LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 10:18:42 -0500                            
From: Zangrilli Nicole Civ Det 5/29 TSS <nicole.zangrilli@whitemanSignature

Good Morning:

My daughter, Katherine McEntire, has Colonel Robert M. Elliott's POW/MIA bracelet.

USAF, 14 Feb 68, North Viet Nam

Should the family wish to have the POW-MIA the bracelet, which we JUST bought today,  they may contact her through me, her mother.  I am assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, Missouri.

Duty Phone is 660-687-1146. 

Sincerely,

Nicole G. Zangrilli
Civilian


Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 17:13:10 -0500
From: Alan Trapp <a.w.trapp@worldnet.att.net>

I have the POW/MIA bracelet for Colonel Charles E. Shelton USAF, MIA 29 Apr 65, Laos, from Kentucky

Should the family wish to have this bracelet I may be contacted at Whiteman AFB, MO
660-687-1146

Nicole Zangrilli, Civilian


Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 21:48:48 -0700
From: "Randy & Diane Hillyard" <hillyard@egyptian.net>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>

I have been wearing my bracelet for 13 years now and would like to hear from anyone who might have known the man on it.

Capt. John Bernard Causey, USAF, 2-25-66, NVN/OW

To every Vet out there, Thank You. 

Randy Hillyard


Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 02:43:32 -0500
From: Julie Saldaña <jsaldana@stdc.cog.tx.us>

Re:  SSgt Jesus A. Gonzalez
         Date of Loss:  April 19, 1968

To the Family Members:

 Though during the past years, I have not worn his bracelet, as it is now a little battered after 30 years, the bracelet remains a part of my life.  A very dear friend did not make it back from VietNam, but at least we have his remains.

Today on Sgt Gonzalez's 53 birthday, I wanted to let you know that someone else also prays and thinks of him.  As we say in Spanish, "Lo ultimo que muere, es la esperanza."

May God bless you.

Julie Saldaña
Laredo, TX  
jsaldana@stdc.cog.tx.us


Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 16:18:33 -0400
From: Michele Gordon <mgordon@remc11.k12.mi.us>

This letter is for any or all of the family members of Sgt. John Bodenschatz Jr.  I have just received word from the POW Network that John is still classified as missing in action. John's name appears on my POW/MIA bracelet, which I began wearing in 1970 when I was in high school.  Many of my classmates wore them but had no idea the real impact they had on the world.  I thought of John many
times during those years before the war ended, trying to imagine what he looked like, where he was from and if he had returned with the many other soldiers when the war in Vietnam ended.  I got married in 1976 and put my bracelet in my jewelry box where it has remained for the last 30 years.  But please do not think that it or John has been forgotten in that span of time. 

I just recently heard about the web site for POW's.  I had so hoped that my inquirey would have more happy results but at least I now know a little more about John than I did so many years ago. I look forward to any or all of his family or friends to contact me so that together we may find the answers we so richly deserve.

Sincerely
Michele A. Gordon
Edwardsburg,  MI  49112

e-mail.....motosmom@hotmail.com


Subject: COL Herman Knapp
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 18:57:02 EDT
From: GurskiLTC@aol.com

     We are about to dedicate a plaque to one of our towns MIA, Col Herman Ludwig Knapp. There are no relatives in town that we know of and no local information as he graduated from the local high school in 1947. Any information which you have will be appreciated. 


Subject: - LEONARD M LEE USN 12/27/67
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 12:45:18 EDT
From: Cricketkim@aol.com

Back when the bracelets were first being made, my two sisters and I each ordered one.  That was more than 20 years ago.  Since I had an allergy to metals, I was unable to wear my bracelet for long, but I kept it through the years, often wondering if "my guy" ever got home.  About 4 years ago, I lost
the bracelet but never forgot about Leonard.  I often wondered if I could get another bracelet with his name, but never got around to it.  Recently my younger sent me an e-mail link to your site and was dismayed to learn that Leonard was still missing.  I also found out that his "backseater" Roger
Innis was also still missing.  This revelation was somewhat disturbing to me.  Many times through the years I had wondered about Leonard's family, if he had a wife and children, if his parents were still alive, how they had coped through the years with the uncertainty of his fate.  They had been in my
prayers many times.

Last month I was in DC and went to the Wall and found Leonard's name.  It was heartrending, to say the least.  I had looked through several vendor's boxes  of bracelets and not found his name among them.  After looking through the last vendor's boxes twice, I told him how I had lost mine and inquired if there was a way I could request a specific name.  He asked if I had looked through the "white ones, they're Navy".  I had, but I looked again just to appease him.  Much to my surprise and joy there he was, no longer a LtCdr now a Cdr!!!!   My husband could not understand the emotions running through me at that moment as I stood there with tears running down my cheeks.  He wanted to try to comfort me, but since he hadn't lived with this most of his life, he could not understand, and I could not explain.

