was clear to me that this man was a true hero and I cried, not only for William, but for his family. I knew instantly that I wanted to Proudly wear William's name on my wrist and not take it off .  To William, Thank you for you sacrifice. To his family, know that William is loved and will never be forgotten by me.
 
Kristen Bergeron, Rhode Island Krisstiebee101@yahoo.com

Subject: I have made the commitment
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 19:05:07 -0500
From: "Leska, Paul A." <pleska@mayo.edu>

To those who may know SSGT Leonard John Lewandowski, Jr.
Missing: 19 October 1966 Cua Viet River, South Vietnam

I have wrestled many years about taking the bracelet. You see I don't do anything lightly.
I served USN 1971-1975. Honorably discharged. I have known about this project all this time and for many reasons I didn't make the decision to take a bracelet. I have done other things for those in uniform, past and present. I consider myself a patriot. It was my 3rd visit to a traveling Viet Nam Memorial Wall that brought me to commit. You see, I truly believe in the project of holding the bracelet till they come home.

I now have joined the ranks for those who will pray, wait and hold this person in my heart until he is returned.
He is now with me. He will always be with me. I wish only that I had a better picture to add to my folder I am making.
If the picture can be done, great, I will keep it were I can see it. If not, that is ok. I will put up the crude copy that came with the bracelet.

The SSGT will be in my prayers and will be with me till he comes home.
I pray this prayer now:

Dear Lord,
Please give peace to the family of SSGT Leonard John Lewandowski, Jr.
Please give them the endurance for all time to know that there are those of us who share in praying for him.
Give them what they need.
Hold Leonard in the palm of your hands and see him home.
Give Leonard peace as he does deserve your love. Please bring him back.
In Jesus name I pray.

Paul Leska


Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:25:16 -0400
From: brian <hedman41@optonline.net>

 
A NOTE TO THE FAMILY OF CAPT. THOMAS KILCULLEN --DECLARED MIA ON THIS DATE AUGUST 26 1967. I AM PROUD TO WEAR HIS MIA BRACELET WHICH HAS BEEN ON MY WRIST SINCE THAT DAY AND ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE US AIR FORCE ON THIS VERY SAME DAY AND YEAR, SO THIS MEMORY HOLDS EXTRA SPECIAL MEANING.
 
I WANT HIS FAMILY TO KNOW THAT HE IS NOT ONLY REMEMBERED BY THEM, BUT ALSO BY MYSELF AND MY FAMILY AND A VERY VERY GRATEFUL AMERICAN NATION. GOD BLESS HIM, HIS FAMILY AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!
 
 
BRIAN T. DONNELLY
2107 ROSEWOOD COURT
HIGHLAND MILLS, N.Y. 10930

From: Lynn-Marie 
To: "P.O.W. Network - Chuck and Mary Schantag" <info@pownetwork.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:59:06 -0700
Subject: Old death records
 
 
I am trying to track down relatives of my deceased Uncle, Frank Mathias, aka Frank Mathaios.
Born Feb 12 1928 and died Feb 5 1988 in San Bernadino CA.
He was in the Navy in 1945 and was on the SS Santa Crus and had been in the Phillipine Islands.
 
He died at age 60 so there are no social security records.    Do you have any resources I don't to track his family down?
 
In a box of my mother's "old people" box are some wonderful pictures of him when he was in his 20's.  I would love to pass them on to a child or grandchild if he has any????
 
Lynn-Marie

                           info@pownetwork.org

 


Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:48:29 +0000 (UTC)
From: samet@comcast.net
Subject: RE: HOWARD B.LULL JR.

 
I have just gotten information regarding SFG HOWARD B. LULL. JR.  4-7-72.  I have had the metal bracelet, bearing his name for 38 years.  I have continued to pray for him.  I feel sad that this young man had gone off to war, died in combat and never having the opportunity to see his family again.   I pray for peace for him as well as the other men gone off to war and their families. 

Ellen Falk Samet
 

Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:29:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tammy Stiefe <gordonfanbv24@yahoo.com>

 
To the family of SSGT. Denverton C. Cochrane  6-17-1970.

