LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


09/03/2011

 

I am 31 year old. It really PISSES me off when coworkers (especially guys that are older than me) ask why I care about some dead soldier from 30-40 yrs. ago and wear a stupid bracelet. It makes me sad that they care so little about an American soldier who has fought in our name. How could someone do that? As my bumper sticker says, "I wasn't there, but I still care."


From: sgoldfield@aol.com
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 13:03:28 -0400 (EDT)

 
Dear Family of Captain Robert Michael Gilchrist, missing in action October of 1966.
I am writing to let you know, and hopefully provide some comfort in knowing, that your beloved is not forgotten after all these years.  I am a 52 year old wife and mother who lives in Portland Oregon.   I still have the POW/MIA bracelet that carries Robert's name, carefully saved with my most precious family momentos.  I am glad to save it for the day when he returns, or if someone in your family would like to have it as a reminder this country has not forgotten his service and your long wait, I would also be more than willing to send it to you.  If you would like to contact me, my email is here.  This note carries my blessings to you.

 

Warmly,
Susan Andrews

From: "Randy Smith" <randysmith_88@att.net>
Subject: LCDR  Dain V. Scott Bracelet
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 17:35:56 -0500

 

My name is Randy Smith.  I have worn LCDR Scott’s bracelet religiously, since I joined the Air Force in 1988.  I retired in 2008, and will continue to wear his bracelet, until he or his remains are brought back to the country he loves.  My hopes and prayers are with his family to receive some sort of closure. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Randy Smith

Belleville, IL 62221

Randysmith_88@att.net

 

 

P.S.  I was born and raised in Milton, Pennsylvania, that’s how I picked his bracelet.


From: Sue Culberson
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:18:32 -0700
 
I have just recently found my bracelet honoring Lt. Col Roosevelt Hestle. I cannot wear it at work so I will continue to carry it with me wherever I go if it is not on my wrist. I pray that someday he will be returned home. I pray that his family is at peace and our country never forgets the sacrifices made by these courageous men and women of the Armed Forces. I also will pray that there will someday be no need for the visual signs that we wear, and all men and women are returned home from the battles safe and sound.
sue
contact info uburoi.sue@gmail.com

Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 06:37:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: Renata Koehler <renatakoehler@yahoo.com>
Subject: Lt Col. Jerdy Wright Jr

 
I wore my POW/MIA bracelet from the time I was 13 years old until I was 34 years old.  I would like the family to know when I vacationed to Phucket, Thailand in 1993 I was having horrible nightmares.  I must have been close to an area where Jerdy may have enjoyed some R&R.  I swam out to the sea and took off my bracelet and tossed my bracelet into the sea.  A feeling of peace came over me as if the say Jerdy was finally at Peace. I am now 52 years old and was thinking of Jerdy today.  I checked the website to see if any remains had been returned and was happy to read they have been.  I have also visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington and rubbed Jerdy's name with tears in my eyes and heavy heart. I am leaving an open invitation for any family member to contact me.
Thank you
 
Renata M Koehler

 


From: "Nichole Zurgable" <nzurgable@comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 15:33:55 -0400

 
I have a POW bracelet that I would like to return to the family of Roger B. Innes. I recently learned that his remains were found and was buried at Arlington in 2000.
 
 
Thank you,
Nichole Zurgable

From: "Randy and Cheryl Kumberg" <randckumberg@havilandtelco.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:49:29 -0500

 
To the family of Capt. John K Hardy USAF:
I wanted you to know I have a MIA bracelet with John's name on it that I have carefully kept tucked away since 1972 with my most cherished possessions.   I take it out and wear it sometimes to honor John.   I have prayed for him all these years and hoped for some type of information that would let me know he did come home...finally.  I see once again that he is still MIA.   I will keep the bracelet, continue to pray for him as God knows exactly where he is.  I picked his name because he was from LA and that is where I was in high school.  (I wanted someone from the same area so when he came home I could give it to him)  I will fly my flag proudly and never forget the sacrifice he and his family made making sure I live in a free country.  We have veterans in our family from the Army, Air Force and Navy.   I hope some day I can travel to the Wall, wear my bracelet and get a rubbing of his name.   I will show the bracelet to my grandchildren and tell them the story of the bracelet and let them know about "my"¯ serviceman.  He will never be forgotten.
Remembering John today.....
Peace
Cheryl Kumberg

Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:53:10 -0400
Subject: SFC Fred Mooney
From: Marc Churchia <marc.churchia@gmail.com>

 
Please let the family of this brave soldier know that I have his bracelet which I wear proudly.
SP5 Marc Churchia
US Army Viet Nam 1969
Respectfully,
Marc Churchia

From: Pleib606@aol.com
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2011 10:23:58 -0400 (EDT)

 
In 1968, as a 7th grade student from Fairlawn Ohio, I ordered a bracelet with the name Spec. 5 Wade Groth  2-12-68 engraved on it. I wore that bracelet for many years. I remember our home economics classes baking, packing and sending thousands of cookies to the soldiers in Viet Nam. As a young person who did not understand the politics of this war, I felt it was the least I could do.
I have been a teacher for 34 years, and recently went to the traveling wall in Fairlawn, Ohio with my 81 yr. old father who had never seen it. We found the name of "my soldier" ,Wade Groth.
I was moved to write, to let a family member or friend know I have never forgotten about him. I still have the bracelet and if a loved one would like to have it back, I would be happy to return it. Otherwise I will continue to cherish it and the memory it holds for me.

Sincerely,
Peggy Leib

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:07:53 -0500
To: shealeen63@hotmail.com
Subject: Re: bracelet

Have found a bracelet engraved Lt.Col. Carl Karst 11-16-68.  Would like to return it to any family.

Contact me.


Thank you

 


Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 01:35:25 -0400
Subject: Loveletters
From: "Rachel Landry-Andrade, RHIT" <andrade.rhit@gmail.com>

 
I am a 39 year old wife, mother, and daughter of a combat veteran who served in Viet Nam with the 1st Cav Airmobile 67-68. My Dad gave me a bracelet when I was 12 or 13 for Lt. Col. Henry P. Brauner and he wore one for Sgt. Donald Iandoli. As I grew into a teen age girl, I stopped wearing my bracelet when I started wearing prom dresses. Dad quickly noticed, took possession of both bracelets and wore them every moment for the rest of his life. He NEVER took them off. The bracelets traveled with him to the Welcome Home Parade in Chicago, the dedication of the Wall in DC, and the dedication of the NJ Viet Nam Memorial and Education Ctr. They were on his wrist when he held my children for the first time and when he held my hand for the last time on 06/25/11 when I lost him to liver cancer.
I looked up the names a few months before he passed and I did get to share a bittersweet moment in memory of Lt. Col. Brauner. Knowing that his family got some closure gave Dad some peace but he was angry that they had to wait so long.
I am wearing the bracelets now and I will wear them until they all come home.
 

Rachel Landry (Daughter of Walter Landry, 1st Cav C/5/7 Airmobile - ICorp, Viet Nam 67-68)


Sept 27, 2011
 

I have an MIA bracelet for 1LT John Kennedy 08/16/71.  I would like to give it back to the family.

 

Diane Musick

dm1944@gmail.com


Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:47:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: Marie norris-pendley <mnorrispendley@yahoo.com>
Subject: Maj. Thomas Dugan

 
I have had Major Thomas Wayne Dugan's MIA  braselet since the late 60s. I want you to know that I am still praying for him.

 

Marie Norris-Pendley

 


From: "Girod, Sue" <sgirod@purdue.edu>
To: "'info@pownetwork.org'" <info@pownetwork.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 16:25:39 -0400
 

RE:  MIA PFC Stephen Eugene Breiner, 9/24/1968

 

I have been reading many, many letters found on Loveletters. 

