LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


From: dinken@vzw.blackberry.net
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 00:21:18 +0000
 
My Grandmother got me my POW bracelet as a child because I wanted to help. I thought my wearing it, my prayers and thoughts would keep him safe. As a teen I was devastated when as I thought of him as my Captain H B Loheed was not among the returning troops. As an adult I have tried to make up for the terrible way our troops were treated during Vietnam and the fact I really couldn't help Capt Loheed by being a USO volunteer, being a member of Adopt a platoon and others.  I hope in this way all the troops who have served our country are honored in the better respect for our current fighting forces.

 

Carrie Donaldson


From: "karen l yovichin" <yovichink@comcast.net>
Subject: pow bracelet
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 13:23:05 -0600
 

I have had this bracelet since 1973, I would like to let someone in his family know I have it.

POW/cwo George A. Howes (01-10-1970).
 

Thankyou, Karen l Yovichin


From: "Sherri Stephens Ancira" <sherri@shernails.com>
Subject: MAJOR DAVID PADGETT 2-6-1969
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 06:57:00 -0600

 

My name is Sherri Ancira and I wore the silver with black lettering bracelet for David Padgett (Feb 2, 1969) back in the 1970’s.  I have had it stored away for many years and came across it today.  I have now found out that David was returned home to his loved ones in November of 2002.  I am thankful for the closure you must feel.  I would be honored to send his bracelet to one of his loved ones if they were to read this message.  If not, it will stay with me as a reminder of the support, thoughts and prayers that went his way and for his family.  If so, you may reach me below.  Thank you & God Bless….

 

Sherri Ancira

sherri@shernails.com

San Antonio, Texas


Subject: MIA bracelet: Capt. James Crew 11/10/1967
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:27:14 -0500
From: "Day, Peter A               PW" <Peter.Day@pw.utc.com>

 

I have had this bracelet since, approximately, 1972.  I didn’t know how to find out about Capt. Crew’s status until I found this website.   I will continue to wear it until he is back home.  My e-mail is Peter.Day@pw.utc.com or superstock426@sbcglobal.net.  May God bless all the servicemen and women and all their families and thank you for keeping us safe!

 

Peter A. Day


From: "D & Patti Bruner" <bruner@midrivers.com>
Subject: loveletters Spec.4 Prentice Hicks
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:05:24 -0700

 
from David Bruner
to Family of Spec. 4 Prentice Hicks
 
I am a high School science teacher in Montana and I recieved the bracelet with Prentice Hicks' name around 1971 for a small donation to help locate POWs and MIAs.  I wore it for a long time and then moved it to a jewelry box.  My sons fought in the Iraq war and were involved in some serious fighting North of Bagdad.  I still think of Prentice Hicks and pray for him and you.  Going through the jewelry box tonite I found it and put it on for I found this website and for the first time realized he has not come home.  I will wear this bracelet again with pride, honoring Prentice Hicks.  I will also offer to send it to you if you would prefer.
    It is with great emotion I write this.  Contact me if you wish.  I continue to be humbled and honored by Prentice's sacrifice.
David Bruner

 

From: Bob and Jan <rjhaley82560@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:52:51 -0600 

 
To the family of S/SGT. John Boronski date is 3-24-70.
I have wore his bracelet for many years until I read that he never made it home. My sorrow and grief over his loss, while not as deep as 
his family was still difficult. I would be very happy to return his  bracelet if his family would want it but otherwise I would also in his 
memory be glad to keep it. If the family members do read this, please  feel free to contact me.
 
Sincerely Jan Haley
rjhaley82560@sbcglobal.net

From: Lee Ann Habben <medicinelady10@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:06:03 -0600

 
Yesterday, February 1, 2011, I became snowed in because of a blizzard here in Oklahoma. I felt with all my spare time, I would browse through several containers of keepsakes.  I lovingly looked at things my children had made me when they were little. I found things from high school...then I found the copper bracelet that had the name of "Capt. H. B. Loheed.  2-1-66".  I remembered the responsibility and honor I felt wearing it as a teenager.  I remember praying for him and his family. When I began my nursing career I had to remove it. Somehow life gets in the way but from time to time I would think about him and say a prayer. I never knew how to contact anyone to express my support. I guess it wasn't time.  But when I found the bracelet on the 45th anniversary of the date one it, it was erie. I found the web site today and had to write. I don't know what to say except how I feel. I am so sorry for your loss. I feel so strongly about supporting our service members. I continue to perform Periodic Health Assessments for our service members and pre and post deployment exams.
I think that the program that provided us an opportunity to buy POW/MIA bracelets to remember and pray for servicemen and their families, helped to fuel the passion I have today to support our troops. I would love to know more about Capt Loheed if it is not too painful for you.
With all my love and respect,
 
Lee Ann Habben, PA-C

From: Diane Steele <maamgrizz@dishmail.net>
Subject: Loveletters: Capt. Donald Emerson Shay, Jr.
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:43:22 -0600

 
 To Whom/or All it May Concern:
I have had my POW/MIA bracelet for nearly 40 years. I was 16 years young when I got it in  1972. I was from Aledo, Texas and I was visiting a cousin in Lawton, Oklahoma. She and I got ours there. They were doing something at Ft.Sill and we wanted to feel a part of something special. We checked the papers whenever names were given out and when the large number came home from Vietnam... her's made it back. Mine didn't....I have prayed and cried many times for this brave man.
I wore the bracelet throughout high school and into college but after my babies started getting here I didn't want them to break it or lose it. So, I continue to take it out and wear it   on Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Captain Shay's Birthday, and the day he was listed POW/MIA over Laos on October 8th, 1970. As of today he is still listed as POW/MIA. 
Many of my uncles were in Army and Air Force, and my dad and 2 other uncles were in the Navy during WWII. My son also served in the Navy from 2002-2008.  I have always kept Capt. Shay in my heart and in my prayers knowing he gave himself for the protection of myself, my family, our country and many others.
If there is anyone who knew him or knows of his family, I would like to hear from them. I hope one day to pass my bracelet on to my son who was in the military so he can keep up the vigilence for our fallen soldier. If you are a family member of Capt. Donald Emerson Shay, Jr. I just want to say that your son has been an inspiration to me and for all many things we have... I thank him and all the men and women who proudly serve in the military. May God Bless You ALL....
 