I was given a Pow-Mia bracelet containing this name. I had wanted to return it to you. I read the reports that are available online concerning him.  I also, read that you may not want this back. I am leaving this decision to you. Either way I shall not take this bracelet off until either you wish to have it or he is returned to you.   You are in my prayers daily.

Sincerely,
Tammy

my email is bhcountrygirl@yahoo, if you so choose.

Take Care and God Bless

 

From: Amy Gable <amygable@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2010 10:26:01 -0400

 
Dear Family:

 
Just wanted to let you know I still have my POW bracelet with Richard Bauer's name on it that I received over 30 years ago.  I am sorry for your loss.  Although I could not wear the bracelet since I was a Marine for over 17+ years, I kept it in a place where I kept my valuables, saw it most everyday and said a prayer for Richard and all who have served.

 
Should you want the bracelet, you may contact me at gable_amy@yahoo.com.

 
Sincerely,
Amy

Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2010 22:21:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Amy Gallegos <amy.gallegos@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: POW Bracelts from the 1970's

 
HI
I recently rediscovered my POW MIA bracelet from the 1970's when I wore when .
 
I have searched my POW 's name via internet and there is some discprepancy on whether his remains were actually found and returned or not. I have no way of finding his family other than I think his wife still resides in OK. ( very little information was listed about her, although her name is kathryn) I would be hesitant to contact her anyway. I know how I would feel about a stranger doing that.
 
If his family would like to have his bracelet back I would be more than happy to return it to them.
If his remains were indeed not truly him and the family would like me to keep his bracelet until he does come home, I am also most happy to do so.
 
If you have any information on him or able to contact the family, I would really be most appreciative.
The information about him is listed below.
 
Many thanks for your help.
Amy Gallegos

From: Monica Moszkowicz <monicagail2880@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 16:25:38 -0400

 
To the family & friends of LT. LARRY J. STEVENS, USN:

I have always been a strong supporter of all serving our great country, and at the age of 17, decided that after I attended college, I was going to join the United States Navy and serve my country as an officer. I became interested in all things military and USN.

I had made many visits to the Wall in D.C. as I didn't live too far away (born and raised in Ohio). On one of these visits (with my high school marching band), I made the decision to select a POW/MIA to "sponsor" (so-to-speak) and to wear on my wrist as a constant daily reminder of the sacrifices made.

I selected the bracelet of Lt. Larry J. Stevens, United States Navy, from California, shot down over Laos on February 14, 1969. There were several reasons I selected this bracelet, but in the end, I truly believe that his bracelet chose me. I knew I wanted a bracelet of someone who had served in my favorite branch of the military - the Navy. As I looked through the names and their stories, the date that Lt. Stevens was shot down jumped out at me. Valentine's Day. On the day known for love, this pilot gave the ultimate sacrifice and love for his country. He was shot down serving his country.

Since that day, I have loyally worn his bracelet - all through high school and college. I did some research on Lt. Stevens and found the following site:

http://www.taskforceomegainc.org/s145.html

The site tells the story of how he was shot down, and his family's continued struggle with the Pentagon to get answers after documents were sent to the US showing he is still alive. I continue to research his story to find out as much information as I can.

During college, I was diagnosed with a disorder that prevents me from serving my country in the military. It was a harsh blow to me, but I know that I am serving in some ways, by continuing to wear Lt. Stevens' bracelet. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. The only times I take his bracelet off is before I shower, before bed, and when I've had to have surgery. Putting his bracelet on in the morning is part of my daily routine, however, his sacrifice is NOT routine and is constantly on my mind. Many people have asked about the bracelet, and it provides me the opportunity to tell his story. I've even sparked interest in others to acquire a bracelet and show support.

I will continue to wear his bracelet until I find he has returned to the US. I pray for his safe return, one way or another. God bless him and his family. I pray for you everyday. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Monica G. Moszkowicz
monicagail2880@hotmail.com
 

Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:15:55 -0800
From: jay peterson <jhpeterson@inbox.com>
Subject: Paul Edwin Gore

 
I have worn this  MIA bracelet since I joined the Marines in 1980.I still wear it daily. This is just a note to the family of Paul Edwin Gore from NC. I am a NC resident also and have been  all of my life.

Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 22:11:36 -0400
From: Ray Hyde <19.lorelei.84@gmail.com>

 
SSGT James Albert Champion

 
I received his bracelet when I was 15 and walking into the local PX.  There were 3 vets sitting on the curb under an umbrella with a bucket.  Taped to the bucket was a piece of paper with POW/MIA written on it.  That's all it stated.  Even then I understood the severity of what I was looking at.  And when they asked if I wanted a bracelet I had no problem donating the $20 I had received for my birthday.  My mom tried to convince me that they would understand if I didn't donate at all, but I felt that they needed the money more than I needed a new toy or video game.  They thanked me and we left, my mom telling me about the hazards of donating to people outside of stores.  But when I got home and my father saw what I had on my wrist, his eyes teared up and without saying a word gave me the tightest hug I have ever received from him.  I knew that I had spent my $20 perfectly.
 
I still have the bracelet today, 11 years later.  I can't wear it all the time like I used to (it's a safety hazard at my job), but I make sure that he is with me all the time.  He has a permanent place in my Jeep on my dashboard where I can see him everyday.  And I swear there are days when I feel there is someone in my passenger seat even though I can't see anyone there.  I wanted you to know that I won't ever forget about him, and I pray that one day I can return this to him.  Or at least to his family.  Until then, I will keep it proudly positioned on my dashboard and will happily explain to people what it is and what it means.  I might not have been alive during this war, but I know I will never forget and will continue to hope to see that he has been returned home.

 
FF Rachel Hyde
Aberdeen, MD

Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010 14:09:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: susan oorbeck <soorbeck@att.net>

 
I have had a bracelet for Sgt James Thomas (4-3-68) for almost 40 years now.  Over the years, I have thought and prayed about him often.  After finding out that he is still listed as missing, it brought tears to my eyes.  He has never been, nor will he ever be forgotten. 
 
Susan Oorbeck

From: "Nanny Barbara" <nannybarbara@pacinfo.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 19:24:32 -0700
 
James Eric Huberth, Thousand Oaks, California. During the war I got a bracelet with Eric's name and date of 6-13-70. I wore this bracelet and prayed for him and his family. I later found out that he was assumed dead from his jet hitting a mountain.
For years I have wanted to return the bracelet to his family. I found this web site and hope someone reads it and finally this bracelet can come home. I am so sorry for all his loved ones that Eric did not come home. Thanks to him and others like him we are free. No words can express what this sacrifice means to all of us. I for one am very thankful and these people and the survivors have a special place in my heart,
 
God Bless You and the USA, Barbara Clark

 


From: "Buritz, Karen  kburitz@mi.rr.com

Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 08:42:56 -0400

 

Going thru all of my old things, I came upon a POW/MIA bracelet that I purchased when I was in high school.  I Googled the name of the service man (Capt. Robert Davis, 3-23-69) and managed to find his Bio.  Although it is long overdue, I would like to return the bracelet to his family Ė if they want it.  If they do, they can contact me at kburitz@mi.rr.com.

 

 


Subject: Loveletters
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 16:20:27 -0400

 

This loveletter goes out to the family of Capt. Robert Davis (3-23-69).  I have your loved oneís bracelet and would like to return it to you.  I know that this is long overdue and may not necessarily be welcomed by you, but it is the only way I can think of to honor him and thank him for his service to our country.  If you wish for me to send the bracelet to you, you can contact me at kburitz@mi.rr.com.

 

 

Karen Buritz


Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2010 08:20:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Brittany Ideus <blideus@yahoo.com>

 
I wear the band of Albin Earl "Al" Lucki every day in his honor. Maybe it's silly, but sometimes I talk to the bracelet as though Al were with me. I pray for him and his family often and after reading his biography I will pray for Robert Gomez as well. They're service is appreciated more than they may ever know and as long as I am alive these men will NEVER be forgotten. My dad was in the Air Force in Vietnam in the 70s as well and he has told me about how America treated them upon their return and that kind of hatred for our troops is unimaginable. It is time to change this and give them the respect they deserve.  