 

I am the only surviving sibling of PFC Stephen Eugene Breiner who died a Marine in Vietnam on 24Sept1968 in Quang Name Province while crossing the Bon River. 

 

If you know of anyone who has a bracelet with Stephen’s name on it.  Would you please let me know.  I never knew about these bracelets until today. 

 

I have a bracelet with all the Indiana MIA’s from Vietnam, but never knew about the ones that were distributed during the 70’s. 

 

Please share my email address with anyone who knows anything about my older brother. 

 

Thank you. 

 

 

Susan L. (Breiner) Girod

sgirod@purdue.edu


From: "Barb Miller" <bmgm@htc.net>
Subject: POW/MIA Capt. Wayne E. Newberry
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:07:05 -0500

 
I have a bracelet with the name of Capt. Wayne E.Newberry, USAF, Laos, and would like to tell the family that I have it.  I am willing to return it to the family if they would like it or I would be proud to continue holding on to it.        

bmgm@htc.net

From: "Vicki Dyess" <vickid@gulftel.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:56:06 -0500

 
To the family of Col. David R. Williams,
 
While cleaning out a box, I can across the POW bracelet I wore in the 70's until it broke.  I know I wore it for several years but never knew about the man behind it.  Now with the internet,  I would like to know more about Col .Williams.  My heart goes out to you for the sacrifice he made and you as his family made for our country.  I know he was from Memphis and his age.  He was one year older than my dad.  I would appreciate any info you would be willing to give me.
 
                                                                                                                                           Vicki Dyess

From: "Danny Chrisler" <azvet1947@hotmail.com>
Subject: "Love letters"
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 22:48:16 -0700


 
Lord, I hope that some day this email finds it's way to someone who is related to or is someone who knew this Vietnam Veteran. I am a proud Vietnam Veteran who has proudly been wearing a MIA/POW bracelet with the name of "Capt. Raymond Salzarulo"¯. It has the date of 9-4-66 on it. I returned from a year of active duty in Vietnam on May 9, 1969. I heard about these bracelets and in case you missed it where I said that I was a proud Vietnam Veteran, I researched and found where I could get one. Although I never actually knew Ray Salzarulo and knew absolutely nothing at all about him, I decided to wear whatever bracelet came to me. Sure, I knew a lot of my buddies that had died beside me in combat, but I wanted to have someone's bracelet that I did not know. I put this bracelet on my right wrist in June of 1969 and it has NEVER BEEN OFF! It shines today just as nice as it did when I received it in June of 1969. People cannot believe that it have been on my wrist for 42 years! I believe that many people have said that this bracelet is one of the earliest ones and they were made of nickel (it looks like stainless steel). I remember the days back in the late 60's and 70's when I would be going through security at the airports and the security personnel would ask me to please remove it because the metal detectors were going off. I told them that I refused to ever remove it and that I was a Vietnam Veteran. Eventually there was someone that recognized the significance of the bracelet and they would let me pass through without any more problems. I only wish that there was some way that any members of his family or any of his children (if he had any) would read this and be able to contact me. I would only be too happy to talk to them and tell them how proud I have been all of these 42 years to have been wearing his bracelet. I proudly served in the 25th Infantry Division, 3/4 Cavalry, 1st Platoon, Charlie Troop. When I first arrived in Vietnam on May 8, 1968, I was a grunt (infantryman). I will not go into great detail how I became to get the job as a track commander on an armored personnel carrier after only 1 month in Vietnam, but let's say that it was one of those, I was "in the right place at the right time"¯ instances in the war. There seemed to be plenty of those in that year. I made the rank of E5 (sergeant) in a relatively short time. I guess that it did not hurt being on the command track that had the platoon leader (the lieutenant), the medic, the interpreter and our kit carson scout (who was a former Vietcong enemy, but surrendered to us). My best times in Vietnam were my last 6 months. Not only because when I arrived in Vietnam in May, I got wounded in July and was hospitalized. I went back to the field with my unit again in late July, but then was wounded again in August and was out of the field for 30 days. I went back to my same unit again and hoped that the so-called "3rd strike"¯ would never come.
It never did or I guess that I would not be here today. I really got to love the guys that I was with for the last 6 months. we were so close and we watched each other's backs all of the time. Let me tell you something very amazing. For the last 6 years, My wife and I have been attending 3 Vietnam Veteran Reunions (every 2 years). I had received a phone call one day and this lady asked if I was in Vietnam these certain dates and if I knew her husband. Although I did not know her husband, I could relate to everything else that she asked me about. We later found out that her husband took command of our platoon only about 15 days after I left Vietnam. She had been tirelessly researching and attempting to find as many surviving members of our first platoon that she could and get them to a reuniting. At the 2nd reunion, miraculously a picture was taken of myself, my driver, my lieutenant and my combat medic. Yes, we all had unknowingly survived the war and any health hazards to get to our reuniting once again 40 years after the war. I have seen the Vietnam Memorial one time escorted by my combat medic Doc Young who only lives about 45 minutes from Washington, DC.. I immediately found Capt. Ray Salzarulo's name on the wall and got a rubbing of it. I have it displayed with my shadow box of memorabilia from Vietnam and the military. Well, I hope that somehow this information finds it's way back to someone that will read this letter someday and be able to relate to everything that I have said. I will give you my contact information.
 
