LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


From: "Lee Whatley" <rogue@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 16:32:05 -0600

To the family of LCpl Earnest R. Byars, MIA SVN 30 July, 1967,

When I was deployed to Okinawa, Japan in 1992, the USO was selling MIA bracelets from which the proceeds were to go to the POW/MIA foundation. I paid my dollars and have worn this bracelet since.

I am very opinionated about fallen brothers who had gone before me and those that have fallen since. We are here today in this great country because of men and women who have done their duty and paid the regrettable price. Those men and women deserve the utmost respect.

America today is a country that most take for granted. Here in Nacogdoches, Texas, our courthouse lawn has it's memorials to those fallen. On Veteran's Day, someone stuck an old M1, Bayonet first, in the ground and hung dog tags and a helmet on it. Few people knew why. This, to me, is a grave injustice.

I would be interested in hearing from the Byars family. If the family chooses not to respond, I would like them to know that they are in my prayers.

Semper Fidelis-Always Faithful is a phrase Marines live by. LCpl Byars is the epitome of Semper Fidelis and I will try to be the same to ensure the freedoms and liberties that he, and others before and after him, preserved for the rest of us remain, so as to not make the price they paid not to have been in vain.

Cpl Leland C. Whatley, USMC
200 Beall St.
#106
Nacogdoches, Texas 75965


From: "TAYLOR, CINDY D." <CDTAYLO@WILL.LRSD.K12.AR.US>
Subject: status of POW/MIA whose bracelet I wear...
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 12:43:40 -0600

I have been wearing the bracelet with the name...Capt. Virgil K. Meroney for almost 12yrs now....i know he is from my home state of Arkansas...was in the USAF and was shot down on 3/1/69....in Laos...I have i have been able to
gather some info about him over the years...like his B-day in May...I go to the Vietnam Memorial here in Little Rock,Ar on his Bday and every March 1...to honor....just wanted to know if there was any status of his remains...or a family ...

Thanks ,Cindy Taylor...CDTAYLO@WILL.LRSD.K12.AR.US..or MsCrazy4u@aol.com


Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 10:45:02 -0800 (PST)
From: Pete SWINSON <firempete@yahoo.com>
Subject: Capt. George I. Mims Jr.

To the family of Capt. George I. Mims

I'm writing because I feel that it is my personal duty to reassure you that that not only the suffering of your loved one will be remembered, but also, I will always remember your suffering and loss.  When ever I pray, I think of your loss and of the sacrifice of Capt. Mims.  There are many people who remember the  cause of the many soldiers who have fought to save my freedom and freedom of this great nation. We thank Gob each day for this freedom and are ready to do our part to continue it. "I pray that our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memories of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." Abraham Lincoln.

"we will never forget"
I will continue to wear his bracelet "till he comes home"

Cadet/4th class Peter J. Swinson USAF


From: eagle21399@aol.com
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 16:16:05 EST

To the family of SSG Jerry Wayne Hendrix.

I adopted Jerry in November of 2001. I am in the process of developing a web page so his memory may not be forgotten. I am doing this because though I do not know him, he is one of the many heroes I have. He fought for the freedom I have, and the freedom my children will grow to know. I would really like to visit with the family of this fallen hero. If you would like, please contact me at eagle21399@aol.com. I would like to know what he was like, besides being a hero to so many people.

I will not forget.
Thank you,
Salina

From: eagle21399@aol.com
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 16:21:39 EST

To the family of PFC. William Dee McGonigle

I adopted this fallen soldier in November 2001. I have started the process of developing a web page for his memory, and the fight to bring him home. I would like to meet the family of this fallen hero. If any of you would like to visit with me please, you can contact me at eagle21399@aol.com. He is a hero to so many, he deserves to come home. I will fight until he does, and when he goes I will be there to welcome him when he does.

I will not forget.
Thank you,
Salina

From: Billecarlaj@aol.com
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 23:22:20 EST

I have an original stainless steel P.O.W. bracelet that I got in 1969/1970 and wore for many years until I placed it inside my jewelry box.......(on the top so that I see it very often). I would like for his family to know that I have his bracelet...and If they are interested, I would now like for them to have it, or if they would prefer, I will donate it to the exhibit. My bracelet is for " M/SGT. HAROLD MULLINS , 6-3-66 ".

Please feel free to notify via e-mail.

Carla


From: "Caldwell, Rebecca" <Rebecca.Caldwell@disney.com>
Subject: William J. Brashear
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 16:30:41 -0800

Years and years ago I wrote a letter to Mrs. Brashear and she was kind enough to respond.  She made him come alive for me.  I still keep that letter.  It is one of my most precious items besides the POW bracelet that I still wear occasionally. 

My eldest son became a Marine, but fortunately never experienced battle.  My third son is a career Army soldier and has been in Bosnia, Kuwait, Albania, and Kosovo.  I pray he does not have to go to Afghanistan.  While in Bosnia we, as family, were sent bracelets with their names on them to wear.  How difficult that was to put on that bracelet when I had worn William Brashear's for over 13 years.  All of my children have worn his bracelet and
understand the fact that he has not returned.

The only purpose to this letter is to just let Mrs. Brashear and children know that he is not forgotten.  He will remain in my prayers to the end of my days.  A reply is not necessary-just wanted you to know.  God Bless.

Rebecca Caldwell
rebecca.caldwell@disney.com


From: "mike & shelley" <mkking@apex.net>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 17:13:49 -0600

To the family of Alan P Mateja.
My name is Mike King,Im from Paducah KY, I've had Alan's bracelet for a very long time, since the early 80s,but what makes this a special story. Not to long after I got his bracelet I was over at my sisters  house, she had a copy of the Louiseville Couier journal on the table out of pure boredom I picked it up and started reading it you were in it. I still have the clipping. I've been trying to get in touch with you for years now. Just to say, I care!

Sincerly
Mike King


From: BitterorSweet@aol.com
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 17:52:26 EST
Subject: LOOKING FOR: Merrills Maruders

My name is Rhonda and my father was a member of the Merrills Maruaders, his name was James Hamlin he died about12 years ago. He was a great father one with a big heart, if anyone knew James please write to me, his birthday was Dec, 7 I know my dad was a tech 5 and was taken out of Michigan he was born in Ohio, his mother name was Maudy and his father was a preacher man Rev Jack Hamlin, he had about 7 sisters and 5 brothers big family, maybe you remembered some of his stories he always told them kinda slow and you never knew when they where really over or not. Pretty blue eyes deep voice, like to sing liked people. If you think you knew him please write to me.


From: "Darby B. Brady" <dbrady@tyler.net>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 14:05:25 -0800

HI, MY NAME IS DARBY BRADY.  I PURCHASED CAPTAIN BRADLEY CUTHBERT'S P.O.W. BRACELET WHILE IN NURSING SCHOOL IN THE LATE 60's OR EARLY 7O's. I WORE IT FAITHFULLY STILL HAVE IT AFTER 30 PLUS YEARS.

IF ANY OF HIS FAMILY READS THIS, I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR CONTACTING ME. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.

WE LOST OUR ONLY SON 5 YEARS AGO. I KNOW THE PAIN NEVER GOES AWAY.

WITH CARE,
DARBY


dbrady@tyler.net


From: "Kathy Pelletier" <animalcrazed@msn.com>
Subject: E. Dodge
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 10:22:31 -0800

Wishing the Dodge family a Joyous and Peaceful Holiday Season. Know that Edward is inn all our thoughts and hearts every day. His bracelet sits on a POW/MIA commemorative shelf I have (I've had the same bracelet since1978) along with one for LtCol L W Whitford.

My love to all-Kathy Pelletier
animalcrazed@msn.com

From: "Kathy Pelletier" <animalcrazed@msn.com>
Subject: Lt Col L W Whitford
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 10:19:03 -0800

To the LtCol's family-please know that I have worn a bracelet for him since 1972, the same one in fact, and still think about him and his family often; especially at this time of year. Have a joyous and peaceful holiday season and know that Lawrence is with us all.

Love-Kathy Pelletier
animalcrazed@msn.com


From: Betsy Swain <bswain@USGA.org>
Subject: RE: Letter
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 17:42:37 -0500

I am so happy to tell you that I received a letter today from Michael McCuistion. It was so overwhelming, I can't begin to tell you.

It turns out that we also have more in common than the POW bracelet as he is a golfer and actually played in one of the Championships my organization holds when he was a teenager.  I looked up his name in our record books and was  astounded to find that he actually played in our Junior Amateur Championship with a young Jack Nicklaus. It had never occurred to me that I could have ever found a POW in an old Golf Record Book. And for the last 14 years that book has been sitting right under my nose! I am happy to report that Michael is still flying and still playing golf at age 64.

Thanks so much for you part in this.; I can't tell you how glad I am that this soldier is home, well and happy. I lost a very dear friend in Vietnam and still think of him often. Finding Michael has somehow helped eased that old pain.

You are performing a wonderful service. He has received many, many bracelets via the internet and he said he treasures them all. Here is hoping many more people have the experience I just had.

Betsy Swain


From: "sblack41" <sblack41@home.com>
Subject: LOOKING FOR family of Charles Cudlike
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 15:25:13 -0600

Not too long ago I was going thru a POW/MIA website looking for the name of a soldier who fell from my helicopter in March 1969.  I discovered that that soldiers name was Charles Cudlike. I was the AC of the Dustoff ship that was evacuating him. Do you have any information as to the whereabouts of his next of kin?

Bob Black
USAR Retired


From: Trina100596@aol.com
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 18:52:23 EST
Subject: To the family of William Tamm Arnold

To those who loved him most:

In August of this year, I had the honor of singing the National Anthem when the Visiting Wall came to Indiana.  My husband and I have a lot of friends who served in Vietnam and we watch them day by day struggling to still cope with the horrors they endured.  I have been wearing William's name on my wrist for over a year and when I went to the wall, I went and paid a visit.  I was not expecting to get so upset and angry when I saw his name up there, but I did.  The only thing I could say to him was your name should not be there until we know for sure if you are gone.  In America, you can't prosecute someone for murder unless there is a body, but they say his dead.  Yet, there he was. 

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him and you.  I pray somehow you have been able to find peace.  I pray that somehow, soon, we will  find out the truth in order that all of those who care for him and all of the others that did not come home, can have closure and know all is well and he is home.

Until then, this bracelet will not come off.  If it breaks, I'll get a new one with his name.  Please know that there is a woman in Indiana who has been touched by your loved one's life, even though he isn't here. 

I will be praying for you and William at this time of the year.  Others might have forgot, but I never will.