Brittany L. Ideus
blideus@tamu.edu

Subject: LOVELETTERS/LT COL TOM FINNEY 8-1-66
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:26:28 -0700
From: "Finney, Arthur T CTR USAF AFSPC WROCI/InDyne" <Arthur.Finney.ctr@vandenberg.af.mil>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>

 
If you or someone you know has a POW/MIA bracelet inscribed "Lt Col Tom Finney 8-1-66" you are welcome to
return it to me.  I am his eldest son.  For further details you may reach me at:
arthur.finney.ctr@vandenberg.af.mil
or
athomasfinney@gmail.com
Thank you!

Subject: My soldier
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010
From: "Kathryn Michel" <kmichel@mclarty.com>

 

Hello,

 

I received your contact information from the Veterans Tribute Foundation.  I had contacted them because I recently came across the POW/MIA bracelet I wore in honor of Maj  Jack Tomes as a young girl during the Viet Nam war.  They told me that Maj Tomes passed away in 1984 but happily he was released 11 years earlier.  I was thrilled to hear that!!! 

 

I am writing you because I understand you handle correspondence between individuals and the former Vietnam POWs and their families.  I would very much like to be in touch with my soldierís family to return the bracelet to them and to let them know that a young girl in Maryland wore their father/son/uncle/brotherís bracelet and prayed for him and as an adult, never forgot him.

 

My name is Kathryn Michel and I live in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  And I would be so honored to be put in touch with my brave soldierís family, if they would be interested in hearing from me.

 

Thank you for all you do.

 

Best,

Kathryn Michel


From: Martha Thorson <watercolor4life@me.com>
Subject: David H. Holmes 3-15-66
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 10:30:18 -0400

 
I still have this bracelet, I still care.

 


From: Janice Imlach <janimla@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 08:19:52 -0500

 
I wanted to send this email: Looking for family or friends of James Arthur Harwood, Dallas, Texas.Born 03/10/1950.
I have the silver bracelet that my brother-in-law wore for years,  along with the "Etched in Stone"paper from the VietNam Wall in 
Washington D.C. that he etched. If they are interested, I'd like to pass them along.
Thank you....Janice Imlach
                     

From: Muellermont@aol.com
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:32:05 -0400 (EDT)

 
Wow.  I currently live in Florida and recently took my children to Washington D.C.  I tried to look up the name Sgt. Raymond Echevarria on the wall, but fortunately did not find the name.  I wore the bracelet for years as a teenager and young adult, and not that I know he is still a MIA, I have put the bracelet back on to wear again.  I prayed for Raymond and his family for many years, and again tonight.  What a blessing this site must be to so many families.   Where ever you are tonight Raymond Echeuarria, I honor you as you honored all Americans.  God Bless you and your family.  I may be contacted at Muellermont@aol.com.
 
Pam

From: Toni Pisani <Toni_Pisani@fd.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 08:14:49 -0700

I have worn SFC Lawrence Englander's bracelet since the late 60's.  It will never come off of me until I can locate a family member to return it to.  I will take this bracelet with me to my final resting place.  I so respect all veterans and what they do for our country.  I feel that Englander is part of my family as he has been part of my life for over 40 years.  I just want his family to know that he is not forgotten and will not be.  

 

I have worn my POW bracelet since the late 60's.  The bracelet never comes off.  Even when demanded with hospital admittances, I had them tape my bracelet as oppose to removing it.  I have tried in vain to reach anyone who may know how to reach any family members.  I feel that he is part of my family after all these years.  My heart, prayers and thoughts are with all veterans.