Last week there was a small article in our local paper that two Navy aviators had been identified and were to be returned to their families for burial. They identified Roger Innes, but the family had requested that the second man's identy not be revealed.  Thanks to this site, I had become aware of
the connection of Roger Innes and Leonard Lee, and knew that he had finally come home.  I was numb as I read the article, and prayed for his family.  I was a mass of differing emotions - relieved that he had not suffered at the hands of the Viet Cong, sad that he was dead, glad he had been found, anxious for
his family.

My new bracelet will someday be handed down to my grandson.  He will be told of the ultimate price Leonard Lee and all the others paid for us.

I hope that Leonard's family sees this someday and knows that he will never be forgotten.


Subject: Capt Robert A Rex
From: Don Vito Caputo <caputov@kda.attmil.ne.jp
Date Sat, 23 Sept 2000

In Jan 1989 at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas, I purchased a POW/MIA
bracelet in honor of Capt Robert A Rex.  The inscription included that he became missing on 8 Dec 68 over Laos.

I have worn that bracelet (red in color) in remembrance of Capt Rex until the summer of 2000 when the aluminum bracelet broke.  It was no longer red but silver (nearly all the red had worn off) in color.  That bracelet has accompanied me on nearly all my flying time as a student pilot, fighter pilot (F-15C) and instructor pilot, and in countries throughout Europe, a few desert locations in Asia and Morocco.

 Because of that bracelet, literally hundreds of people have asked me, "what is that bracelet? -- why do you wear it?"  I have been able to remind these people of the ultimate sacrifice paid by those who have gone before us.  In this way the memory of Capt Rex, even if just for a few brief moments, was placed on the hearts and minds of those people.

Being the "slow to catch on type that I am", until just recently I was unaware that Capt Rex's remains were identified and returned in July of 1996.

I am currently stationed in Okinawa Japan, but on my next opportunity to travel to Washington DC, I will place the broken bracelet at The Wall.

I have now ordered a black bracelet in remembrance of Capt Robert A Rex that I will continue to wear, and to those that ask me, will hear his story.

His sacrifice will not be forgotten.

With all my prayers,

Maj "Don Vito" Caputo


Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 00:20:32 -0700
From: "MICHAEL GRIFFIN" <sergeantmike@mediaone.net>

I investigated my POW from the bracelet I wore back in the 1970's..  He called me when he came home and that was the only time we spoke.... he died a few years later... just recently I found out where he was buried and commemorated his gravesite on findagrave.....  I remember him and want others to also,,,  I am pleased that we can honor history and that we do not forget...

Sgt. Michael A. Griffin,  Los Angeles

Will always remember..

Lt. Cmdr. Richard R. Ratzlaff, USAF

F4-B Phantom R.I.O.

Shot at and hit, shit on but didn't quit.

To this day I am still amazed that this man, after being in jail at the Hilton for 7 years, called me and said thank you for wearing his bracelet.....I was just a kid, but I remember.

Y000000UU are the man Ratz,,,  I will never forget you


Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 19:16:15 EDT
From: Snack812@aol.com

Hi, I found a POW Braclet in Kingsley Lake at Camp Blanding, FL on 9-16-00.  The name on it is "LCPL. Julian Escobedo Jr."

If interested, please e-mail me at netsrfrdude@aol.com Please put "POW Braclet" in the subject box.


Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 14:54:24 EDT
From: POTTERAloha@aol.com

I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM MY 2ND VISIT TO THE "TRAVELING  WALL" WITH MY
HUSBAND WHO WAS IN VIET NAM. I MYSELF WEAR A BRACELET WITH THE NAME OF LTC. EDWIN N. OSBORNE JR. ON IT. TODAY AT THE WALL I HAVE FOUND OUT HE WAS A FLORIDA BOY!!  AND I HAVE  MOVED TO FLORIDA SINCE GETTING THIS BRACET.  YOU HAVE AND AS ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED SHALL ALWAYS BE IN OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS. MUCH ALOHA TO ALL. GOD SPEED.

BOB AND RUTH POTTER.


Subject: Spec.4 Walter Alan Cichon
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 07:06:02 EDT
From: Norton4446@aol.com

Family members,
                            Just to let you know that Walter is my adopted P.O.W. & as a vet myself I am hoping & praying for his return just as I know you are. May it be soon.


Subject: Sgt.Mike Scott U.S.Army
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 07:12:43 EDT
From: Norton4446@aol.com

Family members,
                                    Just to let you know that Mike is my adopted P.O.W. & just as you are I am praying & hoping for his quick return. As a vet myself I am concerned about the POW issues.Let's hope everything is resolved soon.


Subject: 04USAF Henry Serex
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 07:17:20 EDT
From: Norton4446@aol.com

Family members,
                                Henry is my adopted P.O.W. & I along with you are praying & hoping for his return. As a vet myself I am very concerned with the P.O.W./M.I.A. issues & hope there is a quick resolution to these matters.


Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 21:44:28 -0400

Diana Fernandes
September 27 2000
dfernan1@tampabay.rr.com

To the families of STEPHEN R ARMITSTEAD and RANDY N McPHEE

I got Stephen's bracelet when I was in Jr. High School  - I regret that I no longer have Stephen's bracelet, it broke and somehow in many moves through a couple of states I have lost the pieces. But I have never lost him from my heart or my thoughts, nor have I lost you his family. I wore that bracelet through high school, through my first marriage, the birth of my daughter and through my divorce.
I pray that someday you will finally have answers and peace.

I got Randy's bracelet about 16 years ago and wear it still.

Please know that both of your loved ones are remembered as are you the families. I have lost a parent and a child and know the pain of both sides, I can only imagine the horror of not knowing for sure what happened. Peace be with you and please feel free to write me if you wish.

Diana


Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 12:29:13 EDT
From: Jaystrouble@aol.com

To the Family of SSG DAniel R. Nidds-

I have recently been to Washington DC where I got Daniels MIA bracelet. Since then I have tried very hard to find out more info on him and how he was captured and if he is still alive somewhere in Vietnam..  My heart goes out to you and your family and especially to Daniel.  I check everyday to see if there is any change in his status.  My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Lori Davis
Ps I can be reached via e-mail at jaystrouble@aol.com if you should want to write or just to say hello


Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 16:25:56 EDT
From: GenevaFL@aol.com

To the family of Capt. James Hamm, 3-14-68.

Just a note to tell you that I still have his POW bracelet from during the war and think about him.  I am an old friend of Anne Worchester from Longmont, CO.  I worked at Girl Scout camp with her and she obtained the original bracelets for us to wear.  When I found this site I thought I would write a love note to tell you that he is still in America's mind.

Love,  Mary Jo


Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2000 12:46:53 -0700
From: Betsy Fulling <betsyf@micron.net>

To the family of Maj George W. Clarke, Jr.

I  have the original POW/MIA bracelet of Capt./ Maj. Clarke and have had it since about 1969-1970. I wore it for many years and searched and searched for his name on all the lists of returnees and never found it. Over the years I have held the bracelet in my hands and thought of him and what have happened to him. The date on the bracelet is 10-16-67. Just this morning I came across the POW web site and was astounded to find him name, at last. Tears were streaming down my face as I read all
I could about him....the emotion I experienced was so deep.

Although I am saddened to learn that he still is missing and possibly a POW I wanted to you to know that he is still in my thoughts and am most appreciative of all he has to give up for each of us.

Respectfully,
Betsy Fulling


Date: Sat, 07 Oct 2000 14:01:39 -0500
From: <ktourville@uswest.net>

I received my bracelet from a friend returning from basic training in the Army right after high school in 1991.  Never did I realize how much a part of my life this bracelet was to become.

The bracelet has the name of CWO Donald L. Wann, USA from Oklahoma who disappeared 1 june 1971 over South Vietnam.

There has been maybe one day in the last 10 years that this bracelet has left my arm.  Most people ask me what it is and why I wear it.  And when they look at it they just see the name of a person that they don't know.  And I guess that's how I looked at it when I received it 10 years ago.  But in the last 10 years, after doing much research on the internet to find out about this man, he has become a real person to me and not just a name anymore.

I would love just to let the Mr. Wann's family know that he is remembered everyday.  If there is anyone that knew him, please contact me.  I would love to hear from anyone that knew him.

Thank you.
Kristi Tourville
6312 Dupont Ave. S. #105
Richfield, MN  55423
ktourville@uswest.net OR
triski73@hotmail.com


Subject: family of pfc lynn blessing
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2000 15:47:11 GMT
From: "Stefanie Thompson" <gemmi8@hotmail.com>

to the family of pfc lynn blessing,

my name is stefanie elaine thompson, pfc in the united states marine corp, and i am proud to say i proudly display the bracelet of your son upon my wrist. i am been looking and looking for a way to contact this family so i can say thank you for the sacrifice you made to make it so i can serve my
country. our country is a free place today thanks to marines like your son who gave then life. i have a cadence i sing in memory of your son and i would like to share it with you now.
              upon my wrist
              a bracelet i wear
              it bears the name
              of a brave marine
              for this country
              his life he gave
              and i would honored
              to shake his hand
              and say thank you sir
              for a job well done
              and making my country
              the way it is today
              so i tell you
              we most not forget
              for those men who passed away
              you are not forgotten
              at least my me.

thank you to the family of pfc lynn blessing i honor you.

semper fi,
pfc thompson, stefanie.

gemmi8@yahoo.com  if you get this please respond.


Date: Sun, 08 Oct 2000 15:25:08 -0600
From: Martha Toole <mtoole@wyoming.com>

To the family of Brian Kent McGar:
    I just learned this morning that Kent's remains had been returned to the US and that he is now buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  I cried when I learned of this news, yet I was glad that he did not spend the last 30 years suffering at the hands of the North Vietnamese.

