LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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

 


Subject:   Lt Roger Innes 12 27 1967
Date:   Thu, 28 Dec 2017 02:05:47 +0000
From: *  Cantiello <JCANTIELLO@idproducts.com>
 

Today is the 50th anniversary of the day Lt Roger Innes was declared MIA.

It was also the first day of his service in Vietnam.  How tragic.

I still have his bracelet and every time I see it, I think of the ultimate sacrifice he made and whisper a thank you .

It was many years later that his remains were found and returned.

 

I just want his family to know that he is still remembered.

 

Joanne Cantiello


Subject:   POW bracelet
Date:   Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:41:37 -0800
From:   dhoffower@gmail.com

 

While going through some very old things I came across the bracelet that I wore for many years. The name is MSG Robert Ireland. I’m not sure if they will want it back but If anyone knows how to contact the family please let be know.

 

David. email address dhoffower@gmail.com

 

thank you, God Bless


Date:   Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:13:05 -0400
From:   Ann Coyne <njsp@comcast.net>

 

Hello,
I have a POW bracelet that I have treasured since 1988. The Lt. whose name is inscribed had a wife, one son and three daughters. I would love to be able to send the bracelet to the family.  The airman’s name is, Lt. Daniel G. Dawson. He was born on July 23, 1938. He was lost on November 6, 1964. 😥

 

My fear is that this memory bracelet will be tossed after the good Lord calls me Home.

 

 

Thanks so much,
Ann Coyne
njsp@comcast.net


Date:   Sun, 8 Oct 2017 16:38:34 -0700
From:   Vincent Neglia <vinnieneglia@yahoo.com>

 

This letter is in honor to the ultimate sacrifice offered by Capt. Robert Rex of Utah on 12-8-68.  I proudly put on a POW bracelet in Robert’s honor in 1970, and have never taken it off to date in Sept of 2017.  Through this site I came to learn that Robert’s remains were positively identified in the late 1990’s, however his sacrifice will live eternally in my heart.

 

vinnieneglia@gmail.com    


Date:    Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:34:12 +0000
From:    Julie McDoniel <Julie.McDoniel@chickasaw.com>

 

I have a POW/MIA  bracelet for S/SGT Timothy R Bodden Marine Corps 6-3-67.

 

 

Julie McDoniel


Date:   Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:37:40 -0400
From:   Vicki DeLoia <vdeloia@verizon.net>
   

I just finished watching PBS documentary on Vietnam War. I was born in 1958 so I really just remembered my parents watching the nightly news at time which showed pictures of war. Somewhere along the line I got a POW/MIA bracelet for a soldier named Paul Hasenbeck. I wore my bracelet faithfully for years and still have it. Thanks to the internet, I read about the incident where he and 3 others went missing. I have visited Vietnam Memorial and found “my soldier’s” name on wall. It was a very emotional moment for me. I just want to let his family know that I pray they get some resolution on what happened to their family member. And that I will never forget Paul.

Sincerely,
Vicki DeLoia
Vdeloia@verizon.net


Subject:   PFC Donald Sparks
Date:   Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:59:19 -0400
From:   Patricia Peters <grandmapat7753@yahoo.com>

I still wear  the bracelet honoring Donald's service.  I know how the heart feels when you loose a loved one that was in the military as I lost my brother that way. I also want to thank his family for his service to his country.  As an Army Mom I hope every day that his can once again be home with his family.
 

Patricia Peters


Subject:   Sgt. Robert Gage
Date:   Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:40:47 -0700
From:   pil17@aol.com
   

I was 15 years old in 1970 when I got the bracelet for Sgt. Robert Gage. I wore it for many years and still have it. It is precious to me. I just looked him up and saw that he has never been found. If anyone has new information on my guy please let me know. I am going from California to Washington, D.C next week to see the Wall. I was hoping to be able to leave his bracelet but as far as I know I will be keeping it the rest of my life. In respect to him. I pray his family is well and at peace.

 

Sincerely, Patricia Lumpkin


Subject:    Dennis Pike
Date:    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:35:02 -0400
From:    Karen Brown <panni625@aol.com>
 

I have had a bracelet since I was 15 years old for MIA Dennis Pike. Over the years, I would wonder and pray for his safe return. I still  think of his family and would like to express my deepest sympathy. I would also like them to know that I too have a son named Dennis. God bless-
 

Karen Brown


Subject: CMS Donald J Hall, USAF
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:02:52 -0700
From: Robert Hall <rhall39917@aol.com>


I've read Donald's remains were recently identified.
In 1972 I selected Donald's POW/MIA bracelet which I wore until April 2000. It was removed and
"misplaced" in the hospital after I was in an automobile accident. I found a place in Texas and reordered a
bracket in July 2000 and have worn that bracelet ever since.
I would like to return it to the family when Donald's remains are interred. Any info as to where I may forward
the bracelet would be appreciated.

Robert W Hall, CMS, USAF (Ret)
Command Chief Master Sergeant (PACAF) '90-'92

Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 20:42:24 -0400
From: Alice Burton <aburtonny@gmail.com>

 

I have a MIA bracelet for Capt Stephen Hanson 6/3/67 and see he was last seen in crashed ACFT remains identified. 9/8/00

If any family sees this and would like it please contact me at aburtonNY@gmail.com

My deepest sympathy for your loss.
No words can express my gratitude for your loved one who so graciously and courageously gave his life for our freedom.

God Bless,

Alice


Date:      Fri, 8 Sep 2017 13:12:31 -0500
From:      Rich Fuller <richnpatf@grics.net>

 

My wife and I have bracelets honoring Ralph Angstadt and Thomas Riggs.  Having proudly worn these bracelets for years, we have read the bios of these brave men and would like their families to know just how grateful we are for their dedication and service to our country. 

 

Should they desire, we would be more than happy to return these bracelet to them. 

 

We are Rich & Patricia Fuller, at richnpatf@grics.net.  Thank you! 


Subject:    Help finding family
Date:    Tue, 5 Sep 2017 12:04:49 -0400
From:    smoonen82 <smoonen82@comcast.net>

 

I have a POW/MIA bracelet (Wilbur Ronald Brown)

from my childhood.  I think this is the man on the bracelet https://www.pownetwork.org/bios/b/b061.htm

 

I am also a combat veteran.  From the US Grenada invasion of 1983 but I have this bracelet and would like to give it to this man’s surviving family.  I have no way though to research that.  I was wondering if you could help with that.

 

Stephen Moonen

VSO, VFW post 4180 Snellville, GA

 


Subject:   Missing in action bracelet
Date:   Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:34:13 -0700
From:   Eric P Cervantes <indycervantes56@yahoo.com>

 

I've had this MIA bracelet since 1973 or 1974 I can't remember the exact year that I got it. I would like, if possible to get this bracelet to any remaining family members. The MIA his first Lieutenant John Kennedy incident day 8/15/1971.

 

Eric


Subject:   Maj. Ralph Balcom 5-15-66
Date:   Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:09:00 -0500
From:   Barbara Molinaro <bzm8040@aol.com>

Hello,

 

I was a teenager when I received my POW bracelet. I just found this website and want to leave a message for his family.  

         

The Vietnam War was so terrible as all wars.  My email address is bzm8040@aol.com.  Please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

       

Date:   Mon, 8 May 2017 10:34:46 -0400
From:   pcmancuso@gmail.com
 

I recently found an old bracelet  from the 1960’s.    E. Lawrence Perrine, 5/22/67 is listed as deceased. 
How can I return these items to the family.

 

Thanks 

Peter Mancuso


Date:   Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:53:24 -0400
From:   smfritt@comcast.net
 

I have been praying for the family of Major Paschal Boggs since the late 1960’s and have kept the bracelet since this time. As my brother was injured in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart, this is close to my heart. If a family member or knows this family, please contact me so I may pass this bracelet on to them. The bracelet is silver and has his name with a date of 8-27-67. smfritt@comcast.net. God Speed.