 Sincerely and Respectfully, Diane Wingo Steele

Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 18:22:55 -0500
From: "R.E. Parker" <reparker@optonline.net>

 

To the Friends & Family of Robert F. Scherdin:

 

Once again on this, Robert’s 64th Birthday, I respectfully join you in wishing Robert a Happy Birthday, and remind you that there are others of us who share your vigil, waiting for word from him – or about him.  I join you in your prayers that Robert is safe, and that God has His eye on him.  Whatever his situation, I promise you – and Robert – that I will wear his name on my wrist either until I die, or until we have conclusive word about him.  God Bless you and ease your grief, God Bless Robert and keep him safe, and thank you for the privilege of being able to tell his story.  See you next year!!

 

Happy Birthday, Robert!

 

Sincerely,

 

Ed Parker


From: Lynda Calicura <lyndacalicura@comcast.net>
Subject: Capt. Peter Woodbury Sherman/610/1967-Date of Loss
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:15:50 -0800

 
Hello
 
I have going through my Mother In-Laws memorabilia and I found the copper POW bracelet of Capt. Sherman. As his remains have been returned back to the United States. I would like to know if his family would like the bracelet sent to them.
 
Thank You

 
Lynda

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:42:26 -0500
Subject: Lcdr Donald Woloszyk
From: Karl Petersen <thevacationstore.kp@gmail.com>

 
I am a retired Marine and recently lost my wife, Senta Fleischer Petersen.  Among her things was a POW/MIA bracket from the early 70s with the commanders name on it.  In checking it appears that his remains were never returned.  If you are a family member and would like this bracelet I would be more than happy to send it to you. 

Karl Petersen
Hampton, VA

Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:32:26 -0800
Subject: Pow-MIA Bracelet
From: Patrick Hethcoat <phethcoat@gmail.com>

 
Dear Sir,

 
RE: Capt. Charles Milton Walling
US Air Force
Loss Date: 08 August 1966

 
During the Vietnam war I was honored to wear the Pow-Mia Bracelet of
Capt. Charles Milton Walling. After all these years I feel that it
might bring some comfort to any family members to know that.
 
Sincerely,
Patrick Hethcoat.
phethcoat@gmail.com

From: "Paula and Don" <frigan@cox.net>
Subject: Loveletter - LCpl John D Killen III, USMC
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 16:36:03 -0800

 

If the internet has served no other purpose than to provide the ability to communicate with one another, then it is indeed an amazing thing.  I have had the bracelet of LCpl John D Killen III since the early 70’s.  Having discovered this website, I am saddened to learn that he has not yet made it ‘home’

I want his family to know that his bracelet has been held in high esteem for all these years.  My husband and I come from military families and my husband was fortunate enough to come home safely in 1970 after serving with the 101st Airborne up in Phu Bai.  If John’s family wishes to contact me or have his bracelet returned at any time, please e-mail me.

With warm regards,

Paula Friga

frigan@cox.net


From: "Toni " <wyolanyfl@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 18:37:41 -0500

 

I recently read that many people who wore and cared for their POW bracelets gave them to the respective families.

 

I have a bracelet for Commander James Evans, date missing 4-2-65 and remains identified on 4-22-77.  Although I have kept this bracelet and this man in heart for all of these years, if the family would like to have it, I would be more than willing to send it to them. 

 

I am so gratified that Commander Evans’ remains were returned home.

 

Commander Evans will always have a place in my heart and my gratitude for his ultimate sacrifice.

 

Toni Falk


Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 21:10:37 -0800 (PST)
From: NORMA BAKER <normaa@bellsouth.net>

 
Dear Family of Robert Craner,
I have the bracelet I wore for Robert if you would like to have it.  
Sincerely,
Norma 

From: <g.a.collins1404@att.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:01:59 -0600

 
My name is George Anna Collins.  In 1971 my boyfriend gave me  a bracelet with Lt. Col. Don Wood's name.  I have had that bracelet for 40 years. I married an Air Force pilot in 1983. 
I don't believe Col. Wood's remains have been returned.  But, I wanted you to know I have not forgotten.....I never could!
God bless you all who read this and GOD BLESS AMERICA!
 
George Anna

From: "Desrosiers, Amy" <DesrosiersA@cintas.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:58:51 -0800

 

When I was about 12 yrs old, I went on a family vacation to Washington DC and visited the WALL.  Being how I was so young I didn’t really grasp the entire idea of it all.  As we were walking along, I noticed a table selling bracelets with soldiers names on them. Again, I didn’t really understand the true significance of this, but being a 12 yr old girl, I wanted a bracelet.  Now, 20 yrs later and will a much clearer understanding of loss of lives, I still have that bracelet and every so often I pull up the POW website with the hopes that next to my soldiers name, it will say he’s been found. As of today, I’m still waiting, as is his family I am sure. In tribute to all those who have served this country, I do not take anything for granted. I am very active with the American Legion and am a member of the Women’s Auxiliary. My father is the Commander of our post as well as a Navy Vet. I pray that I get to see the day when I go to the POW website and see that I am finally able to return my bracelet, with pride and thankfulness to the family of BERUBE KENNETH ALLEN USMC    11-Aug-67 . 