From: Tony Caputa <TCaputa@cjtf.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:27:29 -0500
Subject: Love letters Capt Gourley

 

When I was in 7th grade I received my POW/MIA bracelet I wore it until I started working in a local grocery store after high school, when I was stocking shelves it would get in the way so I stopped wearing it, I put it in a box of stuff I had from high school, ever once in a while I would get it out and ask God to bring him home and when I wore it I would pray that he would come home. Last night I was in my mom and dadís basement  with my brothers and sisters going thru some boxes to give to Goodwill, when I came across my wooden box I had in high school that my dad gave me when I opened it I saw my POW/MIA bracelet sitting on top, I forgot all about the bracelet and I also forgot about the box, I guess being out of school for 35 years being married and having kids and now grand kid and life  in general it just slipped my mind and I apologize for that, this person was willing to fight for our country and my freedom and I forgot about him truly I am sorry. The name on the bracelet is Capt. Laurent Gourley I will never forget his name and I will never forget what he did for this great nation, he is a true American hero. I found this web site and noticed that Lee came home in 2002, my prayers have been answered and I sure the prayers of leeís family, if Leeís family would like to have the bracelet I would be more than happy to get it to you. I remember being in high school and wondering what would happen to me if I was to be drafted and if I was a POW/MIA if someone would wear a bracelet with my name and pray for me to come home, I thank God that I didnít have to worry about that because the year before I graduated from high school was the same year the draft stopped, the reason I didnít get drafted was because of people like Capt Gourley.

 

I belong to a organization called The Patriot Guard Riders, mostly made up of Viet Nam Vets, we escort fall heroís and protect them and their families from the protesters at military funerals it is sad that we have to do that, but there are people out there that protest the war at a military funeral, most of us ride motorcycles and some in cars, when I ride in ones of these missions I ride in honor of my dad and my father in-law both WWII vets and both deceased I have both of their name on my vest that I wear when I ride and now I will also ride in honor of Capt Laurent Gourley, and I will have a patch made with is name and add it to my vest.  I know that Lee is with God in heaven and someday you will see him again and what a glories day that will be.

 

Forever grateful

 

Tony Caputa

tcaputa@cjtf.org  


From: "Katie" <grignon@wyan.org>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:15:54 -0400

 
To the family of Lt. Commander Richard W. Minnich, Jr.  I am a non-traditional college student who is about to give an informational speech in my college Speech class about Lt. Commander Richard Minnich, Jr. from Collegeville, PA.  I am going to inform my fellow students about this soldier who served in the Vietnam war.  I will speak from my heart to these students as I tell them how I searced to find information about Lt. Minnich, and I will give them a synopsis of his combat mission.  I am proud to tell his story.  I have had my POW/MIA bracelet since 1970 and have thought about him all of those years.   He will be forever in my heart.  If anyone from his family would like to contact me, I would be honored.
Sincerely,
Kathaleen Grignon

From: ecbayfront@aol.com
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 19:08:51 EDT
Subject: Rodney Griffin

 
I have the bracelet of Rodney Griffin from Centralia MO who has never been found. Please send my regards and wishes of hope to his family.  I can be reached at ecbayfront@aol.com.  I will keep praying for his return

Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2010 13:17:31 -0800
Subject: Lt. Col. J.Howard Dunn; 12-7-65
From: Christine Miller <mistressdolittle@gmail.com>

 
Hello,
I wore Lt.Col. Dunn's POW bracelet for so long, even making my skin change color. From FOI act,I know he has passed, in 1998(really wished I'd started this search sooner, as his well being has always been of my concern). Not sure where I wanted this communication to go...Just for Lt.Col. Dunn (and his family) to know that I never forgot him, and what he (and all,) did for us during this war! My dad just recently passed (@ 93 yrs old), a veteran of Pacific theater and Berlin airlift...I still currently pack boxes to be shipped to all in harms' way (Afghanistan, right now)...
Please send my love to his family for me...so glad he made it home!!!!
Christine Miller

From: Marla Newhouse <marlarae@mac.com>
Subject: MIA Patrick Curran
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2010 23:28:18 -0800
 
To whom it may concern:
 
