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

From: "Tina Zaczyk" <jatz@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Black Virgin Mountain
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 16:49:56 -0800

Hi, I was wandering if you could direct me to information about the battle that happened on April 8, 1972 on Black Black Virgin Mt. Would you have the email of Capt. Johnie L. Ray. He survived the attack (pow) on that day, but my hometown friend did not. He was killed there on April 8th 1972.(Tay Ninh/B. Virg Mt) I would appreciate any emails of anyone that would know anything about this fight on this day. Thanks 

From: Banotwin@aol.com
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 05:04:21 EST

When I was in the third grade my oldest brother, 19 was sent to Vietnam by the Army. I still remember the worry and uncertainty our family faced, we prayed everyday for his safety. He was seriously wounded when he came back 11/2 yrs. later but he was better in time and I will never forget the look on my mother's face when she saw him again. I wish this for all of our soldiers could have came back to us but to the families and friends your loved ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. I honor the memories of your sons, husbands, dads, and brothers, along with countless other Americans whose freedoms were bought at a heavy cost. I have one of the copper bracelets honoring one of these heroic men, S/Sgt Roger Hallberg . To his family and friends I would say it has been an honor and a privilege to be able to have and wear this. Last year I got to see the Wall and like others I had many different emotions all at the same time. It was so hard to see all the names and to realize these young men were taken from us much to soon. I will say a prayer and always remember you in my heart. The family or friends of Roger may choose to email me if they would like , if not I understand and God Bless You.

From: "Kay Williams" <kaywilliams@citlink.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 23:43:03 -0700

I am looking for information about Clive G. Jeffs. I f you knew him or served with him, I would like to hear from 

Kay Wilson Williams

From: "Bill & Natalie Fields" <fieldsn@prodigy.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 22:05:53 -0500

To the family of Capt. Walter F. Draeger USAF MIA 4-4-65

It is with great pleasure and pride that I would like to tell the family of Capt. Draeger, that at the age of 18 I bought a 
POW/MIA bracelet with the name of their hero inscribed on it. I purchased this bracelet on my 17th birthday when I joined the Army on delayed entry. I was proud to wear such an item, because it seemed to make me feel even more like an American. When I first put it on, I actually felt like had a connection with this person who sacrificed one for the freedom of all. Till this day, I have always heard stories of people finding the family and returning the bracelet to them or even just to notify the family that someone out there still remembered and he was thought about everyday by a complete stranger. It's sad in a way the way I found this website.I was listening to a radio station that does dedications at night and with the recent disaster of 9/11a caller come on and was talking about pendants to support all those that were lost and this site was mentioned. They talked about the POW/MIA bracelets and I was actually excited that I finally found a place where I might be able to learn of the individual that has been worn by me everyday for the past 14 yrs. As soon as I came home I logged on to the Internet and came directly to the site. I searched the database with anticipation until I finally found the name CAPT. WALTER F. DRAEGER. I was saddened to find thought that this hero was still listed as MIA, but was also happy as I found a short Bio of what he did and how he came to be listed on the bracelet.

I would just like to say that even though I was not yet born when he was listed as MIA, I still feel a deep patriotism 
to all that have been lost. Even more so from the fact that I have served 4 yrs in the82nd AIRBORNE 1/504th and it just makes me feel privileged to be part of what is the greatest nation in the world.

If any family member should read this, I would be honored if I could hear from you. There is only one way I will take this bracelet off and that is for one of Capt. Draeger family members to want it returned to them. If not, just a note or e-mail from them would make me even prouder.

My e-mail address is as follows: William J. Fields  <fieldsn@prodigy.net>

And if anyone else would like to drop me a line I would love to hear from you as well.POW/MIA's shall never be forgotten

William J. Fields

From: K9Lukain@cs.com
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 02:46:42 EST

I just found this site and I have 3 MIA/POW bracelets I have been wearing some 15 years. How do I go a bout getting them back to there  families.

Capt. Richard Rich USN  May 19,1967  NVN
Capt. Douglas D. Ferguson USAF  Dec. 30. 1969  Laos
Maj. Bobby Gene Huggins USAF June 4, 1970 SVN

From: Luvbeer83@aol.com
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 21:02:47 EDT
Subject: Capt Park G Bunker

I have heard that they are trying to work with the country of Laos to gain access to the area where Park's plane went down. If anyone has any info on this I would greatly appreciate it.  I am Park's cousin, he was like a brother to us and it is so hard to find out anything. Thank you for your time. 

Janet B. Labeau
e-mail Luvbeer83@aol.com

From: "john walker" <john_5721@msn.com>
Subject: Loveletters:  To the Family Of M/SGT. MARSHALL KIPINA, 7/14/66
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 21:52:13 -0700

I would like to send my warmest regards to M/SGT. MARSHALL KIPINA's family. As a result of this website I have learned that Marshall Kipina is from Calumet, Michigan. I too am from Michigan but I live in lower Michigan and vacation often in the u.p. If you read this and would like to correspond with me I am available at e-mail address 
<john_5721@msn.com>. I have had my bracelet for thirty years now and would love to learn more about M/SGT MARSHALL KIPINA, well, as much as you feel comfortable sharing with me. My name is Donna and I look forward to hearing from you. Thank You and God Bless You. 

From: SGL194@aol.com
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 21:21:25 EDT
Subject: Family of Randolph W. Ford

I just found this website and have learned of his death. I have had and worn a bracelet with his name and information since the 60s.

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 11:13:20 -0400
From: J Padilla <jpadilla@comporium.net>

April 15,2002
To the family of LCDR David E. McRae, USN

My name is Joanie Padilla and I have had David's bracelet for almost 20 years now. I have thought of you and David so very often and have kept you in my prayers. I just recently found that his remains have been repatriated. I would very much like to now return his bracelet to the family. In my quest for finding his family, I contacted Lieutenant David Rehman who was in the aircraft with David during his incident. He was very touched by the information that I gave him, but could not help in finding his family; only that he remembered that David was from Decatur, Ga. 


Anyone with any information contact me so that I may get in touch with this family that has been such a part of my life for so many years.


From: Bjmc52@aol.com
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 20:11:35 EDT
Subject: Lt. Col. Gilbert Palmer

For many years (starting in 1970, I'll be 50 this year), I wore the POW/MIA bracelet with Lt. Col. Gilbert Palmer's name on it, dated 2-28-68. I had to keep the inside of it covered with adhesive tape because it stained my wrist. Finally, I do not remember what year, it broke in two. I was heart broken. Over the years, I had asked at many fairs, etc., how to find out if "my soldier" was ever found. No one ever gave me an answer that led anywhere. I have not asked for a long time. But, whenever the subject of the Vietnam war comes up, I always mention Lt. Col. Gilbert Palmer.

I have no idea why I never searched the Internet before? But, I just sat down 30 minutes or so ago to do just that. And I found him! So very disappointed to learn he and Capt. Thomas Wright were never located. I imagine seeing the movie "We were Soldiers" this past weekend, finally prompted me to search.

I am going to order a new bracelet with his name on it of course. Then I will find the old one, I have it somewhere, and send it to the P.O.W. Network. 

Thank you for creating this web site. There is so much interesting information! And, I hope Lt. Col. Gilbert Palmer's family sees that "others" have not forgotten him, as I am sure they have not.

Thank you again, Brenda J. Mickel-Close

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 14:43:56 -0400
From: "Rutherford, Gloria" <gloria.rutherford@ncogroup.com>

To the Family of Capt. John Duffy

I am sorry for your loss. I have the POW bracelet for Capt. Duffy. DOB 1/23/46 Portland, ME If you would like it back, I will mail it to you.  Please email me at Runglo13@aol.com

Gloria Rutherford

From: "MAUREEN A HOSLEY" <mhosley@socal.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 22:06:14 -0700

To the Family of Don C. Wood:

I have had your husband, father, son, brother i.d. bracelet since 1972. Don has been a part of my life for 30 years, this is hard to grasp. You have all been in my prayers and thoughts a good part of the time. 