 


Date:   Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:14:02 -0400
From:   Gail Zwang <angelmoose@zwang.com>
 

To the family of LT. COL. Donald Casey who went missing 6-23-68, I have a very lovingly worn bracelet.  I know his wife was Kitty and I believe he had 3 children.  I took it off many years ago and it has been in my jewelry box.  I look at it from time to time and think about him and you, his family.  As I am getting older I am afraid what might happen to this bracelet.  I would love to pass it on to someone in his family or to someplace where I know he will continue to be remembered. It would mean a great deal to me to not have this bracelet become lost and forgotten. 

 

I still care.  I have not forgotten. 

 

If you are his family or someone who may know how to properly memorialize his bracelet please let me know.

 

Gail at angelmoose@zwang.com


Date:    Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:51:05 +0000
From:    Lorraine X Scheppler <lorraine.x.scheppler@gmail.com>
 
His name is Lt. Col. Joseph Christiano and he went missing December 24, 1965. I found somewhere that his remains had been found along with others and they were buried together in Arlington. 
 
I have had this bracelet all these years and I feel if someone in his family would like it that is where it should be.

 

Thank you again for your help,
Lorraine

Date:   Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:24:48 -0500
From:   Sage, Penelope <phs1@williams.edu>

 
To the family of LCPL Joseph F. Cook,
 
I wanted to send a note to let you know that for 20 plus years I have had a POW/MIA bracelet that adorned his name.  I will be honest and say that I was not able to wear it daily but when not worn it never left my bedside.  It was an honor to hold him in my prayers for so many years.  
 
Recently, I was sharing my bracelet with a local veteran who also wears one and became curious to know if Mr. Cook had ever been found.  I was brought to tears to find that in fact he had been identified, returned home and buried with the honors he deserved in 2005.
 
Bless your family for all that you have endured all of these years.  I will always hold him in my heart and although it is customary to return the bracelet to the family I would be grateful to keep it in my possession.  If you prefer to have the bracelet returned I would gladly honor your wish.
 
I am looking forward to sharing my updated story to my veteran friends and family.  Many who served in Vietnam and were fortunate enough to return home.  Thank you for sharing his memory with me.
 
Semper Fi Mr. Cook.

--

Penelope H. Sage
Florida, MA

Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:11:31 -0800
From: bolandcasa@gmail.com

 

We recently acquired a bracelet honoring William Kimsey and wish to express our gratitude and sympathy to his family.  We will return it if you would like it.  In the meantime, it will be held as a reminder of his service and sacrifice.
 

C & J Boland


Subject:  Bracelet Return
Date:  Thu, 2 Mar 2017 18:03:50 -0500
From:  Jacquelin Fahey <jackiescorp@gmail.com>

 
Hello, My name is Jackie and I have had a bracelet for Captain Donald G. Carr for years. I see in the index that his remains have been identified which is very sad and I hope the family is coping alright. I was wondering if they would be interested in me returning it to them? I hope that I am not doing the wrong thing but I wanted to ask. If they would like the bracelet please send an email to me? jackiescorp@gmail.com 

 
   Thank You , Jackie

Date:  Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:45:05 -0700
From:  Bill Maes <wmaes@new.rr.com>

 

Dear Ronald L. Babcock family,

  I have had a POW/MIA bracelet with Capt Babcock’s name on it for several decades now.  I too served our country, 2 yrs Navy and 9 yrs Air Force.  During those times, I wore his bracelet with regularity.  I recently moved and have found the bracelet again in a small box of cherished items.  I was hoping to find online that your loved one’s remains were eventually found and returned, but as of today I see they have not.

  I do not have the words to offer to console you and yours, especially, coincidentally, on this day, the anniversary of his loss.  I cannot tell you how emotional it has been today going through my long put away keepsakes to find his bracelet, to research him again, and to realize this is the day his helicopter was shot down.  I can’t imagine what it was like for him during those final minutes and for you all of these years.

 

  I pray you have found peace.

 

Sincerely,

W.C. Maes

USAF, Capt


Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:01:17 -0500
From: Donna digiacomo <miked2111@comcast.net>
 

Dear Capt. Charles  Macko family,  I am writing this letter because I want you to know that as a young girl during the Vietnam war, I proudly wore the MIA of your loved one.  I always wanted to return the bracelet to you, but not until it was the right time.  Tonight as I was sitting here watching TV, I just decided to lookup His name and saw that he was finally found in 2000.  As I was sitting here reading the circumstances of his disappearance I was shocked to see that tomorrow (Feb 22,1969) was the anniversary of his MIA. I feel he was talking to me and that's why if you want, I will proudly send you his bracelet.  God bless all of you and God bless Capt. Charles Macko.  A hero. 

 

Donna DiGiacomo


Subject: LOVE LETTERS
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:55:48 -0800
From: R.E. Parker <r.e.parker@gfdmail.com>
Reply-To: r.e.parker@gfdmail.com

 

Today, Valentine's Day 2017, would be the 70th birthday of Robert F. Scherdin, US Army Special Forces, who was lost in Cambodia 29Dec68.  I have worn his bracelet for about 25 years and I write every Valentine's Day to wish him a happy birthday, wherever he is.  I hope one day to learn of his return and will continue to wear his bracelet until then.  It is my prayer that his family finds comfort knowing there are others of us out here who share their vigil.  I hope one day to meet him and thank him for his sacrifice, his bravery, and his service.  Until then, I write.  Happy Birthday, Bob, wherever you are.  And Thank You, POW Network, for this forum.
 
R.E. Parker
R.Edward.Parker@Gmail.com

Subject:   Re: Captain Robert Williams 5-11-72
Date:   Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:15:18 -0500
From: Pamela Brodhead <bdp133@embarqmail.com>

 

good morning,
 
Back in the early 1970’s, I purchased a MIA-POW bracelet with Captain William’s name. It was well-worn and well-loved by me as a young teen. I have recently found the bracelet among my treasures.  I have started wearing it again when I found out he was still missing.... it will be a great discussion point for my students.
Sincerely,
 
Pamela Y. Brodhead

Subject:   Harold J Roberts
Date:   Sat, 11 Feb 2017 02:41:03 +0000
From:   Jim White <heyjimbousaf@outlook.com>
 
My name is Jim White. I found MSgt Roberts’ POW MIA bracelet today. My grandfather was Navy and lived in Grants Pass OR. I don’t know if he knew MSgt Robert personally, but I’d like to find out if his relatives were able to be contacted. I would like to tell them I have his bracelet if possible. Thank you.

Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:43:42 -0500
From: JANIS COPES <copes@sbcglobal.net>
 

I found a bracelet I've had since the 70's and I was able to find out that Lt. Col. Charlie Brown Davis Jr.'s remains were returned to his family.  Thank you sir for your service.  If the family would like this bracket I would be honored to return it to you. 

Janis Copes
copes@sbcglobal.net


Subject:    EDMUND FRENYEA BRACELET FOUND
Date:   Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:00:40 -0500
From: ririgger <ririgger@aol.com>
 
Hi 30 years ago I found a bracelet honoring ( AFCM Edmund H Frenyea USN 22 Jan22 NVN)  while doing a show I was working on. Where and when I cant recall.  I would like to return this bracelet to his family. My info ririgger@aol.com.  I have always kept it safe. I just looked up his info - true war hero. 

Date:   Sun, 8 Jan 2017 17:15:30 -0500
From:   gs711@roadrunner.com

 

I found  MIA Bracelet that I purchased back in 1983 when I entered the Air Force. It bears the name M/Sgt William A. Todd. Today I found information stating his remains were identified and returned to the family. I am very happy that the family had closure. I am offering to send this bracelet to the family if they want it, if not, I will keep and cherish it.

 

Mark Picerno

gs711@roadrunner.com

Tupper Lake, NY


Subject:    SPEC 6 Stephen Geist
Date:    Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:09:18 +0000
From:    Sherry Foster <cats76013@msn.com>
 

As I was looking through some older items I found a copper bracelet that I wore in the late 60’s or early 70’s with the rank and name SPEC 6 Stephen Geist and the date beneath his name of 9-26-67.

 

I kept it in his memory.