Trina100596@aol.com


From: "Lori Avalos-Owner" <mestarri@the-treasure-chest.com>
Subject: Joseph Simpson 5-12-68 MIA
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 18:34:52 -0800

To the family of S/Sgt. Joseph Simpson

I just found this site, and learned of his fate, I am sorry, I have his bracelet. If a family member would like to have it, please email me. I would like it to go to somebody that it will mean something to, as it has to me for all these years. I know what it is to lose a child, and to know someone still thought of her after all these years, would make me feel good, I hope this can do the same for his family!

mestarrider@hotmail.com
Lori


From: Barseneau31@aol.com
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 11:46:46 EST

Hi my name is Brian Arseneau I hold the Bracelet of PFC REFUGIO T. TERAN USA 6 MAY 70 SVN. He is in our families hearts and wishing him a safe return home, My God Bless him and his family.

Email Barseneau31@aol.com


From: "chick candler" <chciv@hotmail.com>
Subject: Maj. Robert Elliot
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 17:37:36 -0500

To the Elliot family,
I have worn/saved/shown Maj. Robert Elliot's POW/MIA bracelet for over 30 years now. I got it in high school in 1970 or early 1971,and wore it for many years. At some point, like so many others, I quit wearing it, but I never
forgot it or lost track of it. Every so often I would try to find out if  Maj. Elliot had returned or not. Once was in Washington D.C. at The Wall where several groups were passing out information on POW/MIA's. Another time, a friend of mine in Atlanta had the address of a group that had  information on POW/MIA's. Both of these times, as well as others, no new  information had been found. Today, however, was a different matter.  For some reason I was looking at his bracelet in its display case when I had the  idea of using the internet to search for him. When I typed in his name in  the POW/MIA search field I hesitated to hit "enter". I was apprehensive as to what I would find - to say the least! But now at last I know - after 30+  years he is home.  While he did not return in the manner you, or I, or  anyone would have liked, there is, at the very least, closure. I feel a  little strange about all of this being over (so to speak), but Lord only  knows how you must have felt! My 4 year old daughter was with me when I  found out about Maj. Elliot and wanted to know what those tears on my face  were. Right then I bookmarked this site so we may learn together just what  happened when her daddy was a lot younger. My sincerest hope is that GOD has blessed you in the intervening years. If you would like the bracelet please let me know, as I would be honored for you to have it. For now, it is in a place of honor for my family.

                                       sincere best wishes                            

                                               Chick Candler 
                                                chciv@hotmail.com


From: A70BRAT@aol.com
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 01:59:31 EST

Dear Russell D Galbraith family,

 I have recently adopted this hero as my POW/MIA. I had requested a soldier who was from my home state of Ohio and had served in the U.S.Air Force, as I have a son who served in the Gulf War and is currently on active status during this time of tribulation.

You are the NEW owners of my heart as it wrenches at what you have had to endure for the past 33 years! I just wanted you to know that I will continue to wear my bracelet in Honor of Capt. Galbraith and will continue to write letters to every known government official............until our men are in our loving arms.....once again!

You are forever in my thoughts and my prayers.....

 Pam Imhoff  [a70Brat@aol.com]


From: Kcliss@aol.com
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 22:46:00 EST

To the family of Maj. Earl Cobeil  - 11/5/67 - Air Force
I recently did a search on the gentleman whose name I wore on my wrist for many years.   Today I learned some unpleasant information about his captivity and tragic death.  I would like the family to know that I have thought of him often over the years, and will continue to do so.   He is not forgotten.If they would like be in touch with me, they can reach me at kcliss@aol.com

Lissa Haag


From: "Deborrah" <dkibb@netonecom.net>
Subject: Philip P. Stevens
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 13:12:19 -0800

Dear Joy and Richard,

I have a bracelet with your brothers name on it. I read the bios on him through the POW/MIA site...and I want you to know that although I did not know him, he is not forgotten ..even by a stranger.

Sincerely

Deb


Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 16:53:26 -0500
From: riordan <riordan@larck.net>

To the family of Lt. Col. Bernard Conklin, USAF.  I have worn a bracelet bearing Lt. Col. Conklin's name since the late '60's.  It is my privilege and honor to do so.

I honor his sacrifice. He is not forgotton.  You can contact me at:

riordan@larck.net.     God Bless.


From: "Jay Conley" <tallyho143@hotmail.com>
Subject: loveletters for Cdr.Stanley Edward Olmstead
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 14:58:13 -0500

Thank you for providing this great service. Having recently become more familiar with computers and the  internet, I'm glad to have this opportunity to correspond with interested family members/friends.  I have a comprehensive background in the military (father & myself).  I'm sorry to hear of the tragic events that unfolded on the bombing mission.  I've always been curious as to CDR Stanley Edward Olmstead's fate.  I was a little boy when my father was stationed at Fort Sill, OK, when we purchased POW bracelets for each family member. Mine has been worn intermittently and kept intact. Even though it was placed on top of my jewelry box and not worn to prevent breaking, Cdr. Olmstead was always in my prayers.

Should family members wish to correspond, they may contact Jay @:  tallyho143@hotmail.com


From: Vmaxsum@aol.com
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 22:51:51 EST

Hi my name is Virginia Hughes, I have been wearing a POW bracelet for John L. Ryder POW! The date on the bracelet is 6/9/70. I do not know how to find out if he has been found or located alive. Please send me the link so I may continue to read the updates on POW's that have been found.. He was in the Air Force and his home is Chrisholm, MN.  I have his bio but I do not know what link I need to type in for info to find out the current status. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and send me the necessary link/information as soon as possible.. Also do you have any information on how I could contact his mother to let her know I continue to pray for him and wear his bracelet with hopes he will be found and brought back home.. thank you again

Most sincerely,
Virginia Hughes

My email address is: Vmaxsum@aol.com


From: "BJ Johns" <fairlane_68@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 14:06:11 -0500

For: relatives and friends of Steven R. Armistead, Captain, USMC.

I have recently gotten very interested in Marine Corps history, as well as American War History, WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. I bought a POW bracelet and it had his name on it.  I found out as much as I could about him, and when my sister and I went to Washington DC for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball and Veteran's Day, we went to the WALL and I got his name etched on paper, (now framed on my living room wall above his incident report, all next to a poster of the Flag going up on Mt Suribachi, Iwo Jima.) as well as still photos and videotape of his name on the WALL.  Captain Armistead is now considered to be part of my family, and our prayers.  I may not know what he looks like, but as a fellow Marine, he's my older brother. I have recently introduced my family to the POW/MIA family, and I hope they embrace it as I have.

To those who have served before me, thank you. For those who have gone Home, but not to this home on earth, I'll see you someday. Thank you my brothers.

Robert Johns Jr, Lcpl, USMC
Old Marines don't die, they go see their Father's side of the family.


From: "Kaye Johnsen" <kayejohnsen1@home.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2001 02:31:45 -0600

RE:  PFC Raymond E Bobe, United States Army
        Home state: AL      Incident Date 3-16-69 MIA

Dear Family Members:

I received my bracelet with the name of your loved one in November of 1974. My son was very young and  as he grew often asked about the bracelet with the simple inscription.  I would explain as best I could.  When he left home
in 1996 to make his way in the world I asked if he would like to take something with him so that he would always feel connected to home.  He asked for the bracelet and I gave it to him.  He is now an ordained minister and served congregations of the poor and needy here and then went to Africa to minister there.  He has worn that bracelet throughout the United States and the Continent of Africa.  He says that people often ask about it and he explains as best he can. As we did when he was a child, he prays that Raymond (forgive us for using his first name, but he has been with us for so long) will be returned to those who love him.

I recently found that I could get another bracelet with "our Raymond's" name and have ordered it. Perhaps a new generation will ask and I will explain it as best I can.

Our love and our prayers go out to you and we will continue to pray for PFC Raymond E. Bobe until he is home.

Kaye Johnsen


From: "DEBRA BRYANT" <scrapper53@msn.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 21:45:17 -0500

I wore a bracelet which is still in my possession of Spec.5 Randall Ellis - 4-18-69 back during my college years at Miami University in the early 70's. I don't recall where I originally got the bracelet... only that we were to wear them until our POW-MIA came home. I remember continually checking names, but never finding Randall's. I have recently been asking around to see if there was a place I could still find out names and returnees. I finally found this site. It is nice to find out more information on the man behind the name. I am sorry that he has never returned. My condolences to his family and friends that have suffered this awful loss.

Debbie   scrapper53@msn.com


Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 12:15:29 -0500
From: "Michael F.Terry" <michael@terry.net>

Hello
I'm looking for the family of LCDR Terry A. Dennison Dob 20 Jan 34 MIA 19 July 66. Have been to other pages. I will continue to look. another page listed a Tessa Downs looking for the bracelet.
thanks
and Lest We Forget POW/MIA
God Bless all the families and members of this republic that died in it's defense

Michael@terry.net


From: "k. leeds" <tefnut_@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 19:07:53 -0500

RE: SSGT Larry G. Kier

I had decided a while back to surprise my boyfriend with information about the man on his POW bracelet.  I stumbled upon this website almost immediately, and the search was easier than expected.  I found one man's
loveletter mentioning SSGT LARRY G. KIER, and tried to write to him for information, but my email was returned.  This website lists Larry Kier as MIA.  My boyfriend has been wearing his bracelet for almost 10 years, despite the fact that his wrist is ALWAYS just a bit green.  I'm sure he'd be more than willing to return the bracelet to the family, if they so desire.  Until then, he will continue to wear it with pride, and will always be thinking and praying for SSGT Kier.

Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again.
-Kim Leeds
tefnut_@hotmail.com


From: GIB7172@aol.com
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 01:52:19 EST

My name is Roger Hamann and I would like the family of Richard Elzinga to know that I wear my POW/MIA bracelet in his honor .I visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. for the first time on July 4th, 2000. When I saw the bracelets for sale, I tried to find one with whom I could associate with in a personal way. That is when I came across the name of Richard Elzinga.His bio stated that he was a  Raven FAC and that struck me hard for I was an interpreter flying with the Rustic FACs some 2 years later. I've attempted to locate his family with little success so if anyone should read this and have any knowledge of where his family might be, I would
be forever thankful for the information. I wear this bracelet with pride and honor of a fellow FAC.


From: GIB7172@aol.com
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 02:01:16 EST

My name is Roger Hamann and I am attempting to locate the family of William S. Sanders, a fellow Mainer and also a fellow FAC ( Forward Air Controller) with the USAF.I just recently found out that Bill is one of the 14 Maine
Vietnam Vets still listed as missing. It really touched me personally when I found out he flew in the same type aircraft, OV-10, asI did and that he was a FAC pilot. There is a special bond amongst the FAC brothers, no matter what squadron they flew with or AO they worked. I would deeply appreciate hearing from Bill's family or anyone who knew him.


