LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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

Subject:   Capt. Gray Warren
Date:   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:15:13 +0000
From:   Lori Banks <lollyjeans@live.com>

 

I was living outside of Tokyo Japan near an Army base named Camp Zama when my girlfriends and I picked our MIA/POW bracelets. The year was 1969~I was 10 years old. I picked the bracelet with Capt. Gray Warrens name on it because I liked that he was a captain. I wore my bracelet to remind me to pray for him. It is now 49 years later. I have kept this bracelet safe all these years because itís always been one of my most treasured possessions.   If anyone knows something about his surviving family members please contact me at lollyjeans@live.com. Thank you. And God bless you Captain Warren for fighting for my freedom.

Lori Banks


Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2018 19:35:10 +0000
From: Jane Austin <gelnails56@hotmail.com>
To: info@pownetwork.org <info@pownetwork.org>

 

It has been many , many years since the Vietnam War and at that time I purchased a bracelet with the name Lt. Col. Donald King /5-14-66.  I have have never stopped thinking of Donald King and still have his bracelet. I often wish that this bracelet program continued for other wars so that all military personnel could be carried in someone's heart forever, it is one time when a stranger becomes a friend.Prayers to all the family of those never returning but never forgotten.

 

 Jane


 
Date:   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:19:51 -0500
From:   Janese Fundock <jmfundock@gmail.com>

 
To the family of Capt. Frederick Hess Jr.:
My mother received his bracelet in high school in 1970, when she was 16. When I was 16, she gave it to me and I have worn it for nearly 21 years now. In fact, your family member saved me from injury once. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was attacked by a large dog that was roaming the neighborhood. He clamped down on my arm, but got a mouthful of metal as he tried to shake me. I have one small scar under my bracelet from the incident. It could have been much worse. My own daughter will be 16 in a few months and I plan to give it to her for her birthday. We will continue to wear it until he is brought home. 

 
Janese Crawford Fundock
Virginia Beach, VA. 

Date:   Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:49:28 -0600
From:   Rona Duke <rlduke20@gmail.com>

 
To the relatives of 1 Lt. Sam Cordova:
 
I received Sam's bracelet back when I was a young teenager.  My grandmother bought two bracelets from a University of Northern Iowa college student.  One she kept for herself and one she gave to me.  I believe I was probably around the age of 14 or 15 at the time.  This would have been the early 1970's.  I wore Sam's bracelet for so many years and then I tucked it away when I got married and had children.  I got the bracelet out many times over the years and wore it and talked about it and wondered about Sam.  Who was he, where had he grown up and wondered if he had ever made it home.  I hoped so.
 
I searched for him back in the 90's when we first got internet but couldn't find any information about him.  So once again I tucked the bracelet safely away.  I have moved countless times over the years and always the bracelet stayed safely tucked away and followed me.  A few times I misplaced it and then it would appear in a box somewhere.  I have thought of Sam and his family often and hoped for good news for all.
 
Today I found his bio online and read the news that he finally was brought home to rest on American soil.  I would think this was somewhat of a relief for his family.  I hope it was anyway.
 
I don't know much about Sam but I did learn he was a teacher before going to Vietnam and that his birthday was August 27.  I also work in the schools as a Para Educator working with special needs students and my birthday is August 20th.  Maybe these things were what drew me to Sam's bracelet.  Who knows.  What I do know is I have thought of Sam over the years and I appreciate his service to our country.  I am just sorry Sam is not still with us today.  
 
My hope is that someone that knew Sam or perhaps a relative of his will see this letter and know that someone else cared enough to buy his bracelet and wear his name on my wrist and think of him often through the years.
 
Thank you Sam and may you be resting in peace and watching over all of us.

 
Rona Duke
Iowa City, Iowa