I'm so sorry that we as Americans haven't harder to bring our family home or at least notification of what has happened. I will keep you all in my prayers.


From: MAMASCOOPS@aol.com
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 00:26:09 EDT

Richard Fitz [Fitts] (Army)

As a young girl of just 12 or 13 I received a POW bracelet, on it was the name of Richard Fitz. Immature that I was, and not knowing the enormity of the whole thing, I traded that bracelet with a friend of mine for something she had handmade. Growing up, learning more knowledge of the whole war, I always wondered what happened to Richard Fitz, and it saddened me that I had traded that bracelet so many years before. As an adult, I pray for Richard Fitz and his family, for all the families. 

God Bless all of you, all of us.


Subject: Loveletters
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 10:24:29 -0500
From: "Stuart M. Madison" <Stu@johnsoncountytx.org>

Subject: CWO Jon M. Sparks

I have worn Jon M. Sparks, of Carey, Idaho, since 1985.  By chance I had found my moms old copper bracelet from the 70's with his name, got interested, and got involved.  Through a kind lady in Arlington, Texas, I believe her name was Rosemary, I found an aluminum band with Jon's name and began to wear that one.  You know the function of the bracelet? Almost every kid in my school or in scouting asked about it, and many of them wanted one.  I must have sold a hundred.  I felt like the school was going to investigate me, selling little packages out of my locker for $4.00 apiece.   Felt proud to sell them though.

Of course the aluminum ones break, as did mine in 1988 I believe.  So I ordered an stainless steel one with Jon's name and it remains on my wrist to this day.  Tough little bracelet, its like a table knife. Sometimes it pinches or scratches, or catches my wife's hair.  What a small price to pay compared to what others have paid.

There must be half a dozen Sparks listed in Carey, Idaho.  It would be rude for me to call or write them.  But hopefully they might read this and know that I care.

Stuart Madison
Cleburne, Texas

Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 16:02:51 -0400
From: "Romero, Victor" <Victor.Romero@usa.xerox.com>

Concerning : Victor Romero/ US Air Force/ E4
                   Lost: 19 March 1968 in South Vietnam

I was writing to this family for the reason that my name is Victor as well. I have been involved or at least trying to be involved in the POW/MIA issue for about 6 yrs now. It all started my freshman year in High School. I noticed, while looking through other sites, that they always have it dedicated to someone. I want to dedicate my website to Victor Romero. I'm going to try and get as much information on it as I can. If anyone knows any kind of information on this man, please let me know!!! I need any and all the information that I can get! I really appreciate it! To the family members of Victor Romero, I am doing this out of pure honor and respect! I hope it doesn't offend at all, if so, please let me know. May God bless the families of all the other pow's and mia. Why forget about these brave souls, when they never forgot about us. 

Victor Romero

Victor Romero
972-420-5850  ext:9164

From: DeeEss57@aol.com
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 20:38:27 EDT
Subject: Loveletters - Lt Col James C Hartney bracelet

Thirty years ago, I was just strolling through the mall in Minneapolis when I saw a kiosk selling bracelets. Not just any bracelet -- but POW/MIA bracelets. Not having ever seen or heard of them before, I stopped to look. And bought one. The name on my bracelet is Lt Col James C Hartney, USAF, lost on 05 Jan 1968. I wore that bracelet 24 hours a day and even had to coat the inside of it with nail polish to keep it from negatively affecting my skin. I wore it until it broke in half. Heartbroken, I carefully put it in my jewelry box for safekeeping. But I did not forget the man whose name was on it. At the end of the war, I scoured the lists of returning POWs for his name. But in vain. When I visited The Wall in Washington, DC, I looked for his name and found it -- noting that he was still listed as 'Missing'. I took a rubbing of his name, to go with my bracelet. Now I have found this web site and I now know what Lt Col Hartney's fate was. Despite the fact that I do not know Lt Col Hartney, I was deeply saddened to see that he did not return alive, although his remains were returned in 1989. And now that I know I can get a new bracelet, I shall do so and when I next visit the nation's capitol, I will leave my old one at The Wall near Lt Col Hartney's name. 

Dawn Stickney

From: Salazar Jo Ann <JoAnn.Salazar@pa.ngb.army.mil>
Subject: To the Family of Norman Philip Westwood Jr.
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 11:11:34 -0400

To the Family of Norman Philip Westwood Jr.

I took my daughter to the Bridgeport Fair a few years back and we saw the bracelets with servicemen from CT. I bought one for me and also the T-shirt, and a bracelet for my daughter. I chose Norman because my ex-husbands nickname is Norm. I have kept up with looking for Norman in MIA/POW items but this is the first site where I found so much information. I will continue to honor him by wearing the bracelet or if the family would like it back, please write to me at: joasalazar@military.com for I and my daughter now serve the PA Army National Guard. 

My prayers for all our POW's.
 Jo A. Salazar

From: "Gisin, Marilynne" <MGisin@onyxgroup.com>
Subject: Remembering Major Robert E. Rausch, Hicksville, New York
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 17:51:10 -0400

Hello....I just discovered this site today and am overcome by emotion.

In 1971, as a girl in my 20's in Washington, DC, I became the proud but sad owner of a POW bracelet with (at that time) Capt. Robert E. Rausch's name and hometown.  I was a White House staffer at the time in the Nixon Administration and remembered one day being called in by a Director who asked that I remove this bracelet for it was a "liberal" act against the Administration.  I responded that the Vice President had just planted a tree on behalf of the POWs and MIAs and I saw no difference between my action and his.  I continued to wear the bracelet for seven years through labor, birth and delivery of my daughter and, in general, my life.

I looked down one day in the late '70's and discovered it had broken apart and was gone.  I was bereft.  I didn't want to choose another soldier -- Capt. Rausch was my soldier.  So I've kept him in my prayers for these many years and there's hardly a day that goes by I don't think of him and his bravery on behalf of his country.

As I said, I discovered this site and was able to obtain information on his biography and details of his capture. For this, I'm very grateful. This afternoon I ordered another bracelet (stainless steel) with the Major's name inscribed.  It will serve as a constant reminder that in this new century we're only here because of Robert Rausch and the others like him who went into service on behalf of their country and are still, quite possibly, out there.

I can be reached at tudazwoman@earthlink.net.



From: Twins763316948@aol.com
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 20:32:14 EDT

My name is Wilma and I live in Texas.  I have had Capt. John Bruchers bracelet for a long time.  I wear it everyday. I was hoping that I could get a hold of his family to see if the would like his bracelet.  His children or grandchildren might want it.  I was in the era of the VietNam war, and it was a tragic thing.  Your husband, dad, or grandad was a brave man.  I will always remember him.

wilma neely
twins763316948 @aol.com

From: "sue nash" <sdn3757@netacc.net>
Subject: thanks !

Sgt. Gary LaBohn 11-30-68

I wore my bracelet for years as a teenager....until it broke in half - however I have always kept it where I see it often...and think of the gentleman - that has held a place in my heart for close to thirty years....I finally was able to get some information about him on you web sight- And and I am going to be ordering a replacement bracelet in his name.

I am considering, hesitantly, to contact his sister, and send her the origional bracelet from the early 70's ...what do you think ??? Her history regarding his status is...amazing !!!