Thanks to the far reaching knowledge base of the internet, I have 
finally found the answer to a 40 year old question.  During the Viet 
Nam War, I became the owner of one of the POW/MIA bracelets honoring 
our soldiers.  I vowed to wear it until I found out what happened to 
the man on my bracelet, 1LT Patrick Curran, missing 9/29/69.  I wore 
it for years, until one day it broke in half.  It was such an ominous 
feeling that day, I felt as if I had broken my promise.  I have kept 
the halves all these years and today, in our newspaper, was a story 
about a woman and the bracelet she wore.  And suddenly, I thought of 
the internet.  Sure enough I found his name and the answer to what had 
happened to him.  It makes me very sad to know that he did not make it 
home alive, I always hoped that he had.  I'm not sure if this means 
anything to anyone, but if his family would like to have the pieces of 
the bracelet, I would give them to them.  They hold a special place in 
my heart and I'm sad he did not make it back alive.

 
Marla Newhouse, Sunnyside, WA

Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2010 22:16:47 -0800 (Pacific Standard Time)
From: "Dale" <wkellis@woh.rr.com>

 
I have in my possession the POW/MIA bracelet bearing the name of LT. COL. William Thompson, missing in action near the Laos/Vietnam border August 1, 1968.  I purchased the bracelet as a boy some time in 1970.  I am now 51 and have kept it all these years.  I would very much like to hear from anyone in his immediate family to thank them for his service to our country. 
 
I can be contacted at:

Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 19:06:34 -0800 (PST)
From: Janice Faust <groovy333@yahoo.com>

 
LCDR Dennis A. Moore is the name on the bracelet I wore for many years while in high school.  I prayed for him every day and never lost hope that he would one day return home.  One night early in 1973 my mother was unable to sleep and got up and turned on the television.  There was a plane landing that night with POWs returning home.  "My guy" was listed as being on that plane.  Mom woke me up and together we watched as Dennis A. Moore stepped off the plane and into freedom.  I will never forget that moment.  The joy and relief I felt seeing him return home safely still moves me to tears today.  God bless you Dennis Moore.  I will never forget you or the role you played in my life so many years ago.  I would very much like to return the bracelet to you.  That was the commitment I made all those years ago when I put it on. 

Yours eternally,
Janice Hosick Faust
groovy333@yahoo.com

Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:12:30 -0600
Subject: Loveletter for Gregory Benton, Jr. and family
From: Phyliss Daffron <asanddancer@gmail.com>

 
It is my honor to wear the bracelet of your loved one - Gregory Benton, Jr. - MIA May 23, 1969.  I have had my bracelet since the early 1970's.  If any member of his family would like to correspond with me, I would be pleased to learn of him.
 
P. Daffron

From: "Shelley Morrison" <s-morrison@northwestern.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 13:04:33 -0600
 
To the family and friends of Captain John W. Consolvo, USMC,
 
I received my POW/MIA bracelet in 1973. Captain Consolvo has traveled with
me throughout these last 37 years. In 1987 I visited Washington, D.C. and
paid my respects at the Vietnam Wall. I found his name engraved near the top
of the wall by the angle.
 
I have often wondered what happened to him, what his military background was
and what he looked like. This website answered some of those questions.
Captain Consolvo and I have one thing in common, we both served our country.
He in the USMC and I in the USN. After reading his bio I feel very honored
having received this bracelet in his name.

 

I know the pain of losing him will never disappear but I want you know that
he is honored and respected by many who carry the same bracelet I do. He
will never be forgotten.

 
Sincerely,

 
Shelley
sam2813@aol.com

 


Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:11:22 -0800
Subject: POW/ MIA Bracelet
From: Michael Patrick Brewer <micpatrickbrewer@gmail.com>

 
Hi there. I have been wearing the bracelet of Maj Patrick Robert Curran for 20 years. Just looked up status today!  How do I contact a family member?

--
Michael Patrick Brewer/Ret./USMC
 

Subject: Love Letters: Major Rodney L. Strobridge
From: Rigsby <rigsby@pathworktexas.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 13:50:43 -0500

 
My mother purchased an MIA bracelet for Capt. (later Major) Rodney Strobridge, missing as of 5/11/1972.  She died last month, and in her jewelry box we found the bracelet along with the obituary notice for him dated June 1978, for his memorial service in Torrance, California where my mother lived.
 