From: "tye-dye blue" <tyedye40@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 11:05:37 -0800

Dear parents of Sgt Bobby Harris,

 My mother bought me a copper bracelet when I was just 11 or 12 years old. That was back in the early 70's. It had the name of a man on it that went into the army. My mother told me it was for all the men and women that went into war and to wear it till they came home.

I have been wearing the bracelet and my friend told me how to look up the names on the computer to find out what had happened to them. It didn't take me long to find his name and to find out what had happened.

I am so sorry for your loss, I have always said a pray for him every night, in hopes that he was all right. I wear the bracelet, but I was thinking that you might like to have it. The bracelet is copper and written on it is, Sgt Bobby Harris 3-17-71. I realize that it's been about 30 years that you lost your son, I wear the bracelet so people don't forget.

Take-care and God bless.

Theresa Sargent
41 Oak Street
Springvale, Maine. 04083


Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2002 23:52:34 -0500
From: chad weaver <weaverchd@netscape.net>

I wanted to leave a note to the family of Charles L. Hoskins to let them know that I have worn a bracelet for their son since 1991. The bracelet has not left my wrist in 11 years. It has served as a reminder to me of the courage that is possible and has inspired me in times of difficulty.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother/son.

Sincerely,
Chad Weaver


From: "James Snider" <mody11@earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2002 19:09:14 -0500

We have MAJ. Elton Perrine's MIA bracelet. Anyone who knows any information about his family please contact us at  Mody11@earthlink.net.


Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2002 10:08:56 -0800
From: Margo Gripp <mgripp@home.com>
Subject: I have the bracelet of SFC Michael Wallace

I have the original stainless steel bracelet (with a hole in it) with the name SFC Michael Wallace and the date 4-19-68.  I wore the bracelet for many years and finally retired it to my jewelry box a few years ago in hopes of returning it to his family someday, but through the information I gained from this website, apparently that is not necessarily the appropriate thing to do.  I am willing to donate it to the Memorial, but I would like to know if maybe his family might like to have the bracelet first.

By searching the Internet, I was able to find the following information about Michael, who is from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Michael's helicopter was shot down on 4-19-68 and he is still classified as missing.  Here is his story so that we may never forget.  If you knew Michael or can contact his family to see if they would like to have his bracelet, please e-mail me at mgripp@home.com.

Michael's Story:  On April 19, 1968 three Army helicopters were shot down in the A Shau Valley of South Vietnam. All three were making supply runs to Landing Zone Tiger in Quang Tri Province. Five men survived the three crashes, and nine men remain missing.

The CH47A on which Douglas Blodgett was a crewman, William Dennis was flight engineer, and Jesus Gonzales was crewchief was resupplying ammunition at the LZ when it received small arms fire from the ground and crashed. The pilot and co-pilot were able to crawl away, but the rest of the crew was never found. They were declared Missing In Action.

The CH47 on which Anthony Housh was flight engineer and Michael Wallace was crewchief was hit by 50 calibre and 37 mm ground fire on its approach to the LZ. Housh and Wallace jumped from the aircraft from an altitude of
50-100 feet above the jungle canopy. The others were rescued. No trace of Housh and Wallace was ever found. They were declared Missing In Action.

The CH54 "Flying Crane" on which Arthur Lord was aircraft commander, Charles Millard pilot, Arthur J. Lord co-pilot, Michael Werdehoff flight engineer, and Philip Shafer crewchief was carrying a bulldozer into the recently resecured LZ Tiger when the aircraft was hit and crashed. All the crew were classified Missing In Action.

Thorough searches for the 3 helicopters were not immediately possible because of the enemy situation. A refugee later reported that he had found the wreckage of two U.S. helicopters, one with 3 sets of skeletal remains, in Quang Tri Province. The U.S. Army believes this could correlate with any of the three helicopters lost on April 19, 1968, but no firm evidence has been secured that would reveal the fate of the nine missing servicemen.

Sincerely,
Margo Gripp
San Juan Capistrano, California


From: "Samantha Tipton" <speakwiththunder@msn.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 23:45:20 -0500

For the Charles Bookout family:

I have on my wrist your family members bracelet. I have waited many years to give it back, I find today our government is no closer to closing this chapter than they were ten years ago. I lost many of my class-mates in Nam. I still mourn for them. Everytime I look at my 1967 year-book or read some of the few letters I was lucky enough to receive, or even when I watch footage on the documentary channel, I always look to see if I can recognize some of my friends. My heart hurts for your loss. I am a military brat. My father was in the Air Force, my brother was in the Air Force, my other brother was in the Navy and my sister was in the Army. I understand but cannot feel your pain. No one can except those that have experienced it first hand. I bless your family and Charles. I thank God because of the ones who served we are still a free nation. I know there are those that have focused on 9/11/01, but I hope they still remember our POW's/MIA's. God Bless you. Thank you for your time.

Greatest Respect for You and Yours,

Speakwiththunder


From: US631@aol.com
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 19:14:59 EST
Subject: Capt. Robert Stanley

I am wearing a bracelet that was my mom's. She passed away earlier this year and she had the bracelet for as long as I can remember. I was honored to get it after she passed away. We had been trying to find out about CAPT. STANLEY AND I FINALLY FOUND out what had happen to him. I will continue to wear his name until he is found!!!!!! So if any family members read this please contact mw at US63`@aol.com.

thank you
Shelli Earl


From: "Jim Schreifels" <ripcord489@hotmail.com>
Subject: John Boronski
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 12:15:40 -0600

I trained with John in Forts Bragg and Belvoir, as well as DLI before going to Panama with him in l966.  Only this spring did I learn of his MIA status through another SF buddy. I left a message at the virtual wall, but for some
reason it didn't post under his name, although it posted under the date (May 1 or 2?). Been trying to obtain a bracelet in his honor and just stumbled across this site today. Learned of the group identification and service at
Ft. Meyer. Often wondered about his family, and if they desire, I'd like to make contact with them.  I'm in Minnesota; 320-764-6093;

Ripcord489@hotmail.com  Jim Schreifels


From: GoddessJeneen@aol.com
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 00:42:46 EST
Subject: T/SGT. CHARLES FELLENZ,  11-24-69

I would be more than happy to return the bracelet of T/SGT. CHARLES FELLENZ, 11-24-69, back to his family.  I have looked at this bracelet nearly everyday for the last 20 years as a reminder of the men who so bravely served our country.  God Bless.

Jeanine Tolve   goddessjeneen@aol.com


From: "S MEISNER" <dsmeisner@msn.com>
Subject: SSGT JAMES ALBERT CHAMPION
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 17:54:07 -0800

LOOKING FOR TESSA!!! My admiration, respect, and thanks goes out to you for your journey and I pray somehow you have been able to find peace. I just wanted to let you know that James is not forgotten and he will always remain in my heart. As a young girl I wanted to believe James would return safely and still wanting to believe the same thing. I am a bracelet wearer and former friend of James'. I would love to hear from you!!!

Susan Younger Meisner


From: BBHuey72@aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 22:51:52 EST
Subject: CHAPA, ARMANDO JR. FROM SAN JOSE, CALIF.

I have worn Armando's bracelet for quite sometime now and have found out that remains are nonrecoverable. What I would like to do is to design a nice plaque and mount his bracelet along with a photo and the synopsis with it and return it to his family. The only thing I don't have is a photo. If there is any way I can get his photo that would be great, not to mention it would compete the project that I would like to do for his family. Thank you. e-mail me randy, at bbhuey72@aol.com


From: Macgrory@aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 00:19:43 EST
Subject: William L. Madison, Sgt. USAF, Laos, 05-15-66

To the family of William L Madison:

I never experienced combat. 

However, through my enlistment in the Air Force from 27 June 65 through 4 December 68, my father who was a medic in a field artillery battalion in the South Pacific in World War II, the gentleman (Normandy Invasion)  whom my mother married after my father passed way,  being a Past Commander of my local American Legion Post, and being a Cincinnati native, I say with love and affection that I was privileged to wear my POW-MIA Bracelet with Sgt. Madison's name inscribed upon it.

We're all older now - we've learned a few things.  We now know the price of freedom.  Thank you, Bill.  Your name will never leave our lips.  You are like so many others but yet you are special.  We say, "Thank you." 

To all Vets.  God Bless you and God Bless America.

Thank you.


Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 00:15:39 -0600
From: Bonita Stewart <bosew@home.com>

I was in high school in Tampa, FL when my older brother was deployed to Viet Nam.  God blessed our family and brought him home safe and sound.

I have a bracelet with the name of Lt. Col. Charles Macko 2-22-69 on it  - I believe he was a family member of a nurse who worked with my Mother at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.  I wore the bracelet for many years and then as time passed I put it away.  Just today I was going through my things which have been moved with me many times since 1969 and once again I was moved by the thought some children may have grown up without knowing their Father. The thought made me very sad as my Dad was also a Lt. Col. in the US Army and had fought in World War II and the Korean Conflict but he came home to see his children grow up and enjoy a life with his family.

I am so proud of all our military men who serve their country on a daily basis and I am so sorry your son, husband, father is not here today to share your lives.  My thoughts and prayers are with Charles Macko's family.

If you read this and you know the Macko family, please tell them they may contact me if they would like.

Hugs,
Bonita Stewart
West Des Moines, Iowa
bostew@bigfoot.com


Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 10:51:42 -0800
From: "marvpat@galenalink.com" <marvpat@galenalink.com>
Subject: L/Cpl. Richard Fischer

RE: Richard W. Fischer
USMC E3
Madison, WI
Date of Loss 08 January 68

Dear Family,
I am writing to let you know I still carry the peace bracelet honoring your family member L/Cpl. Richard Fischer.  The bracelet has been with me since 1968 and will be with me forever as I pray for your family and the loss.  Know he will never be forgotten and know too Richard was important to me too..

I would love to hear from a family member.
Best Regards,
Patty Hood
marvpat@galenalink.com


From: "Garfield247" <Garfield247@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 22:25:14 -0500

To any living members of Major Samuel K Toomey Jr.;

I have worn with honor the POW- MIA braclet I received 12 years. My wife noticed a web site in the
news papers which I checked and discovered that Major Toomey's remains had been returned in 1990. I now
will remove the bracelet and place it at a memorial as soon as possible.
Again this bracelet has become a part of me after all these years, and It was worn at all times with honor.