 

Thank You,

Sherry Foster

Cats76013@msn.com


Subject:   Re: Major Bruce Johnson, June 10, 1965
Date:   Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:53:41 -0500
From:   barb.mcgeever@gmail.com

 

I was sorting through old jewelry and found this copper bracelet, which I bought when I was in high school. I'm hoping a descendant of Major Johnson reads this...
 

The bracelet will continue to remind me of the brave men and women protecting my freedom - and the hope that Major Johnson will be returned home.


Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:09:12 -0700
From: Judy Talley <jetsp1001@aol.com>
To: info@pownetwork.org
 
To the family of S/SGT FRANK MOORMAN
 
I have worn this bracelet for him for more than half my life. I have prayed that he be at peace and I thank him for his great sacrifice for my freedom. 
 
In this time of turmoil and uncertainty, I think of him and all our young people even more. 
 
Frank died too young. He had an entire life ahead of him and it was stolen from him as he fought for MY life. All our lives. 
 
God rest his soul, and yours. 
 
I wanted you to know that someone out here still cares about Frank. I hope to shake his hand one day and thank him face to face. 
 
I am planning a trip to Arlington to pay my respects in person. 

 
God bless him and you. 

 
Judy Talley 

Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:11:29 -0500
From: christy.c.phillips@us.pwc.com

Re:  S/Sgt. John Jakovac, MIA

I found the Together We Served site and learned that Sgt. Jakovac's remains were returned in 1997.   I offer my late and sincere condolences to his family.

I have a bracelet with his name, since the early 1970s. If the family would like it, I will gladly have it sent to you.  And if not, I am privileged to keep it for the rest of my life.  

With respect, gratitude and compassion,

Christy Phillips
christyinfl@hotmail.com

Subject:   MIA ID bracelet
Date:   Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:20:20 -0400
From:   Kim Soule <soulesis5@gmail.com>

 

This email is to the family of Capt Thaddeus E Williams born on 02/26/1943. He and his crew member, Spc James P Schimberg were shot down  in January 1966 and their remains finally returned in 1993. I've been wearing Capt Williams bracelet for many years and only recently discovered his remains had been returned.

 

God bless,
Kim Soule
VFW 39 Aux President
St. Petersburg, Fl


Subject:      LCDR James A. Beene, USN
Date:   Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:36:55 -0400
From:   Michael <michael.b.baumann@gmail.com>

 

While in the Charleston, SC area this summer I found the POW/MIA bracelet for LCDR Beene.  I bought it with the intention of making it available to the family, if they would like it.  I would be honored to return it.

 

Michael Baumann

CDR, USN (Ret)

mbbaumann82@verizon.net


Subject:   Capt. Robert C. Edmunds, Jr.
Date:   Sat, 3 Sep 2016 19:32:30 -0400
From: g  lennisleighty@gmail.com
 

I have had 
Capt. Robert C. Edmunds, Jr. POW/MIA bracelet since I was in high school. I am willing to return it to his family. 

Glennis J. Leighty 

Subject:   Sgt. Carl Palen MIA Bracelet
Date:   Sat, 3 Sep 2016 11:07:28 -0700
From:   Sheila Sanford <pokersheilad@yahoo.com>

 

I have his bracelet if any family members would like to have it - I will send it to them - Thank you for his service


08/26/2016

Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to be writing this, but I am looking for the bracelet of my biological Grandfather:

SSGT Dennis Wayne Hammond

If anybody has it and could part with it I would love more than anything to have it, it means everything. Thank you!


Melissann10615@gmail.com

Subject: My brother SFC Alan L. Boyer, MIA Laos 3/28/1968
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:20:51 -0400


Hello

My only sibling SCF Alan L. Boyer, Special Forces/Special Ops was listed as MIA on March 28, 1968 while on a covert mission. In March of this year, I was notified that a small bone shard had been found and ID as Alan. He was buried with full military honors at a beautiful service at Arlington National Cemetery on June 22, 1968.
 

I have been contacted by many people wanting to return his bracelets. I write back and ask them to please KEEP it, tell the story to the friends, colleagues, children, grandchildren-everyone-. There are still many family members who await their answers on their love ones We must keep this issue active and make the American public (AND CONGRESS & PRESIDENT! )of this issue and the need to fund the accounting mission.
 

Thank you very much.
 

Sincerely,

Judi Boyer Bouchard


Subject:     Love Letters for Frederick L. Cristman
Date:   Tue, 9 Aug 2016 14:43:38 -0600
From:   Patti <danpat@elsiecomm.net>
 
For his family:
I have a bracelet that I have worn in the ‘70 through the end of high school and most of college.  I still have it and would like to send it to his family.
 
Patti Lee
Elsie, NE 

Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:30:40 -0400
From: Sara Oaklander <saraoaklander@gmail.com>
To: info@pownetwork.org


I have the POW/MIA bracelet for Captain Samuel Waters, with the missing date of December 13, 1966. I acquired it as a young person living in Southern California during the war years. It was a simplistic yet powerful way for young people like myself to express our support for those in harms way in the military.
 
I know that Captain Waters’ remains were returned some years later. Please accept my sincerest condolences on Captain Waters’ tragic death.
 
I would be more than honored to send the bracelet to you if it is something you would like to have in memory of Captain Waters.
 
Please contact me. If I do not hear from you, I will endeavor to leave the bracelet at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
 
Respectfully,

 
Sara Oaklander

Subject: Hero is home
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:56:47 -0400
From: Wayne Mazy <wctmazy@gmail.com>


To whom it may concern
     I have just found out that a man whose name was (until the bracelet was cutting my wrists) a constant companion on my wrist  was returned home . He is SSG KLAUS Y BINGHAM  USA(SF)  10 MAY 71 SVN.  I purchased this bracelet in 1988 at the Navy Exchange GTMO BAY Cuba.  Just wondering how do I get it to his family. Needless to say I am happy he is home.
        
Respectfully
              Wayne Mazy

Subject:   RE: Robert C. Davis, Maj, USAF
Date:   Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:40:19 -0500
From:   Joseph Jones <wildcatcrazy69@gmail.com>

 
To the family of ROBERT C. DAVIS, MAJ, USAF,
 
I received his bracelet during my basic training, and I wore it until I found out he was finally returned home. I have tried to find ways to return it to the family, or Memorial Wall, but haven't been able to do so.
 
I'd love for the family to have it if they would want me to send it to them. I can be reached at wildcatcrazy69@gmail.com.

 
God Bless,
Joseph Jones

Subject:   William Michael Copley
Date:   Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:56:48 -0400
From:   Deborah <debbywalker@earthlink.net>
 

You are always in my thoughts and think of you especially on your birthday, military holidays and the day you were MIA.   I wear your MIA bracelet on these days.  You will never be forgotten and always hope for your return.


Date:   Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:22:51 -0500
From:   Ninham, Curtis J. <Curtis.Ninham@va.gov>
 

My father was riding AMTRAC recently and got to talking with an old timer.  Through there talk the man was talking about getting his affairs in order.  He wanted to return his MIA bracelet to the family of CMR. Richard Collins.  My dad came back with the mans information and this task for me to figure out.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you very much.

 

Curtis J Ninham


Subject:   re: SFC William T. Brown, MIA-11-3-69
Date:  Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:05:33 +0000 (UTC)
From:  David George <dj.george53@yahoo.com>
 
To any of the family of SFC William T. Brown,
     I have worn the POW-MIA bracelet for SFC Brown for approximately 13 years. This year, 2016, I discovered that his remains, along with the remains of two others that were killed in that fight, were returned/identified/interred in Arlington National Cemetery in 2012. It has been an honor to carry the torch of remembrance and hope for a fellow Soldier. It is unfortunate that he and his comrades were asked to pay the ultimate price of freedom, but I know, as did he, that this cost is always a possibility.
 
     I will come up with a way to pay tribute to his memory. My 26 year old daughter has always known of his story (as much as I was able to learn) and she is a proud military daughter. I have spent over 39 years (23.3 active and 16.2 Reserve) with the U.S. Army and am honored to have been able to serve this country for that amount of time. Even though "My Oath of Enlistment" has no expiration, I no longer receive assignment orders. As with all Veterans, we will serve where needed, when needed, for as long as we are needed.
 
