LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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

 


Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:44:02 -0500
From: "Edson, Vicki"
 

I have S/SGT Donald Newton’s bracelet.  If anyone within his family would like to have, his bracelet please let me know. 

 

Please contact me at greyhairgyrl@comcast.net


From: Cnslting4u@aol.com
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:29:06 -0500 (EST)

 
My name is Daryl N Thompson I served in Vietnam may of 1967 through may of 1968 with the 1st Infantry Division. I wear the bracelet of Larry J Stevens (LT) MIA Feb 14 1969 and Richard A. Claflin July 26 1967. It is my belief that they both may have flown cover for my units while we served in the Iron Triangle as well as when we were supporting the 5th Special Forces in Loc Nin on the Cambodian/Laos boarder.
 
I just want the family's of both men that "I have NOT forgotten" and I fly my American flag at half staff everyday and have for 40 years to insure my neighbors do not forget as well.
 
My heart is and has been with you
 
Daryl N Thomspon
cnslting4u@aol.com

From: JOAN EICHHORN <joaneichhorn501@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 12:44:19 -0500

 
I have a bracelet that I lovingly wore for years with the name Capt. Lionel Parra Jr. date:7-17-68. If many of his family would like to have it please contact me and I will send it to them.

 
Joan Eichhorn
joaneichhorn501@hotmail.com

Subject: LOVELETTERS
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:03:29 -0600

From: "Temme, Sherry L
 

At the beginning of my first tour in Korea I ordered a bracelet.  I wore it throughout my 21 year career in the Air Force.

I have just discovered that “my guy” had been identified. I would gladly send my bracelet to his family if they wish to have it.

 

RIP, STANLEY L.  LEHRKE

 

You served with me and I feel that you kept me out of harm’s way.

Thank you to the Lehrke family. 

 

Sherry Temme

Email:  chugia@hotmail.com


From: kelly brotherton <kjb217@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:13:31 -0500

 

To whom it may concern. I am looking for the family of LCDR Charles Marik (6-66). My brother James B. Hayes passed recently and in his things we found a bracelet with Charles name and date on it. My brother wore this bracelet till the day he passed. My family and I would like to return it to the family of Marik. When searching the list of MIA I found what may be the LCDR 's name. If any out there has information of this fine man please contact me at

 

Kelly (Hayes) Brotherton
Fort Wayne, IN.
or my account on Facebook

Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 15:58:14 -0800 (PST)
From: James Martin <jfm9999@yahoo.com>
Subject: To the family of Lawrence Tatum

 

 

Here is the link I have placed on a metal detecting website:

http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.php/topic,451719.0.html



Best wishes,

James Martin


From: "Bill Hall" <pyratenc666@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2012 09:49:49 -0500

 
I I have been wearing the bracelet of Lt. Robert R. Duncan for over twenty years and his photo is on my wall with my family who were veterans.
He and the others will never be forgotten. To his relatives i send my warmest regards.

 

William H. Hall


Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 18:52:19 -0500
Subject: CDR Robert Schweitzer 1-5-68
From: Maranda Young <maranda@foreveryoungphoto.net>
 

 

I have a bracelet of CDR Robert Schweitzer that my mom use to wear.  I would love to return it to his family.  If either of his sons or
relatives could contact me, I would happily mail it to them.

Warm regards,
Maranda Riek
maranda@foreveryoungphoto.net


From: "Greg" <nyhuskersfan@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:51:00 -0400

 
Hello. I am trying to reach the family of SP4 Donald P. Knutsen - MIA 3/22/71. I have been wearing his bracelet for about 15 years or maybe a little longer.
I have always wondered if I could contact his family or friends and get more information about Donald. My name is Greg Carman. I live in Utica, NY which is only about 3 hours from Buffalo, NY where I understand Donald may have lived at some point. I would love to hear from anyone who knew Donald and can give me more information about him. My email address is nyhuskersfan@yahoo.com I have been to the wall in DC several times and have several rubbings of Donald's name.

From: "Karen Wallin" <KarenSandstrom@rocketmail.com>
Subject: Family of Roosevelt Hestle
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:18:33 -0600

 

 

I am a 37 year old Mother living in Wisconsin.  My Mother recently was cleaning out her jewelry box and my 4 year old daughter spotted a bracelet with Roosevely Hestle's name.
  This started a conversation between the 3 of us about Vietnam and the sacrifices made and the impact it had on my Mother's generation.  She wore that bracelet until I was in middle school...
Now I find myself wearing it..
 I looked up his story and it made me very proud to wear his name on my arm.. also sad to know there has been no closure for his family.
   Please know that these soldiers have left a legacy.. the honor and respect has passed from my Mother.. to myself.. now to my daughter.. She has been told that he is an angel and gave his life to keep ours intact.  We pray for him and for his family...   Love