 

Forever in my thoughts,

Amy Desrosiers

Lowell, MA


Sender: "S. Frank" <forwardmail@atfnursery.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:29:52 -0500
 

 

To the family of Lt. Col. Walter O. Estes II

 

It has been my honor to have this bracelet since they were originally issued.  It rests in my jewelry box, side by side with protected and cherished family heirlooms.  Every time I open the box, I can’t help but pick it up and think about who this man was, his service and sacrifice, and the sacrifice of his family and friends. 

 

Should the family wish to have this bracelet, I would be proud and pleased to return it to its rightful place.  If not, it would be my honor to continue keeping this bracelet safe and, hopefully, leave it for my son to care for some day, for as long as we’re permitted.

 

With sympathy and respect,

 

Sandra Frank


Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
From: "Kevin & Lauri Winters" <4winters@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:42:32 -0800
 
I was recently going through my childhood jewelry box and came across the wonderful silver bracelet I wore over 40 years ago.  My soldier's name is Gregory Benton, Jr. USMC, date MIA was May 23, 1969.  He was only 19 years old.  I remember corresponding with his sister, Mary Benton, and she sent me a photo of him and a letter about him.   Mary, if you see this letter, please know that I still think of him and next week when I am in Washington, DC I am going to look for his name.  I know in 2006 you were close to possibly finding his remains and I would love to know if there is anything new. 
 
Best Wishes
Lauri Winters

Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:44:35 -0500
Subject: Loveletters
From: Christine White <chrisegertwhite@gmail.com>

 
To the family of Sgt. Daniel Russell Nidds,
 
I have had your loved one's bracelet since approximately 1972, and have prayed for him often over the years.  If you wish to contact me for any reason, I may be reached at:  ChrisEgertWhite@gmail.com.  
 
Otherwise, I remain anonymously your friend.
 
Sincerely,
Chris White

From: Melanie Matts Costanzo <costanzo@aps.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:05:13 -0600
 
I have a bracelet that belonged to my mother. I found what appears to 
be Maj. Harold Smith 3-7-66, but the rank listed is Col. I would like 
to return it to the family, but want to be sure I contact the right 
one. Please advise. Thank you.

 

Melanie Costanzo


Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:21:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: amarettosky <amarettosky@yahoo.com>

 
Hello my name is Patricia Hansen I have recently found the name of the bracelet I wore of Major Thomas Derrickson USAF missing 10-12-67. I wore this bracelet in the 70's I have it now in a memory glass case displayed upon my wall. I prayed for years to hear word of his return and many others I felt the grief of their loss during that time of war. I have read that he in fact was missing in action and hasn't come home my deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Derrickson.
I also found that another lady has a bracelet with the same name & date also, never knew there were duplicates made of our servicemen & women of these. 
If the family would like this bracelet back I would be honored to send it to them or if they want me to keep it I would gladly honor & keep this forever. I sincerely thank him & all who fought the Vietnam war their sacrifice for us was immensely appreciated from my heart

a Mother of USAF Personnel.

From: "Dave Cools" <david.g.cools@gmail.com>
Subject: Just a thanks...
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 08:42:16 -0700
 

Hello,

 

I don’t know if any POW’s or any Veterans will see this but I just wanted to let them know how much their service means to us. I am a student homeschooler and our family, with a few others, were learning about a few of some major wars. The World War I&II, Korean, and the Vietnam War were among them. We read a book called “Vietnam and America, the Elephant and the Tiger” it really showed all us students what men and women, who serve us, go through. I just wanted to say a thank you. I know nothing could say thank you enough but I just wanted to tell anyone I could how much we appreciate our freedom and how much we appreciate what all they have given for it. I’m sorry that our country hasn’t been more appreciative of all of their services. They deserve more. And I am full of gratitude towards all of them. Thank you for my freedom you helped to keep!

 

Thank you for your services to our country and our freedom!

 

May God bless all of you!

 

~Christine and her fellow students


From: "Martin Windham" <msw@pstel.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 23:20:45 -0400

 
I wore the bracelet for Lt. Donald Bloodworth 7-24-70 for many years.  His
body was returned in 1998 but I still have the bracelet.  I don't know what
to do with it other than keep it.  I was in Vietnam serving as a Marine
Grunt/0311 with the 1st Marine Division when Lt. Bloodworth's F-4 went down.
The F-4's got us out of several hairy situations and I felt a kinship to
him.  Also, I was on patrol in the Queson Mountains, Quang Nam Province in
November of 1970 and we found a crashed Army Mohawk in dense jungle terrain
on the side of a mountain (Hill 845).  We took turns dragging the bodies up
the mountain in ponchos so the Army could pick them up.  I was honored to
wear Lt. Bloodworth's bracelet all those years until I found out his body
had been found and returned. 

 
Martin Windham
Reynolds, GA
msw@pstel.net 

From: "Susan Perrin" <susan@urtharts.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 14:15:37 -0400

 

To Whom it May Concern, I still have my bracelets from 40 years ago and tears and compassion still for these men and their families. As a child wearing this person on my wrist, I was taught to remember.

Thank you Sergeant Daniel Nidds and Lt. Col. Thomas Gillen.
 

Susan Perrin



Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:13:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jean Caldwell <jean2141@att.net>
Subject: Re:
ROBERT LEON TUCCI.

 
I have had Mr. Tucci's  bracelet since he was listed as a POW.MIA.  I got it when I lived in Michigan.  I have visited this web site occasionally to see if his remains had been found.  When I visited the web site last night, I discovered his remains were found and returned to Texas for burial.  From his bio he was an only child.  I thought I might pass the bracelet along to a family member that would take care of it and display it with pride in honor of his service to our country.  