From: "Mike Matteri" <mman467@arkansas.net>
Subject: Roger Burnes Innes Family
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 00:54:51 -0600

Hello;

My name is Mike Matteri, and I am a US Navy Veteran. I served aboard on the USS Nimitz on a WestPac cruise in 1993 on a tour to the Arabian Gulf. The detachment I was with is VF-24 Fighting Renegades. VF-24 is now decommissioned, and the base where it once was at, is now called MCAS Miramar. I have been supporting the POW/MIA issue for pretty much all my life, but I was taken by surprise when I found out that one of my adopted servicemen came home recently. I found this out at the: http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/i/i002.htm web site. I have a website dedicated to him, but was not aware until today that his body was recovered. The website is at: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/1747/index10.html . This website has been up for pretty close to 3 years now. I would like to build a tribute to him, and I would like to respectfully request any pictures that you have of him military, or family photos. I am a certified Computer Technician Specialist from a technical college here in Arkansas called Northwest Technical Institute, and working on getting A+ Certified. Having the site up is a "labor of love" for my fellow serviceman for me. About a couple of years ago, I went to D.C. and visited the Vietnam Wall. It was truly an occasion I will never forget. I want you to know that I will continue to fight for the freedom of all my adopted servicemen until the last one touches my beloved country. I will make this solemn promise to you that I will try to make another trip to D.C. very soon, and let my elected officials know that I will not accept the "status quo" on this issue, and that I will accept no excuse, or "red tape excuse" on this issue. I want all my adopted servicemen home and accounted for. Being a veteran, I want to make a difference. That is why I will fight on this issue, and try to prevent the closing of the full accounting for these fellow veterans who like me, served their country through honor. It would be a shame to have these brave veterans be lost to someone's inability to use the basic skill of mathematics, and logistics. I am surprised also in this age of GPS, Navigational Aids, Computer Locators, and other new technology that seems to be coming out daily, that it is still "hard to find" these brave veterans. I am returning a bracelet photo to you that is on my website. I will keep it on the site as a tribute to him. To me, you all made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as every other veteran and family member of veterans. When will the politicians realize the fact that the very freedom that they enjoy so much by passing laws, was paid in full by the veterans who swore to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and the families who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their own to Uncle Sam? To me, what the politicians do in D.C. by forgetting about these servicemen and women is in itself a form of treason.

Your American US Navy Veteran Friend,

Mike Matteri

mman467@arkansas.net


From: "RICK STUBBLEFIELD" <rickstubblefield@msn.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 17:23:52 -0600

This is my very first e-mail sent to anyone, and I can't think of a better way to start. In my junior year of high school I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet with the name Tilden Holley. I am fourty five now and was watching a documentary on Vietnam when I thought about my bracelet, which sorry to say I have not worn for years but still have. I went to my computer and did a search on Tildens' name feeling very emotional at the time. When the search results came back, I started crying like a baby because the first name I saw was Holley, Tilden S. To add to the emotion I already had was the fact that he and his backseater, James A. Ketterer were reported MIA on Sunday, 20 Jan., the same day and date I searched his name. My heart goes out to all families of POW/MIA's who hasn't received any closure after all these years.

Rickstubblefield@MSN.com

From: "Jim and Denise Hunter" <hunter4@airmail.net>
Subject: Sgt. James Harwood's family
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 13:15:35 -0600

I wore my POW/MIA bracelet for Sgt. James Harwood MIA 1/15/71 for many years. I was a very young girl at the time (13 years old) and knew, even then, that these men were fighting for our freedom. My dad was a Korean POW from 1951-53 and had instilled in me a great sense of patriotism. In the early 70's it wasn't cool to be patriotic but I wore my bracelet with pride. I prayed for Sgt. Harwood's safe return and am saddened now to learn that he never returned. Sgt. Harwood was from Dallas and I am from Ft. Worth and I just learned of this also, a fellow Texan. I pray for his family and hope that this finds them with some peace in their hearts. If his family would like to
contact me, please feel free to do so. Sgt. Harwood you are my hero.
God Bless and keep you.

Sincerely,

Denise Hunter
hunter4@airmail.net


From: "Deborah Cruz" <dcruz@texas.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 09:11:17 -0600

To the family of Major Peter R. Matthes... 11-24-69:

My name is Debbie Cruz,I am 49 years old and live in Austin, Texas....I wanted to let you know that I have the bracelet with your loved one's name, I have worn and carried this bracelet with me for many years, I share your sorrow.. My husband, Edward was a Marine in Viet Nam, although he was fortunate enough to survive and return home, a very large part of his heart and soul were left there, with your son, husband, brother, father, and all of the brave men who didn't survive the horror. I weep as I write this and think of Major Matthes's courage and sacrifice. I have wondered many times over the years if I should try to find you and give you this bracelet....this venue is a wonderful way for me to attempt this as I would never want to remind you of your loss.. in this manner you may be looking for me....I am truly humble to stand before you, and thank you for the supreme sacrifice you have all made for America's freedom.. please know that my prayers are now and have been for so many years for you and Major Matthes.. it has been such an honor to wear his bracelet, I feel as if he is a part of my family, and indeed he is. If you do read this, I am here, I still hold this bracelet dear, and I would send to you immediately if you would want me to.....may God bless Major Matthes, as I know he does, and you, the family still grieving....God Bless you, you make me so proud to be an American,

With all of the sincerity in my heart,

Debbie Cruz
dcruz@texas.net

From: "A  CIANFARANI" <mjcianfarani@prodigy.net>
Subject: MAJ. BRUCE JOHNSON, CAPT. ROBERT TUCCI
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 12:40:09 -0600

I HAVE TWO MIA BRACELETS I WORE AS A KID, IF ANY FAMILY MEMBER WOULD LIKE
THEM.....EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE STILL MISSING. MY PRAYERS ARE STILL WITH THEM.

   MARISA CIANFARANI
   2119 IROQUOIS CT.
   THOMPSONS ST., TN  37179
   MJCIANFARANI@PRODIGY.NET


From: "Gail Nemec" <ganoen@worldpath.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 13:49:09 -0500

To the family of Robert Leon Tucci:
I have been in possession of an MIA bracelet for Robert since 1969. I would like to know his status. If you would like to be in contact with me, my email address is:        ganoen@worldpath.net
Thank you. GAN


From: "Charles Lundgren" <cblundgren@msn.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 15:10:15 -0500

Would like to contact the family of WO2 Dennis Omelia. I have his original POW/MIA braclet and have it since the mid 70's and would just like to talk to them. My email address is cblundgren@msn.com


From: Zeldad59@aol.com
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 19:08:45 EST

I have a bracelet with the name of Capt. R. W. Herold 9-2-72. I have looked in the sight to find him and there is no notation of him coming home in any way. Please tell the family that he is still thought about and that our hearts are with them-that he is not forgotten. God Bless him and his family. His hometown is Plattsburgh, NY. and my husband and I are from Peru, NY. If they wish to contact me, they may do so with P.O.W. BRACELET in the subject line. I hope the family sees this and contacts me......

Cheryl Deso  zeldad59@aol.com


From: Two121986@aol.com
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 19:47:31 EST

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Teague,

I sincerely hope this letter finds you. 

In the very early 70's, I made a commitment to wear an MIA bracelet. The name on the bracelet was Lt. James E. Teague. Your son.

Because the bracelet was slightly too large for my wrist, I, unfortunately, developed an unconscious habit of squeezing the bracelet. After awhile, the bracelet broke. I was devastated. I tried to repair the bracelet - glue, tape, welding - but all attempts were to no avail. I could no longer keep my promise to wear this bracelet. Instead, I placed the two pieces in a plastic bag and kept them in the nightstand by my bed for the next 18 years.

In the 1980's the Moving Memorial Wall came near my home in Columbus, OH. I visited the wall and found James' name, learning he had died. I wanted to do something to honor his memory so I wrote a letter to him and attached the two pieces of the bracelet. I then returned to the wall and left these items below his name.

For approximately 30 years, his name has lived in my heart. Today, with him heavily on my mind, I began to research the internet and came across this site. I just want you to know there is a stranger out here who also felt pain at the loss of your son. I felt I knew him, I felt his presence; and, to this very day, I still feel his presence. I feel a strong spiritual connection to your son and want you to know.

I wish you the very best. I'm so sorry this happened. I'm so sorry for your tragic loss.

If you see this, I sincerely hope you will contact me at   two121986@aol.com.
If not, I understand.

Sincerely,
Carolyn


From: "Denise Warba" <dwsurvivor@onemain.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 14:18:29 -0500

Dear family of M/SGT.EDWARD DODGE,
I am writing you this because while cleaning out my jewelry box I came across my POW/MIA bracelet.

I bought this bracelet while in high school and wore it faithfully for years. Being a teenager I didn't realize what the significance of the bracelet really meant. But I did know enough to pray for this soldier and wear the bracelet proudly.

When I married, years later, I said a prayer for Edward and the bracelet was put in a safe place hoping to give it to the soldier it belonged to.

After searching the internet I finally found a list of POW/MIA's and Edward's name was on there. It told of the last
place he was located and what type of mission he was on. It also showed that he is still missing in action.  I am so sorry that Edward never made it back to you home. But, hopefully he is with GOD in his home. I  pray that he is not being tortured in any way and that one day he will return.

You are in my thoughts and prayers and if you feel like contacting me please do so.
May GOD bless you,

Denise Johnson-Warba


From: RumDum44@aol.com
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 22:50:00 EST

I wanted to let the family of Capt. Michael Donovan 9-30-71 POW/MIA that I have his bracelet. This bracelet has been worn by almost everyone in my family at one time or another and it means alot to us. If anyone in Capt. Michael Donovan's family would like the bracelet please let me know.

Dawn


Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 19:25:19 -0800
From: Dewey Fambry <wolf380@swbell.net>

I am looking for the address of CPT Jon Swanson, who was submitted for the MOH along with CPT Humbert Versace.

Swanson was a member of D Troop 3/5th  Cav shortly before he transferred to the 9th Cav and became a MIA
The 3/5th wish to honor on of our former members  and invite his family to the Army reunion to be held at Ft Knox Ky. in June 2002.

Thank You for your help

Dewey Fambry
Retired 1SGT A Troop 3/5th Cav


From: "DLH" <k8dlh@amplex.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 02:47:44 -0600

To the family of Dennis W Hammond,

I am going to get a bracelet with his name on until he is returned home, I served in Nam also  68-69 USAF, my name is Dennis L Hammond, I live in Woodville,Ohio,
May God Bless.