 

 

Karen Wallin
KarenSandstrom@Rocketmail.com

Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 15:15:11 -0700
From: James Arellano <arellano.james195@gmail.com>
 
To the family of CDR David Scott Greiling,

My name is James Arellano, and I am 13 years old. I have worn CDR David Scott Greiling's POW/MIA Bracelet for 4 years now, and I have done much research trying to find how to contact the family. I hope the family reads this, and knows that at least one other person has not forgotten. I wear it everyday, to remind others that freedom isn't free. I thank David Scott Greiling for giving his life so that I can go to school and do the things that I want to. Thank You.
 
Thank You,
James Arellano

arellanojames195@gmail.com


Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:15:12 -0500
From: William Potter <wpotterw@gmail.com>

 
 
 
I found a POW/MIA bracelet in my late father-in-law's belongings.  The name on it is S/SGT Douglas Glover, missing on 19 Feb 1968.  I think he had had it since the 1970's.  I believe the links above describe this person.  If someone is looking for it, I would like to give it to
them.

 
Bill Potter

wpotterw@gmail.com

Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:16:07 -0800 (PST)
From: libsiler <libsiler@bellsouth.net>

 
To the family of Captain Ronald Lyle Packard,
 
I wanted you to know that your loved one has never been forgotten.  I still have his POW bracelet that I got in 1970. 
 
I will be glad to send you the bracelet if you would like it.  You may contact me at libsiler@bellsouth.net if you choose.
 
Sincerely,
 
Libby Siler

Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:50:33 -0500
From: "REParker@optonline.net" <reparker@optonline.net>

 
To the Friends and Family of Robert F. Scherdin.  I regret being a day late for Robert's 65th Birthday yesterday.  Please remember that there
are others of us, out here, who ALSO remember and stand your vigil with you.  I still wear Robert's bracelet and, again just the other day, had an
opportunity to share his story with someone who asked about it.  God Bless you and your Loved Ones and Thank You for the gift of Robert and your sacrifice.

From: Dave and Debbee Malinowski <eeknib@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 21:51:48 -0700

 
To Claire Evans
Re: Major John Conlon III
 
I've been thinking of your brother and the bracelet I received in the early 70's. My father spent 18months in Vietnam and as a tribute to him, I ordered/asked for a POW/MIA bracelet.  I only recently discovered his remains had been found and his services were held in 2006....I'd always wondered what had happened and now I know.
 
Please let me tell you Thank You for your brother's service to this country and for your sacrifice....we 're a very strong/supportive family of military members & have several still in or headed for the service. We 're so sorry for your loss but know that he'll not be forgotten.
 
On our next trip to The Wall or Arlington, we will leave the bracelet in memoriam. Please feel free to contact me.
 
Again, thank you.
Debbee Malinowski
sonjarott@yahoo.com

From: "ebinshape@yahoo.com" <ebinshape@yahoo.com>
Subject:  letter for Tatum family
Date:  Sat, 03 Mar 2012 22:20:52 -0600
 
My name is Emily Speed Bedford, I'm 48 yrs old. I wore your family members bracket for many years. I remember looking in the paper every day for his name. I really thought about him tonight after seeing Act of Valour. made me really think of how all the people in all areas of the service are so IMPORTANT! I was proud to wear his name on my wrist and you should be proud to have him in your family.

Emily Speed Bedford

From: Margaret Bailey <placidrn@aol.com>
Subject: LTJG GARY SHANK
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:34:35 -0500

 

Dear Family of LT. Gary Shank,

 

Please accept my deep sorrow for your loss.  I have your son, brother or husbands POW bracelet, for so many years.  I have worn it for years. 
I have often thought about your family. I'm not a techo person.  Gary is not forgotten and is in my heart.  Do you want the bracelet back with your family? 
As a mom who lost a son at the age of 23, I know about your loss. 

 

My e-mail is Placidrn@aol.com

 

All my love,                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                        Peggy.

 


From: Kathy Barwick <Br1w1lson@aol.com>
Subject: Major William Mullen
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:34:31 -0400

 
I have a POW bracelet of his and would like to send it to his family. 
I researched and found that his wife, Barbara Mullen Keenen wrote a book called "Every Effort" and would like to contact her. The bracelet 
is dated 4/29/66. He was a pilot and one of the 600 Americans that  disappeared in Laos.