Danny Chrisler
3131 East Gleneagle Drive
Chandler, AZ 85249
480-664-2106

 


Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:10:39 -0500
From: Helen P <hapaschke@gmail.com>
 
RE:  Capt. George Mims, Jr., missing since 12/20/1965

 
I  wore my POW/MIA bracelet in the 1970's and have kept it carefully stored since then. I recently came across it while cleaning and found the website. I am sad to learn that Capt. George Mims Jr. continues to be MIA. I have resumed wearing the bracelet. I have learned that he was on an Air Force F4C when it was shot down. I now have a son who aspires to become a Navy Aviator, so this has sort of come full circle for me. 

 
If his family would like to have the bracelet, I can be contacted at hapaschke@gmail.com.

 
Helen Paschke

Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 09:23:06 -0500
From: Jan <texacowenchhome@aol.com>

 
Still holding in my heart LTJG William T. Carter.  Wanting the family to know that others still care and will continue to wait. 

From: "Matt Slobodnik" <fatmatt1@verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2011 20:19:46 -0400

 
Dear Family;
 
    I have the POW bracelet for L/C Philip Craig 7-4-67.  I wore it proudly when I was a young girl.  I would like to send it to a family member of L/C Philip Craig. Can you help me with any information?  i would greatly appreciate any help. 
    Thank you very much.
 
   Sincerely,
 
    Angie Slobodnik

From: "Papcun, Linda" <LPapcun@qek.com>
Subject: Love Letters

 

I purchased my POW MIA bracelet in the 70’s and still hold on to it.  My bracelet bears the name of Lt. Walter Estes Jr 11/19/67 and I have a blue star sticker on the bracelet. I have recently learned from internet searches that Walter was from the state in which I live, Michigan.  Knowing that his remains have been returned many years ago is sad and difficult for his family.  If there is anyone in Walter’s family that would like the bracelet I would be happy to send it to them.  I thank all military personnel for their service and for protecting the U.S.  May all those that have lost their lives fighting for our country..may they rest in peace and God bless their families.

 

With sincere appreciation,

 

Linda Papcun


From: "Terry D'Angelo" <tdangelo8@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 15:49:56 -0600

 
As a 10 year old, I bought a POW/MIA bracelet in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I am now 49.  My father, Joe D'Angelo who served two tours in Vietnam, was a member of the UDT SEAL Team 2 stationed in Little Creek at the time. My father, a generous man, survived the war but has since passed on about 10 years ago at age 59.
 