From: Flyingsewlo@aol.com
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 19:43:27 EDT

Back in 1970, I was 12 years old and wearing a pow-mia bracelet bearing the name Glendon Ammon. The date on Maj. Glendon Ammons bracelet reads 9-21-66. April 2002, I found his name on the internet stating his remains were returned in 1978.I always wondered when I would gain information, and if the return of his bracelet would be desired by a loved one. If you, or someone you know has been hoping for his bracelet to be returned, my email address is flyingsewlo@aol.com. I would be more than happy to return the bracelet to a rightful owner. Thank you

From: "janice lee" <wildcat18@earthlink.net>
Subject: To the family of Gary Lee Johnson.
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 19:29:24 -0700

Hi, my name is Janice Lee and I am doing an report on your family member for my history class, am from Arlington Tx, and I attend Sam Houston High, am 18 and my last name is lee that's one reason why I choose him :) .I am very sorry for the lost of your family member his death was horrible. I would like to know if any of his family members could give me a little more info about him, such as his race, and was he married or had any children left behind or a picture of him. The bio on him dose not give much info about him. I would really like it if any of him family members receive this message you cam e-mail me at Sweetlips1603@hotmail.com
Thank you for taking some your time to read my message.

Janice Virginia Lee :)

From: JWelsh2@aol.com
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 18:05:01 EDT
Subject: loveletters to James Richard Shively

On May 5 
Sad day then
Glad day now
Thank you for your bravery
You are not forgotten
Your name is worn with honor

jane welsh

From: "Todd Harrington" <THARRINGTON@meditech.com>
Date: Fri, 3 May 2002 16:46:54 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)


For the last 12+ years I have worn a bracelet for Elbert W. Bush.  After looking around today it appears as though he has been sent home.  I was wondering if there was anything I could do with my bracelet.  I'd like to mail it to the family or something to that effect.  What have others done?

Hope this message gets to you.  


Todd Harrington, Quality Control Specialist
Medical Information Technology, Inc.

From: "madamblue" <madamblu@techline.com>
Subject: 2 bracelets Edmunds, Robt.C Clifton/ William J Potter
Date: Fri, 3 May 2002 22:11:29 -0700

I have the two POW/MIA bracelets for Robert Clifton Edmunds Jr., USAF lost 10/27-68, N Vietnam, DOB 6/2/42 home Richmond , VA, remains returned 6/88, aircraft F 105D #4264.

Second - Maj. William J. Potter lost 12/29/67, Laos, DOB 9/24/35 home Ambridge PA, remains identified 10/18/95, 
aircraft Douglas A26A.

Any family member remaining, wondering, I would feel very much like to return these bracelets to the next of 


From: Maggie6G@ATTBI.COM
Date: Sun, 5 May 2002 14:18:18 EDT

For years I've worn 2 Bracelets. One for LT JG Carelton Miller, Of Melrose, Ma.

Should anyone know anything abou the family, I would like to reach out to tell them Carelewton is very much a part of my everyday life. The same is true for Cmdr John Leaver, Jr, hometown, Arlington, Ma. 

Anyone having any knowledge of either family could write to me at Maggie6G@ATTBI.COM

Thanks and PEACE To ALL

From: "Chris Warner" <Norseman6@islc.net>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Subject: Love Letters: Capt Walter R. Schmidt Jr.

I bought my POW/MIA bracelet on Sept 25, 1999, the day after I graduated from Marine recruit Depot Parris Island, SC.  I bought it at my much anticipated visit to The Wall.  There I chose Capt Walter R. Schmidt Jr. because he is a fellow Marine, and New Yorker.  Ever since that day I have proudly worn the bracelet and told anyone who inquired about it why I wear it.

Lance Corporal Warner, C.A.
United States Marine Corps
MCAS Beaufort, SC


Date: Mon, 06 May 2002 22:24:31 -0400
From: John Sallinger <jescapdoc@usa.net>

I am looking for any information on family or friends of COL KELLY F. COOK, his aircraft was shot down 10 Nov 1967.

I have had his POW/MIA bracelet since 1971, and  want his family to know he is remembered.

I'd appreciate any information or contact with family or friends.


John Sallinger

Dance as if no one were watching
Sing as if no one were listening
And Live Every Day
As if it were your last

From: Offeringstowall@aol.com
Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 11:10:04 EDT

My dad PFC Randall Ruggs was killed in the Vietnam war in 1969.I was only 2 yrs old. And he was 22 yrs old. I don't remember my Dad but I miss him and love him very much. That's why I have created a website dedicated to my Dad PFC. Randall Ruggs and all the others killed in Vietnam war. Having moved to Washington D.C 3 yrs ago. I know first hand what it's like not to be able to visit or bring offerings to the wall. It was a very moving experience to see the wall in person for the first time. I thought it would be a great idea to create this website for other loved ones and friends that have the same feelings as I do about the men and women on the wall but cannot visit the wall in person. I have fresh flower arrangements. And I will take your offerings to the wall for you. And you will get a Free rubbing of your loved ones name and a e-mail photo of the day. I hope everyone will come and check out my website. www.offeringstothewall.com.  I want to help the men and women that did make it back.. I have lost my Father and this is the only way I can help.. ALL THE DONATIONS WILL GO TO HOMELESS VETERANS & OTHER VETERANS THAT NEEED ARE HELP!!!!
Thank you all..

Mia Ruggs

From: "Connie Gale" <cgale@exis.net>
Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 20:16:23 -0400

Hello ~
   I still remember receiving my POW/MIA bracelet in the mail more than thirty years ago while living in Connecticut.  The bracelet reads:  Capt. George W. Clarke Jr. (date of loss) 10-16-67.

   Coincidentally, after moving to Virginia I learned I'm not far from George Clarke's home town of Hampton.

   While I wore his bracelet daily for several years, now it's occasionally, but without fail someone will ask about him.  I tell what I know of his story, and they truly listen.

   To his family ~ if you would be interested in corresponding, I would like that very much.  Please write cgale@exis.net.

  Thank you.

From: "Linda Hook" <sturgis1@paulding-net.com>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 22:45:33

To the family of Capt. Lawrence Gerald Evert 11/08/67
Dear Family,
My name is Lee Ann Hook. I've been wearing the POW braclet of your husband, father, brother, ect. since 1972 when I was a junior in high school. To Danny, David and your sisters I want you to know you have my deepest sympathy. I'm still find it hard to believe that you finally have your fathers remains. I've been keeping track on the enternet about anything I could find about him. Just last year I saw his autobiography and it tore me up. I've been wondering for 33 years about who he was and about his life. I'm keeping a scrapbook on what I find. Now I find out this. I want you to know if you would like to have the bracelet please let me know. I've been wearing it for all this time and it has been a part of me that is hard to explain. My husband did 2 tours in Vietnam but was lucky to come home. He was also in the Air Force. This braclet holds a special place in my heart I have felt a kindred spirit to your father even tho I never knew him. Please if you read this please contact me I've been looking for you for a long time. My email address is   sturgis1@paulding-net.com.   I'm from Ohio.
Hope to hear from you soon,  Lee Ann

From: Randle64@aol.com
Date: Tue, 14 May 2002 01:33:22 EDT

I just wanted to let the friends and/or family of Richard Evancho, know, I have his bracelet.  I acquired it in 1993 and I still wear his bracelet.  I just wanted to let people who knew him, know, that by wearing his bracelet, I feel like I am doing my part to make sure he is not forgotten.  And to let them know, yes....someone does have it.

-Cassaundra Randle

From: "Jewels H" <joules13@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 13:22:45 -0700

To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Julie and I am wearing a bracelet to honor Col William J Thompson (8-1-68). I hope his family reads this message because everyday that I wear it I proudly show my support for a man who so bravely honored his country. The bracelet was a gift from a friend who has worn hers since they first became available. Neither she nor I have ever taken it off and we will continue to wear it in his honor. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you. You are the true heroes in this world.