My name is Kathy Barwick and my e-mail address is br1w1lson@aol.com  - thanks for any help you can give me


From: Lmbrtn991@aol.com
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:52:35 -0400 (EDT)
 
I have POW bracelet that belongs to a Capt John C Towle USAF listed as missing 22 Apr 70 Laos  It is my understanding that his remains were located and
returned to his family. It is with great sorrow that I researched and found this out. I had a lot of hope when I found the bracelet that Capt Towle had come home well. 
I would like for the family to have the bracelet if they would like. An email can be sent to lmbrtn991@aol.com with a address and I will be glad to send it.  Thank
you for the service that your family has given to this country.
 
Tammy Floyd

Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:26:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Brookie Fish <lady_brook04@yahoo.com>

 
March 12, 2012

 
To the Family of Captain Steven N. Bezold,  MIA/POW

 
When I was young, around the age of 15 or 16, I was in high school and was so aware of the Vietnam war.  I decided to send for a metal bracelet to honor
one of the soldiers that fought so bravely for freedom.
 
When I received the bracelet, I felt so proud to put it on and wear it.   I honored Captain Steven Bezold.  I wore the bracelet for 30 years until I had to
take it off for surgery.  When I went to put it back on, I realized that the bracelet was gone.  I searched for it everywhere but never found it.  Never the less,
Captain Bezold has never really left my wrist, nor my heart.
 
I am now 54 years old and today I went online to see if I could find out anything about Capt. Bezold.  Sadly, I see that he has not returned yet.  I do not
wish to cause you pain.  I'm sure you have endured enough already.  I just wanted you to know that I am here and that Captain Bezold is part of my family too.
 
Praying for your family and hoping for your peace.  There is someone out there who has not forgotten.

 
Sincerely,
Brookie F. Lemmer

Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 05:53:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: carol schmenner <cschmenner@yahoo.com>
Subject: Vietnam MIA
 
Hello.  I just read about LCDR Fred Holmes on your website.  My husband has been wearing his bracelet since it was issued after he went MIA 12-20-71. 
He never took it off until we went to visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA and they made him take it off to pass through Security.  We almost didn't go through Security as he was very reluctant to take it off. 
 
I see that he has been declared dead/body not recovered.  Is there any way to get in touch with him family ....?
 
Thank you.
Carol Schmenner
Baltimore, MD

From: "Linda Tinnin" <ltinnin@charter.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 15:07:54 -0500
 
Re:  Sgt. Glenn Tubbs
 
I received my MIA/POW bracelet about 42 years ago.  It bears the name of Sgt. Glenn Tubbs and the date 1-13-70. 
I think it is time to place this precious bracelet where it rightfully belongs and would like very much to return it to a member of Sgt. Tubbs' family.  
Any inquiries may be sent to me at ltinnin@charter.net
 
L Tinnin

From: "Galaviz, Miriam" <Miriam.Galaviz@fortworthtexas.gov>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:45:09 -0500
Subject: Lt. Cmdr. KROMMENHOEK JEFFREY M. USN

 
Hello my name is Miriam Galaviz…….I have one of those pow/mia bracelets and Lt. Cmdr. KROMMENHOEK JEFFREY M. USN

Name is on my bracelet. I pulled the bracelet out after many years just the other day and I started to think of this man who gave his life for our country and wondered if he had family. Is there anybody who thinks of him?

It made me very sad and it took me back to my elementary school days when many of my friends had brothers or father who were serving there in Vietnam. I hope someone knows that I am thinking of him…………

Thank you,

 

Miriam Galaviz


From: "Sheila P" <pitzer@comcast.net>
Subject: Lt Col Bobbye Bagley
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:11:48 -0400

 
I found my bracelet that I wore in 1968 that had Lt Col Bagley's name inscribed.  It was a troubling time for children of the military. We were stationed in Okinawa and shortly thereafter transferred to Merced, California. I wore the bracelet for several years and found it in some of my "keepsakes" from my childhood and placed the bracelet below my computer monitor eight years ago.  I search for information on him several times over the years and could not find any, and looking at that bracelet today, I went looking for Mr. Bagley again and so happy to find this tribute to him and sadden to hear that he has pasted.  I was honored to hear his accomplishments on your website and wear that bracelet in support of his release and all the other prisoners of war.
 
I hope this message finds his family and that they know, even today, many strangers honored his service to our country, prayed for his release, and wore these bracelets to show our support,  and are grateful for his contribution to our freedom.

From: "RobertThompson" <bobarb91387@embarqmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:12:35 -0500
 
I have had a bracelet for Lt James E Plowman USN since he first went missing. When we moved it got placed in a keepsake box, but he was always on my mind. Today I came across that box and bracelet. I looked him up on the list. It says his gravesite funeral was September 2006. I will keep the bracelet if you don't mind as he and your family will always be on my mind and in my prayers. I was fortunate, my Navy Viet Nam Vet came home. God Bless Your family.
 