    I have worn my POW bracelet, that contains Brian Kent McGar's name since 1969 when I was 19 years old, 31 years of prayers and hopes that he would return to his family.

   I just wanted to extend to you my best regards and let you know that I have remembered Ken in my prayers for the past 31 years.  If you'd like to have the bracelet, you can contact me at:  hickwyo@hotmail.com. God Bless you.

Martha Toole


Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 05:39:41 -0400
From: "Amy Sweezey" <amysweez@wwmt.com>

I have worn the bracelet of John B. Nahan, III, USMC since 1992.  I would like to contact his family to let them know I am wearing this bracelet.  His hometown is listed as "Allegan, Michigan" and his MIA date is 8-3-67.

I can be contacted at amysweez@wwmt.com or JWrench127@aol.com

Amy Wrench
Kalamazoo, Michigan


Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 09:50:51 EDT
From: ENFORCE307@aol.com

To the family of  SSGT Noel L. Rios USAF,

I Ernesto M. Cubero Jr. hold the POW bracelet at this time.  I live in Upstate New York and I'm also a member of Rolling Thunder, Chapter 3, N.Y.,  I,m interested to know a little about Noel and to let the family know that I care.  Please contact me.  

Love Ernie


Donation received

In Loving memory

RUTH LOUISE HUGHES MEISTER
Oct. 19, 1908 -- Oct 7, 2000
"Wife, Mother, Grandma, Friend"

"POW/MIA You are not forgotten"

-Shirley, Steve and Conner Haas


Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 09:16:00 -0400
From: "Linda V" <lindasv@mediaone.net>

Re: Peter A. Grubb

Last night, my husband and I visited "The Moving Wall" Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  I have never forgotten Peter Grubb all these years.  I originally received my bracelet when I was approximately 16  years old.  I am now almost 47.  At the memorial we looked up Peter's name and we located it on
the wall.   I know that my remembrance can't possibly have much meaning to his family, but I felt compelled to write.  I will always remember him and feel gratitude for his sacrifice to our nation.  You, his family, will remain in my thoughts & prayers.

Sincerely,

Linda Veraghen


Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 12:53:01 EDT
From: Suzy957@aol.com

To the family of (then) Maj. David Earll of Dallas who was shot down 34 years ago today - He is not forgotten.  I still wear the bracelet I have had for 28 years.


Subject: Captain Gray Dawson Warren USAF MIA
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 19:10:04 -0400
From: "Stewart, Tony" <Tony.Stewart@spectrasite.com>

MY name is Tony Stewart. I'm from Mansfield LA. I have had Captain Warrens MIA bracelet since May 1970. I just want his family to know that I have not forgot him. I will continue to wear his bracelet until he comes home or until I die.

Tony.Stewart@SpectraSite.Com
Phone-318-347-5953


Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 20:56:51 EST
From: Afbrat1955@aol.com

To the family of Maj. William Brooks (MIA 4-22-70)

I purchased an MIA bracelet in late 1973 while a Junior in High School.  The name on it was Major Brooks.  I have treasured this bracelet, something special to me since I grew up an Air Force brat.  When the name faded on the bracelet, I painted it back in.  As I write this, I have the bracelet in
front of me.  Thanks to the POW Network, I now know what happened when Major Brooks went down.

I still pray, and think about the man I never knew, but who has been with me for 27 years.  I will continue to take care of the bracelet until I am told different.  The only way I will let this bracelet go is if a member of Major Brooks family tells me to.

I just wanted to drop you a note, and pray you get it.  I still remember, and I still care!

God Bless You!


Subject: MAJ. WILLIAM H. SEWARDS FAMILY
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 00:19:14 EST
From: LUCKIE77GIRL@aol.com

I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN.  I SUPPOSE I WILL SAY THAT IF THIS ISN'T
TO PAINFUL TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY PLEASE OH PLEASE CONTACT ME.  I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR SO LONG FOR YOU.  I GOT MY RECEIVED MY BRACELET WHEN I WAS IN THE 6TH GRADE AND I WAS ONLY 11YRS OLD. I AM NOT THE KIND OF PERSON TO REALLY KEEP UP WITH THINGS VERY WELL BUT I HAVE SOMEHOW MANAGED TO KEEP UP WITH MY BRACELET FOR ALL OF THESE YEARS. I DESPERATELY NEED A FACE AND A FAMILY TO PUT WITH THIS NAME. IF YOU COULD OR WOULD PLEASE CONTACT ME I AM WAITING AND HOPING AND PRAYING OUT LOUD THAT SOMEONE WILL RESPOND.