He is not and will never be forgotten,


From: "Amy Shingledecker" <mamers_10@hotmail.com>
Subject: Col. William E. Cooper
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 10:22:19 -0400

I'm 18 years old and an Air Force ROTC cadet at Michigan State University.  I wear the name of Col. William E. Cooper USAF MIA on 24 April 66.  I don't know this man, yet feel so close to him.  A true hero in my eyes.  God bless him and his family. 
If a family member of Col. Cooper happens to read this, please email me if you would like. 
POW/MIA   You are not forgotten.
~Amy Shingledecker

From: Bskcjm@aol.com
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 18:30:51 EDT

It's been so many years that I have had "my guy's" bracelet that I really can't remember when I got it.  I think it was one of the original ones offered.  I remember wearing it until my wrist turned green.  (It was a copper one)  My Mom finally told me to take it off or my wrist would stay that way.  I did take it off, but I never forgot.  For years now I have been wondering what ever happened to "my" Richard.  I always felt close to him.  Like he was family.  I just recently found out he was from Pittsburgh, PA. and  that he was only 19 years old.  I found a web site that gave an account of what happened the day he was lost.  I cried.  This past weekend was Memorial Day Weekend.  As always, I went to a Memorial Day service.  As always, I remembered Richard in my thoughts & prayers.  His remains have never been found.   I did find him on the traveling wall.  As I placed a flag under his panel I cried.  I cried for his family that have missed him all these years.  I cried for the life he should have had.    If you are a member of Richard's family and are reading this I am sending a big huge hug to you.  I will continue to honor his memory and pray for him and his family until he comes home.   

Barb Koffski

From: "Laura Garcia" <lbgarcia94@hotmail.com>
Subject: Loveletters - Major Paschal Glenn Boggs
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 00:47:48 -0400

Memorial Day 2002 has just ended - a more reflective, introspective Memorial Day in the aftermath of Sept. 11th.   I planted three trees this morning in memory of the victims/heroes at each site - Pennsylvania, New York City, and Washington D.C.  My thoughts then turned to the bracelet I wear each Memorial Day, 4th of July & Veteran's Day which bears the name of another hero - Maj. Paschal G. Boggs.  I had found out his hometown years ago at the Vietnam Memorial, but knew little else about him.  I knew in the Internet Age that there had to be more I could find, so I started searching until I came across the POWNET site.  Thank you for enabling me to add more pieces to the vague picture. 
I received my bracelet in the early 1970's while I was in high school.  It was a common unifying bond for the polarized society of the time.  I wore it constantly through high school and then on the three holidays, but it was never forgotten.
I thought my bracelet was gone forever eight years ago when my home burned to the ground.  In the ashes of one room, I came across the charred remains of the box it resided in - one of the very few possessions that survived.  Inside, the bracelet was encrusted black and unrecognizable, but I took it to be cleaned anyway.  It came back clean and bright as if it had to remain a memorial to a remarkable man.
I would appreciate any information on Major Boggs or his family.  My email is lbgarcia94@hotmail.com
Thank you,
Laura Garcia

"Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward."
      Soren Kierkegaard

From: PASnuggs@aol.com
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 15:47:30 EDT

To the family of Edumend Frenyea:
Today is Memorial Day 2002. I am wearing my POW bracelet for your loved one today. Please know that  there are still people who  still care about and hold in memory those who are still lost or missing.


From: PMJgram@aol.com
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 14:47:50 EDT

To: Jenny Watson--sister of Capt. Danny Day Entrican.

I've had Danny's bracelet for over 30 years. Would like to contact you to relate a lifetime of thoughts and prayers. Remembering on Memorial Day 2002--

Paula Janney (PMJgram@aol.com)

From: "Katrina Mathews" <rustkm7@lvcm.com>
Date: Sun, 26 May 2002 21:39:41 -0700

To the family and friends of Maj. Kurt McDonald lost Dec 31, 1964.  My name is Katrina I have Maj. McDonald bracelet, I have had this since I was a senior in high school, 1974.  It is Memorial Day tomorrow and I wanted to tell you how sorry I am that these years have passed with out your loved one.  On one of the  last years for the draft,  I remember watching with my male friends for their numbers, and how they kidded me that I was sooo lucky I was a girl, my draft number was a two. All the  while having Maj. McDonald on my wrist.   I think of Maj. McDonald often,   and every New Years Eve I wish him well, and wonder with great sadness what madness makes a young man fly off to the unknown on what we consider to be a holiday and time of rejoicing of the year to come. 
I thank him tomorrow and every day for stepping forward for all of us.  I hope that you find my letter, in the hopes that knowing that someone else  misses him, will help. 

Sincerely,  Katrina Mathews 

From: Mrswcj730@aol.com
Date: Sun, 26 May 2002 12:28:53 EDT
Subject: Maj. James W. Grace

Updating my e-mail address since 1st listing

To the family of Major James. W. Grace:
I have worn Maj. Grace's bracelet for over almost 20 years. Many occasions I am asked exactly what my bracelet means. My initial response is always, "Have you heard of the Vietnam war?" To date, after my explanation of exactly what the bracelet represents, all people pause, seeming to cope with the REALITY I have shared with them --  United States soldiers are alive and being held in Vietnam.  I hope this brief moment of truth in their life may be remembered and not forgotten.

To Major Grace's family, I share in your conviction, I wear my bracelet 24/7 to remind all Americans he is not forgotten.  I would be honored to receive a response from his family and/or friends.

ridgely johnson

Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 21:59:26 -0500
From: "William J. Miller" <wj_miller@swbell.net>

I have been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet for Captain John R. Fischer, USMC for quite a number of years.  He was reported as KIA but not recovered.  I recently just started to do more research into the name that has been a part
of me for so many years.  As I understand it, he was shot down on September 9, 1966.  I selected his bracelet out a group of them for two reasons.  I was living in Pennsylvania at the time, which was Capt. Fisher's home state, as well as I am a USMC veteran myself.  I was too young to be involved in Vietnam, but my father served there for one tour in Siagon with the US Navy at the American Embassy.  That was from 1969-1970.  If anyone has any information regarding Captain Fischer, please let me know.  My wife and I have a son in the US Air Force and he is stationed in Japan right now.

William J. Miller

From: "Martha Sewell" <msewell_1999@msn.com>
Subject: Loveletters-MIA bracelet for Maj. William F Mullen
Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 22:48:58 -0400

To the family of Major William F Mullen, shot down on April 29, 1966:
Just a note to let you know that as Memorial Day approaches, I'm wearing Major Mullen's bracelet. Though I hadn't worn it in years, I always kept the bracelet on top of my jewelry box, and looked at it often, always wondering what had happened to him.  After being directed to the POW Network website by my cousin and seeing that Major Mullen has never been found, I immediately put my bracelet back on, and have told his story to friends who've noticed it. I hope it helps to know that someone else has never forgotten him. My own Dad died 5 years ago, and while I miss him deeply, I also have the comfort of having had him with me all my life, and of sharing his last days. My hearts goes out to you all, and I'll pray daily that someday, his story and his whereabouts will be known.
Martha J Sewell
Medford, Ma

From: Grim493@aol.com
Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 21:34:33 EDT

On the eve of this Memorial Day 200  with the recent terrorist attacks against our country still very fresh in our minds, and our servicemen and women at home and abroad protecting and defending our home's and freedom and way of life so that an event like this may never happen again.

I also want to remember all the service members and there families who have gave all and there ultimate sacrifice in defending there country and fellow countrymen and women, from WWI & II the Korean War, Vietnam and Southeast Asia, the Cold War, Desert Storm and any Military Action that has taken place to preserve freedom and democracy ..