Sincerely,
Barbara A. Thompson

Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:59:32 -0400
From: <taramariek7@rochester.rr.com>
To: info@pownetwork.org

 
My name is Taramarie Kraatz and I'm 26 years old. While watching my local news one night in November 2011, I learned that a MIA soldier was was being returned home. In seeing this, I turned to the internet to purchase a POW/MIA bracelet. The bracelet I received has the name Major George W. Clarke JR of the Air Force. Through POW/MIA websites, I have learned of his fate. I have worn this bracelet everyday since I've gotten it and will continue until he returns home. Even though I do not know Major Clarke, I think about him everyday and the sacrifices he made for our country. Whenever I'm having a bad day I stop and think about Major Clarke and the rough days he has had. I know that he has worse days than me and I don't feel sorry for myself. I pray for Major Clarke and his family. If anyone has any updates on Maj. Clarke please email me @ Taramariek7@rochester.rr.com I would like his wife to know that I am very grateful to her husband's sacrifice and there is at least one person who hasn't forgotten about him.

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:26:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: maria democh <mdemoch@yahoo.com>

 
I have the bracelet of James Plowman which I've had since the 1970's. A few years ago I was in Washington D.C. and visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall and found his name. I would love to be in contact with his family - just found the website. I live in California and my e-mail address is mdemoch@yahoo.com. If you can pass this information on, thank you.

Maria Democh

Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:35:40 -0400
From: Jane Glen <jlglen1948@gmail.com>
 
I have worn 3 bracelets since 1968....
Col Harold V. Smith USAF 3-7-66 NVN His remains were returned to family in 2000
Cpl Richard E. Sands USA 5-12-68 SVN
SFC Anthony F. Housh USA 4-19-68 SVN
I lost many friends in the Viet Nam war.... I am a firm believer in honoring those that served and still serve this day. I wold be honored to send my bracelets to any family member wishing to have them.
I thought about leaving them at The Wall... but still felt that it was necessary to wear them longer.. so I kept them hoping that all would be returned home one day. One out of my 3 have found their way home.... I pray for the others that have not.
If you are a family member of one of these men... please contact me at jlglen1948@gmail.com

--
 
Jane Glen

 


Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:07:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mark Hankins <merck6996@yahoo.com>
 
Hello my name is Mark even tho our government chose to forget I for one have not, the family of Cpl. Larry E Green are in my prayers and the steel band on my wrist always I've worn it more than 20 years now and pray for them and pray that they would be given closure . In my thoughts and prayers you will always be and there is now way to say thank you enough for the sacrifice that they and Cpl. Larry E Green have made for us all

 
In my prayers
Mark H
merck6996@yahoo.com

 



From: Bronwyn Fillion <brfillion@me.com>
Date: Sat, 26 May 2012 12:34:58 -0400

 

Hello,

 
I proudly wear CAPT James Jefferson's bracelet, dated May 12, 1967. I ordered it in the early 70's when I was a kid, when my family, stationed in Pearl Harbor first learned of the program. It serves me every day as a reminder of what our POWs and MIAs endured...... and their families. I'm routinely asked about it, and always willing to explain.
 
On this Memorial Day weekend, please know we pray for the families of all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice- we will never forget.

 
Bronwyn R. Fillion RN, MS
CDR, NC, USN (Ret)

From: Alexis <aalleexxis@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 19:48:44 -0400

 
On this Memorial Day I think of LT. COL. SHELDON BURNETT. I proudly wore a bracelet with his name for years. Thinking of him and his family.

 
Alexis


Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 08:47:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: T Ponak <tponak@yahoo.com>
Subject: Capt. Robert Kuhlman Jr.

 
You are not forgotten, I remember and have prayed for your family and you.

From: "Bob Petty" <petz1@ptd.net>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 19:56:48 -0400
 

After MANY years of having misplaced my bracelet I have finally come across it once again. Many days have passed and I see his remains were returned in 1984. If any one would like my bracelet please get in touch.

LTJG Gary Shank 7-23-72

Thank you for your time . I am deeply sorry for your loss.

petz1@ptd.net


From: Janice Williams <janicerayewilliams@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 21:52:14 -0500

 
At 2:00 pm Central Time on May 28, 2012, we observed a Time of Remembrance across the USA. As I often do, I remembered Army SSgt. Bobby Glenn Harris, whose name is on the POW/MIA bracelet that I've had since about 1972. We were less than a year apart in age, and I was in college. The date on the bracelet is 3-17-71.