     Condolences and prayers for SFC Brown's remaining family...... wherever they may be.

 
dj.george53@yahoo.com

Subject:   Captain John Swanson 6-15-1967
Date:   Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:44:15 -0400
From:   Jacoad52@aol.com

To Captain Swanson's family and friends,
 
Today I visited the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall to pay my respects to all who served then, before them and now.  I received Captain's Swanson's MIA bracelet for many years.  I prayed each night for him and his family.....I wanted him to come home to them....I am so sorry that he has never been able to.  The tears streamed down my face today when I was told that he came home.  May you know that I will always keep you in my heart and prayers for that is the least I can do for all of you.  After 40 years the bracelet is cracked but I wore it today in his honor.
 
I have no face to a name but that is not important.....what is important is the gift he and so many others gave on my behalf....."Thank You."
 
God bless and keep you,
 
Judi
jacoad52@aol.com

Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 16:21:30 +0000
From: Nora Sanders <nsanders@lmmcpa.com>
 

Capt. Richard Joseph Mallon

01/28/70

 

I would like to return my MIA bracelet for Capt. Richard Joseph Mallon 01/28/70 
It is my understanding that his remains were returned in 1988. I wore 
the bracelet for many years. I look forward to hearing from you and God 
Bless!

Regards,

 

Nora Sanders


Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 19:12:57 -0400
From: Lord Turtle 68 <lordturtle68@gmail.com>

 

My mother gave me her bracelet to wear and find out about a mia every time i look at it i start to get tears for the family and the person that risked his life so i can be free to get fat drive expensive cars or live in the woods if i feal like. My heart feals for all the families


Subject:   SM Sgt Jake Edward Mercer
Date:   Wed, 18 May 2016 15:27:25 +0000 (UTC)
From:   Shirley Dusinberre <sjd755@yahoo.com>
Hi,
 
I purchased Jake Mercer’s bracelet back in 1972. I have had it for 44 years. I would really like to contact a family member and return it to them and let them know that I have never stopped thinking about him and have kept the bracelet safe. I tried to return it through a government agency a few years ago but they returned it to me telling me that they couldn’t help me. Any info that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks,
Shirley Dusinberre

Subject:   Capt Robert Stubberfield 5-6-65
Date:   Tue, 03 May 2016 23:16:33 -0400
From:   dlf3ster <dlf3ster@gmail.com>
 
For many years i wore this name on my wrist. Then when telling my oldest son about the Vietnam War he wore it all thru high school. I still have the bracelet should his family want it. We prayed for him and his family many times. 

Subject:   O'HARA, ROBERT CHARLES "CHUCK" Remains ID announced 11/06/02
Date:   Mon, 2 May 2016 14:09:36 -0400
From:   Sarah Elizabeth Chappell <sarah.elizabeth1574@gmail.com>
 

I have wore a bracelet for many years with this person's name on it. I would love to hand it over to a family member. Is this possible?  Thank you for your time in this matter.

Mrs. Lori j. Grizzard (maiden name Chappell)


Date: Mon, 02 May 2016 09:58:10 -0400
From: Nicholas Young <surfacewarrior@icloud.com>

To the Family of LT Michael Lora Bouchard, US Navy, Missoula, MT,

I have had the honor and privilege to wear a POW/MIA Bracelet for your American Hero since 2009.  In May of that year I participated in the Run for the Wall.  (The annual motorcycle parade from Los Angeles CA to Washington DC.)

At the Kick-off banquet, a young lady whose father was MIA, produced ten pictures of MIAs with their biographies printed on the back and laminated.  She asked for volunteers from the "Fine New Guys" to carry the pictures across our nation, and place them at The Wall. 

I was blessed to be chosen to carry Michael's picture and experienced emotion at the The Wall that was totally unexpected.  As I stood there making an etching of his name on The Wall, I reflected on my life and how I fortunate enough to not have to go to Vietnam.  I too joined the Navy (in 1972) but was never stationed over there.

This week I had my bracelet re-engraved as the information had been worn off ( the bracelet has not been off my arm since 2009), even though it was etched in my mind, and I head to Los Angeles on May 8th to once again participate in the annual Run for the Wall.

In DC, I will once again pay my respects to Michael and I want you to know...  HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Nicholas Young
LCDR USNR (Ret)
Green Cove Springs, FL

Nick, Sent from my iPad (4th Generation)

Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:52:51 -0500
From: Amy Sopha <amysopha@gmail.com>
 
To the family of  PFC Thomas J Blackman USMC,
 
I recently found the information that your loved ones remains were found and returned in 2005, I am grateful he is home where he belongs, may he rest in peace. I would like to personally thank him for his service and sacrifice. I have been wearing his bracelet since 1992. I am not sure how I feel about taking it off, it has become a part of me. I would like to return it to you if you would like it, and I will probably start to wear another soldiers name hoping for the same results of them being returned, or I still plan to get to the wall someday and they say I can leave it there, Let me know if you have a preference, I hope to have contact with someone in his family, God Bless you all ~

 
Amy J Sopha  amysopha@gmail.com 

Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:26:28 -0400
From: pksellards@netscape.net

I have the bracelet for W2 Richard Lee Bauman, U.S. Army.  His hometown was Columbus, Ohio.  Just wanted to let you know I still have his bracelet and if you would like to have it, I will send it to you.  God Bless.

Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:18:40 -0400
From: Bruce Hiers <bhiers01@verizon.net>
   

Hello, I am looking for the family of Col Dean Pogreba 10-5-65. I have had his bracelet since 1970. I look up his status from time to time and I see that he is still missing. I want you to  know that I still remember him and pray for his return. I am joining the "Ride to the Wall" this year, for the first time. I plan to look him up on the wall when I get there. I am not sure if anyone in his family would want his bracelet? I've read mixed reviews on returning these bracelets to families of those still missing. If by chance you would like it, I would be happy to give you mine. I can either send it to you or meet you at the wall and hand it over to you in person. You can reach me at the email below. God Bless..... and I hope to hear from you.....

 

Sincerely,
Bruce Hiers
bhiers01@verizon.net

Subject:  James W Gates
Date:  Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:34:11 +0000
From:  marlagallaher@hotmail.com

I am writing to the family and friends of James W. Gates, Vietnam MIA 4-6-66. Although I was born in 1968, I have always had a special place in my heart for the POW/MIA servicemen from the Vietnam War. I received my bracelet in 1986, a year before I graduated highschool and still have it and pray for Cpt. Gates and his family regularly. May God bless each of our service men and women, and their families, and may we never forget those not yet home.

 

Marla Gallaher
Richmond, VA.
marlagallaher@hotmail.com


Subject:   Maj. Bruce G. Johnson US Army
Date:   Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:34:24 -0400
From:   Terri Maple <jtl.maple@sbcglobal.net>

We had 3 different bracelets that we worn, green wrist and all, as a 13 year old. Set many times in front of the TV hoping that our guys got off airplanes. Still have these bracelets and pulling out them out often and think about these soldiers.  If his family happens to read this and would like the bracelet back even though it's been a part of my family I be happy to return it to them. I was happy and sad to find out what actually happened to him My prayers continue to go out for the family of Bruce G Johnson for I know the time does not heal the pain of loss .  God Bless all are protectors.

Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2016 20:47:22 -0500
From: Debbie Love <ruby0703@tir.com>
   

Hello, I am looking for the family of Spec 5 Berman Ganoe Jr. I have had his bracelet since 1970 and had met your family in 1977 in West Virginia after being in touch through letters for many years. I know he had a brother & sister as well as a niece, Rosemary with whom most of my correspondence was with. I would love the opportunity to get back in touch as I have always kept Berman and his entire family in my heart all these years. If anyone wishes to contact me they may do so through my email ruby0703@tir.com


Sincerely,
Debbie (Bruggenwirth) Love


Subject:  Dennis I. Day.
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:31:24 -0600
From: Diane Rooker <diane.rooker49@gmail.com>

Love letter to his family, I am Nancy Rooker and my Dad was a Vietnam veteran who has passed by now. I just wanted you to know that I have worn Dennis's bracelet now for 7 years and consider it an honor. My father went through a lot over there, hence, we went through a lot when he came home. I know what it is to a lifer's daughter and a military brat, and have nothing but the utmost respect for your family member. I look at it and feel it daily and just remember our boys and the sacrifice they gave for OUR country! May God Bless you and know that you are in my thoughts!