I would like to especially honor the following 3 Vietnam Vets ....

Peter M Cleary   USAF      KIA 

Samuel B Cornelius           MIA

John F Stuart                     MIA     

You will never be forgotten!

Best Regards,

Robert J Egloff

From: Maryann_Russo@notes2.nursing.sunysb.edu
Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 11:33:42 -0400
Subject: POW Richard Fitts Bracelet

My name is Maryann Russo,  In 1973 when bracelets were distributed I had purchased one for POW Richard Fitts.
I have found information that his remains were found in May 90.

I have the bracelet and was wondering if the family would be interested in having it.

I can mail it to them or if you can give me an address to mail it to I would be more than happy to do so.

hope to hear from you soon.
thanks you

If the family would like to contact me they can call me at my work number at 631-444-3645.

Maryann Russo

From: "LAFAVE2911" <LAFAVE2911@email.msn.com>
Subject: Maj. William Young Duggan
Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 14:23:53 -0500

My name is Elizabeth LaFave.  I have Maj. William Young Duggan's bracelet and would like to hear from his family.

Please contact me at lafave2911@msn.com or mail me at 2911 Shady Springs, San Antonio, Texas  78230. 

From: SWTGRSS@aol.com
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 21:56:42 EDT

Hello, I have a POW bracelet with the name of Lt. Terrence H. Hanley - he was from Gardiner Maine.... I am a Maine native (thus chose someone from Maine when I bought my bracelet 25  years ago)  I have Lt.Hanley's bio... but if any member of his family sees this note and would like to contact me... my address is SWTGRSS@aol.com.................

From: "mel/karen" <carmel@wrkcs.net>
Subject: Samuel Walker, Jr.
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 20:17:14 -0500

To the family of Samuel Walker;
I too am a fellow Pennsylvanian and Air Force veteran. I have had the proud honor to wear the bracelet with Samuel's name.  I purchased the bracelet several years ago . I did remove it and recently took it out from the jewelry box that it had been in.  With the increased patriotism of our fellow Americans, it is indeed an honor to wear it again.  I have always wondered about the history of this brave soldier and now with the internet, I have been able to put a face and history with Samuel's name. Feel free to correspond through email if you so desire. I would be honored to talk with you regarding your family member.

From: "kblakslee" <kblakslee@cox.net>
Subject: S/Sgt. Edward A. Willing
Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 22:54:09 -0700

I'm trying to find out more info. about the S/Sgt. Edward A. Willing. I have been through three bracelet with his name over the last fourteen years, but this is the first time I have tried to find something out about him. I'm Sorry S/Sgt. Willing is still missing, but I'm grateful men such as him gave me the freedom I still have today
                                            Semper Fidelis,
                                               Keith Blakslee, USMC

From: Tmpklly@cs.com
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 13:13:25 EDT
Subject: POW bracelet

I've got a POW bracelet I bought when I was in high school in 1972.  The name on it is PFC Oral Terry.  As far as I know, he is still listed as missing.  When we visited the Viet Nam war memorial, we found his name.  I have been
trying for almost 20 years to locate his remaining family.  Each time I've written an organization, I have not heard back from them.  Can you help?  He was reported missing on 5-3-68, according to the bracelet. 


From: CAROLEISERMAN@webtv.net (Carol Mack)
Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 04:21:54 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Hubert Bradford Loheed

I wore a bracelet for many years with the name of Hubert Bradford Loheed, who was listed as MIA.  I had even received a hand-written letter from a family member, although I no longer remember who.

Unfortunately, I was forced to remove the bracelet when I had my third operation in 1976. I was promised they would put it back on in the recovery room, but, somehow, it was lost.  By that time, I no longer knew how to get a replacement, and went on with my life, but I never forgot about him!

For a few years I did receive a sort of newspaper which updated the issues for the POWS/MIAS and their families.  It also contained an updated list in each issue of those who had been accounted for.  I always searched for Hubert Bradford Loheed's name, but never found it.

I can no longer remember the branch of service he was in, but I do remember that the letter I had received when I first got the bracelet said that he had been shot down, I think it might have been fairly early in the war.

I seem to remember that he had quite a few years in the service, and he was definitely married and had a few children, but I no longer remember how many.

I would assume by now that he has been declared Killed In Action, but I would just really like to know as it was an important part of my life - wearing his bracelet.  I even had the special little sticker on it that designated him as MIA. 

When my friend first got me my bracelet, I was so proud to wear it, and we used to try to get other classmates to wear the bracelets - we were only in 9th grade at the time, and were the first in our graduating class of 1976 to wear them. 

I was so jealous of her when her "guy" was only listed as POW, and mine was listed as MIA, because I just knew that meant that mine was NOT coming home.  I know what that meant for me - a stranger just wearing his name on a bracelet,  I cannot conceive of what that horror was to his family and has been all of these years!

I would appreciate any help you could give me!

Carol Mack

From: Hastedt Sgt James D <HASTEDTJD@2mardiv.usmc.mil>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 12:30:08 -0400


0311 USMC

From: "Robert Hill"
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 17:06:28 -0700

To the family & friends of Joseph Dunn USN lost on Valentine's Day 1968 (that always seemed sad).
I just found this site and was happy to learn about his last mission & which Sqd he flew with.  Now I can ask more detailed questions of my Viet Vet friends- perhaps they too served on the Coral Sea.

I wanted you to know that I have had his bracelet since the early 70s. I wore it constantly until the 80s.  Since then, I wear it on memorial day, etc.. But he is not forgotten.

As a Navy brat, I had the privilege of being in Hawaii for "Operation Homecoming". Being there for each plane's arrival was one of the most important events of my life.  Although by then, Lt (at that time) Dunn was listed as MIA- I kept hoping (as I am sure you all did) that he might be a LIVE returnee. 

Someday I would like to visit the Vietnam memorial and search for his name.  Until then (and after) I'll keep Joseph Dunn, his family and all other veterans & their families in my prayers.  And I'll continue to fly the POW/MIA flag and wear my bracelet on holidays. 
Robin Hill 

From: RBP2216@aol.com 
Date: 2002/06/04 Tue PM 02:38:42 EDT

I am not sure where to start so I will start at the beginning....

My husband runs a bobcat business and was digging a swimming pool and noticed something shiny. He stopped and got out (which he rarely does) and discovered a POW bracelet that had been buried in the dirt about 4 feet deep. The home owner has lived there for 17 years and has no idea how it got there. The name on the bracelet is Col. Robert Wilke, 1-16-68. After some Internet research I discovered he was killed in Vietnam and was never found. We put an
article in the local paper hoping to find the owner. We had no luck. I also had telephone several Wilkes in the Milwaukee area with no luck. I came across you web site and would like some help to return it to the family. I
know if it was my family member I would love to have it back. Thanks in advance.

Rhonda & Bart Pinckard
8824 Beach Springs Road
Dittmer Missouri 63023
636-274-2216 Home
636-797-5036 Work

From: MistyEnchantress@aol.com [Add Address]
Date: 2002/06/04 Tue PM 06:19:57 EDT

This Email goes out to the family and friends of Srgnt. James Robert Pantall. I have a friend who has a P.O.W bracelet with his name on it. She wished for me to find out as much as I could about him, because her heart truely went out to him and his family. I found information on him, however, I was wondering if anyone out there could give any information about this young man, so I can intern give my friend this information to give her peace of mind. If possible, she wanted to personally, or through postal mail talk to those who knew and loved Srgnt. James Robert Pantall. Thank you for reading, and I do hope you consider writing me back. Thank you!