 

My first child, a son, was born on March 17, 1978, so I always remember Bobby on my son's birthday. I also remember Army CWO Richard L. Bauman and Army SSgt. Craig M. Dix, both MIA, who were with Bobby Harris when their helicopter was shot down in Cambodia. Bobby was thrown from the chopper and died, but not returned until 4/18/02 and ID'd on July 7, 2003.
 
I have tracings of their names from the Vietnam War Memorial - The Wall - in Washington, D.C., and I remain in awe of their courage, bravery, and sacrifice.

Janice Williams

 
From: "Lisa Lipari" <liparil@cox.net>
Subject: LOVELETTERS
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 16:43:22 -0500
 
I am new to this so please forgive me if I have placed this in the wrong area. I am actually looking for anyone who might have worn my uncle's Delmer Lee Laws, MIA, Vietnam, bracelet.
 
Please contact me at Lisa Laws Lipari : liparil@cox.net

 


From: "k.murray1@juno.com" <k.murray1@juno.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 15:56:35 GMT

 
I have a POW / MIA bracelet with John Chubb 3-20-71 and would be honored to return this bracelet to his family if they want it. Please pass my e-mail on to the family if possible.
 
Kathy Murray
San Angelo, TX

Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:02:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lorna Murray <ljnm@yahoo.com>

 
In 1971, I was 14 years-old. A friend at school was selling POW bracelets at school and I bought one and committed to wear it to the end of the war. At that time, I could not remember a time when America was not at war in Vietnam. I wore it home, a little concerned about what my father would think about it. When he saw it, he asked what it was. I told him it was a POW bracelet. He got a funny look on his face and wanted to see it.
Remembering my commitment, I held up my arm and he took my wrist.

 
"Richard El - Elzi - what is it?" he said.
"Richard Elzinga" I replied because I had been practicing it.
"What does the date mean?"
"It was the last time he was seen alive."
My father expression changed to a thousand yard stare and he said, "Did you know I was a POW once?" then he dropped my wrist and left the house. I did not even know my father was ever even in the military.

 
This began a life-long pursuit to understand what happend to my father in WWII when he became a POW of the Japanese on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines. Richard Elzinga gave me a close relationship to my father, my career (I am now an American History teacher), and a deep appreciation for this country and those who give their all in service to it. I will never, ever forget Richard and all those others who have borne the cost of my freedom. I now hear his remains are recovered and he now rests in beautiful Arlington. I will go to his grave and lay some flowers and pray. I dearly hope for a time and place where there is no death, no war, and no MIAs, where I can meet Richard and thank him for his service, his sacrifice, and his unique contribution to my life. I bear a deep but distant love for him; he defined much of my life.

 
There is a poem on the island of Corregidor at the Pacific War Memorial I would like to apply to Richard:
Sleep my sons...
Your duty done
For freedom's light will come
Sleep....
In the silent depths of the sea
Or on your bed of hallowed sod
Until you hear at dawn
The low clear reveille
Of God.

 
RIP Richard Elzinga

 
LJN Murray

From: "Deen, Mary" <MDeen@harris.com>
Subject: LOVELETTERS

 

To the family of Colonel Donald Francis Casey,

I wanted you to know that your loved one has never been forgotten. I still have his POW bracelet that I got in 1970.

I will be glad to send you the bracelet if you would like it. You may contact me at RchrdLind7R@aol.com if you choose.

Sincerely,

Mary Deen


Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:31:23 -0500 (CDT)
From: tgw19581@verizon.net
Subject: Captain Charles Walling
 
Dear family, 6/15/12
I have had Captain Charles Walling bracelet since 1973. Every day I think about him and pray for his return and his family, who he left behind so many years ago. My husband and son are going on a school trip to visit Washington D.C. on Monday the 18th, and are going to visit the wall. So I decided to look up and see if his name is on the wall of honor, and were it might be. I found out just today, he was found and being buried today! God has spoken again to me. I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy, that he is home and being buried today at Arlington National Cemetery, with full honors. I was going to ask my husband to leave his braclet at the wall, but since you are there today, I will leave it up to you. I live in Queens, N.Y.C.
God bless you all, and you are all always going to be in my prayers. Thank you for your family member service, and his great sacrifice for the U.S.A. You have my husbands e-mail address, if you want to reply, again he will never be forgotten, and you are all in my daily prayers. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU! Captain Charles Walling was a great man, and is in a much better place, since that terrible day!

Reply-To: <bconnell@pinevillencpolice.com>
From: "Bill Connell" <bconnell@pinevillencpolice.com>
Subject: Ronald J. Schultz
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:07:17 -0400

 

For many years I have been wearing a bracelet with Ronald’s name on it. I have wondered many times about his family ... He was never recovered from what I can determine and I was hoping to make contact. If you can help I would appreciate it.