 My bracelet bears the name of CAPT. Larron Murphy ~ 4-23-70. I have never forgotten the importance of these bracelets and have always prayed for his safety and his family.  Perhaps my father did not know CAPT. Larron Murphy then, but I am sure the Lord has a special place for all these brave men and women to one day reunite.

 
May you find peace "Until they come home",
  ...tdangelo@d125.org...

 
Terry D'Angelo

Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:52:04 -0800
From: David Herrera <doh391@cox.net>

 
Re: Captain Gary Dawson Warren/USAF/ MIA October 26, 1969
To: The family of Captain Gary Dawson Warren

    Today, 14 Nov 2011, my mother gave me her bracelet remembering Captain Warren.  She has kept it all these years and wore it frequently out of respect and remembrance of Captain Warren's service. 
    Now, nearly 80 years old, she has passed the torch onto me.  With great pride and thankfulness for Captain Warren's service to our country, I will forever keep this bracelet safe, and wear it proudly as a constant reminder that we will NEVER forget those who served and did not return.  And assuredly I say to Captain Warren's family, I will eventually pass the bracelet on to my son, so that his generation will never forget the sacrifice of Captain Warren and our other service personnel who fought for our country and have yet to return. 
    May God bless Captain Warren and his family.
 
-- 
David O. Herrera
San Pedro  Ca
doh391@cox.net

Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 20:32:58 -0600
From: hollie moore <hollieamoore@gmail.com>

 
I have a silver bracelet I have worn for years till it broke in the middle so I taped it up and deposited it in a cedar box, that has a special place on my dresser.  The name on it is Captain John Hardy 10-12-67 .  Over the years Ihave  tried to find out what I could about this man to no avail.  Now with the internet and the people and records I have found, I think I know what happened and would like his family to know he has and always will be in my heart. 
Thank you for your service to our country and your sacrifice .  You will never be forgotten.
Hollie Moore

From: Lexie Belles <shutterbug883@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:39:51 -0600
Subject: Capt. John W. Consolvo Jr. USMC
 

I am writing in regards to Capt. John W. Consolvo Jr. USMC.  My name is Lexie and I'm 28, two years ago I received a POW/MIA bracelet with Capt. Consolvo's name on it.  From the day I received the bracelet I have never taken it off.  I monitor the POW/MIA sites in hopes that I will find news that John has been found and is being returned to his family.  I think about him every time I hear of someone being returned home, at every holiday, on the USMC birthday, and especially on Veterans Day.  If his family reads this I just wanted to let them know that he is always in my thoughts and heart and I will continue to wear my bracelet until he is returned home or for the rest of my life, whichever comes first.    


 

Lexie M. Belles


Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:37:48 -0800 (PST)
From: GEORGE LOCKLEY <dlockley@bellsouth.net>

 
To family of Col. John J. Pitchford, Jr.,

I have learned that Col. Pitchford passed away 12-02-2009 (day before my birthday 12-03). I have a POW bracelet with the inscription of Lt. Col. John Pitchford 12-20-1965. It would be an honor and privilege to return to family members this bracelet that I have had since 1969/1970. I grew up in
Jackson Ms and now live in Brandon Ms. After researching and reading many articles on Col. Pitchford, I truly regret that I did not research long before now, as I would have found out that Col. Pitchford had retired and was living within less that 100 miles from where I live. I would love to hear from family members that would care to contact me @ dlockley@bellsouth.net.

In His name,
Dianne R Lockley
 

Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:19:47 -0800 (PST)
From: Maureen Mumm <mmumm4@yahoo.com>

 
Hello,
 
I don't know where to start but I will find a point.  I was 12 years old when I first became involved with wearing a POW/MIA bracelet, I am 52 now and I still have the bracelet with Capt. Gray D. Warren name on it.
 
I wore the bracelet for from the time I was 12 until I was 15 at which time I took it off & put it away, and now the time has come for me to ask the family if they would like to have it. I would like to return my POW/MIA bracelet to the family of Captain Gray D. Warren, lost on 10/26/1969.
 