THANK YOU CARLA MCDURMON


Subject:
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2000 16:42:44 -0600
From: "Bill Reesman" <wreesman@worldnet.att.net>

As of today (Nov 4, 2000) it has been 31 years since Capt Larry Hanley was lost over Laos in his F-105 aircraft. I continue to wear a POW/MIA bracelet for him. I had the opportunity to visit the Wall in Washington this past June 2000. I made a rubbing for Larry and also five other men that I served
with at DaNang. I would like for Larry's family and friends to know he is not forgotten and I still look forward to his return. I pray that someday we will have all our POW/MIA brothers home. May God Bless Larry and his family for the price they have paid in the name of freedom.

Thank you....Bill


Subject: Capt James Jefferson U.S.A.F/his family
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 09:14:59 -0500
From: "Frederick A. James" <fabjj@centurytel.net>

James, I am glad that you have been found. You have been missing for 33 years, and out of them 33 years I have worn your bracelet for 30 of them years with your name on it, With the wildest idea that I be the oldest guy ever to worn one. I have been hoping that one day I could remove this from my wrist and, To see you home, now that you are I'am removing it, As being a Vietnam Veteran U.S. Army, myself it has been a security blanket for me in keeping the pow/mia issues living in my heart and soul, Every Christmas I have wished you a Merry Christmas, Every birthday I wished you a Happy Birthday, and everyday you was missing I wished that someday you would come back home ,yes because we missed you, even though you are back home I will never forget you, you are branded into my heart, and with scaring of age around my wrist. Now this Veterans Day 11 November 2000 we will celebrate by removing the bracelet and In you Honor "WELCOME HOME BROTHER-May God keep the wind beneath your wings"

Sincerely Sgt Frederick A. James  10 November 2000


Subject: Thomas Moore family
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 16:52:49 EST
From: IMMYBOAT@aol.com

I have had this gentleman's POW bracelet for so long I don't even know when I got it.  I see that he is deceased now.  And I would like the family to know that this bracelet has meant an awful lot to me.  And now so many years later I also have to sons serving in the military and I would hope that a mother
out there would also wear a bracelet bearing my sons name if need be.  My boys' dad was also military and served in Vietnam.  He has passed away now at a very young age of 49.  Thanks to the agent orange in Nam.  My sons were very brave watching there dad suffer through such an agonizing death with cancer.  My heart goes out to all wearing bracelets or a person with his or her name on a bracelet.  God Bless one and all!

Linda Vandrell


Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 02:23:44 EST
From: nancy091700@aol.com

I am writing this letter to the family of Major John Held reported missing in action on 4/17/68. I was 15 years old at the time I bought his Mia POW bracelet during a school rally to support the men and women serving in Vietman. I have always wondered about him and his family. I have always kept him and his family in my prayers. I try for a long time to find out if he ever was found. When I became a parent and would look at my children I could only imagine the pain his family went through when he was reported missing. My children have grown up knowing the name Major John Held, it is my way of
honoring this young man. Now after more than 30 years of wondering I found he is still missing. I hope that his family will read this and contact me. I can be reach at NANCY091700@aol.com I still have his bracelet and wear it often in his honor. Yes it is worn and dented but it has kept my hopes for his
save return alive ! all these years. Thanks to this site for the info on Maj Held.


Subject: SSG Bunyan D.Price JR.
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 13:52:27 EST
From: Firemnslady@aol.com

On November 7, 2000 . I bought this bracelet because I lost mine years ago I had no idea were to find another one to wear. I came across some in a military store my husband and I went to. I went  through them all out of all of them I took this one because my daughter was born 7 years later on May 2 of 77. So now with every birthday my thoughts and prays will be with  you and your love ones. I also live In, NC.                  

Sincerely yours,
Firemnslady


Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 15:42:45 EST
From: MMRA1@aol.com

To friends or family of Donald L Wann MIA 06-01-71. I've worn his bracelet since 87-88 I received it while stationed in Hawaii (ARMY/MP)- If you happen to see this please get in touch with me MMRA1@aol.com          .....He is not forgotten....


Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 00:05:36 -0700
From: Davis Philip C4C CS12 <C04Philip.Davis@usafa.af.mil>

Dear Family Members of Capt. Edgar F. Davis,
        I am a fourth classman (freshman) at the United States Air Force Academy.  I wear the bracelet of Capt. Edgar F. Davis, missing 9-17-68 in Laos, on my wrist.  Last week I attended a briefing with another Vietnam era POW.  His story moved me, and made me think of Capt. Davis.  I do not know
where he is today, or what happened to him, but I am eternally grateful for the sacrifice he made.  As a future Air Force officer, I hope that I can uphold the same standards of courage found in those pilots who flew over Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  They gave their all when asked, and have gone unnoticed by many.  The commitment of Capt. Davis, and others like him, is not lost on me.  The story of Capt. Davis will stay with me, and remind me of the heritage I must uphold, and the example I have to follow.  I hope that you will accept my deepest thanks on behalf of Capt. Davis, and know that he is not forgotten.  With the utmost respect and gratefulness,

Cadet Fourth Class Philip (P.J.) Davis,
United States Air Force Academy, Class of 2004


Subject: Sgt. Irby Dyer III
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 17:29:15 -0600
From: zippy <zippy@wcnet.net>

I just wanted  his family to know i will never forget him and will always wear his name proudly. If they would ever like to tell me about him or contact me  i am in Texas and my name is Teresa.  Email me at
zippy@wcnet.net


Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 16:59:37 EST
From: Guy3go@aol.com

To the family of Lt. Cmdr. Roger Innes (Lt. Innes when missing) I wore the bracelet of your loved one for several years and have kept it in a special place for almost 30 years.  I bought the bracelet as a high school sophmore.  I have thought about your loved one for so many years and was so grateful to learn that you finally have closure with the recent burial at Arlington Cemetery.  I  would be happy to return the bracelet at your request.  God bless you.