William E. Connell


From: TAlzamora@aol.com
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:09:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Maj Thomas P Hanson
 
I found a bracelet on Naples beach with Thomas P Hanson USAF name on it today - June 25th -  here in Naples Florida ...we are being hammered by high winds from Tropical Storm or Hurricane Debby ..I have no clue as to when this bracelet may of been lost but it appeared to have been in the water or sand for quite a while...it has the date of Sept 5, 1967 on it and I researched the name and was able to come up with this...I would just like to return it to a family member if any could be found and didn't know how to do it ...that is why I contacted you....any help would be appreciated....

 

Thanks,

 

Teresa Alzamora


From: martinmz@aol.com
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:45:10 -0400 (EDT)

 
I’m 57 years old and have had Perry Henry Jefferson's bracelet, U.S. Air Force, since my early teenage years. I've recently read that his remains were returned home and that he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 2008.
 
I was sad to discover that he passed away in Vietnam, and I want to let Perry's family know that he and they have been in my thoughts and prayers all of these years. I also saw that at least one other person, Sharon Buck of Stockton, California, also worry Perry's bracelet, and so there were others thinking about him for many years.
 
I understand the sacrifice and life of service of those who serve in the military as well as their families. I was raised in a military family – Marine Corps, both of my parents are buried in Arlington, and my brother-in-law serves as a Lt. Col. in the Marine Corps.
 
If Perry's family would like for me to send the bracelet to them I will be happy to do so. I will be visiting my parents' gravesite at Arlington again before the end of this year and will pay my respects to Perry's gravesite while there. I can leave the bracelet in the Vietnam Memorial Wall, at Arlington, or place it elsewhere at the family's request.
 
I will always appreciate Perry's dedication and sacrifice to our country.
Mary Z. Martin
Durham, North Carolina

Subject: Re: My POW Bracelet
From: Linda Bush <lrb2898@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:19:19

 
I am still wearing the bracelet for LTJG Richard C. Clark US Navy. I know he is from Tacoma, WA from his Bio.  I am in Oregon, but I have a son in Tacoma and visit him often. My name is Linda Bush my email is lrb2898@gmail.com.

Thank You for the Honor of wearing this bracelet,
Sincerely,
Linda

Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:37:48 -0600
From: jan cordle <texwench@gmail.com>
 
Holding my wrist, upon which a bracelet bearing the name William T. Carter resides. Sending love to his family and friends, waiting for the day he is home.

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From: Jroshon@charter.net
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:36:51 -0400


 
I have a braclet that I have had on my wrist since I was about 12 years old. I had two others as well but the men on them came home. My one remaining is Morgan J Donahue. Over the years my boyfriend and I have looked to see what info we could get on him and we have found a little here and there. I was at work one day doing a demo of a skin cream when a woman came over to me and said is that what I think it is? I thought she meant the cream she grabbed my hand to look at my bracelet. She started to cry and said how great it was to see one again. We talked about the bracelet I told her the only time I have ever took it off was when I had surgery and when it left me it always went on a family members wrist till I could get it back. She asked me if I ever contacted the family. I told her that I didn't know them and would not want to bother them. She suggested doing this to let them know that here in CT. there is someone who will never forget Morgan. In fact now that my daughter is 16 she wants a bracelet of her own. When it arrives we will both wear it with pride. I will never take mine off we share the same birthday even though I am younger - us taurus are stubborn and we stick together! Many blessings on you and yours always.

Jennifer Roshon
Jroshon@charter.net

From: "jack rogers" <j_rogers958@bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:38:21 -0500

 

I have the bracelet of S/Sgt. William W. Stubbs, 10-20-69. I just recently seen the traveling Vietnam Wall memorial and seen Mr. Stubbs name on it. I found out that he was from Newport, Washington and that his birthday was August 6, 1949. This is the first time I have learned anything new about Mr. Stubbs. I would like to correspond with any surviving family member.

My e-mail is j_rogers958@bellsouth.net.

 

Tanya


From: "Marcie Newton" <fig1158@charter.net>
Cc: <riggsdc@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:44:34 -0400

 
Dearest Riggs/ Sturtz Familes,
Here we are again, POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2012. My heart aches as I know yours does too as we remember Thomas. He has been in my heart and on my wrist for so long now. I will be 55 this Janruary and cant believe it has been this long.
I was so elated to hear from you through my non-profit Angel Ambassadors regarding the DNA samples that the Army's Repatriation Program asked you to provide for 250 sets of remains they had found.
I am hoping to hear from you on anything you may have found out!
As I have done for over 13 years, I will be holding a Rememberance & Reflect Evening Friday in our beautiful Pennsylvania Park, here in Petoskey Michigan, at 6pm, to gather with our community to celebrate and remember the lives our missing POW/MIA's.
I will talk about Thomas and my heartfelt commitment to never forget him and all the others.
As I read his name outloud along with the rest of our Michigan Missing Men, I promise to you and your family and the world, I will wear his name on my wrist proudly and humbled, and will continue to fight and educate the world about how utterly important it is to push our government to continue to search and find our men and women!
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families on this day, and always...
until he/they ALL come home.
Much love and respect and grattitude for his sacrifice, your sacrifice and for my freedom because of it.
 