Dennis L Hammond


From: "Judy W" <hedaded@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 03:24:43

Re:  CAPT. DAVID MAY 2-20-71

Dear Family of Capt. May,

I have had the bracelet for Capt. May for almost 30 years.  Recently while watching a Sally Show, a lady returned the bracelet she had worn to the POW  who returned home.  I always wondered if Capt. May had made it back home but  had no way of knowing.  I emailed the Sally Show & they informed me of this  site.

I was very upset to find Capt. May's name among the ones who had not made it home alive.  I'd like to know more about him, if possible.  After seeing his picture, I feel more like I know him than I did before.

If you are part of his family, I would love to hear from you and learn more  about this fine young man who gave his life for all of us.  Thank you and  God Bless!

Judy (hedaded@hotmail.com)


From: "BARBARA POTE" <irish1002@msn.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 19:47:05 -0500

Dear Joseph Bower Family,

Recently I was cleaning out my jewelry box and found my POW bracelet. I wore your father/son/brother's name for many years as a teenager. I just looked in the data base and learned he was from Ely, NV, an Air Force 04 (although my bracelet says col.) and a Thunderchief pilot. He is listed as killed, body not recovered. It seems to me this phrase would not bring much comfort but I hope you have reached some degree of peace.

My father was a cavalry commander in Vietnam in 1968/69 but we were blessed when he returned. He stayed in the Army and retired as a Brigadier General. He is buried at Arlington, near my grandfather, a Korean War vet. My husband is a retired Infantry Ltc.

Vietnam was such a defining, profound time for this country and my generation. The war and public outcry has effected the course of public policy since then.

You should be very proud of Joseph and take comfort that he is with God and his angels.

Barb Pote

Irish eyes are smiling!


Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 14:11:28 -0500
From: Dorothy Langmack <langmack@rivnet.net>
Subject: Can you help?

I have been wearing a bracelet for thirty some years and only just got a computer and discovered some information about Major David Holmes, lost March 3, 1966.  I am still praying for his return. Would love to get a picture of him. Is that possible?  Or to know anything about his family?

Dorothy Langmack
16941 Kings Hwy
Montross Va. 22520
804-493-905
langmack@rivnet.net


From: "stevens" <kcir114112@cmaaccess.com>
Subject: IN MEMORY OF CAPTAIN CONDIT
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 12:43:40 -0800

Captain Douglas Craig Condit was born February 5, 1942 - and today would have been his 60th birthday.

In his memory, I'm leaving this note - still keeping his bracelet that I've had since 1967. He was shot down on my birthday - November 26, 1967.

I also met Paul Brown - a POW - who lives in California. It was in 1986 and what a story he had to tell me as we talked outside the Snooty Fox Restaurant in El Toro. I'm married to a retired fighter pilot - Marine Corp - who received several citations - one of which was the Distinguished Flying Cross Award.

Today was my first day out of the hospital - in a week, and looking at my notes on the calendar, was this entry "Captain Condit's 60th birthday". So, I figured I had the strength to type up something to remember both Paul Brown and Captain Condit. They endured; suffered - fought bravely, and one lost his life in this effort. If they can do all this, surely I can mark this spot - this day - and ask that you include it in the love-letters you'll receive.

Thank you.

Rick and Diane Stevens.


From: DCarson148@aol.com
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 20:45:36 EST

To the family of S/SGT. Edwin Pearce,

My name is Donna and I live in New Jersey.
I have just found this sight and was so saddened to here that Edwin's fate is still not known. I have his bracelet and put it back on after finding this information. Words cannot express my feelings for his family. I will wear it
again and Pray for you. If you would like me to send you his bracelet e-mail me at dcarson148@aol.com.


From: BUTLERC94@aol.com
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 09:23:57 EST

To Whom It May Concern;

       I would like to contact a family member of the two following men still missing from the VietNam war. The men are:

                               WO1 Thomas Frederick Riggs
                               SP4 Craig Mitchell Dix

       I am Chaplain of a V.F.W. post located in Westland, MI that would be interested in adopting either man and assisting there family members in any matters they may have. Plus making sure the right people in D.C. are reminded that they are still missing. Also for any support that the family may need.

       My e-mail address is:  butlerc94@aol.com

Thanks and will be waiting for a response.


From: MissC201@webtv.net (Cindy)
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 21:44:38 -0500 (EST)

 Rudy Morales Becerra   3-24-70
Dear Mrs. Becerra

I have been the proud keeper of one of your sons  bracelets since March of 1973, now with the internet after 32yrs. I have finally found the answers I have been looking for..

I am sorry for your loss, and am wondering if you would like me to send you his bracelet?

      Respectfully,

Cindy Hamilton


From: Wettelandm@aol.com
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 20:21:30 EST

To the family of Lt. Gareth (Gary) Anderson;
I purchased a POW bracelet in the 60's when I was around 16 or 17. If you would like the bracelet with his name, I would be more than happy to send it to you.

Michaelle 


From: Lorie Chell <Lchell@lumenare.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 13:06:19 -0800

To family and friends of James S. Kravitz;

I have been wearing my POW bracelet for James since 1980. I always try to honor him on the day he disappeared and on his birthday. I found out today from a web page that his remains were returned in 1993. This saddened me deeply, and I cannot even imagine how James' family and friends are feeling.

I just want you to know that if you would like the bracelet back, please just ask. But if not, I will  continue to wear it in his honor. God Bless James and all of the other veterans.

Lorie Chell
FerretLo@aol.com


From: Sbarbie69@aol.com
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 18:06:52 EST
Subject: I have a bracelet to return

MY name is Francine Schell and I have a bracelet from 1968 for the POW by the name of LT COL Hobart Wallace. I know he died . And his remains were sent back in 1985. I was wondering if there are any relatives I can send the bracelet to . The date on the bracelet is 1 19 68 .Can you please give me an answer to were I can get in touch with any family members. thank you so much.

My address is 6401 31st Street South
St Petersburg Florida 33712.
APT510.


Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 17:52:51 -0500
Subject: Charles Marik
From: Elaine Beecher <e.beecher@verizon.net>

I hope I have the right email address. I went to your web site that I saw on the news and looked up Charles Marik,  the man whose name was on my POW bracelet in the 70's. I hadn't seen my bracelet in years and just recently
found it. I was saddened to read that he was dead. I thought I could give my bracelet to his family but I understand you have no info on them.  What about  Richard Weber the pilot? Do you have any info on him that might help me locate his family?

Thanks for your help,
Elaine Beecher


From: "Leslie Ostergard"
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 19:09:10 -0500

I have had the bracelet for Robert M. Elliot (USAF) since the late 70s or early 80s and would like to return it to his family if they would like to have it. 

Please contact me at    jeepmama89@hotmail.com


From: "D. Schultz" <cricket_73@msn.com>
Subject: love letters RE: LCDR Jeffrey Krommenhoek
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 22:54:27 -0500

After watching Channel 13 WTVT do a special regarding a POW bracelet one newscaster had since her early college days it brought back to me the memories of the POW bracelet I have that I got when I was in high school over the years I have pulled it out and wondered what ever became of the this man who bravely fought in a war that took him away from those he loved. Over the years I have married and had children of my own but my thoughts would once again turn to LCDR Jeffrey Krommenhoek wondering if he ever was found or if his family was stilled waiting for the information that would give them some settlement in their lifes. I always wanted to let his family know that there was someone who in 1972 received a POW bracelet and from that day this man's battle has not gone unnoticed Although there is very little I can say or do to help bring closure to his loved ones I will continue to hold onto my bracelet and include a small prayer that whatever the outcome is the family will find peace and know that there was and is people who are very thankful for the sacrifice that your POW made.

Sincerely

cricket_73 @msn. com


From: "Sharon Duncan" <sdun319@tampabay.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 22:54:52 -0500

Like many Americans, I wore a POW/MIA bracelet for many years. I always wandered what happened to "my guy". I watched every TV news program, searched the newspapers and tried in every way I knew to find out if "he" came home. Only a couple of weeks ago did I find this web site and found out that Capt. Lee Cornwell III did not come home alive. I can't put into words how crushing this news was to me, even though we never met, I felt such a connection to him. It brings tears to my eyes and a pain in my heart, and I just can't imagine how sad the family must feel. I don't wish to upset or cause more heartache. I just want his family and loved ones to know that people cared about him, worried about him and will always remember.

Sharon Duncan
SDun310@tampabay.rr.com"


From: gbolsonfl@aol.com
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 23:32:12 EST
Subject: Capt. William Wood Jr. 09-02-1972

To the Family

Hi.......I have had the bracelet in my safe keeping for many years.

I still have the bracelet in excellent condition.

If you so choose to get this returned to you I will be happy to mail it immediately to you.

Please advise........As Always,  my heart is with  you and your family.


From: "Donna Arfmann"
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 14:11:20 -0500
 
In 1971 I was a 14 year old girl that was deeply affected by the issue of missing American soldiers in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  I bought a POW bracelet and wore it every day for years.  My wrist sometimes turned a greenish color but it didn't matter.   I was certain that some day I would be able to give that bracelet to the man its name bore.  When the POWs returned home I feverishly checked the lists in the newspapers and was saddened to not find his name listed.  I still held out hope that some day he would return and I would be able to give him that worn bracelet and say "Welcome Home."    From time to time I see an article in the paper or a hear a newscast about a returning POW or the repatriated remains and check to see if it's him.  Although I no longer wear the bracelet daily I'll never forget the name of the young man engraved on it.
 
Today I was watching a local news show and there was a segment on POWs.  At the end of the segment the POW Network website was listed and I immediately went to check it out.  To my dismay I found that there is still no definitive information on "my" POW. 
 
I'm now 44 years old and the mother of an 18 year old son who has enlisted in the Air Force and will be leaving home soon after high school graduation in June.  My thoughts went to the mother of "my" POW who has been waiting since 1969 for word on her son's status.  My thoughts and prayers are with her and all members of his family.  He may have been married and had children.....I don't know.  I hope he lived alot in the 21 years before his aircraft crashed in Southeast Vietnam.
 
"My" POW is Kenneth Cunningham, lost 10/3/69 in S. Vietman.  I still have his bracelet and will continue to treasure it until there's an answer to his whereabouts.  If his family would like to contact me or have me send the bracelet to them I'd be happy to do so.  I'll do whatever I can to ease their grief and help celebrate his life.
 
My email address is     darfmann@tampabay.rr.com
 
My thoughts and prayers are with the Cunningham family and all families of the still unaccounted for POWs and MIAs.
 