Melody Jenkins


Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 04:25:32 -0500
From: dialini@attglobal.net

18 November, 2000
RE: LT. COL. HERBERT LUNSFORD 7-25-67

I have worn/kept Lt. Col. Lunsford's bracelet for over 30 years.  When the Vietnam War ended I received a sticker to attach to my bracelet, it was a white circle w/blue star which meant he did NOT come home.  I have prayed for and thought of Lt. Col. Lunsford all these many years.  Have just found this web site and am saddened to find out that Lt. Col. Lunsford was MIA and his remains never found. I will continue to pray for his family and those who knew him.  I felt as if I've know him all these years, even if only through the name on my bracelet.  I pray that someday the family can  have some closure, but since that may never happen, I pray for their loss and will continue to do so until I draw my last breath.

Diane
dianedixie@yahoo.com


Subject: Edward J. Darcy
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 18:17:34 EST
From: NativeMaineiac@aol.com

I just finished reading the current issue of Air Force Times, and the article about the memorial ceremony at Arlington National National Cemetery for Combat Talon S-01 Crew.  I have worn the bracelet of Edward J. Darcy since early 1989, and have only taken off on rare occasions. As a native son of the State of Maine it was a great source of pride to wear his POW-MIA bracelet. I would like to return the bracelet to his family, the Wall or the Memorial in Ft Walton Beach Florida, however I am stationed in Colorado now, and can not get to either site.  If his family reads this, I will return his bracelet to you.

Robert W. Wing
e-mail: robertwing@hotmail.com


Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 19:13:52 -0500
From: "nofearmom" <melita@gwi.net>

To the family and loved ones of M/SGT JACOB MERCER

It is with great heartfelt emotion that just tonight I have finally found a way to contact you and let you know that I have treasured the MIA bracelet of M/SGT 'Jake' Mercer for 27 years.  The date on his bracelet is 6-18-72. I lived and worked in the Washington DC area at the time I purchased the bracelet and distinctly remember my roommates and I enjoying lunch inside the courtyard of the Pentagon at the time we were approached and given information on the purpose of the bracelets.  I am so glad I decided to purchase one and I wore it for many years after that.  Once I removed it, I still continued to keep it a very safe place for many years.  I now feel very fortunate that I found the POW NETWORK site tonight after all this time so that I can finally offer to return Jake's bracelet to his family and loved ones.

If you so desire, I would feel very honored if you would feel free to contact me at MELITA@GWI.NET if you would like me to return this memorable keepsake to your family.  God bless you and yours.


Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 00:42:21 -0600 (CST)
From: cg24@webtv.net (Connie Goff)

If the family of LCDR Michael Edward Dunn, USN, shot down over North Vietnam on 1-26-68 should happen to read this message, I have just been informed that LCDR Dunn's remains were identified and returned on 12-9-99.  I have had his bracelet since 1972 and have carried him in my
heart since then.  God bless you!  I will continue to remember you and LCDR Dunn in my prayers forever.           

Sincerely,
                        Connie Goff


Subject: Maj William Brooks 4-22-70
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 22:19:13 EST
From: JA4tay@aol.com

To the Brooks Family:
I wore Maj. Brooks POW bracelet for years.  I am now in college again and taking a history class and it has, surprisingly, opened some very old wounds.
That bracelet was the first thing I thought about when we started discussing Vietnam.  That is how I found this website.  I found Maj. Brooks' name and have been crying for the last few minutes.  Over the several years since I first got the bracelet his name would pop into my head, just wondering what
his final story was.  Now I know and I am greatly saddened.  I too have lost a husband so the pain is something I can share with you and understand.  I know it has been a long time and I know it eases with the passing of time but I just needed to say I feel like I too have lost someone.  Until that last final minute you can always assume the best.  He will always remain in a very special place in my heart. I still have the bracelet, I think I always will.

Julie Forté


Subject: Mickey Allen Wilson
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 08:38:59 EST
From: KennethFDillon@aol.com

Dear Family of Warrant Officer Wilson:
Praise God that his remains have been returned and identified.  Although it is sad that he is gone from the body, he is now present with God in the spirit.  I have been wearing a memorial bracelet for Mickey since 1986, if memory serves me correctly.  I have often wondered about him, what he was like, what were his likes and dislikes.  I hope that he enjoyed motorcycles, for his bracelet spent many hours in the wind as I rode up and down the state of California on my Harley, for the first 10 years I wore the bracelet.  Now that I have seen his biography, I find it interesting that he was from Mountain View, as I was living in San Jose when I obtained the bracelet.