 

Jean


Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:48:26 -0500
From: Andrea Lloyd <patriot.andrea.lloyd@gmail.com>

 
I have worn a bracelet wearing the name "Capt Frederick M. Hall" since 1998. I got his name through a program called "Adopt a POW," and by choosing someone from my home state of NC. Though he's been missing since long before I was born, I will never stop thinking of Capt. Hall or wearing his bracelet. Through me, Capt. Hall has been to many of the United States and even Hawaii. In an odd twist of fate, I ultimately ended up marrying a service member who spent a time working at JPAC (their mission is to recover the remains of those missing from foreign wars.) At every military event and as I've stood gazing at the waters of Pearl Harbor, I rubbed my bracelet and thought of him. Every year, as his April 12, 1969 disappearance date approaches, I think of him even more and write blogs and posts about him. Through me, he will continue to have adventure and will always be remembered. Even more than I wear his name on my wrist, I carry his name in my heart.

--
Andrea Lloyd

Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:02:52 +0000 (UTC)
From: m.meneghello@comcast.net

 
To the family of Captain Robert Stanley, I have your loved one's original bracelet, dated 4-1-67, and have recently read that his remains have not been returned home.  It felt very strange to read that his hometown was Portland, OR, since I have visited that city for many years, and will be moving there in a few months.  I will continue to keep the bracelet, unless I hear otherwise from you, and will continue to keep your family in my prayers.  God bless you. 


Margaret Meneghello


From: ally friend <ally.friend@live.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:11:36 -1000

 
My name is SMSgt Mark Friend and I entered the Air Force on 29 Jan 1990.  Upon graduation from Basic Military Training, I was shopping in the BX and there was a table out front with someone selling POW/MIA bracelets.  Anyway, to my astonishment I looked down and found one for SP4 Richard Allen Friend.  What's the odds of finding a POW/MIA bracelet that shares my last name?

 
On 26 May 2011, I'm retiring from the Air Force.  I've faithfully worn the bracelet for over 21 years and would like to make contact w/ the family of SP4 Richard Allen Friend to not only invite them to my retirement ceremony, but to ask them what they would like me to do with the bracelet.

 
I plan on encasing the bracelet in my retirement shadow box to capture the memories and always honor SP4 Friend.  However, I will return it to the family upon their request.

 
I can be reached at friendm7@hotmail.com if family members have questions.

 
Thanks
V/R
SMSgt Mark Friend

 


From: "Mike Zboray" <mzboray1@maine.rr.com>
Subject: Major Phillip R. Wellons Bracelet
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 17:07:53 -0400

 
To the Family of Major Phillip R. Wellons:
 
I just checked again and found Major Wellons status was changed from MIA to KIA. I have worn his bracelet, never taking it off under any circumstances, for over 20 years. Now I can take it off, but have no where to send it. It has been my intention to personally hand it to him, or a relative, after his status was known.
 
If someone from his family reads this, please email me at: mzboray1@maine.rr.com .
 
I am a combat veteran of Vietnam who returned home safely in December of 1969. I began writing a book about my time in Vietnam in 1990. To help with my research I contacted the Tampa Bay Vietnam Veterans Center in Tampa, FL near where I lived at the time. I met a retired Army sergeant who worked there and asked me if I would care to wear a bracelet. He told me it was important to understand that once I put it on, I would never take it off until the person was found. Period! I have done this faithfully for all these years, with respect for Major Wellons.
 
I also just found out, by reading his biography, that he flew air support missions out of Da Nang. I spent my entire tour if duty north of Da Nang in a place known as the Ashau Valley. I was in a combat engineer unit attached to the 101st Airborne. We built and maintained FSB's (fire support bases) and the road through the valley that connected them. I cannot count the times we called upon close air support during enemy attacks. It almost seems impossible that Major Wellons wouldn't have been in one of those aircraft, so I may unknowingly owe my life to him. He was "in country"¯ during at least part of my tour there.
 
I would like to say that I will never forget his sacrifice... never!
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael P. Zboray

From: "Tricia Gibson" <gibby131@hotmail.com>
Subject: loveletters Re: L/Cpl Raymond T. Heyne
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 02:33:01 -0500

 
 
Dear Family of L/Cpl Raymond T. Heyne,
    I have been the proud owner of a POW/MIA bracelet with L/Cpl Raymond T. Heyne name on it for over 35 years. I just found this website and learned that L/Cpl Heyne remains were returned in 2005 and very glad that he is home at last.
    Would you like my bracelet? It is still in good condition and would be proud to return it to you for safe keeping. I am a proud daughter of a Korean war vet. My name is Kristie Gibson - kristie.gibson@charter.net. Thank you and God bless the family of this great man.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kristie Gibson

From: DKQUINLAN@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:41:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Loveletters Post Charles R. Connor and William E. Ricker
 
To the Families of Charles R. Connor and William E. Ricker:
 
This is just a note that on Easter 2010 I have a bracelet from each of your loved ones, and they are not forgotten.
 
Dale K. Quinlan

Subject: M. McElhanon bracelet
From: Jennifer Davin <aggiedavin@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 20:58:36 -0500
 
Yesterday was spent cleaning out my parents' closet and we found the bracelet my Mom wore for Maj. Michael McElhanon in the 70's. I got on the website and found out that he was declared KIA. I am so sorry that his life was cut short. For any family member or friend that might ever read this email, I am grateful for the men and women who gave their lives, any part of time or the ultimate sacrifice, so that we have been able live freely. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you and God bless you.

 

Jennifer Davin


From: "Linda" <ynotgrey@comcast.net>
Subject: Thank you
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:42:05 -0700

 
After many years of not staying up to date with my two P.O.W.'s I found their bracelets while going through a drawer of many different forgotten things.  I immediately went online and checked my men out , and was glad to learn that there remains have both been found. I am so happy for their families to have closure.