Subject: FW: Contact from the Wall USA
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 20:31:53 +0000
CC: 'slinkers3411@yahoo.com' <slinkers3411@yahoo.com>

 

To whom it may concern,

 

I just want the family of Col. Shelton to know that I care, and I honor his service. I wear this bracelet as a constant reminder of his sacrifice and the sacrifice his family has made for us.

 

He is not forgotten. His memory is on my wrist every day, and will continue to be, the bracelet will be worn by my first born son when I pass it on to him if that is what the family would have me do.

 

Respectfully,

 

Gerry Linker


Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:30:00 -0500
From: Ed <r.edward.parker@gmail.com>
 

To the Family and Friends of Robert F. Scherdin on this, his 69th birthday, please know that there are others of us out here who continue our vigil with you.  I wear his bracelet and will continue to wear it until word is brought to us of his recovery.  It’s getting a little hard to read, wearing away from years of rubbing against clothes and working, but I can read it still as if it were made yesterday, and I never miss an opportunity to tell people who it’s for, and Robert’s story, and that we wait for word.  Perhaps one day I’ll get to meet him, shake his hand, and thank him for his – and your – sacrifice for us all.  God Bless you and keep you all safe until again next year.

 

Ed


Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:27:02 -0800
From: Roma Morris <romamor13@ymail.com>
 

Hi,

I was just going through some old boxes and found the POW bracelet that I wore as a kid (my father was USAF stationed in Hawaii 1968-1972).   ...  The POW is Lt. Col. James Treece. I wonder if you have a way to contact the family and let them know that a 6 yr old girl proudly wore his bracelet for several years.  I am thankful for his service and sorry for their loss.
 

Respectfully,
Roma Morris


Subject:    POW bracelet Col Patrick Fallon
Date:    Fri, 8 Jan 2016 12:53:12 -0800
From:    HMc <hmcadams@agamemnon.com>

 

To whom it may concern-

A dear friend passed away in 2008 and we are in the process of sorting through his archives and we have discovered the bracelet. Is there anyway we can contact Col. Fallon’s family and send it to them.... I am sure he would want his wife or family to have the bracelet.

Please let me know,

Kind regards,

Heather


Subject:    ADRC ROBERT SENNETT
Date:    Wed, 6 Jan 2016 23:53:48 -0500
From:    Bill Oyler <woyler1215@gmail.com>
 
Hello, My name is William R. Oyler  and I purchased my POW  bracelet in May,1971 when I returned home (thankfully) after 4 years in the U.S.A.F.  I carried Robert Sennett on my wrist for 10 years and in my heart and mind to this day. I thought I had lost my bracelet during my moving days to a new home however years latter it was found in an old jewelry box. I had tried to find out  the status of Robert before but was stumped at every try until I found this web site.  ....  I have started wearing my bracelet again hoping to bring attention to todays young people of our quest to identify or bring home our POW/MIA service personnel. If it is at all possible  I would like to hear from the family of Robert Sennett. 

 

My email address is woyler1215@gmail.com

 

my thoughts and prayers are always with Robert and his family. 

 

Sincerely, William Oyler


Subject:     Maj. Charles Franklin POW Bracelet
Date:   Sun, 3 Jan 2016 12:19:34 -0500
From:   Bob Koch <bobkoch00@gmail.com>

 

I have a bracelet that I've kept for many years. I recently discovered MAJ. Charles Franklin remains were found and returned. I would like to return the bracelet to his family.

 

Any help is appreciated.

 

Bob Koch PM1 USN RET.


Subject:   Colonel Stanley S Clark
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:14:14 -0600
From: Leavitt, Douglas S. <Douglas.Leavitt@va.gov>
 

To Whom It May Concern:

 

My name is Douglas Leavitt, I’m the Disabled American Veteran – Hospital Service Coordinator, at the VA Medical Center Shreveport, LA.  I was given a package of information and a POW/MIA bracelet for Colonel S.S. Clark, by Anita Goodson and asked if I could forward this package to the family.

 

Please contact me

 

-   THANX -


Subject:   CMSgt Therman M. Waller
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:30:06 -0600
From: Leavitt, Douglas S. <Douglas.Leavitt@va.gov>

 

Dear Family,

 

I am MSgt  (retired) Douglas Leavitt and have been proudly wearing the POW/MIA bracelet of Airmen Waller, since the summer of 1990.  I recently noticed that the remains of Airmen Waller have been recovered and wish to gratefully turn over, with my heartfelt thanks, his bracelet to you.  

 

Please contact me

 

-   THANX -


Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:10:53 -0500
From: Susan Stark <lil_zuzu@hotmail.com>

 

To the family of Col. Brendan Foley,
My name is Susan Vela Stark. I received "Lt.Col." Foley's pow/mia bracelet back in 1973-74 when I was 16 years old living at Ft.Sill,Oklahoma. My dad was a Warrant Officer in the army for 35 years and took two tours to Viet Nam. I just wanted you to know that I still have my bracelet and I think of Brendan Foley often and he is always in my prayers. This site didn't have a whole lot of information on him, but what I did read was so sad and disconcerting. Please know that I will always keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers and as an American, I am so very grateful for his and your ultimate sacrifice.

 

Very sincerely,
Susan Stark
lilzuzugal@gmail.com


Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:16:15 -0500 (EST)
From: Louise Mellusi <lmellusi@optonline.net>
   
Hello

I would like to return my MIA bracelet for John S. Anderson - 11-4-69.
It is my understanding that his remains were returned in 1973. I wore
the bracelet for many years. I look forward to hearing from you and God
Bless!

Regards,


Louise Mellusi

Subject: MIA/POW bracelet for Capt. Warren Orr, Jr.
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 15:23:25 -0500
From: Gene Major <grmajor@gmail.com>

 

I have had the MIA/POW bracelet for Capt. Warren Orr, Jr. since the 1970s. I wore it throughout my college days in the 1970s and, even after I stopped wearing it, I put it away, but knew exactly where it was. I would often think on the fate of Capt. Orr and then I came across the website army.togetherweserved.com and found Capt. Orr's record and what happened to him and then on pownetwork.com found that his remains were discovered at his plane's crash site.  If the family desires, I would love to send his bracelet to them. I can be reached at grmajor@gmail.com

 


 
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 19:29:42 +0000
From: jennifer tretter <crispincat@hotmail.com>
   
Hello.
I have a stainless steel bracelet bearing the name Captain George Pollin with the date 4-29-67.  I am very sorry to hear he did not make it home alive but very thankful to read that his remains were returned to the United States in 1990. My condolences to his friends and family. I would like for anyone related to him who might want the bracelet to have it. My thanks and appreciation to him for his service to our country. I can be reached at trgeel44@yahoo.com or my daughter Jennifer at crispincat@hotmail.com.

 
Sincerely,
Elaine Tretter

Subject: MIA Bracelet for Fredrick Wozniak
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:54:53 -0500
From: debbieervin918@aol.com


 

When I was in high school, I got a Vietnam MIA bracelet. The name on the bracelet is Capt. Fredrick Wozniak, 1-16-67. Over the years,
Caption Wozniak and his family has been in my thoughts and prayers. I guess my reason for writing this is to let his family know that he, and
them, have not been forgotten.

Debbie Ervin


Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:33:06 -0400
From: Edward <ejddld@gmail.com>
   

 

I have worn this bracelet since it first started. Raymond l Echevarria  lost in Laos, 10-3-1966.
Thought of him and your family often.  He will never be forgotten.

Donna Lou DiDonato
eddd13@earthlink.net


Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2015 13:35:19 -0400
From: Bob Levy <blevy@donmark.com>
   
 

Soldier: CAPT ROBERT DiTOMMASO

I recently came across the POW – MIA Bracelet I worn starting in 1966.  It would be my honor to send the bracelet to a member of his family. Please contact me through my email.