I am now living in upstate New York, and just found the pownetwork web site. Now that Mickey is home I shall retire his bracelet.  If you want his bracelet, contact me at my e-mail address, and I will arrange to have it sent to you.  If I hear nothing, I will retire it at the Wall in Washington. Thank you for the great sacrifice that your family made for our country, and remember that we can all be joined with our loved ones again in eternity, through the redemptive power of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
KennethFDillon@aol.com

Kenn Dillon aka Pacman


Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 20:59:50 EST
From: KimFCrooks@aol.com

I HAVE  A POW  BRACELET, WITH THE NAME CAPT. WOODROW PARKER II , MISSING 4-24-68. I HAD GOTTEN IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE IN WASHINGTON, A FEW YEARS AGO AND SHE HAD TOLD ME HIS REMAINS WERE RETURNED ON  10/01/98. I RECEIVED MY BRACELET WHEN I WAS 15, NOW I'M 42. I HAVE JUST BEEN TO ATTACHED TO IT OVER THE YEARS,TO TRY TO RETURN IT TO HIS FAMILY, THAT MAN, ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS FOUGHT FOR ME,  AND THIS  GREAT NATION. I HAVE THOUGHT OVER THE YEARS MANY TIMES ABOUT HIS FAMILY, AND THE PAIN THEY HAD TO BE IN. I JUST THOUGHT, NOW, THEY DESERVE  TO HAVE IT. IT BELONGS WITH  THEM. I FEEL IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO WEAR CAPT.  WOODROW PARKER II 'S NAME FOR 27 YEARS. SO IF A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY READS THIS AND WOULD LIKE  ME TO SEND IT HOME WHERE IT BELONGS PLEASE CONTACT ME AT  ONE OF THESE ADDRESSES.

           
                             KIM CROOKS
                             116 HESTER LANDING ROAD
                             GLENMORA, LOUISIANA  71433
                             KIMFCROOKS@AOL.COM

PS. I FORGOT TO SAY THAT MY BIRTHDAY IS ON APRIL 18 ALSO.......


Subject: CAPT.JON BUSCH
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 17:31:28 EST
From: LSMURA2@aol.com

TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS,
I JUST FOUND THIS SITE AND I LEARNED THAT CAPT. BUSCH WAS FOUND IN 1988. I
HAVE HAD HIS BRACELET SINCE I WAS A TEENAGER AND HAVE WONDERED ABOUT HIM FOR SO LONG. MY HUSBAND IS ALSO AN ACADEMY GRAD, SO HE REALLY HELPED ME UNDERSTAND THAT THE FAMILIES DESERVE THEIR PRIVACY, BUT IT IS NICE TO BE ABLE TO WRITE THIS AND LET THEM KNOW THAT I, AM, TO RETURN HIS BRACELET. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM FOR PAYING SUCH A HIGH PRICE TO HELP US REMAIN FREE.

SINCERELY LINDA SMURA AKA LSMURA2@AOL.COM


Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 22:41:39 EST
From: JoanRay50@aol.com

I HAVE THE BRACELET OF 1ST LT. JONATHAN BEDNAREK  AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF HIS FAMILY WOULD LIKE THE BRACELET.  I HAVE HAD THIS WITH ME SINCE  THE FIRST BRACELETS WERE DISTRIBUTED.

MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS: JOANRAY50@AOL.COM


Subject: LOVELETTERS
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 15:51:05 -0600
From: "Nancy Wright" <nancy_wright@mindspring.com>

To the Family of Lt Col James H. Metz (4-15-68):

I have an original stainless steel bracelet (with hole) for "Lt. Col. James Metz 4-15-68."  I found this recently while going through my mother's personal effects.  I very much would like to honorably retire this bracelet by returning it to the family of L/C Metz.

The courage of L/C Metz as well as that of his family has never gone unrecognized.  The Pow/MIA issue has been one remember by my family every day.  My father (Lt. Col. Rube Ware) also served in SEA.  He flew A-1 Skyraiders out of NKP, Thailand from October '69 to October '70.  We were fortunate to have him able to come home to us.  We were grateful for this until the day he died two years ago.

For this reason I would like to offer this bracelet to the Metz family.  You may reach me in the following ways:

E-mail:  nancy_wright@mindspring.com

Home address:  923 Cambridge Oval, San Antonio, TX 78209

Nancy Ware Wright
San Antonio


Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 00:42:40 -0500
From: "littlelady1" <littlelady1@email.msn.com>

My name is Harriet. I had a bracelet with the names Col. Newk Grubb and Col. Trent Powers. I am saddened by the news I just was able to find out 2 weeks ago that these brave men were killed in action. One man was born on Aug 24, my birthday and the other on my mother's anniversary. I don't know if the families of  these men want their bracelets if they do they can contact me I'll be glad to send them the bracelets I have so proudly worn all these years with their names. They will forever remain in my heart, for after all these years it was like we were waiting for a family member to return.
God bless them and grant them peace at last.