There were a number of news articles about Major Strobridge on the internet, but I was unable to locate any family members.  I finally found this site, which recommends leaving the bracelet at a memorial. I am happy to do so, but thought to write this note and let family members know that my mother wore the bracelet for over 5 years.  I am certain that she prayed for him regularly.

 

I will keep the bracelet until an opportunity arises to leave it in a place of respect and honor, and would also be happy to mail it to any family member who would like to have it.

 
Best regards, Jan Rigsby
 

 


From: Stmart1@aol.com
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 15:57:32 EST

 
I am writing to the family of CWO Dennis Hamilton (1/5/68).  I purchased his bracelet back in the 70's and proudly wore it for many years.  While I was in high school at the time I knew the meaning of the name on this band.  For years I would look for his name somewhere, anywhere, just to see if he was ever found.  I recently read an article where a woman actually met the person on her band so I found mine and within 3 minutes I found that his remains were found on 8/6/07.  This made me very sad.  I will give his family this bracelet if they so wish to have it.  Otherwise, I plan to display this proudly in my home and educate my two sons on the  meaning of this band.  My best to his family.  You should be very proud.
 
Annette St. Martin
Milwaukee, WI

 


Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:19:55 -0800 (PST)
From: Susan Manning <samymanning@yahoo.com>
Subject: Major John W. Layettte

 
Hi.
 
I have had this MIA bracelet since the early 70's. 
 
It has followed me from Tennesse to Germany, to Florida, Montreal, to Seattle, to San Diego.  All over.  It has been with me.
 
I no longer have many of my belongings, but this bracelet is still with me.
 
I tried years ago to write to the relatives of this man, but, I don't know why, I didn't try harder.
 
I still have it if anyone is there to claim it.
 
It states:
 
MAJ JOHN W. LAFAYETTE
USA 6 APR 66 LAOS
 
If you can get me in touch with the relatives, I'd appreciate it.

Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 07:55:26 -0500
From: "Berry, James S" <jsberry@tva.gov>

 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving 2010.  I would be amiss if I did not thank my MIA USAF Veteran Col. Notely G. Maddox of Illinois.  He fought for me and the rest of us here celebrating this day of THANKS.  My band has been with me for approximately 40 years now and I honor his service and his family today.  jsberry@tva.gov

 

James S. Berry (Steve)


Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:36:47 -0500
Subject: Capt. Edward Lehnhoff Bracelet
From: Deonna Belcher <deonnabelcher@gmail.com>


 
I am in possession of the POW/MIA bracelet belonging to the above referenced USAF Officer.  My mother obtained it in 1968 and I have had it for many years.  I recently researched it and discovered his remains were found 11-25-87 and he was also promoted to Lt. Col. posthumously.  I am from a long line USAF.  Both grandfathers, father and ex-husband.  I would like to return the bracelet that was prayed over and kept close to our hearts for over 40 years.  Please help me return it. 

Subject: Returning a copper bracelet to a family
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:06:19 -0500
From: jnswickett@aol.com

 
To Whom It May Concern:
 
In the 1970s, I wore a copper bracelet with the name Maj. Warren Lilly and the date 11.6.65 on it.  Thanks to the internet, I just discovered that (I think he was a Colonel) Warren Lilly survived  over 7 years in captivity and came home.  Unfortunately, I see that he also died in 2007.  I've tried to get information about him over the years but it wasn't until I read a recent newspaper article that I was able to get anywhere. I am sorry that I was unable to find him before he died but thought that his family might want the bracelet.
 
Would you be able to help me with this or direct me to somewhere that I could send this bracelet so that his family could have it?
 