 
I want to thank your organization for all the work you do in keeping this website available to all of us who have had bracelets and to the families of these men.

 
My men were T Sgt. Roy D. Prater whose remains were returned on 10-01-1997, and Lt. Col. Earl P. Hopper, Jr. whose remains were identified 01-10-2002.

 
Again, Thank you and God Bless these men and their families.

 
Linda Basso

From: "schoolmarm" <schoolmarm49@msn.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2011 23:18:37 -0400
 
To the family of FLOYD RICHARDSON

I wanted to be "cool" as a teenager and ordered one of these bracelets that the college kids had.  The name on that bracelet was Col. Floyd Richardson.  As I matured and went to college myself, I then knew what the bracelet was really all about.  Please know that I value the life that Col. Richardson gave for this his (this) country, and ultimately for me.  I prayed often for Col. Richardson.  I continue to wear the bracelet even though I know his remains have been returned.  I do so because I don't ever want to forget nor do I want others to forget.  May God bless and comfort the Richardson family.
 
Tess Wright

Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 21:01:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: zito charles <charliez08844@yahoo.com>
 
I wore the bracelet for LCDR Charles Lee (KIA 7-9-67) from Dec. 1972 until Memorial Day 2009 when left it at "The Wall" during Rolling Thunder.  Prior to leaving the bracelet I got a tat of an anchor cross with banner saying "They gave all" underneath the cross are the names of my uncle Vincent (KIA 2-11-45) and LCDR Lee.  I never knew either of them but I will carry their memory to my grave.

From: "Rhonda Jarrett" <bradley_rhonda@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: 1971 POW/MIA Bracelet MAJ William Duggan
Date: Sat, 7 May 2011 20:55:16 -0500

 
Hi, I have a POW/MIA bracelet that I have proudly worn since 1972 or 1973, my Nana got one for herself me & my sister, I was approx 10 or 11 at the time, I am now going to be 50 this year. I am trying to find the family of the person on my bracelet. His name is Maj. William Duggan & he was declared MIA on 12-31-1971. I know he was married and had 2 children. I would like to pass on this bracelet to any of his immediate surviving family. I feel it is time to try and find them and let them know that their Father/husband was never forgotten and to this day I still wear the bracelet with great pride, but it should rightfully now go to the surviving family. Can you help me get in contact with them by chance? Or maybe tell me where I might get more info to do so. This year on Aug 8 I will be 50 and my wish by my birthday is to try and find the family and let them have the POW/MIA bracelet that I have cherished for many many years.
Thank you very much
Rhonda Bradley-Jarrett

From: "Schneider, Sue" <Sue.Schneider@firstgroup.com>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 08:18:12 -0500
 

My Vietnam POW bracelet held the name of Mjr. Robert W. Hagerman.  I had always hoped that he was a POW and would be released after the war.  As I grew older and the war did come to an end, my bracelet was put into my "memory box".  I am now 55 yrs. old and I was going through this box yesterday, where I came upon my bracelet.  I took it into my office and went on line to see if I could find out what happened to my "man on the bracelet".  Unfortunately I did find that he was shot down over N. Vietnam, but that his remains were returned in 1985.  For that I am so thankful.  I'm sure his family and friends were relieved that they were able to lay Robert to rest "at home".

 

I hope this note finds its way to a friend or loved one of Major Hagerman.  Even though the bracelet was out of sight for a very long time, the memory came back to me periodically.  I always wanted to know what had transpired to get his name on one of those bracelets.  Now I know and I believe I have found some peace as well.  He was gone for a long time, but not forgotten by me.

 

 

Sue Schneider


From: Donna Paz Kaufman <dpaz@pazbookbiz.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 17:04:33 -0400
 
This message is for the family members of PFC Henry Herrin (1-2-68)

 
I have a bracelet for Henry Herrin that I'd like to return to the 
family if they would like it.
 
I was born in 1959, but even as a little girl and pre-teen felt deeply 
about the news of the war. Although I don't know how I obtained the 
bracelet, I wore it religiously, kept PHC Herrin in my thoughts and 
prayers, and felt the sadness of the war with his loss.
 
All these years the bracelet has been in my care and I found it again 
after looking for a piece worn by my husband's grandmother. It's been 
in my special box with all of the important items of my life and 
family's history.
 
How convenient we have the internet to help us make connections. 
Please let me know a name and address I could mail this to. Precious 
items, like this bracelet, are important symbols of our 
connectedness ... on earth and beyond.

 
Warm regards,
Donna Paz Kaufman
dpaz@pazbookbiz.com

From: GudMawMaw@aol.com
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 23:11:14 -0400 (EDT)

 
Captain John E. Duffy
 
After seeing a news story of a 12 year old girl in the 70's that had a POW/MIA bracelet that she wore until the soldiers remain were returned this year prompted me into searching for info on mine. After finding this web site,I was able to find out that Captain Duffy's remains were found in 1993 and identified in 1996. Anyone wanting to contact me about this bracelet please do so at gudmawmaw@aol.com.
 
                                                                          S. Davidson  

From: kristina <mario_kristina_lira@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 14:54:08 -0400 (EDT)
 
To the family of Master Sergeant Lawrence Clark,
 
I have his Vietnam bracelet. If you would like it back, I will send it to you. If not, on my wrist it will stay- forever.
 
Just a Friend you haven't met,
 
P.J.S.

Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 10:01:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kristine Hamel <hamelk0613@yahoo.com>
 
Dear family of Capt. Kenneth Goff Jr:
 
My mom passed away in 2009, and when I went through her things I found she had one of the POW/MIA bracelets with Captain Goff's name engraved on it.  I remember when she got it, she wore it for a very long time.  We were all touched by that awful war, a young man that was a very close family friend lost his life, best friends with my brother in law.
 