Harriet
littlelady1@email.msn.com


Subject: LtCol Fors
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 10:51:37 -0800
From: Jason Chappell <JChappell@ci.kirkland.wa.us>

I am attempting to get in touch with the family of LtCol Fors, whose bracelet I wear, and have worn for almost 7 years now.  My heartfelt thanks, appreciation, and undying support goes to one and all in the continuous search for information "till they come home."

Sgt Jason Chappell, USMC
jchappel@ci.kirkland.wa.us


Subject: Letter to LCDR Speicher's family
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 09:53:21 -0600
From: fredikk@earthlink.net

To the Shipmates, Friends, Family, and Loved Ones of LCDR
Michael Scott Speicher:

I can't begin to tell you how I feel about the events surrounding LCDR Speciher's disappearance.  I try very much to stay abreast of the latest updates to his status, whereabouts, condition, and the Government's role in this tragedy which I find to be very appalling.  I have tried very much to learn everything I could about the events and about "Spike" himself.  I would very much like to be in contact
with any of you and be able to help in efforts to bring closure to this matter.

I have worn LCDR Speicher's MIA bracelet everyday since his disappearance, nearly 10 years after it happened.  It has been worn so much that the red has become a slight pink and the silver shows through.  It was forming a crack from wear and yesterday it finally broke.  I do not want to stop wearing it and will make the necessary fixes to it until I can somehow get a replacement.  I do not want to forget Spike, nor what his shipmates, family, friends, and loved ones went through or are going through. I want you all to know that I hope he comes home soon, and that the truth behind what happened is finally found, and that closure can be made.  I will always remember him, and every time I look at the bracelet on my wrist, I remember him even more.

I want to help in any way I can, whether it means bringing him home, or bringing closure to this matter.  If any of you are reading this and would like for me to help, please contact me, or at the very least leave me a contact or address where I can contact you.

I have a website up for LCDR Speicher at http://pages.ripco.com/~bones/spike.html if anyone is interested in visiting.

Thanks,
Frederic Dangoy


Subject: Pow bracelet of Captain James Hamm 3-14-68
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 08:01:15 EST
From: Auntiesue58@aol.com

Dear Family,
After a long search I am writing you to let you know that I still wear the bracelet of your loved one. I was only 10 years old at the time he was reported missing. I had a pow bracelet of another pow who did return, Captain Hamm's bracelet belonged to my mother who passed away in 1991.  She had given
it to me in hope that I might find James. I understand that he is still missing by searching through this website. I hope that you receive this message, and although he is still missing, he will never be forgotten, and to this day I still wear the bracelet. My thoughts and prayers are with him and with your family. Please feel free to contact me if you would find it in your hearts to do so, Thank you and  God Bless you. 

Susan Groves
My e-mail address is auntiesue58@aol.com


Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 22:37:52 EST
From: AuntAnneM@aol.com

Col.Robert C Wistrand

Another Christmas is upon us. Where are you? This is my 3rd year wearing your bracelet that has become more precious to me than the finest gold. I am lucky enough that some kind soul found me searching for you as he is and he was kind enough to send me a photo of you. This photo is so important to me. If only I could find a family member or friend of yours. Most importantly I wish
I could find you. To the family and friends of Col. Robert Carl Wistrand I wish you love and  peace. please feel free to email me. I also wish love and peace to all of the brave servicemen and woman with us in body and spirit.
The best to their families. Also a BIG thank you for keeping my family safe.

With much love, AnnMarie


Subject: LCDR Terry Dennison
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 21:07:19 -0500
From: "BOB" <rladkins@worldnet.att.net>

I would like to contact any family member of LCDR Terry Dennison. I wore his POW bracelet for many years and I would like his family to know someone else was praying for his return. Although I didn't know him, he was important to me. If they don't want to contact me I understand. If they would like to have my bracelet I would be glad to send it to them.

Sincerely,
Anita Adkins
rladkins@JUNO.com


Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 00:53:21 EST
From: Chiquito0625@aol.com

Hello,
  I didn't fine an error or anything, I was just wondering who I can email to fine more info on my adopted POW/MIA (i.e.: picture, parents, school graduated from)?  I am new at this and trying my hardest to make a webpage for this wonderful man who is Missing In Action.  His name is Bobby Joe Albertson, USAF.  Lost over North Vietnam on May 31,1966  Born in Anaheim, Ca. August 30,1937
  If you could be of any help -- thank you.  They all deserve to come home!!!

Sincerely,
Jacqueline Horn
Chiquito0625@aol.com



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