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
 
Sincerely,
Nina K Wickett

From: Zztop42@aol.com
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 21:57:39 EST

 
My mother just passed away last Dec 2009 and was cleaning out her Box and ran across Col Robert Hagerman , MIA 11-6-67 . I know she sat at the TV & watched everyone return and never saw Col Hagerman return only after writing the Hagerman's to find he was still M.I.A. My Mother Christena Rich ( late Christena McCloskey/ remarried) Would want me to return this Bracelet back to the family & please know when one hurts we all hurt and have pray for his return back home. I just wanted The Hagerman's to know someone really cared all these years would like to return this bracelet back to you. Mark Rich St. Pete. Fl. ( can contact me thru facebook) or call my mothers home here in st. pete. fl.

From: "Betty" <bjreich@hotmail.com>
Subject: LoveLetters To the familyof Lt. Col. Warren Anderson 4-26-66
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:26:53 -0600
 
To The Family of Lt. Col. Warren Anderson,
 
I have worn my MIA/POW of (Captain on my bracelet) Lt. Col. Anderson since I was in college. I believe that I have had the bracelet for 40 years. I also fly a MIA/POW flag on memorial day. I have thought about your son, father, brother, husband, uncle, cousin, fellow airmen, and friend many times during the last four decades. He also seems like "my guy"Ě to me. I hope that your family has wonderful memories of Lt. Col. Anderson. Since I pledged to wear the bracelet "until he returns,"Ě I will think of him for the rest of my life. I'm in a bit of a quandry as to what I should do with it. I want someone who really cares to continue wearing it, but for Captain Anderson's purpose and life and not mine. Maybe I'll settle for a combination which I think that it would be for either of my granddaughter. I want Captain Warren Anderson's life to be remembered.
 
I am sorry for your loss, but feel better because I feel a connection to my guy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
With warm regards,
 
Betty Reich
My granddaughter is a junior at U Mich. Ė Go Blue!

From: "Steven McCormick" <stevenmcc0@aol.com>
Subject: LOVELETTERS - To the Family of Staff Sergeant James M. Ray, POW 18 March, 1968
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 16:47:01 -0500

 

To the Family of Staff Sergeant James M. Ray, POW 18 March, 1968

 

I have worn Sergeant Rayís bracelet for about 40 years and have often searched for information regarding his status.  Over the years I have only been able to get small bits of information, but recently found several websites that answered many questions.  I was truly saddened to learn of his alleged death at the hands of his captors in November of 1969.  He has been a part of my life since the day I received his bracelet and will remain a Brother & friend forever.

 

I will continue to wear his bracelet until the day he is returned home, a member of his family requests the bracelet returned, or until my death.  I simply wanted his family members to know that he has never been forgotten and never will be.  I am honored to wear his name.

 

I would be happy to hear from his family, thank you!!

 

Steven McCormick

Stevenmcc0@aol.com


From: Carolyn Clark <ciciclark8@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 19:40:29 -0500

 
To the family of Capt. Fielding Featherstone, MIA  since 12-31-69.  I  have had an MIA bracelet with Capt. Featherstone's name on it all 
these years.  Only now have I felt ready to check the MIA registry to  see if he has been safely returned to his family.  Somehow I knew he 
had not.  I continue to pray for him and you, his family.  As a  Christian, I know nothing is impossible with God, and I pray for his  safe return and peace for you, his loving family.  I am thankful for  his service and thank you for the sacrifice you have made.  He is NOT  forgotten, and you are NOT forgotten.  Blessings to you.  May God's peace envelope you.  You are loved! 

 

Carolyn Clark   ciciclark8@aol.com


From: Wiskyt1@aol.com
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:36:48 EST
Subject:  Ned R. Herrold

 
To the family of Ned R. Herrold:
 
I have been wearing his MIA bracelet since 1988.  A member of the Viet Nam Veterans' Motorcycle Club gave it to me to wear after I promised not to take it off until he has come home.  That promise is being kept to this day.  Occasionally someone will ask me what the bracelet is, and that gives me an opportunity to give a brief account of Captain Herrold's service to God and Country.
 
I search online periodically hoping to find news of Captain Herrold's whereabouts.  I will continue to wear the bracelet until he comes home.
 
I hope this message finds his family so that they can know that, while I can't love him as God and his family does, he is loved by Americans who are grateful for his contribution to Freedom
 

 

 

 

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