 
Donna Arfmann

From: "George T. Chambers Jr." gtcjr01@netzero.net
To: Subject: USAF Lt John Davies and Maj(LtCol?) Floyd Richardson
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 14:59:51 -0500
Remembering back to my childhood and to my experiences with the two bracelets that I had acquired, I finally decided to see if I could find out what their dispositions were. 
 
The first was Lt John Davies, which I received from the society myself through my interest in supporting them the best way I could at 10 years old!  I received Maj(Lt.Col?) Floyd Richardson's bracelet from a girlfriend of mine when I was 14, after the cessation of hostilities and while a member of my local Civil Air Patrol Squadron.
 
Back in the late 60's/early 70's, I remember that it was the "in" thing to do with teens of all ages, to acquire a bracelet and wear it with pride to support those men who had done their duty to guard the world from oppression.  I must have signed 100 petitions at a booth at the local airshow for information concerning our POWs/MIAs that were to be sent to Hanoi.  This was my only way to voice an opinion on the international situation at the time.
 
I'm glad to hear that Lt Davies made it back, but sorry to hear that Maj(LtCol?) Richardson didn't.  But the main thing that I am happy for is that BOTH were accounted for and can only hope that a full accounting will be made someday for all those who went to war in the defense of their country and its ideals in a time when it wasn't the popular thing to do.
 
Sincerely and with Great Pride,
 
George T. Chambers Jr.
gtcjr01@netzero.net

Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 16:39:46 -0500
From: Al Miller  almiller@tampabay.rr.com

My wife was wearing a bracelet for many years for Capt. Robert Charles Davis and it wasn't until today that we learned of the website -- pownetwork. Today we learned that he has been confirmed dead. We would like to send the bracelet to his family.........is there any way we can locate or find an address where to send it. Would appreciate any info......

thnx much Al Miller
 Seffner, Florida


From: "Jim H." <libertas@goldmail.ru>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 17:54:05 GMT

For the family of Morgan J. Donahue USAF, MIA 13DEC68 LAOS:

Although you presumably have no idea who I am, I have your loved one's bracelet on right now.  I wear it constantly as a reminder of those our government left behind in VietNam.  Even though I was just an infant when Saigon fell, I still love my country and my veterans.  Rest assured, even those of us born after the war do care, even if we have no firsthand memories like yours.

If you'd rather not contact me, I am totally cool with that.  But if you do, you may drop me an email at vostokjeh@yahoo.com anytime.  Please use "POW/MIA" as the subject line, so I can spot your communication readily.

I will leave an American flag at the Wall in DC this Memorial Day, at the part where Mr. Donahue's name is located.  It will have a note attached to its pole explaining who it is for and why I put it there.

Sincerely, Jim H.

"Lack of knowledge is not a licence to invent fantasy."
Ayn Rand, US philosopher


From: "Anna Hennessy" <ahennes1@tampabay.rr.com>
Subject: LCDR Roderick Mayer 10/17/65
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 13:30:17 -0500

Hopefully you can help me. I do know from your site that he is presumed dead. Do I believe that? NO, to many men are  missing to all be dead. But what I believe is not the point. I used  to write LCDR Roderick Mayer's parents a very long time ago, and through the years I have lost contact with them. I have worn his bracelet from the day I got it back in either 7th or 8th grade. Now, I have children older than that. His bracelet is a part of me. I am so happy to find your site as I have a daughter in high school that wants my bracelet, now I can order her very own, just like mine, minus they wear from years. I am looking for a way to communicate with his family, I miss the days that I would get letters and pictures from his mom. Please could you email me with either an address or an email address to write to them. I just want them to know that I not a day goes by that I don't think of their son and soon I
will have a daughter with his bracelet on.

Thank you very much for any help that you can give me.

 Missy Hennessy


From: "Curtis, Steve" <Steve.Curtis@McKesson.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 19:08:04 -0800

I recently learned of your website and visited it tonight for the first time.  It is amazing and actually brought back many memories.  While serving in the Air Force during the early 70's, I purchased a POW bracelet.  While visiting the Vietnam Memorial many years ago, no further data was known about the name on my bracelet.  In reviewing your data, I see that the individual for whom I have a bracelet, has been resolved.  Your site notes that his remains were returned in 1986.  I also noted that he was from St. Paul, Minnesota. 

I would like to return the bracelet to the family.  Please help me with this project.  The name on the bracelet is:  Capt. Patrick Murray  Missing since 1/19/68.

Let me know what my next steps should be.

Thanks,

Steve Curtis
Tampa


From: BELLE
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 08:58:21 -0500

SUBJECT: "LOVELETTERS"
JOHN CONLON III - DATE OF LOSS 3/4/66

I HAVE HAD A POW BRACELET WITH JOHN CONLON III'S NAME ON IT SINCE 1968. I WORE IT FAITHFULLY, EVERYDAY, UNTIL THE WAR WAS DECLARED "OVER". THIS IS THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY I HAVE HAD TO RESEARCH THE WEARABOUTS OF "MY" POW. I WAS SADDENED TO LEARN THAT HE WAS STILL MISSING IN ACTION. I WAS HOPING TO SEE THAT HE HAD BEEN RELEASED AND RETURNED HOME. HAVING RECOVERED MY BRACLET IN STORAGE AFTER MANY YEARS, MY FEELINGS OF HOPE RETURNED. MISSING IN ACTION IS ONLY A TEMPORARY CONDITION, IN MY HEART. I WILL CARRY THIS HOPE THAT HE WILL RETURN, ALWAYS. I GUESS YOU COULD CALL ME STUBBORN, BUT WE MUST ALL BE STUBBORN UNTIL WE KNOW THE "TRUTH"!

BELLEMARY1@AOL.COM

BELLE MANDANICI
38138 OVERBROOK BLVD.
ZEPHYRHILLS, FL 33541

D.O.B. 12/8/41

Belle


From: Jimdeb12@aol.com
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 16:17:45 EST

My husband was going through some of his belongings and found a bracelet bearing the name of Maj. Gerald VanBuren 12-29-67.

 I found his name listed and know his remains were identified in Oct. of 2000.

My question is if there be any family that would like this bracelet how could we get it to them?

Thank you for your time. Debbie May


From: "steven machado" <machado44@msn.com>
Subject: Maj. Robert Elliot  2-14-68
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 20:59:05 -0800

This letter is to the family of Robert Elliot. I've had this bracelet for over 30 years.

If there is a family member that would be interested in knowing more about the bracelet please let me know.

Thanks Julie


To The Family of R. Ireland,

 My deepest sympathies to your entire family. I was browsing through the internet and ran across a site about POW/MIA's. I wore his bracelet for many, many years and was curious to know what happened to him. I was so
sorry to hear about the final outcome.

I was 18 years old when I got his bracelet and I didn't take if off for about 5 years. Even though I developed a staff infection and the Doctors told me to remove it. I refused. I just wanted to let your family know that he was thought of everyday. I hoped the outcome would have proved differently, but at least you got some closure. I will light a candle for him and get some closure for myself. Even though I hadn't worn his bracelet in many years, I still thought of him.

 Again, my deepest condolences.

God Bless You.!!!!!!!!!

Marysviv@aol.com

From: Mdroseanne@aol.com
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 22:39:02 EST
Subject: Loveletter to the Family & Friends of Peter Sherman

Just found this site and The Wall site after years of remembering my bracelet and Peter Sherman.  I lost the bracelet but never his name.  It was so wonderful to find another site with a photo posted.  As a teenager and college student and then throughout the years, I had always hoped to find out he made it home.  Sadly, it was not the case, as I now know.  But he has stayed in my heart.  God Bless America and his family.

Rose Anne McGarrity
Silver Spring, Maryland


From: munkeynana@webtv.net (Mary Baird)
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 11:42:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Capt. Curtis Dan Miller

     One of our local T.V. stations (WSTP Tampa/St. Petersburg) ran a special on the POW bracelets which prompted me to look for the bracelet I purchased in the 70s.  The name on my bracelet is: Capt. Curtis Dan Miller.  I would love to hear from his family and any information they have received from the Government.

     With my thoughts and prayers with you,
Mary A. Baird


Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 08:07:23 -0500
From: Catbite <bhaines@tje1.com>
Organization: Sonrise Farm

Thirty years have passed since I received Capt. Peter Sherman's bracelet. I have cried, prayed, & cried some more. I have met people through this Network, even as recently as this past week. We are family. We mourn our loss. Coming back into this site, the tears flowed. I just want to THANK Capt. Peter Woodbury Sherman, and each and every one of those brave soldiers, then and NOW, who went to war for us, gave their all, knowing they stand that chance of never returning, but STILL go.

Not a day has passed that I don't think of Capt. Sherman-- his name is still on my wrist, where it will stay for eternity. I wear it now in HONOR of him. I have never heard from any of his family or friends. Surely a friend  at least could let us all know  about him. I pray one day for that. I know it's hard on the family, but I, as all if us do,
feel that I am family also to him.

GOD BLESS WHATEVER FAMILY HE HAS LEFT, AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Becci


Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 16:32:51 -0500
From: Robin Moro <tucat@earthlink.net>

I hope the family of Capt. Curtis Dan Miller will find my letter.

This March 29th marks thirty years since his disappearance. I've had his bracelet since I was thirteen years old. I'm 42 now, but I want you to know that he is still in my thoughts, as are you. If you would like to have his bracelet, please contact me and I would be happy to send it to you.

Sincerely,

Robin Moro
tucat@earthlink.net


From: "Cheryl Teal" <cherylst@hotmail.com>
Subject: Mike Hoff & Fred Holmes
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 17:59:36 -0500

I don't know how to start this letter or where to
begin. I remember as a kid that my parents had POW bracelets. They purchased them in 1972. They wore them until they were in a car accident in 1975. My father begged them to let him keep his on but of course they said they couldn't do that. He had 14 operations and spent a year in the hospital. My mother put his bracelet away. In the following years my parents divorced, so she put hers away with his , but knew she would keep them.

I saw a lady on Sally Jesse Raphel that got to meet her soldier and return the bracelet to him. I was so moved and couldn't keep from crying. They gave the internet address for here. I immediately knew I had to find out about the two heros on the bracelets that my parents had worn.

She remembered the names. How sad it was for me to find out that they still have not been recovered!! I then asked her if I could start wearing the bracelets since they have not returned home. Of course she said yes. I am wearing them now and will continue to wear them. My children are learning the importance of them and if necessary,  they will wear them after me.

They are the original stainless steel ones. They read as follows:

LCDR Mike Hoff 1-7-70
LCDR Fred Holmes 12-30-71

If anyone else has a bracelet with either of these two, or  any family members would like to email me, I would be very happy.