I am not sure if your family would like the bracelet, if so please let me know and I would be happy to sent it to you.

 
Sincerely,
Kris Hamel

From: Peggy Williams <queencatering@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 08:19:01 -0400
 
I have a bracelet worn by my mom that was gotten when I was 2. I have 
worn it since she passed. I just found out thanks to your web site 
that his remains were returned in '85. I would like on my mothers and 
my behalf send our prayers to Capt. Chambless Chesnutt of Ark family. 
If they could let me know what they would like done with his bracelet 
I would gladly do. God bless him them and all of our military. My 
email is queencatering@gmail.com

Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 20:50:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Roxana Johnson <roxanaj@yahoo.com>
Subject: Captain James Tucker

 
I have a MIA bracelet for Captain James Tucker, mia-04/26/66.  It is one of my most important piece of jewelry.

Subject: Robert S. Trujillo, SSG missing Jan. 7, 1968
From: James Oblinger <joblingeroo25@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 11:07:05 -0400

 
Sir,
I have worn an MIA bracelet withe the referenced name on it for over 25 years.  I have never, until today thought there would be anyway to say something to any family he may have left, my family, and truly love, and appreciate his, and their sacrifice.
 
If there is anyway to pass a msg on to them or advise me how, or where I could search for an email address or, family of missing soldiers organization that could let them know he is not forgotten I would greatly appreciate the help.
 
I have only been through his home state of NM twice, and have no connection with the family other than this bracelet.

 
Thank you for any help you can provide,
James Oblinger
 

From: Jacki <princessjbarbi@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 18:46:37 -0700

 
    To the family of S/SGT James M. Ray  POW  18 March  1968.
 
    I happened to find this web site while searching for a list of
POW's and MIA's who fought in  Vietnam.
 
My name is Jacki, and years ago a friend showed me several POW and MIA
bracelets he had in a wooden box.
Not knowing what they were, I asked him and he explained to me what they
were and why they were worn.
It touched my heart to know that people wore these metal bands so that the unknown
Soldiers would be remembered and prayed for.
 
    I asked him if I could have one, being how had several, and he said sure.
He held up the small wood box and told me to pick one.
Without hesitation I reached in and picked the very first one my fingers touched.
 
I read the name on my new band and it reads.....
S/SGT JAMES M. RAY
POW 18 MAR 68
 
Today, the day I am writing this, is Memorial Day.  I attended the Memorial
services today at the cemetery and one speaker made me cry.
He is a WW II Vet who survived Pearl Harbor.  At the end of his speech he
very passionately told everyone present... " Please do not forget us.
Please do not forget them."
I don't think there was a dry eye in the cemetery this morning.
 
    When I got home I went on the Internet and found this web site.
I FOUND S/SGT James M. Ray within five seconds of my search.
I was amazed.  I clicked on his name and up popped a photograph of him
and his bio.
 
     I can't tell you how wonderful it is to give a face to the soldier who's band I wear.
What a baby face young man.  I read his bio and learned that he was an outstanding
courageous and decorated war hero.
 
    It is my honor to wear his name on my wrist.  S/SGT James M. Ray
United States Army will never be forgotten, and I pray that some day his
family will have closure and finally get to know the truth about what really
happened to this War Hero.
I pray they all come home.

 

    Thank you for supplying the information on our POW's and MIA's.
Now I know who James M. Ray is / was. 

 

     If there is anyone who is related to or knew this soldier, I would
Love to hear from you.

 
    Sincerely,  Jacki Diaz.   Antioch, California

 
Email : princessjbarbi@aol.com

From: "Rhoads" <rhoadsend@centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 21:28:49 -0500
 
It is Memorial Day, 2011.  I sit at my desk, looking at the bracelet I wore every day for more than twenty years.  I  knew LCDR Robert C. McMahan only in my heart.  Viet Nam was the war visited upon my generation--my loved ones, my friends.  It was personal.  When my husband came back to the world, we set about making a life.  Along the way he joined VNV MC; his brothers on motorcycles.  The Moving Wall was part of the Memorial Day celebration in our town that year early in the 70's.  The names of boys I had known were there.  I felt like I knew everyone on that wall in some small way.  One of the vendors was selling the POW/MIA bracelets.  I wore that bracelet every day, even during the birth of my daughter, until another holiday more than twenty years later.  We were at Fort Steer and the Moving Wall was there.  I checked the names, like  always.  It felt like someone had ripped my heart out when I read LCDR Robert C. McMahan's name that day   Hope was gone that he would somehow survive.   I stopped wearing the bracelet after that--it seemed wrong somehow.  I wanted to send it to his family but didn't know how to find them back then.  So, here I am at my desk, looking at this bracelet like I have every day since I stopped wearing it.  It is Memorial Day, 2011.  I am returning the bracelet through LOVELETTERS.  WELCOME HOME, LCDR McMahan.  GOD BLESS.
 
Betty Rhoads

Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 10:50:38 -0500
From: Sandra Boleware <probkauz@gmail.com>
 

I have been wearing my bracelet for 39 years and just recently found out that my MIA L/C Phillip Craig was identified and returned in 1986. I purchased my bracelet in junior high school, and had hoped for years that the results would be more positive. I am very sorry to the family that L/C Craig did not return home as planned. My thoughts and prayers have been with them for many years, I do not intend to stop now. They will always be a part of my life, and I continue to wear his bracelet as a symbol of hope for all the other missing and imprisoned military of any war. God bless the Craig family and all military families.

 

If the family would like the bracelet, or wants to contact me, they are welcome to do so. 