When the moving Vietnam Wall made a trip out here to Rancho Cucamonga, CA, I put the bracelet back on & wore it to show my support, I did receive some inquires regarding the bracelet.
 
I want the family of Capt. Gray D. Warren, that I haven't forgotten, and I hope that one day, he will be brought home along with many others.
 
My father-in-law was a WW.II Vet & my father was a Korea Vet.
 
You may contact me at:  mmumm4@yahoo.com
 
Thank you,
 
Maureen A. Mumm

 


Subject: Sgt. Gregory Paul Lawrence
From: Rebecca Moseley <prvt-eye@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 22:35:39 -0600

 
I am honored to wear the bracelet for Sgt. Gregory P. Lawrence.  I have had it for over thirty years.  My prayers go out to his family and it is my hope that someday they will get some closure to their loss.  I pray that his remains will be found and he can be returned home to his family.  He is a hero in my eyes.  God bless.
 
Rebecca,
Texas

Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 15:15:03 -0800
From: Annette Lethin <lethin40@gmail.com>

 
Hello,
I have held on to the bracelet I wore years and years ago of a Capt. Murphy Jones and I prayed for him and wore it for years.
Then I put it in our curio cabinet along with many family treasures, and would take it out and say a little prayer for Capt. Jones and
put it back. Today I took it out and searched for him and found that he was returned in 1973. I was so excited and happy and thought maybe he or his family would like me to send it to them.
His home city at the time was Baton Rouge, LA.
I am so pleased to know he came home, and hope he is still alive. He is two years older than me.
Please let me know.
God bless and thank you for your service to our country. My father was an officer in the Navy and my husband was a corpsman, so we are a very patriotic family.

Sincerely,
Annette Lethin

From: Shirley Creed <ShirleyCreed@Med-Soc.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 05:06:23 +0000
 

To whom it may concern,

 

I am in possession of a Vietnam War POW bracelet that I wore in elementary school. I would like to send the bracelet to family members- if they are interested. The name on the bracelet is Lt. Col. Larry Biediger with a date of  1-29-67 engraved under the name.

 

Thank you,

Shirley Creed

shirleycreed@med-soc.org


From: "becky hanshe" <hansheb@verizon.net>
Subject: Capt. Darrel Pyle
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 19:36:36 -0500

 
Hi, My Name is Rebecca McComas Hanshe. I live in New Brighton, PA. I was only about 10 years old when I received my POW Bracelet. I came across it recently and would like to give it to Capt. Pyle's Family. I read that he past away in 1974 in Alaska. What a shame to survive the war and then die in plane crash. My deepest Sympathy to his Family. If they are interested in having it. my e-mail address is hansheb@verizon.net. Thank you!

Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 16:19:45 -0500
From: "Mary Gomez" <GomezM@rockinghamcc.edu>

 
My son is currently in basic training for the U.S. Army.  With his decision to join the military came many emotions and even memories of the POW bracelet I wore for years when I was a girl in the early 70's.  I remember very clearly the bracelet with it's inside coated with purple nail polish from where I wore it so much that the plating wore off.  I have forgotten where the bracelet is (although I have no doubt that it is tucked away somewhere in my home), but I never forgot the name on the bracelet, Capt. Wayne E. Pearson, lost February 22, 1969.   I realize it is unlikely that any of his loved ones will ever see this, but just in case I want them to know that he has not been forgotten.
 
Sincerely,
Mary E. Gomez
 

From: lcndls4u@aol.com
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 20:24:00 -0500 (EST)

 
I have had a bracelet for Maj. William Brashear since the early 70's. 
I understand from your list he is still a POW.  .....

  His family can contact me at Lcndls4u@aol.com

 

Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:03:14 -0800
Subject: "LOVELETTERS"
From: "A. Thomas Finney II" <athomasfinney@gmail.com>

 
Dear Sir or Ma'am:
 
I Posted a letter on your Site a few years ago (which has received many favorable responses) but now I would like to Post the below letter,
updated if you will, because my email address has changed.  Please Post as soon as possible.  Thank you, and love your Site!
 