Thank You,
And God Bless Them All
Cheryl Teal
CherylST@hotmail.com


From: Blodeuweddd@aol.com
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 23:54:19 EST

I am writing because I am looking for the family of Frederick M. Kasch.  He  was lost in N. Vietnam in 1967.  My reason for looking for his family is that I have been wearing his POW bracelet since I was a Freshman in Highschool 1984. I recently went to the memorial wall and learned that his remains have been returned to his family in 1988, the year I graduated and he was there with me.  I would like to return the bracelet I have worn for these many  years to his family where it belongs.  He has been with me for my prom, my college days and even walked me down the aisle on my wedding day.  My father was a loadmaster and was always able to come home to us.  I will never forget what Kasch and others gave for our freedom.  It very easily could have been my father who didn't come home.  If anyone is able to help me find his family so that I may return this I would be forever grateful.

Barbei L Williams


From: "Nancy" <redg54@tampabay.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 13:25:19 -0500

To the family of Donald F. Lindland, I just wanted to let you know that since my high school years in the '70's, I had been wearing my silver bracelet bearing his name. I would very much like to return the bracelet to you. Please feel free to contact me. If you wish not to, I will understand. Just be assured that I will treasure his name always, and am
deeply and sincerely grateful for your sacrifice.

Nancy

From: "Laura M. Shwed" <lmshwed@bu.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 00:24:40 -0500

To the family of SP4 Daniel M. Kelley - Lost on 4/25/68 in South Vietnam,

I am currently a college student in Boston, and when a local veterans' group was selling POW/MIA bracelets as a fundraiser, I decided to start wearing one.  My father has always been a loyal supporter of POW/MIA awareness
groups, and I had heard about the bracelets and consider them a wonderful way to remember the men and women who were brave enough to do what many were afraid to.  When I was looking at the bracelets, one of the veterans told me to take my time and choose one that "spoke to me".  The bracelet I chose is for Daniel.

I think about Daniel often, and when people ask me about the bracelet, I not only tell them about the symbolic meaning behind it but I also mention the person for whom I'm wearing it.  I would love for someone from Daniel's family to contact me to tell me more about him and his life, however I understand that this might be hard for you and I fully respect your privacy.

In any case, know that I care.

- Laura M. Shwed
lmshwed@bu.edu


From: CMC1500@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 21:15:26 EST
Subject:  Raymond C. Stacks

To the family of Raymond C. Stacks,

I am writing to you because of two people who are very dear to both of us, my mother and Raymond C. Stacks. My mother has worn Raymond's bracelet since 1972. It means the world to her and she very rarely takes it off. Late last summer I was searching the internet for information on POW's and MIA's and came across Raymond's BIO.  When I told my my mother that he had been found and was finally home, she told me that she had spent a great deal of her life with Raymond C. Stacks and she was not going to leave his bracelet at the wall. She would prefer to wear it, unless she found a family member of Raymonds who could have the same appreciation for it that she has had for all these years. If anyone knows or is a family member of Raymond please contact me at cmc1500@aol.com or my mother at cadrn1@aol.com. 

Thank You and God Bless All of You!


From: "linda" <navaho@digitalusa.net>
Subject:   pleaase help me
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 15:32:31 -0500

I have tried for a long time, and thanks to WTVT FOX 13 and a lady from there [Kathy Fountain] I was able to get this address and found the name I wear proudly, His name is LT. COL. Earl P. Hopper, Jr. of Glendale AZ. If the family could get in touch with me I would love to send the bracelet home where it belongs . for I wore it proudly and felt close to this family, I thought they might like to have it..

SO LONG MY TRUSTED FRIEND FOR WE WILL MEET FACE TO FACE SOME DAY, YOU WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART!!!

LINDA WINGFIELD
4437 N. DESERTSAND TRR
HERNANDO FL 34442


From: JennWenrick@aol.com
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 13:25:28 EST

I just wanted the family of Capt. Arthur Gene Ecklund to know that my grandmother passed his name bracelet on to me this past summer.  I was fascinated to learn the meaning behind the bracelet and the devotion my grandmother had in wearing it. 

I found this web site that contained Arthur's history and a chance to leave a message for his family.  I live in Indiana, my grandmother still lives in Phoenix, AZ.  I have educated most of my friends on the significance regarding these bracelets.

May God Bless and Keep You.

Jenn Wenrick


From: "Joe & Rae Spengler" <jspengle@bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 14:44:43 -0500

To the family and friends of Col. Marvin Nelson Lindsey:

I have worn and kept a bracelet with Col. Lindsey on it for over 30 years. He has been in my prayers for a long time and I've never stopped hoping that he would return to you. I still hope that he will.

Know this...I never actually knew your loved one, but I grew up with him and love him. He was there for us, he protected us and he stood up for us. He is my hero.

I have grown children, three girls who were able to live in this free and wonderful country safe and protected because of the strength and courage of Col. Lindsey (my bracelet say Capt.) and all that he stood for.

Thank you and I hope that life has been good to you and yours.

Rae Byer Spengler


From: <scrussal@netins.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 06:50:05 -0600

To The Family Of Steven Harold Adams:      
   
Kindest regreds to one and ALL.      
   
Let me not be the cause of any grief or sorrow. I just want you to know that your loved one, STEVEN, is not forgotten. That he yet lives.  
     
On STEVEN's behalf I have been working diligently through different sources to find him.   
   
 I was not in the armed services; however, a cousin of mine was..and he left a leg in Vietnam......but he came home. STEVEN HAROLD ADAMS DESERVES TO COME HOME TOO.  
   
I wish you ALL the best. 
   
Steven C. Russell 
1208 1st. Ave. S.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428
scrussal@netins.net


From: "tiel lover" <tiellover@csinet.net>
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002 12:53:10 -0600

To the Burnett family:

My name is Sherry, and am a mother of 4 children.

I received a bracelet with your son's name, Lt. Col. Sheldon Burnett just last summer. I wear it with
pride - and even though I do not know him, I feel a closeness to him, like he is also a part of my family. I know he lives, in the hearts and minds in everyone alike, as well as all missing.

My deepest prayers go out to each and everyone. I ran with the Olympic Torch on January 3, 2002, and I wore my bracelet on this honorable day. It felt like Sheldon was running with me in spirit. All my love to each and every one of you, and I hope to hear back.

I would love to see a picture of him, if possible, so I may make a memorial in my living room for all to see!

Sincerely,
Sherry Frey, Indiana
torchbearer2002@msn.com


Sat, March 2, 2002
From: "Kathleen De Luze" <deluze78@hotmail.com>

I just wanted to let the family of Maj Thomas W. Bennett Jr. know that I proudly wear a red bracelet with his name on it...and I pray for you and his return home.

Sincerely,
Kathleen


Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002 13:16:13 -0600
From: Ricky L Zaring <zrickster71@juno.com>

Hello, My name is Ricky Zaring,
I wear a bracelet with the information of SSGT DAVID A. DAVIDSON, I received this bracelet when I was in high school, that was in 1988. I still wear this, and will continue to do so till he comes HOME.  My father is a Vietnam Vet. And I respect, and support, ALL U.S. Vets. If there is any of the family of SSGT DAVID A. DAVIDSON that reed this please feel free to contact me at zrickster2001@yahoo.com

Thank you, and God Bless


From: Johnson William C1C CS35 <C02William.Johnson@USAFA.edu>
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 23:30:11 -0700 

Topic:  William Edward Johnson, Capt USMC, 1966, Tallahassee Florida

I am a senior at the United States Air Force Academy and for the past six years I have been wearing the bracelet of Capt. William Edward Johnson of Tallahassee Florida.  In my attempts to learn more about Capt Johnson, I became aware of the fact that his remains were returned some time ago.  In three weeks I will be traveling to Washington D.C to leave the bracelet at the base of the Panel 11 East (Row 53), where his name is inscribed in the wall.  I will be heading to pilot training in a mere four months and do so with the spirit and courage of men like Capt Johnson.  Freedom is not free and for that reason, I will follow in their footsteps.  May their spirits never leave our hearts and may their sacrifices never been forgotten. 

Very Respectfully,

Bill Johnson III, C/Col
Commander, Cadet Group Four
US Air Force Academy, CO


From: CarolHillSmith@aol.com
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 17:27:14 EST

I am new with computers...but I found this site to learn of Michael McElhanon. I have had his bracelet and wear it often.I remember and still will remember...always

carolhillsmith@aol.com

From: "michael leary" <leary.m@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 23:04:39 -0500

My name is Julie  Leary  and I was born in 1968. My mother recently told me the story of her bracelet inscribed with the name Cpt. John Bush 7.24.68. My father-in-law spent 4 years in the European theater in WWII, serving in
North Africa and on the beaches of Normandy. My husband graduated from the USNaval Academy, trained as a pilot and spent time in the Persian Gulf as well as Japan and Korea. Although he is no longer on active duty, I still feel a bond to my military family. Sadly, Cpt. Bush continues to be missing. My prayers go out to him and his family. I wanted to let them know that there is a whole new generation that continues the pride of serving their country.

Julie Leary
Leary.m@worldnet.att.net 


From: "donald chipman" <dc65@mediaone.net>
Subject: Charles L. Bifolchi
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 16:16:27 -0800

To the family of Charles L.  Bifolchi,

I have worn Charles's bracelet since 1988 and as I just found this site I wanted to let his family know he is not forgotten. If a family member would like to have the bracelet i would return it out of respect for the family. If not, it will remain with me until Charles comes home or I am unable to wear it anymore, in which case it will be passed on to my son. I am a firefighter serving in a town only a few miles away from Charles's hometown of Quincy MA. and as i wear the bracelet everyday, Charles will continue to protect American citizens until he returns home. God Bless!

Sincerely,
Don Chipman
(781) 436-3101
dc65@attbi.com


From: Shellyvo2@aol.com
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 23:33:35 EST

I justed wanted let everyone know that I still have my bracelet. His name was Spec 4. Arthur Wright. and I saw where he is still missing. I will always keep it and think about him often. May God bless his family and remember there are some have us that have not forgotten. I had 2 brothers in the Vietnam war and many of 
their friends. Even though I was only 11 when I got my bracelet. I will never get rid of it.


From: "Edie Shelton" <Eswimfast@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 20:34:13 -0800

RE: Capt. George Mims Jr. 
Missing on 12-20-65

I would really like to give the bracelet I have had for many many years to the family. I wore it thru High school and have always had it with me during the many stages of my life. It has been with me thru college, work and now as a stay at home mom. I have thought about him often and wondered a lot about his family and loved ones. I have explained to my child who George was and how he sacrificed his life for our freedom. Needless to say the 9/11 incidents have stirred up memories of George. I would really love to hear from anyone in the family and find out where I could send the original bracelet that is his. My email address is: Eswimfast@msn.com

God bless you and please drop me a note should you find this on the web.