May God Bless you and keep you,
Marcie Newton
Co-President Angel Ambassadors
Life Associate Vietnam Veterans Chapter 68 - Petoskey

Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:31:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Marybeth Akin <mb.akin@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: Marybeth Akin <mb.akin@yahoo.com>

RE:  Lt. Col.  James Allen Treece of Memphis, TN.
Back in the 1970's, I was a young girl who lived in Wisconsin. I felt the pain from the Vietnam War & had the extraordinary opportunity to buy a POW bracelet. I wore that bracelet for many years on & off.  The bracelet I have is in honor of Lt. Col James Allen Treece. Engraved on it is his name, rank and the following. USAF  10/7/1966   SVN/OW.
For many years, I wondered about this man, who he was, where he was from, how he was and how was his family dealing with this terrible tragedy. At the time, I believed he was a prisoner of war.
In 1979, my family moved to Memphis, Tn. Throughout high school & college, I wore the bracelet on & off and always wondered.
Since the inception of the internet, I had come to find out that he was from Tennessee. What a coincidence?!
Now 36 years after buying my POW bracelet, I recently pulled it out & began wearing it again.
Tonight I decided to see if there were any updates on James. To my amazement it was very easy to get some info.
Again, I found out some new information, James was from Memphis, Tn. They list him as Category 4. Shot down over the ocean.
I am interested in getting any additional information on James.
I would of course like the family to know, I have had their son, husband, brother, father, uncle, cousin, friend in my heart since I was a young 12 year old girl & still do as a 49 year old mother of 2 sons.
Sincerely,
Marybeth Akin

From: Nancy Gould <nrgould@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2012 17:37:39 -0700

 
While cleaning out a dresser drawer, I found a bracelet that I lovingly wore for years with the name Capt. Harley Hackett III, date:7-24-68. If any of his family would like to have it, please contact me and I will send it to them.

 
Nancy Gould

From: "Florrie & David" <flodavihuas@texasdata.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:09:37 -0500
 
Sirs.....
I have two POW bracelets for two service men in the Vietnam war......I do know one was identified from remains recovered.......I do not believe anything was ever absolutely determined on the other..........
I am interested in contacting any family members of both of these heroes......I felt these bracelets should go to someone in their respective families.......
#1) LCDR Fred Holmes 12-30-71
#2) Capt. Ronald Packard 7-31-67
If they can be located, and do not wish me to have their direct contact address, I will gladly forward the bracelets to you if you can return them to the families....I very much appreciate your assistance in this search.......

 

Florence Davis
Spicewood,Texas

From: texacowenchhome@aol.com
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:18:50 -0500 (EST)
 
46 years ago today, LTJG William T Carter went down in the Gulf of Tonkin. As he is remembered by family, he is also remembered by this stranger who wears his bracelet proudly and with hope that he will be found and returned home.

Subject: Lt. Roger Innes 12-27-67
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:05:11 -0800
From: "Day, Barbara VHAREN" <Barbara.Day@va.gov>

 

I got my bracelet as a junior in high school. Forty years later, I put it on for Veterans Day weekend, and it finally broke in two. I looked on this site and find out that he was a Navy aviator and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Although I did not join the military, I am happy to say that my dad was a navigator in the Army Air Corps in WWII and my son-in-law is a nuclear engineer with the US Navy submarine force.

And I am an RN at the Veterans Medical Center in Reno NV. We appreciate our veterans very much and give them the best care we can.

Barbara Day RN BSN OCN CMSRN


From: John.Boykin@vertexinc.com
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:30:23 -0500

 
I wore Lt Col Ayres bracelet in High School ('85 -'87) until it literally wore out and snapped in two. I kept the pieces but somehow lost track of them over time. The whole time I wore it, I wanted nothing more than to present it back to the family when he came home. My mother is from Pampa, TX so it had another special meaning as well. The other day I came across the faded info sheet that the Veteran's Administration sent me years ago with his information. I am so happy to hear that his remains were recovered and identified.
 