 

Bob Levy
blevy@donmark.com


Subject: My POW bracelet
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 17:50:33 -0400
From: Mary Ann <mkmkmeier@gmail.com>
   
 

I wear my POW bracelet daily since 1974. For Edward Ray Dodge. I would love for his family to know this. Can they be informed?
 


Subject: MIA/POW bracelet for Capt. Warren Orr, Jr.
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 15:23:25 -0500
From: Gene Major <grmajor@gmail.com>
To: info@pownetwork.org


 
I have had the MIA/POW bracelet for Capt. Warren Orr, Jr. since the 1970s. I wore it throughout my college days in the 1970s and, even after I stopped wearing it, I put it away, but knew exactly where it was. I would often think on the fate of Capt. Orr and then I came across the website army.togetherweserved.com and found Capt. Orr's record and what happened to him and then on pownetwork.com found that his remains were discovered at his plane's crash site.  If the family desires, I would love to send his bracelet to them. I can be reached at grmajor@gmail.com

 

 
Subject: letter for Tatum family
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:37:20 -0500
From: Gale Macziewski <gmacziewski@aol.com>
 

Good Evening,
My husband has a POW bracelet that he found when he was a child in Dallas, Texas. Its a bracelet for
Lt. Colonel Lawrence Tatum.
9-10-66.  We were wondering if a family member might like to have it.


Thanks,
Debbie Macziewski


   
Date:   Thu, 24 Sep 2015 03:55:38 -0700
From:   Fen Aarons <fenaarons@gmail.com>
   
 

When I was a kid my father had this big black flag on his wall, so I asked him what it ment. He showed me the band on his arm, which read SFC LOUIS BUCKLEY JR. USA 21 MAY 66 SVN and explained to me what a POW was. I was maybe 5 or 6. Well, when I was 11 and he died of cancer, my mom gave the bracelet to her sisters husband, who wore it til he died. After that, my aunt gave the bracelet to me. Of course, this is 10+ years later and I had NO idea what it meant. So I googled it and asked my mom. I'm so glad I did. I promise to never take this bracelet off. I hope this mans family is doing well, and I would like to thank them for being apart of one of the only memories of my dad I have.

-Fen, 18 years old.


Subject:   REF: MIA Maj. Wendell Keller, USAF - FOUND
Date:   Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:02:54 +0000 (UTC)
From:   Karen Franks <reddintx@yahoo.com>
 
I received my bracelet in 1972 when I was 14 years old.  I am 56 years old and I still have it.  Two years ago I visited Washington DC and in the Smithsonian there was a section which contained a display of dozens of these bracelets and when I saw them the feeling of sadness was so powerful I cannot describe it.  That era is etched in my mind, and while living on a NATO base during that period (my father was a career serviceman), I didn't know a single person who didn't have a friend or relative over in Viet Nam - these bracelets were a huge deal to all of us to keep their memory alive.
 
I recently discovered that the remains of my MIA, Maj. Wendell Keller, were recovered and identified in 2012.  I am so sorry for his family's loss.  I am going to be in Washington DC again in a few weeks, and I hope to leave my bracelet at the Memorial or on his grave marker in the National Cemetery.
 
I don't know if the families read these posts, but if they do, my email address is reddintx@yahoo.com. I would be very glad if I could provide condolences directly.

 
Regards,
Karen Franks
 
"A Veteran, whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve, is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of up to and including their life. That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country today who no longer understand it."
 

Subject: 1st Lt John Kennedy
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:48:38 -0700
From: Terri and John Ault <mmwinkie@yahoo.com>

 

My wife is the jewelry person  for the Discovery Shop (an resale shop that benefits Cancer Research) in Tacoma Washington.  This bracelet came in with a jewelry donation.  From it’s appearance it has been well worn, and might have been in an estate that was donated to the Discovery Shop.  We would be honored to return it to the family.
 
Sincerely,
  Terri & John Ault
 
  mmwinkie@yahoo.com


Date:  Sun, 6 Sep 2015 15:05:48 -0400
From:  Karin Munkacsi-Whitley <dragonflytonic@gmail.com>

Hello,

I have the bracelet for:

LTJG James P. Shea, USN, 4-20-65, NVN, born in CA.  I wear it humbly.  If the family would like contact or would like it returned they may contact me at this email address....  I too am a Navy veteran, disabled.  Otherwise, I will continue to wear it with reverence.

Sincerely,
Karin Munkacsi-Whitley

Date:   Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:31:06 -0500
From:   Gene Rousseau <generousseau@att.net>
 

It is with bittersweet emotion that I received the news that, now Major, Dale W. Richardson’s (MIA 5/2/70) remains were discovered and returned. I has been an honor to have been wearing his bracelet constantly for 35+ years.  I began with an aluminum bracelet and wanted a more permanent one so I got it in stainless. It, literally, has become part of me. I have thought of him and his family often and, if they wish, I would be happy to send the bracelet to them. If not, I understand.  If no response to  this email; I will, as soon as I can, travel to his gravesite and leave it there.   

 

                                                                                                                                Sincerely:

                                                                                                                                Gene M. Rousseau                        

                                                                                                                                generousseau@att.net


 

Subject: POW Bracelet of Capt. Kenneth Thomas
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:29:09 +0000

 

My name is Debra Gonzales and I have the POW bracelet of Capt Kenneth Thomas, whom is listed on your site.  I would like for someone from his immediate family to contact me if they are interested in receiving this bracelet.  They can contact me at dg121757@yahoo.com

 

Thank you for you courtesy and cooperation.

 

Debra Gonzales


 

Date:   Sun, 9 Aug 2015 18:13:50 -0400
From:   Cheryl <cherylann71867@aol.com>

 
Hello.... while purging some of my moms old jewelry, we came across 5 POW bracelets.  All thru my childhood (I'm 48 now) she wore them.  She was able to return a few back in the day to those that were lucky enough to come home, and/or to those families who's remains were returned home.  2 of them are broken in 1/2  (because she wore them until they broke) but the other 3 are intact.  
 
Upon searching the lists today on your site I see that 3 of them are still missing.  Here are the names and missing dates:  
 
Capt Harmon Polster (07.15.69)
Cdr James Bauder (09.21.66)
Col Robert Smith (08.19.69)
 
If you are the family of the above, please let me know your contact information and we will be more than happy to return the bracelet to you.  Mom has always wanted to visit DC (and the wall), and if we are lucky enough to make it up there, we will most certainly leave it there (as the site suggests).  
 
Thank you and God Bless You ALL!!  
 
 
Cheryl Speigle

 


Subject:       Col Francis McGouldrick (12.13.68)
Date:    Sun, 9 Aug 2015 18:05:11 -0400
From:    Cheryl <cherylann71867@aol.com>

 
Hello.... while purging some of my moms old jewelry, we came across 5 POW bracelets.  All thru my childhood (I'm 48 now) she wore them.  She was able to return a few back in the day to those that were lucky enough to come home, and/or to those families who's remains were returned home.  2 of them are broken in 1/2  (because she wore them until they broke) but the other 3 are intact.  
 
I was searching the lists today on your site and saw that 2 of hers have had their remains returned to the family.  If you are the family of the above (Col Francis McGouldrick) please let me know your contact information and we will be more than happy to return the bracelet to you.  Mom has always wanted to visit DC (and the wall), and if we are lucky enough to make it up there, we will most certainly leave it there (as the site suggests).  
 
Thank you and God Bless You ALL!!  
 
 
Cheryl Speigle

Subject:      Major Alton Rockett Jr (06.02.67)
Date:     Sun, 9 Aug 2015 18:01:45 -0400
From:     Cheryl <cherylann71867@aol.com>


 

Hello.... while purging some of my moms old jewelry, we came across 5 POW bracelets.  All thru my childhood (I'm 48 now) she wore them.  She was able to return a few back in the day to those that were lucky enough to come home, and/or to those families who's remains were returned home.  2 of them are broken in 1/2  (because she wore them until they broke) but the other 3 are intact.
 