From: "Sheryl Dunaway" <smrdance@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 11:36:54 -0500

To family of Eugene M. Jewell,

I still wear my bracelet bearing the name Eugene M. Jewell. 9-4-65. I got my bracelet when I was is elementary school in El Paso Texas.  I  am married to a Navy Pilot living in Maryland and would love to share with you.  I visit the wall.

Dancingly, 
Sheryl-Marie Dunaway


From: csashley@aol.com
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 14:19:26 EST
Subject: to the family of Col. Gregg Hartness

My name is Charles Ashley and I have worn a POW/MIA bracelet with Col. Hartness name since 1970.  I am also a Viet Nam veteran and would very much like to return this bracelet to his loved ones.  

Thank you,  Charles Ashley
email address; csashley@aol.com


From: ICHITI@aol.com
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 02:06:39 EST
Subject: ROY F TOWNLEY

 AMERICA

AMERICA, THEY SAY THE WAR ENDED IN 1973,
BUT NOT FOR ROY F. TOWNLEY AND OTHERS LIKE HE.
AMERICA, THEY SAY THE LIST THEIR NAMES WERE NOT,
SO OUR AMERICAN SONS WERE SEEMINGLY FORGOT.
AMERICA, THEY SAY MUST SEE TO BELIEVE, 
SO THEY SHOWED US A PICTURE
OF ROY F. TOWNLEY AND SAID THEIR'S OTHERS LIKE HE.
AMERICA, THEY SAY MUST OPEN THEIR HEARTS 
AND PUT BACK THE FAMILYS THAT ARE TORN APART
AMERICA, THEY SAY DOES ANOTHER WAR YET HAVE TO BE,
BEFORE YOU REALIZE THIS IS HAPPENING TO YOU AND TO ME.
AMERICA, THEY SAY IT'S A WAR WE WILL HAVE WON,
ONCE WE BRING HOME OUR AMERICAN SONS.
AMERICA, THEY SAY UNITED WE MUST STAND,
IF JUSTICE IS TO BE SERVED FOR EVERY AMERICAN MAN.
AMERICA, TOGETHER WE CAN.

JUDY LAVALLE


From: Evans, Mark, T, TSG, 102MXS/LGMCE, 4577
Subject: RETURN OF POW BRACELET <MAJOR WOODROW WILSON PARKER II>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 08:04:06 -0500

I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU ON THE LOSS OF YOUR BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS SON WOODROW. 

MY NAME IS BILL CARBONE. I HAVE SPENT THE LAST 29 YEARS SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND HAVE GOT TO DO SO ONLY BECAUSE OF THE SACRIFICES PUT FORTH BY OTHERS. I HAVE A BRACELET THAT BELONGS TO YOU THAT I HAVE HAD FOR OVER 30 YEARS. I HAVE ONLY RECENTLY FOUND OUT THROUGH THE INTERNET THAT WOODROW HAS COME HOME. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE IT RETURNED PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT WILDBILL3109@COMP.COM. OR DROP ME A NOTE. 
MY ADDRESS IS 46 JUNIPER ST. LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS. 01852. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS


Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 10:20:34 -0600
Subject: Loveletters

Dear Thomas Beyer's family,

    We forgot to send you our reply E-mail address.  The address is: dfriesen@esu6.org
                                              Thanks, Jayme G. & Kara B.


Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 10:35:58 -0600
From: Person 3 <p3@esu6.esu6.k12.ne.us>
Subject: LoveLetters

    Dear family of SGT. James M. Lopez,

        We understand if you don't want to mail us back because we know how you feel when a person comes to your house and tells you that your loved one is missing in action.  If you would like to e-mail us back you can reach us at dfriesen@esu6.org. We are in fourth grade and we are researching MIA and POWs.   We are serious about this letter.

                                                        From Heartland Community Schools fourth Grade

Brittany and Katie


Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 10:38:31 -0600
Subject: Loveletters

Dear family of James M. Lopez,

    I am very sorry about the fact that your family lost James.  If you would E-mail me, I would  appreciate it. You can E-mail me at dfriesen@esu6.org.

                                                        From,
                                                        Portia.L


From: GoneStirCrcy9974@aol.com
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 20:09:14 EST
Subject: Family Members

I just recently came upon your website through a radio program. I have a POW/MIA bracelet. I found him on your website listed under "Remains Returned." His name is Charles E. Finney. I was wondering if I could get more information on his family so that I could possibly return his bracelet to them. I would also like to know if there is a way that I could receive information on maybe getting another bracelet through mail order.

Thank you for your time,
Michael L. Brister II US NAVY


From: MIKENSTELA@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 13:51:50 EST

To the family of Robert Dyczkowski
I served in Viet Nam Aug. 70-Feb. 71. When I returned home, I started college in Santa Fe, NM. There, I met the wife of a POW through a veterans club that I helped to organize (Her husband was eventually returned). From her organization, I purchased the POW bracelet of then Maj. Robert Dyczkowski. I am truly sorry for your loss. I am, however, grateful for his service and for his subsequent partial recovery. My brother was a F-111 and then a F-117A pilot. I cannot imagine the loss I would feel if he had failed to return home and, even more so, the failure of his country to repatriate him as our country did to your loved one. While I can not truthfully say I have worn my bracelet every day for the past  thirty + years, I can say I wore it for all of my college days and on quite days since then. Every so often, I take it out and wear it for a time-just my way of saying "I have not forgotten." 

My email address is "mikenstela@aol.com" if you decide to contact me.
God bless your family and Robert.

Mike


From: ThebeachTLC@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 21:34:08 EST
Subject: Re: To the family of Paul Claude Charvet

I wore your loved one's bracelet for about 3 years. I refused to take it off, even when I had to have surgery. I just found out that Paul was only 37 when he was killed. Not much older than I am now (43). My bracelet said 3/21/67 on it. But according to the "little bit" of bio I found, It wasn't until 12/2/77 that he was actually shot down. God, I hope this isn't upsetting you. But I sure hope you get it! I've loved someone I don't even know for many years now.

Laurie E Fisher
627 Sollecks Ave
Ocean Shores WA 98569
 thebeachtlc@aol.com

From: NikkiDods@aol.com
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 22:59:19 EST

March 25, 2002

To the Family of Colonel Brendan Patrick Foley. Date of Loss: 24 November 1967. 

I still have Brendan's bracelet and think of him often. I just signed on to this site and looked up his name and see that he is still missing in action. For years I have wondered if he has been found. I realized that in two days will be his 70th birthday. My heart goes out to his famaily and hope someday soon there will be closure on the where abouts of Colonel Brendan Patrick Foley. 

Nikki Dodson
Safety Harbor, Florida
Nikkidods@aol.com


From: JoanRay50@aol.com
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:00:37 EST
Subject: Jonathan Bednarek bracelet

I have had Jonathan's bracelet for so many years. It has been a part of me for so long. Now it is time to let the family have it and to cherish it as I did. It is a reminder of a wonderful young man who did his duty for his country.

I hope to hear from you so that I can return the bracelet, to his family who it has always belong to.

From: Renee Wagner <ReneeWagner@KennedyJenks.com>
Subject: To the Family of Lt. Cdr. Michael S. Speicher
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:36:43 -0800

I have been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet bearing the name of Lt. Cdr. Michael S. Speicher since March 1991. The bracelet has never been removed since that time. There is never a day that goes by that I don't stop and think 
about him. 

With the recent development in this case, I am waiting the day that I can return this bracelet to the family. I just wanted to let you know that he is thought of daily ... not only by me, but by those who ask about the bracelet. It amazes me that most people did not even realize that we still had one unaccounted for.

I would love to hear from anyone who would be so kind as to give me more information on Lt. Cdr. Speicher. 

I can be reached by email: reneewagner@kennedyjenks.com

Renée Wagner
Administrative Assistant

From: LilacLily@aol.com
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 19:59:42 EST

To the family, friends and loved ones of Lt. Daniel G. Dawson ~

I was given the bracelet with Daniel's name in 1969 - I was fifteen. I wore it every day until I entered the USAF in 1977, though I never forgot about Daniel, and have kept him in my prayers since that time. I came across this website which gave me information about him that I did not know until know. We share the same birthday, though not the same year, and he is from San Luis Obispo, where I know live.

I am proudly wearing the bracelet again and vow to wear it until he comes home.

With Warm Regards,
Susan

From: "Summer HAndy" <handy_summer@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 11:08:04 -0500

Hello- 
My name is Summer Handy and I am 18 years old. I currently do not own a POW/MIA bracelet but I am looking for one. I just wrote to tell the families of those lost that we haven't forgotten your loved ones. Even the younger generation appreciates the sacrifice of your loved ones. I am in the ROTC unit in my school and thanks to your loved ones we have that privilege to gather some type of military knowledge. I just thought I would write and say that even those not directly affected by their and your loss keep them in our prayers, and still give never ending support to those who have not yet returned home and share your hopefulness of their safe return. 

Sincerely,
Summer Handy

From: "Reuben Dunn" <ReubenDunn@ldma.freeserve.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 18:42:02 -0000

 To the family of SSG Larry D. Welsh:

I am an ex- Army Signal Corp Sgt.

While I was ten years too young to go to 'Nam, I remember quite well those days of the 60-70's. At elementary school I had a friend whose dad was in the VFW. I remember wearing the bracelets.

Since my discharge I've felt a kindred spirit for those men and women who wore/wear the uniforms that protect the freedoms that we both cherish and sometimes take for granted.

I found out about SSG. Welsh when I was sent a MIA bracelet and read his biography.

Words cannot express the gratitude that I feel towards men like your son. Men who put duty to country above duty to self.

I cannot imagine what the past decades have been like for you and your family.

One day SSG. Welsh will return.

I wear the bracelet with pride and gratitude. But most of all, I wear it in memory of an American Solider.

Kindest Regards
Reuben Dunn (SGT)
Reuben_Dunn@ldma.freeserve.co.uk


From: Loyalist1776@aol.com 
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 21:09:01 EST

I'm looking for anyone who knew , worked with or is related to Albert Cook Mitchell. I recently adopted him from the operation just cause web site. The more I find about this man the more i respect and admire him. I am still trying to find anything about him and hopefully someday tell his family how much he has changed my life. I will not stop until he is home

Nicole
Loyalist1776@aol.com



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