Sincerely Yours~
Brandy Marie Perrine

My email addresses are:
and, MistyEnchantress@aol.com

From: BamaGreen@aol.com 
Date: 2002/06/05 Wed PM 09:47:35 EDT
Subject: Oral R. Terry

Just a note to let you know at least one person is still wearing a bracelet for Oral. I've worn it for about 9 years, and will continue to ear it until he comes home. Until that day comes, be strong and keep the faith.


From: "Martha Sewell" <msewell_1999@msn.com> 
Date: 2002/06/05 Wed PM 10:10:53 EDT

Just wanted to post an update to my recent e mail. Though I only began wearing my bracelet again (Major William F Mullen, lost 4-29-66), it's generated lots of interest and discussion. At least 4 people asked about the bracelet and mentioned that they too still had theirs. After directing them to this website, they've all reported back on their results. Two found that their men had been returned alive, one man is still listed as missing, and the last advised that the remains of their person had been returned. The three whose men have been found are now returning their bracelets in the hopes that family members will receive them, and the fourth is now wearing his bracelet again. We're all discussing what more we can do to help in getting information on our heroes that have never been returned-especially those lost in Laos and Cambodia. We're starting by contacting our elected officials in state and federal government. Perhaps if enough of us express our concern, something will happen.

I think it's a wonderful testament to the power of one person getting information out and banding together with others, and I'm proud that after some 30 years, our generation still cares about the men and women who were lost and never recovered in Southeast Asia.

So, to the family of Major Mullen-we are still remembering.

Martha Sewell
Medford, Ma


From: "Tuck, Tom" <ttuck@Argoneng.com>
Subject: LCPL Ronald K. Pennington  USMC
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 16:13:33 -0400 

I have worn this Marine's bracelet since early 1985 when I was in the Marine Corps.  I just found this website today and I would  like to let you know that there is someone else out here who cares.  I would like to get more information on Ronald but only if you are comfortable giving it.  My name is Tom Tuck and I can be reached at ttuck@argoneng.com.

Thank you,


From: Eliz120568@aol.com
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 13:16:05 EDT
Subject: Capt Roger D Helwig of Colo Springs Co

My mother had Capt Roger's bracelet. She never took it off until her health made her do it. She kept it close even then. She passed away on June 3, 2002. I now have her bracelet now and have worn it since that date. I will wear it now for his and my mother's memory. If the family wants to contact me please feel free. My husband is in the Navy and was overseas the past 8 months. I truly understand the meaning of WE WILL NEVER FORGET. I send my prayers to your family. 

Beth Hardman
5311 W Shirley Pl
Lakewood, CO 80232
720 329 4800

From: awells530@aol.com
Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2002 00:30:34 EDT


From: "kcredwine" <kcredwine@seidata.com>
Sunday June 9, 2002

To The Family of William Robert Finn,
I have had Williams Pow bracelet for 28 yrs and today I visted the Traveling Wall that Heals in my home town of 
Lawrenceburg Indiana and I found Williams name on the wall and I wanted u to know that my heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

If any one in your family would like to have the bracelet I  will return it to you.. 

It has been a part of my life since I was a senior in high school. I wish I could comfort you and in family in some way. I guess I should say thank you for a wonderful son that fought for me, and my country. 

With Sincere Appreciation

Cheryl L Redwine
P.O. Box 575
Dillsboro, Indiana 47018

From: Mcbrookman@aol.com
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 00:59:55 EDT

I have been wearing SFC ROBERT D. OWEN's bracelet for approximately 11 years and try to pray for he and his family often. I served in Nam from June 66 - June 67. Some day we will know the truth about our missing loved ones.

Randy "Doc" Brookman

From: "Robert Rose" <cte88342@centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 18:31:06 -0600

To The Family and Friends of SSgt James Albert Champion

He is not nor ever will be forgotten. I am a fellow bracelet wearer, and I see that I am part of a larger family of the same. I am proud to be wearing his bracelet, and will do so until he comes home to you and thereafter.

God Bless,

Phyllis Rose

Anyone connected to James please feel free to contact me with any updates, or just to say Hi.

From: "phyliss irvine" <phylgiants>
Subject: Randy Neal McPhee, USMC
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 16:19:05 -0700

I have been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet for many years for PFC Randy Neal MPhee. I have tried contacting any family members 
he may have but have had no luck. Is there any way I can find out information about Randy? I recently located an article which described the battle where he was killed, however, I am looking for any personal information regarding him. Any help you can provide me as to where I can locate information would be great. I was saddened to know that he was killed in battle and that his body was not recovered; I was hoping so much that he was possibly still alive somehow. Without locating his body there can be no closure.

Thank you
My email address is: Phylgiants@worldnet.att.net

From: "don tuggle" <dtug@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 20:41:42 -0500

I have a bracelet with the name of LCDR Lee Cole, 6-30-67.

It was found with a metal detector in Arkansas. I     can supply a photo of the bracelet if needed for identification. 

The bracelet was found in 1982, some 6 years before his remains were returned. It was found in a city park just barely 
below the surface so it's unlikely it was buried on purpose. I feel that it was lost by whoever was wearing it. Would it be in bad taste to keep it myself since it most likely would never get back to his family? Of course if it was wanted by his family, I would certainly give it to them. I have also enclosed a photo of the bracelet if anyone is interested in seeing it.

I had already checked the website to see if there was anything that would identify who the bracelet belonged to and that's when I contacted you.

From: PDX Parts <pdxparts@skywest.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 21:09:05 -0600

To the family of Lt Terrence H Hanley,

I Just wanted you to know that Terrence has been my constant companion for the past 30 years. He has been with me through thick and thin. He has traveled with me to Europe, Mexico, and Canada. He has cruised the waters of the south seas, and visited the northernmost point of Alaska. He has strolled the sunny beaches of Hawaii, and wept with me at the wall. Together, we have honored the memory of Naval heroes of the past from the decks of the "Mighty Mo" and the Arizona memorial. We have strolled the battlefields of the civil war, and the parade grounds of the Naval Academy. We paused to remember in Arlington, and were honored to actually sail aboard "Old Ironsides" in Boston Harbor. Together, we have traveled this country from coast to coast, boarder to boarder. We have served many volunteer organizations, and filled leadership positions most of our time together. We have been married twice, and have 3 wonderful kids. The bracelet that I wear is now very hard to read, but it has never left my wrist. Terrence is remembered and honored every day of my life. He is so much more than a bracelet to me, he is my friend and comrade. I morn with you his loss, yet celebrate him with life. I am one of the lucky ones that God so far has
granted 53 years. It has been an honor to share the last 30 with your Son, Husband & Father. I assure you his memory, and that of all who gave so much will live on in me for whatever is left of my life. If by chance you read
these frail words, and this bracelet would offer you any comfort, I would be pleased to present it to you.  

God bless you, and grant you peace 


Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 16:08:31 -0400
From: abundek <abundek@vt.edu>
Subject: Loveletters- John W. Lafayette 

To the family of John Wayne Lafayette I wanted to let you know that he is not forgotten. I have worn the bracelet bearing his name for several years now and have not removed it from my wrist at all. Everyday it serves as a reminder to me of courage and the hope of another tomorrow. I keep John in my thoughts and not a day goes by that I do not think of him and all he has sacrificed for America. The memory of John will never be forgotten by myself, nor the countless number of people who ask me about the silver bracelet I wear. I hold the memory of him sacred and hope that one day all questions can be answered and he can come home. He will always have a place in my heart.

Capt. John Wayne Lafayette
USA 04-06-66 Laos       VT

Gone but Never Forgotten

Amanda Bundek, Maryland

From: "Katie, Chris & Nick Harris" <kcnharis@up.net>
Subject: Capt. Dennis Cressey and The Moving Wall
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 10:55:00 -0500

The Moving Wall came to our town this week.