 
"If you or anyone you know has a POW/MIA bracelet inscribed 'LT. COL. TOM FINNEY 8-1-66' and would like to return it to the family
please feel free to contact me at   athomasfinney@gmail.com    I am Tom Finney II and I am Colonel Finney's eldest son.  Thank you."
 

 

[Arthur Thomas Finney]


From: "Deb" <rdboswell@sbcglobal.net>
Subject:    W. DARRELL JOHNSON
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2011 11:03:40 -0600

 
To the Johnson family,
I have had W. Darrell Johnsons bracelet since 1970 and it has been on my person or displayed in our house ever since. I check for any information from time to time. Just want the family to know that he is remembered in this household and we hold him and all servicemen and women in our prayers. We have a son in Afghanistan , third tour in that area and we are thankful for all the prayers and support from others. God Bless
 
Robert and Debbie Boswell
rdboswell@sbcglobal.net

From: "KLynn  Mitchell" <klynnm@earthlink.net>
Subject: Lt. Col. Roosevelt Hestle
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 12:05:29 -0800

 
My name is Lynn Mitchell, I am 70 years old and I have had a bracelet with Lt. Col. Roosevelt Hestles name on it since the early 70's.  I wore the bracelet for many years and then put it in my jewelry box for safe keeping.  My husband wears copper on his wrist to ease the pain of arthritis and has for several years.  The bracelet he was wearing broke and I said "here, wear this bracelet that I have had in my jewelry box".  He then asked me how long I have had this and have you found out anything about this man.  I had not, and so we got on the computer and found all of this information on so many POW's.
 
What really upsets me is that according to the information, Roosevelt Hestle has not been found and is still MIA. 
 
I feel terrible for his family, how awful it must be to not know what has happened to him, especially when Mrs. Hestle actually saw him in a news shot and knew he was alive and the Army denies it.
 
My husband had to stop wearing the bracelet because it was starting to crack, so I will put it back in my jewelry box for safe keeping.
 
If anyone has more information on Roosevelt Hestle I would really like to hear from you.  My e-mail address is klynnm@earthlink.net.  God Bless the Hestle family.
 
Lynn Mitchell
12-26-2011

From: "Schindler" <dschindler28@att.net>
Subject: S/Sgt John Jakovak POW-MIA
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:14:27 -0500
 
I purchased the bracelet of S/Sgt John Jakovak 5-29-67 in the summer of 1968 in Bloomfield Hills outside Detroit.  I never removed it until January 30, 1972 when its condition was so fragile that it was soon to break.  Instead I hung a POW flag at my door and tied his bracelet to the flag support, always bringing it in to hang on my Christmas tree.  John has never been far from my thoughts.  My son suggested I do some on-line research where I learned that he came home in 1997.  While I am grateful he is home, I am deeply sorry for his family and all families who live, and have had to live, with such unknown so many years.  If his family would like to have his bracelet, please let me know and I will be happy to send it.

 

Dana Schindler
Manistee, Michigan

From: Patti Sullivan <psullivan@satx.rr.com>
Subject: .Family of CDR Carroll Crain 3-8-67
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:29:23 -0600
 
 My grandfather recently passed away. I found  CDR Crain's bracelet in his belongings. I am wearing it, but I want to let his family know that I would gladly send it to them if they want it.

 

psullivan@satx.rr.com

Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:15:02 -0800 (PST)
From: JA <joel.abramson@yahoo.com>
Subject: Colonel Donald Cook
 
Just wanted to take a moment to honor the memory of Colonel Donald Cook on this 47th anniversary of his capture.
 I have had the honor of wearing Major Cook's bracelet (he was promoted to Colonel after his death) since I was in High School in NYC back in the early 70's.

 
Semper fidelis 

 

 

 

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