John Boykin


From: "Oliver, Louise" <Louise.Oliver@va.gov>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 08:56:42 -0500
Subject: CAPT. CHARLES BIFOLCHI

 

I have Capt Charles, Bifolchi, 1-08-1968, bracelet. If his family would like to have his bracelet, let me know.


Please contact me at louiseoliver19@verizon.net


Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:24:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Katelyn Lambert <sball4411@yahoo.com>

 
My name is Katrina Lambert. I have a POW bracelet that belongs to a S/SGT Merlyn L. Paulson. USAF listed as missing March 29, 1972 in Laos. It is my understanding that his remains were returned on March 1, 1986 and buried at Arlington National Cemetery on June 17, 2010. On Veteran's Day I thought about my bracelet and was deeply saddened when I discovered this information. I had always hoped he would return home. I took great pleasure in wearing the bracelet and would like to return it to the family. An email can be sent to either: cokeyr5@centurylink.net or sball4411@yahoo.com with an address and I would be glad to send it to you. I am very sorry for your loss.

 

Sincerely,
Katrina Lambert

From: "Kovesci, Benjamin L LT VFA-154, OPERATIONS" <benjamin.kovesci@navy.mil>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
 
Sir/Ma'am,
 
A couple months ago while on detachment in Fallon, the junior officers of my squadron painted the static F-4 on display in the Black Knights color scheme from your 1966 cruise aboard the Coral Sea. In order to honor their sacrifices, we put the names: David G. Rehmann, Donald B. Parsons, Thomas H. Pilkington and David E. McRae along the canopy rail. I have attached a photo of our work to this email.
 
We would like to send a letter detailing the story of the project along with a printed photo signed by the current Black Knight aircrew to their families. I have had a rough time finding contact info for all but Mr. Pilkington's sister. Would you be able to help me out with emails or mailing addresses?
 
Our squadron is extremely proud of this project and aside from the dates and official documents online we really don't know much about the men we honored. I would greatly appreciate any help you could offer on this matter. I look forward to hearing from you and hope this email finds you well. Thank you for your service and have a happy Thanksgiving!

 

Respectfully,

 
LT Ben "Bueller" Kovesci
VFA-154 Black Knights

From: brussell76@aol.com
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 23:47:28 -0500 (EST)
 
I would like to return Maj. Charles Peter Claxton's bracelet to his family. Is there a way to contact his family? His remains were returned. I wore the bracelet for many years. My own dad served in Vietnam.
 
Cindy Russell

From: Vincent Neglia <vinnieneglia@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 23:04:49 -0800
 
I have proudly worn a POW bracelet since 1970. My bracelet (and daily prayers) commemorates the sacrifice and recognizes the life and service of Capt Robert Rex who made the ultimate sacrifice on 12-8-1968. As the 44th anniversary of Robert's sacrifice approaches, I post this note to ensure that anyone who might have known Robert also knows that he is always remembered.

 

Vince


From: KIM McCracken <leviethanden@hotmail.com>
Subject: James R. Maxwell from Center Ridge, AR
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:47:55 +0000

 
I just wanted James Maxwell's family to know that I have been wearing a bracelet in honor of him for a little over 20 years now. I have several family members who were in one branch or another of the military, married an Army man (coincidentally also named James), and still have a best friend in the military, so I know how hard things can be at times. I just wanted you to know that there is someone else out there who thinks about James every day.

Kim McCracken
leviethanden@hotmail.com

From: Mary Richardson <maryrichartist@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:54:39 -0700
 
Hello,
I have a bracelet from the late 1960's with the name Lt. Col. Ward Dodge and the date 7-5-67 on it. I read about him, and was saddened as I always hoped he would have made it home.
 
How can I contact his family ......?
 
Thank you,
Mary Richardson

From: "Carol & Danny Linthicum" <dlinthicum@ec.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:35:21 -0500

 
To the Family of Lt.Col. Bobby Bagley. When I was in the Air Force from 1968-1972 I acquired a MIA Bracelet with Lt.Col. Bobby Bagley's name and the date 9-16-67. I wore it proudly for a long time and then I placed it in a safe place. Recently I went on line to find out more about Col. Bagley .I found that upon his release he lived an illustrous life until his passing in 1997. I cherish this reminder of the Viet Nam War but if a family Member would like this reminder of their loved one I would gladly forward it to them.

Sincerely,

Danny Linthicum


My email address is: dlinthicum@ec.rr.com

 Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 02:52:33 -0500
From: Beverly <beverly1941@optonline.net>

 
I have a bracelet for Col. Charles Peter Claxton, which if possible would like to return to his family. Am unable to visit the Memorial in Washington due to health reasons. If any member of his family sees this and contacts me, I will ship the bracelet to them. Thank you for any help you can give me.

 

Beverly1941@optonline.net