 

Sandra Boleware


From: "Hagen Radcliffe" <Hagenschmegan@msn.com>
Subject: Maj. David Earll
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 12:25:27 -0400
I have NEVER forgotten.  I've proudly worn the bracelet for Maj. David Earll (10-21-66) since 1973, and not a day goes by that I don't think of him and his family.  As all the long years went by I've tried to find  information about "my soldier", and finally this site gave me the answer. David has never come home, but he's always been here...in my heart.  He served in Viet Nam in the Air Force (as did my brother), he was a pilot (as was my father: as is my son) and he is a true American hero (as is my son; a combat veteran of Afghanistan).  I truly believe that David's spirit is part of the reason that my son enlisted, because he grew up hearing the story of why I wear his bracelet.
If anyone is still looking for the person who had the honor of wearing his POW bracelet, I would be glad to be in contact.  
God bless you, Maj. David Earll, and a grateful nation thanks you and your family for your ultimate sacrifice. 
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
 

From: Leah Webster <loboleah@hotmail.com>
Subject: POW bracelets
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 15:28:43 +0000

 
A friend sent me an email today on The Virtual Wall. I cried. I wore a bracelet for years,  until it broke into and fell off my wrist. I went to the wall in DC in 1990 and found the name of my hero. Michael Banard Varnado. It wasn't until that year, when I read in a newspaper that he was finally identified, that I learned where he was from. Ironically he came from a town less than an hour from my hometown. Ferriday, LA. I am now living in WV but return home to Mississippi often and would love to meet his relatives and return his bracelet if they are interested. I still carry it with me everywhere I go, but know it needs to go home.


Leah

From: sharon graham <graham_sharon@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 15:38:57 +0000

 
To the family of Maj. Glendon Ammon,  6/09/2011
While driving into town this morning, I listened to a radio program where the dj's were discussing the return of POW bracelets to the families of these soldiers.  I actually got goosebumps knowing that I had a bracelet from many years prior, and was not aware of this program.  If this website is still used, I would like to if possible return the bracelet if any of the family is interested.  Maj. Ammon, after reading of his circumstances was quite a hero and I have been honored to have worn his name.
 
God bless all who have missed him over the years,
Sharon Graham
my e-mail  graham_sharon@hotmail.com

Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 09:44:39 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: Sheryl Greene <slggreene@earthlink.net>
 
Hi,

My mother has Bracelet for Capt. Charles Stratton 1-3-71.  I have noticed that his remains were identified and he is now no longer missing.  She would like to return the bracelet to his family, if they would like it.  Is this something that your group can assist with?

 

Respectfully,

Sheryl Greene

 


Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:53:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Betsy Reid <betsings@bellsouth.net>

 
I, too, am looking for information on Sgt. Michael Burns.
As a teenager, I wore an MIA bracelet with his name on it.
Date missing (on bracelet) is 7-31-69.
I still have the bracelet.
 
Betsy Reid

Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:02:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: Amanda Nordhaus <stormbringer1995@yahoo.com>
Subject: Locating MIA soldier's family
 

I was just wondering if there is any way to locate the family of Lt. Col. Joseph Christiano. My mom and I came across her old POW bracelet with his name on it. I Googled his name and came across your site and saw the e-mail from his niece. I tried to e-mail her but it came back as failed.  I would just like to let his family know that I plan on wearing the bracelet to help keep his memory alive.

 

Thank you, Amanda Nordhaus


From: "CLAUDE KUMPEL" <claudethecrab2@verizon.net>
Subject: LCDR Mike Hoff 1-7-70
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:27:49 -0400

 
Hello Dear Family and Friends of LCDR Mike Hoff,
 
Just wanted to let you know that I received Mike's bracelet in the 70's and wore it for many years while in high school, college, and during my marriage.  I came across it again in my jewelry box a few years ago and was saddened to know he did not return home.  My husband and I have 2 sons who both joined the army within 1 month of each other in 2008.  Both have since been discharged and thank God both returned home safely.  I now volunteer, as my father once did, at the Veterans Hospital in Delaware.  It is such an honor to help and be around these honorable men and women who have suffered and continue to suffer daily from injuries that occured during the wars they so bravely fought.  Know that I and my students continue to pray for LCDR MIke Hoff's return and for the safe return of all our military.  If any family member would like the bracelet returned, please feel free to contact me:  lenakumpel@aol.com.  If not, know that I will continue to wear it now to keep all POW's and MIA's memories alive.
 
Thank you and God Bless the Military!
 
Lena Kumpel

Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:59:31 -0400
From: Debbie Cunningham <dcunningham29@cox.net>

 
Hi, My name is Debbie Cunningham. I have the POW bracelet of Lt Col. Robert Warren Barnett that I have had for about 40 years.  I was wondering if he or a member of his family would like to have it.
--
Sincerely,
Debbie Cunningham

Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 23:28:32 +0000 (UTC)
From: jaxxbequick@comcast.net
 
Dear LaBohn Family,

 

Once upon a time I purchased two POW/MIA bracelets.   One I had the supreme pleasure of breaking and returning to it's rightful owner, who came back whole - at least in body.  The other I have held on to for all these many years.  I wore Gary's bracelet religiously, just as I wore the other.  When my own husband came home from VietNam he insisted that I not wear it any longer - so I put it away in my jewelry box - never forgotten, but not on my wrist.  Remember what I said about coming back whole?  Well, my husband was different when he came back, and there is not a man that I know who has returned from that war that was not a war, who is not different from before they went away.  I don't mean just grown up, I mean deeply saddened, wounded to the soul.   I know that all wars make men different, even my father who served at the Normandy Invasion still has flashbacks.  But that is another story.