I was searching the lists today on your site and saw that 2 of hers have had their remains returned to the family.  If you are the family of the above (Major Alton Rockett Jr) please let me know your contact information and we will be more than happy to return the bracelet to you.  Mom has always wanted to visit DC (and the wall), and if we are lucky enough to make it up there, we will most certainly leave it there (as the site suggests).
 
Thank you and God Bless You ALL!!
 
 
Cheryl Speigle

Date:    Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:12:12 -0400
From:    MTCzajka@aol.com
I wore a bracelet for Capt. (now Major) Joseph Fanning who was missing in action 12/13/68.  I wrote to his wife over 40 years ago when I received it, I believe he had a young daughter.  I wore it until it broke in half, but I still have it.
 
Marguerite Czajka

Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:33:13 +0000 (UTC)
From: Lisa Prescott <lisaref1712@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: Lisa Prescott <lisaref1712@yahoo.com>

 
I know this is a long shot, but while moving and purging my stuff of forgotten items, I came across my POW/MIA bracelet with the name of CWO Michael Varnado 5-2-70. When I sat down at my computer and looked him up, I learned that his remains were returned to the U.S. and he was interred in Natchez, Mississippi. If anyone from his family would like to have my bracelet, I would be more than happy to mail it you. It is the least I can do for his and your sacrifice to our country. I hope to be making a trip to the Vietnam Memorial at some point, and will leave it there if I do not hear back from the family. I am so sorry for your loss, all of these years later. Gone, but not forgotten.
lisaref1712@yahoo.com

 
Lisa

Subject:  Capt Barry Lockhart 12-21-72
Date:  Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:09:06 +0000 (UTC)
From:  jkb92@comcast.net

 

I have recently begun a project to sort and label my Mother's jewelry that has been boxed up since her death. Among her jewelry was a bracelet she was very proud of, and often teared up when talking about it. You see, she was a proud, proud American mother who sent 3 brave sons to the military in the 1950s. I've never known a person who loved her country more and installed that patriotism into her 12 children.

Through her American Legion Auxiliary Group, she obtained the bracelet of missing soldier, Capt. Barry Lockhart. She proudly wore that bracelet for many, many years but never knew his fate. She didn't know how to use the Internet tools we have today and maybe that was a blessing as she always hoped her young man made it home.

The purpose of my note is to see if it would be possible to send her bracelet to any of the Captain's surviving family.  I know it would make her very happy and hope that it might provide a small comfort to those who I'm sure still still mourn him.  Please advise if this is possible as I don't wish to interfere wit heir privacy or offend anyone.

My mother's name was Fairby Brandt, and she lived in a small town, Armington, Illinois.

Thank you for your assistance.

Janet (Brandt) DuChanois


Subject: Love Letters -Captain Douglas David Ferguson, USAF - VIVA Bracelet
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:59:20 -0700
From: Joseph Smith <sephsmith@gmail.com>
   


To the Sue Scott and the entire family of Captain Douglas David Ferguson, USAF:

 
First and foremost, my sincere condolences. I have just now learned that Douglas is no longer MIA. I trust this brings you some solace. If you would like to have the bracelet that I have held for nearly 44 years, please let me know.

 
It is a comfort to me knowing that VIVA and the work of the P.O.W. Network has continued to provide this opportunity for you and for me on behalf of David’s service.

 
Joseph

Date:   Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:37:19 -0400
From:   gbarker gbarker <gbarker@numail.org>

 
To the Family of Alan Frederick Ashall,
 
I am in possession of Alan's POW/MIA bracelet.  It has been through multiple moves with me since the early 1970's.  If anyone in Alan's family would like to have the bracelet to keep until he comes home, I will be happy to send it to you.  Otherwise, I will continue to keep the bracelet to use in my Social Studies classroom to teach my students of the meaning of the bracelet and the brave and honorable man, Alan F. Ashall.
 
My email address is gaylem.barker@cowetaschools.net

 
With gratitude for his service,

 
Gayle Barker

Subject:   re: Loveletters website Capt Larry J Hanley
Date:   Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:35:05 +0000
From:   Martin, JulieX A <juliex.a.martin@intel.com>

 

Patricia –

 

I read your comments on the Loveletters website---I don’t know if this will reach you or not, but I’m going to try…..

 

I, too, wore Larry’s bracelet for over 40 years.  I had read a story in our Wis paper about a local young wife whose husband had been shot down and was MIA…. I contacted her and she alerted me to the POW/MIA (VIVA) bracelets.   I ordered 2--- one was of her husbands’ name.  The 2nd bracelet arrived and it was Larry’s.   I was able to make contact by mail with Larry’s mother and we corresponded for a long time.

When the war was over, my friends’ husband was released from POW camp in Hanoi…

Larry was never accounted for…

 

Through the years and several moves, I lost contact with Larry’s mother.   Through the wonders of science—and LOVELETTERS,  one of Larry’s sisters read my comments and contacted me through email!   Larry’s mother was still alive (but not well) and I typed out a letter to her, which her daughter passed on to her --- she remembered me.   Sadly, she passed away not long after that.

 

I kept up correspondence with Larry’s sister….

 

Long story short----- his sister was going through the boxes of things that her mother had saved--- she found Larry’s knit cap that he wore under his pilot’s helmet—and strands of his hair.  She notified the Air Force—they collected the samples and after 43 years—they IDENTIFIED his remains!   His sister emailed me that info before it was announced on tv or in the newspapers…she wanted me to hear it first..

 

Larry’s remains were returned to his hometown 2 years ago this July.  I was unable to attend the services, but his sister sent me all the tv coverage, etc.

 

HERE IS THE BEST PART……………….

Staying in touch with Larry’s sister, we discovered that both sisters and my so and I were going to be in Maui at the same time in April!

We had never met --- just email…..   We made arrangements to meet – which we did……

I had TWO of Larry’s bracelets (because I had been to THE WALL in Washington DC and had planned to leave one there, but I just could not part with it)

Of course I had my bracelet on –

We met for lunch --- we hugged and were so excited to meet each other after all those years….

I had both of the girls take Larry’s bracelet off my wrist---- we cried and we hugged.. and cried some more….

During lunch, they told me so many stories about Larry’s childhood, etc…

It was wonderful

Here is a photo that my son took of the three of us, when they both helped me take his bracelet off…

You can see the one sister (on the left) has her bracelet on.

 

 

Larry was promoted to Major ---

 

I hope this email reaches you….

 

Sincerely,

Juli M


Subject: letter for Tatum family
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 23:32:37 -0400
From: K.O. Keller <pyroteqclown1@gmail.com>

 

I too had carried a bracelet with Lawrence's name and rank and the date he went down. Since my 13th birthday there hasn't been go by that I wonder if he survived the crash. My gut feeling tells me he maybe still alive but quite possibly not in right mind. I fear that he was captured by local war lords were he had been being a slave farming for the group. There are still today Americans living near the DMZ that were brainwashed to the point of not believing their no hope of a rescue. God speed were ever you may be, never stop believing that he could be still alive. I am 57 and I hope one day if he made it out alive.


Date:  Sun, 24 May 2015 19:39:38 -0500
From:  ksw422 <ksw422@aol.com>

 
I still have my bracelet. My MIA is Spec 5 Michael Shanley who went missing 12-2-69. I used to correspond with his mother who told me he had been a history teacher. I assume his mother has died since the letters ceased coming years ago. Nobody knows  became of him and I thought I was the only one left remembering him. Thank you for showing me others still care.

Date:   Sun, 24 May 2015 15:47:04 -0400
From:   Donnagoldsteen <donnagoldsteen@aol.com>
 

In 1970 my father bought my sister and I POW/MIA bracelets. I wore mine for many years. It had the name Capt. Laurent Gourley on it. I always wondered what happened to him and if he returned from the war safely. Since it's Memorial Day weekend I got to thinking again about him. I came across this web site and was sad to read that he did not make it home alive. I would be honored to send the family my bracelet if they would like to have it.

Donna
Dcdt283@gmail.com


Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 14:27:31 -0400
From: Karen Hart <khart@bop.gov>

 
For the Family of CMSgt Gene E. Davis, USAF  MIA
 
 
I've been wearing this bracelet for 24 years and will continue to do so until he is found.  Even tho we had never met, he is remembered everyday.
 