For many years, I wondered about the serviceman on the bracelet I have.  I still carry a news article about Capt. Dennis Cressey from the POW/MIA newspaper which is tattered, torn and taped. I read the article to my husband and two of my children before visiting The Wall on 6/14/02. It was a moving experience. 

It was there, I gained info to find this site. I am returning to The Wall  with a copy of the info I 
found for others to read.

Although it has been many years, it is customary to return the bracelet to family. However, I hestitate to reopen the wounds.

If contacted, I would return the bracelet and article to family members.

You will always be in my heart and prayers.

From: sb0214@aol.com
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 20:34:13 EDT

I have had Capt. Bernard Plassmeyer on my bracelet since before I can remember! Since I am 44 years old now you can understand that! I was amazed and saddened to see his name on the list that was compiled at this site. I really thought he would return home safely.

I was happy to hear that he had a son. I have one myself and a girl also.

I will continue to think of him as I do.

From: NMcGarr@aol.com
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 14:31:48 EDT
Subject: W.O. William Dunlap

This is to his family. I got his P.O.W. bracelet when I was in elementary school. He was prayed for daily for his safety, his return, his family, and for God to be with him. I was sorry to hear he did not make it back alive. I was thrilled to learn of his heroic efforts for the United States. I would like to return the bracelet is his family would like to have it as a remembrance that someone cared everyday for this man. Thank God for people like William. I can be reached by the family at nmcgarr@aol.com.Thanks.nancy 

Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 22:17:03 -0400
From: Katherine Ross <ktross@optonline.net>

To the family of Lt. Col. Robert Edwin Brinckman:

He is not forgotten.  Although I know nothing about him personally, I wore his bracelet for years and when it broke, I "put" it in a safe place, thinking of him often. Although he was just a name to me, that name gave me a human connection to the war and to the men and women who 
served in "it."  I have just learned of his fate and want you to know that his life touched me. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I still have his bracelet and have incorporated it into a assemblage to honor him. If you are interested in having his bracelet returned to you, you may 
contact me via e-mail. I hope life is good to you.

From: Packrpam@aol.com
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 22:44:15 EDT

I wore a POW/MIA bracelet for many years for Capt. John N. Flanigan of the USMC.  I live in Orlando, FL. I was watching the local news one day back in 1997 and they mentioned that a local (Winter Haven, FL) POW/MIA's remains had been recovered and returned to his family. I broke down and cried when I heard the name - Capt. John N. Flanigan. 

I only wish to tell his family this so they will know that he was thought of and if they wish to have the bracelet I wore for so many years they can contact me at packrpam@aol.com. My name is Pamela Oates. If they do not wish to have it returned, I will keep it with honor.

God Bless.

From: "~ David, Maria, Devon & Trevor ~" <fourhills2000@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 08:06:54 +0000

About a year ago I became strongly aware of the POW/MIA "issue." Being stationed in Idaho, with my husband, I "adopted" a MIA from Idaho. His name is CMSgt. Larry C. Thornton from Idaho Falls!

I have received a letter from his (then) 96 year old mother who told me a great deal about Larry, his family, his career.  Mostly that he was an awesome father & son!  I just wanted to let Larry's family know that he has one more person on his side!  I understand that everyone might not be so quick to re-hash old wounds, but I feel it's important to help spread awareness of the POW/MIA issue! The more people we have hounding the Government, the more of a chance we might have to bring our soldiers HOME!

God Bless you Larry, all you did for our country!  I'm sorry we "let you down!"


Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 19:25:33 -0500

My name is Wilma in Austin, Texas. I have been wearing CAPT. JOHN BRUCHERS bracelet for  a while now. I think of him every day. He went down 2-18-69. I  have a lot of friends that was in VietNam at that time.  I think about his  family, and if he has sons or grandsons or granddaughters who would like his  bracelet. Two of us now are wearing his bracelet and thinking of him. John Brucher has never been found. It would be so wonderful for his family to have him back.  My thoughts are with him and his family.



From: "Debbie, Allamuchy Finance" <finance@allamuchy.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 15:48:26 -0400


My name is Debbie Mowrey and I have worn the MIA bracelet of Joseph Fitzgerald, DOB 11-25-48, since 1973.  I have recently learned that his remains were returned in 1997.  I would like his family to have this bracelet, and know that Joseph was thought about every day for the past 29 years.  I don't anticipate a trip to the Wall, and I don't want to just stop wearing the bracelet.  Anyone with information about his family can email me at finance@allamuchy.com.

From: "Leslie" <leslie@normsanders.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 16:01:03 -0400

I was reading your site and was drawn to an entry by Ms. Jaret Segovia whose bracelet bears the same name as mine does, Joseph T. Kearns, Jr. I was more fortunate than Ms. Segovia in that the family of Joseph lived very close to me at the New Jersey Shore. Amazingly enough, his mother telephoned me and sent her other son to my home in order to present me with a small Christmas gift. It was a most thrilling experience for me.

I too have discovered the fate of Joseph.  Although confirmation of his death is sad news, the fact that his remains have come home should be some comfort to his family. I still think about them often - every time I look at my MIA bracelet (which I still have).

Leslie A. Spencer

From: "pattie floyd" <pattie@show-me.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 23:04:52 -0500


From: "Glenda Raymond" <gpeterson@alaska.com>

To the family of: Humberto Acosta-Rosario, MIA: 22 Aug 1968

If Humberto's  family is online, I would like very much to hear from you, again... I have had Humberto's bracelet for a long time... Here's my email address if you would like to contact me...       gpeterson@alaska.com

Humberto became MIA the same year my brother and two of our friends were KIA during the TET offensive... Humberto and all of those unaccounted for are always in my hopes, thoughts, and prayers...

Humberto, you are not forgotten!!!

With Respect,
Glenda P. Raymond

From: "Wells, Cindy" <Cindy_Wells@Trihealth.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 10:45:49 -0400 

Hello, I am sending this letter to the family of 1Lt. Morgan J. Donahue.  As a young teen I wore his bracelet.  I finally took it off thinking I missed his name on the news.  It wasn't until June 9th when I went to see the traveling Wall that I got this link and found that he is indeed still a POW. I was heartbroken because I felt I had abandoned him.  I have always kept the bracelet in a safe place and wanted to return it to his family.  Now I wear it once again.  I would really like any updated information that may be available.  

My email address is:  jewnc@yahoo.com
If his family wishes to contact me that is fine.

Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2002 17:29:36 -0400
From: "NICOLE LAMKIN" <NLAMKIN@georgia.org>

I recently purchased an MIA bracelet inscribed with the name PFC Raymond E Bobe.  I felt drawn to him because he was also from Alabama like myself.  My father-in-law served in Vietnam as an MP and his brother served in Vietnam on two tours. Neither of them speak of their experiences much but I thank them both at every opportunity.

I just wanted Raymond Bobe's family to know that until I hear something of his return I will wear this bracelet. I have not taken it off since I bought it and I say a prayer for his family every chance I get.

May the Lord bless and keep you.
Nicole Lamkin

From: "Susan L. Davis" <sldavis@iserv.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 21:12:47 -0700

This is directed to the family of SSgt Donald L. Coates of the United States Marine Corps. 

I wear a bracelet bearing his name and know that he has been presumed dead over North Vietnam. I myself served in the Marine Corps for only four years. Though I was fortunate enough not to witness wartime up close and personally, I feel a bond with SSgt Coates and everyone else who has served. Funny how the Corps can do that to a person. I want you to know that I certainly have not forgotten Ssgt Coates and hope that his body can be found and closure can be had. I haven't followed too closely, but is the U.S. still putting pressure on Vietnam to find out what has happened to the POWs and MIAs still unaccounted for?