 

I have been thinking about Gary's bracelet for several months, I don't know why.  But I wanted you to know that it became important enough for me to find the website that would tell me if he was ever returned to you in some manner.  I have read that although the government insists that he was returned, you believe that he was not.  So the bracelet is back on my wrist after 40 plus years and if it goes with me to my own grave, so be it.  I will not dishonor him or you by removing it.  You see, I still believe that what we know to be true in our hearts is often the real truth - and no amount of swearing oaths or mountains of paper will sway you.  Good for you.  There are still way too many secrets about that little skirmish that the world will never know and I suspect may not want to know.  I wish there was something more I could do to help you to find him or to prove without a shadow of a doubt that he is no longer on this earthly plane. 

 

I send you my love and my best wishes on your journey

Jacqueline Stickney

jaxxbequick@comcast.net

 


From: "Rob  Hamilton" <ham0751@tampabay.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:02:24 -0400

 
I wore the Pow/Mia bracelet belonging to Sgt Refugio Thomas Teran during the  70's .  This bracelet was always kept on my desk to remember him and the family who sacrificed for our county.  Today I checked the internet to find any info-  sadly he went off  to war,died in combat and will never see his family again.  I pray for his family.  If the family would like this bracelet i will send it to them. Contact me at e-mail above.
 
Shirley Hamilton

From: "Chris" <goldstrikers@hctc.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 12:38:15 -0500

 
I found my POW bracelet again, and looked up the name:  Major Robert E Rausch (4-16-70).  I am hoping that maybe someone in his family will read this and possible want this bracelet.  He and all the others who fight  now, for our freedom, and those who have lost their lives, are heroes in my eyes and heart.  We give thanks to all of you each and every day.
 
Sincerely,
 
Patty Anderson
Fredericksburg, TX

Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 21:49:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kathryne Mares <furrballkatt@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: Kathryne Mares <furrballkatt@yahoo.com>
Subject:
Capt. Wayne Pearson 2-22-69

 
I came across a mia bracelet with this name (in the subject) on it. I looked it up on google and came across his bio. I want to look for the family of this man and send them this bracelet. My mother told me the wife of this man recently died in a car accident and my mothers, husband, sister got it. I am sure the family of this Capt. would appreciate this. If you have any info on where I could send this bracelet please email me back.

 

I also have another man I found  LCPL David E. Padilla USMC 5-18-68 SVN. If any of the family members see this please contact me and I will send these 2 bracelets home.

 
Kathryne Mares

Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 06:57:32 +0000 (UTC)
From: 6285CT <maxguard@comcast.net>
Subject: LCDR. LARRY R. KILPATRICK

 
To the family of Lcdr. Larry R. Kilpatrick it is my hope that when you read this letter you will reminisce of your loved one who was lost so long ago and smile.. As a Navy vet who worked in aviation and now lives in Georgia I requested that the bracelet I receive contain the name of a Navy man from Georgia.   I have worn Lcdr. Kilpatrick's bracelet for almost 18yrs and during that time I have often wondered who he was and how he lived his life. As for the bracelet I never take it off except one time when I was having surgery done I got my wife to wear it until I was out of surgery. As time has gone by and the hopes of Lcdr. KIlpatrick returning alive has long since faded please rest assure that he has not been forgotten nor has the Kilpatrick family. I pray for the day when his remains are reunited with your family and I can return this bracelet to you but until then be proud of your lost loved one for he served honorably and may God bless  you all . 

 

                                                                                                                        Sincerely   Carl Tucker                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                       LaFayette,Ga.

 


Subject: Loveletters-SFC William S. Stinson
From: venessa <venessasaucier@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 08:49:31 -0500
 
I have SFC William S Stinson, US Army, from AL. I have had this bracelet since 1992, when I made my decision to serve in the military. Though I was unable to wear it consistently, it has had it's own special place in my jewelry box reminding me of the price those before me have paid for the life we enjoy today. I happened upon your site today and learned that SFC Stinson's remains were identified. While I share the sorrow of the loss, I also share the relief that closure brings. I grew up in Alabama and regard him as my "hometown hero", though I never knew him and he disappeared the year I was born. To the family: He is NOT forgotten. I will gladly return the bracelet if contacted, otherwise, the very next time I travel that way, I will bring it to The Wall. God bless.
 
Venessa
venessasaucier@hotmail.com

Subject: Major Joseph Echanis
From: rogerdsmithsr@aol.com
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 21:02:54 -0400 (EDT)

 
I was 16 in 1971 when I began wearing the bracelet bearing the name Major Joseph Echanis with the date 11.5.69. Perhaps it was too late in getting to me; perhaps not. I wish I could say I've worn the bracelet these past 40 years, but the metal had less heart and snapped in two. Many prayers have been said on his behalf, and for the family I believed were missing him. Each time I opened my most treasured box, I would find it there and lift up a prayer to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his well being. I had no idea this site existed and it only now dawned on me that I might be able to search the web to find out about "my guy"¯; who he was, who he left behind, and what had happened to him. I had hoped to find an aging, yet glorious and still heroic man. And perhaps I have...though in the minds of his children. I want you to know, Victoria, and however many brothers and sisters you may have, that I am eternally grateful for the sacrifice your father paid for me and everyone who calls themselves an American. May God bless you. 
 
Lynny Roark Smith
Wichita, Kansas

From: Rcwaechter@aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:17:20 -0400 (EDT)
 
I have had my bracelet since 1970. Lt. Col. Larry (Lawrence William) Whitford, Jr. would have been only 40 years old November 2, 1969 when he was shot down over Laos. I have kept his bracelet all these years. It reminds me to try to do something worthy of his sacrifice and to remember the sacrifice of his family. This bracelet has always caused me to think about the cost of freedom and the responsibility we should feel toward keeping those freedoms.
 
If anyone in his family would like this bracelet, I would happily send it to them. Otherwise, I will keep it and honor the man it represents.
 
I've often wondered what would happen if, we the citizens, would each wear the name of a living serviceman/woman while they wore the uniform of our country fighting to protect us.
 
Becky

 

 

 

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