If anyone would like to contact me, I would love to hear from you.  Klhart@gmail.com
 
 
Many Blessings to you and yours.
 
Karen Hart
Indiana

Subject:   POW bracelet 
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 17:39:32 -0700
From: Carol Nordling <nordo53@gmail.com>

 
I found on the Memorial Day May 25, 2015 while going through boxes my POW bracelet for Patric Fallon  Lost 7-4-1969.

 
Contact me at email address.  Thanks Carol

Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 20:45:20 +0000
From: joycegruber@yahoo.com

 

My name is Joyce Gruber and I have the bracelet for SPEC 5 Robert O’Hara who became missing on 2/6/69.  I have had the bracelet since high school (70’s).  My father is a retired veteran and served in Viet Nam and my son is currently active duty.  I come from a strong military family so this bracelet has always been very important to me.  I am a high school teacher and have shared my bracelet and its meaning with my students every year.  Last year I found the site that updates information on the POW/MIA’s and discovered that your loved one went by the name of Chuck and that his remains had been identified.   I was happy to learn this and hope that it brought you some closure as well.   Recently I found this site allowing an opportunity to let the families know that their loved one is still being remembered, so please know that Robert “Chuck” O’Hara has not been forgotten and my thoughts and prayers are with you, his family.

 
Joyce Gruber
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Date:   Tue, 12 May 2015 10:05:32 -0700
From:   maureen moriarty <mmmaureenthebean@gmail.com>

 

To the family of Spec 6 Allan Gordon Kennedy, KIA 11/4/1969:
My name is Maureen C. Moriarty and I have been wearing Allan's bracelet since 1971.  When I visited Washington DC in the late 1980's, I found his name on the Wall, and mourned his loss then.  At that time, I learned he was from California, but I did not know that his remains had been discovered and returned to you.  Last summer (July, 2014), I moved to Creston, CA, and subsequently did an online search for more information about Allan.  When I found out that he was buried in the San Francisco National Cemetery, I made it a goal to go and pay my respects at his gravesite.  I had the great honor of being able to fulfill that goal a week ago today (May 5, 2015).  It is a beautiful resting place.  I'm writing to you today to reach out and tell you that I have felt a special connection to Allan all these years.  I had just passed my 18th birthday a few days before his helicopter crashed.  Later, when I was in college at Hartford College for Women, I sent away for an MIA/POW bracelet, and I received one of the stainless steel ones with dark grey lettering.  Through the years, the coloring wore away, but I can still read all the information.  After visiting Allan's gravesite, I began to wonder if his family members would like to have my bracelet.  Or, if you would prefer, I can keep it and continue to wear it in his honor, and continue to keep his memory alive in that way.  I do not have biological children, so I'm not sure to whom I would leave the bracelet when I pass on.  But if you would prefer that I keep it, I will sort that out.  It is very important to me to ensure that Allan's bracelet is not lost or forgotten after I've left this world.  I'm sending off this email in the hopes that one day, you will read it.  ... Bless your hearts.

Maureen C. Moriarty


Subject:   Col John W Armstrong
Date:   Sat, 2 May 2015 12:25:52 -0400
From:   M Wise <mwise2222@gmail.com>


 

To: Thomas K Armstrong

 
Found your email address while searching info on Col. Armstrong but it failed to get through (It must be old).

 
My wife and I are planning a trip to Washington DC this October.

 
I wanted make sure I knew his place on the wall and came across your email.  Found it (Panel 29E Line 55)

 
I have possessed and worn his bracelet for many years.

 
Thank you and your family for the sacrifice of this great man.  I am also the son of a career vet. My Dad made it home and is still with us.

 
 God Bless,

 
Mark E Wise

Date: Fri, 1 May 2015 02:21:28 +0000
From: michael kubly <ckubli7772@aol.com>

 
Hi -
When I was very young in the 1970’s my mother gave each of us kids a bracelet with the name of a soldier that was a POW or MIA in the Vietnam War.  We used to watch t.v. for a list of soldiers’ names to see if ours returned. 
 
My bracelet reads “Major Floyd Olsen, 4-21-68”  I did a google search and learned that he passed away.  I would be happy to send the bracelet to any family members, should they want it. 

 
Sally in Milwaukee

Subject: Pow bracelet
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:49:54 -0400
From: Faye Tyree <fayedean4172@gmail.com>
   

To whom it may concern: I have a pow bracelet from the 1970's. The persons name on it is Col. David Williams. Date missing 4/01/1967. From checking, it is my understanding that he did pass away.
You, the family have my most sincere condolences. I hope you're all doing well. His bravery will not be forgotten. I don't know if you'd want the bracelet or not. I'd be glad to give it to you if you'd want it.
If you don't, I understand. This email is lovingly sent. May God bless you.

 

Sincerely,

Faye Tyree   

Fayedean4172@gmail.com


Subject: Pow bracelet
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:14:41 -0700
From: Sheila Fiser <sheilafiser1963@gmail.com>

 

Family of  PFC David Winters.   4-21-67.Have never forgotten this information. Still praying.


Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:58:52 -0700
From: Judy Pitcher <judy@apitcher.com>


The name on the bracelet is SPEC. 4 ROBERT TRUJILLO the date under his name is 1-7-68. ... I have had it a long time and have worn it many time. Thanks again for your time


Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:02:11 -0500
From: Paula Sherbrook <pssherbrook@yahoo.com>


 

I have had my pow/mia bracelet for over 40 years.  I knew Spec.5-Stephen Geist is still MIA.  He was from MD and 21 when he went missing.  If there is family out there that would like his bracelet, please contact me.   My heart goes out to all our Veterans and their family.

Paula Sherbrook
Pssherbrook@yahoo.com


Date:   Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:58:29 -0500
From:   Ben Frazer <highlanderfrazer@msn.com>

 

I am about to retire at the Wall my bracelet of a fellow Tennessean :
To the family and kin of CWO William A. Kinsey, USA 1-21-68 NVN. His remains have been identified and I only learned this recently.
It was my honor to honor him for over 30 years!
 

Ben Wolf Frazer
Knoxville, tn

Date:  Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:49:53 -0500
From:  R. Edward Parker <r.edward.parker@gmail.com>
   
Today, on Robert F. Scherdin's 68th Birthday, I pause once again to remember him and his sacrifice, and to remind his family that there are people out here who wear his bracelet, remember his story, and keep the vigil with you until his return.  God Bless you and Robert, and keep him safe and close to His side until the day I hope to meet him in person.

Happy Birthday, Bob, wherever you are...

Ed Parker

Subject:   SGT. Raymond Bobe
Date:   Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:09:40 -0500
From:   Roni Lamb <vplamb@comcast.net>
 

I have had SGT Bobe's bracelet since approximately 1969. Mt brother served in Vietnam Nam and my mother, my sister and I all wore POW bracelets. Just this evening, I researched SGT Bobe. While I am extremely sad to know he never returned home, I am equally heartened to know that his family has closure. God bless them.
- -
Roni Lamb


Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:52:12 -0800
From: Christine Gauthier <christinegauthier603@gmail.com>


I have the bracelet of SPEC.5 ROBERT O'HARA 2-6-69. I was probably 13 or 14 when I received this.  I would love for the family to have his bracelet, if they would like.  I keep it close and on display in my hutch.

 
Blessings,
Christine Gauthier
New Hampshire 

Subject: Lcdr Kenneth Knabb Jr.
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:23:35 -0800
From: wendie vermillion <wendie.vermillion@gmail.com>

 

To the family of Kenneth Knabb Jr.:  I have carried this bracelet  since October, 1968, never having known this young soldier.  In 1997 my family went to Washington DC to see the VietNam Memorial and look for his name, hoping it would not be there and that he had returned from the missing.  I broke down in tears upon seeing his name as never having returned, and felt as if I had known and lost him.  I am happy to send the bracelet  to any of the family members if they so desire, and have cherished his memory and sacrifice.  At the time I got his bracelet, I lived and taught in Aurora, Colorado, and now live in Oregon.

Yours sincerely,
Wendie Vermillion:  wendie.vermillion@gmail.com