Susan L. Davis

From: "botima" <botima@att.net>
Subject: John C. Clark II bracelet
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 13:55:32 -0700

To the family of John C. Clark II, Brownsville TX: 

I still wear the bracelet I rec'd as a high school student in 1970 or thereabouts. Today is the 4th of July and of course it's proudly displayed on my wrist. I visited the Wall in 1996 and etched his name on paper but did not  leave the bracelet - I didn't know what happened to him. My research found that his remains came back the US in 1997 from Laos. If you feel comfortable with the idea, please email with your memories susel@att.net 

I  would like to know the person he was.

I know you loved him and think about him often. You are not alone.
Susan (formerly from Ohio), Phoenix, AZ

Date: Sun, 07 Jul 2002 21:43:36 -0700
From: Mike Cody <coyoteswin@cox.net>

I have William F. Anselmo name on my bracelet .I was wondering how to get information on him. I would like to learn something about the man I have worn since 1994. 

From: "Herron" <blazin48@netzero.net>
Subject:  LT Jack Columbus Rittichier, MIA
Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2002 21:17:44 -0600

Today, July 7, 2002, I placed the bracelet of LT Jack Columbus Rittichier, MIA, on my wrist. I requested a Coast Guardsman and was told that LT Jack Rittichier is the only Coast Guardsman who has not come home.

I have been able to find some information about the circumstances which led to LT Rittichier's never coming home and his heroic efforts to save his fellow troops. LT Rittichier's and am grateful that I am able to know something about the brave man whose name I now wear.

I am ashamed that our government has forgotten LT Rittichier. I pray that LT Rittichier's family will find my note - I want them to know I share their hopes, sorrow, and love, for LT Rittichier. I will hold them in prayer always. If someone from LT. Rittichier's family sees this, if you would like, please contact me through my email address:  blazin48@netzero.net or jherron@utah.gov

My name is Janet O'Reilly Herron, and I live in Utah.

God bless all of you. Any veteran that may read this, I want to thank you for your service in keeping my family and I free and safe.

Welcome Home.

From: Maribeth Brewster <mbrewster@nbc12.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 11:04:28 -0400 

To the family and friends of Lt. Col. Wilmer K. "Newk" Grubb ..

I am writer/news producer in Richmond, Virginia who back in high school had a POW/MIA bracelet ... Regretfully, I did not know what to do with it or how it should be handled as far as returning it to the family... I can only lay the blame on my young age. 

Years later -- just last year to be exact -- I came upon a flea market/backyard sale and bought an unopened, original POW bracelet for a mere 50 cents. I was saddened by how little it counted for ..that it should be tossed into a flea market bin....So ... to make up for my own ignorance of the respectful manner in which a bracelet should be handled ... I have been writing about the bracelet I bought -- my thoughts on patriotism in this post- 9-11 United States ... the number of men still missing (1,908) as of today ... the brave soldier whose sacred bracelet I know have ... and my efforts to find/contact the hero's family.

As you no doubt have surmised -- the bracelet I bought belongs to Lt. Col. Grubb ... I would love the opportunity to talk with his surviving family -- his hometown -- his military career... 

These interviews would make up a two part series to air in Richmond in Sept. or perhaps earlier. The first piece would be about the bracelet itself -- the number of men still unaccounted for -- and the fact that the program continues today. The second part would be about Lt. Col. Grubb -- his family-- his and their sacrifice. My news director has no problem giving me a photographer to travel with to Penn. --if that is where family members still reside. Ideally, with the Vietnam Memorial Wall equidistant between us -- that could also be the place where me meet and the bracelet is returned. 

If such an idea would be intrusive or too painful, I understand.
In closing, let me say that i am an award-winning journalist and would treat the memory of Lt. Col. Grubb with the respect, honor and dignity such a hero deserves.

thanking you in advance, I am sincerely,

Maribeth Brewster
Richmond, VA 23225

Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2002 13:27:39 -0400
From: Sterlings <carlster@comcast.net>

To the family of Jesus Armando Gonzalez MIA 4-19-68

I have one of the original stainless steel, with a hole and a star sticker, POW/MIA bracelets printed with Jesus' name and MIA date.  I remember purchasing it when I was 16; I'm now 49. At my high school the bracelets were not trendy, none of my peers owned one, and I was often asked about it. I was proud to explain that I was waiting for Jesus 
to return from Vietnam. I felt it was important to remind people that our "undeclared war", although out of sight, was not out of mind to all the families having sons involved in the conflict -- and that this conflict was injuring and killing individuals with names &amp; faces, not just "soldiers." I remember arguing with my mother because I refused to remove the bracelet for my prom and senior photos.

Through the years, I have often thought of the young man, Jesus Gonzalez, and attempted to get information regarding his status. I recently found this website and learned his fate. I now have two daughters, age 19 & 21.(The same age as Jesus when his helicopter crashed.) The thought of losing a child on the brink of adulthood is heartbreaking. My brother is 6 years older than I, equivalent to Jesus' age. I try to picture losing him at age 21 and spending the past 34 years missing him. But I know my hypothetical loss can't come anywhere close to the amount of emotional pain you've experienced from the loss of Jesus. Have you accepted Jesus' "presumptive" death? Did you 
ever receive an official confirmation? Please know that I'm sorry, I care, and I too remember and mourn Jesus.

Candace Sterling

From: "Mike" <mspan154@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 15:51:13 -0400

 I want you to know that I have the bracelet of Skeeter Leeper and have had/worn it since about 1973. God bless Skeeter and his family.

USMC 78-84

From: Cmarkpat@aol.com
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 12:40:14 EDT

Hello!  I am a Veteran's Day Baby, born on November 11, 1957.  When I was about 9 years old I went to our State Fair with my family.  There was a table set up in one of the buildings that was selling POW/MIA Bracelets.  I picked out Major Robert Biss, USAF.  Date of loss was: 11-11-66.  I chose it because I was only nine years old when he was shot down.  I wore it for many years.  My father kept up with the soliders return to the States and called me from work one day and said "YOUR SOLIDER HAS COME HOME!!"  You can imagine how excited I was!  My bracelet was one of the Stainless Steel ones that the Voices in Vital America made and that very day it broke in half straight down the middle!!  As if to say " Major Biss is home, you don't need to wear me anymore."  A few days later I saw "my solider" come down off of the plane, salute another solider and then walk into the airport where they were at.  I 
thought about sending him his bracelet for so many years but never knew how to go about it.  Thank you, thank you for this website.  I found his name in the lists of POW/MIA's on your website.  I will be writing him a letter telling him just what I have told you and also ask him if he would like his bracelet back or could I donate it to the project that accepts them for that world wide tour of Vietnam memorabilia.  I hope he's doing well.  I saw where he had been promoted to Lt. Col. and is retired.  My dad retired a Lt. Col. from the U.S. Army many years ago.  Talk about a small, small world. 

God Bless and Take Care, 

Patricia Roberson Lewis

From: elaine mattson <emattson@wyardindustries.com>
Subject: Lt.Col. John Robertson - MIA 9-16-66
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 09:25:52 -0400

Barbara and Children of John Robertson -

Where to start.  I bought my bracelet back in the early 70's.  I have worn it every day since, with the exception of 3 days.  It isn't worth going into the reason why.  I just knew that I had to put it back on and keep it on. Over the years I have gotten some information on your family.   I seem to remember getting some information a few years back that 2 of your children were still actively searching for more info on their dad.  I also remember reading in that info that one of the kids passed away.  If so, I am truly sorry for that.  I did get a picture finally of John and it was so nice to
see his face.  Knowing something about his family has made it even easier to wear this bracelet and to be even more proud of the sacrifice that he made for you and all of us.  Some day I would like to hear all about Johns likes
and dislikes, sports likes and what his hobbies were.  What kind of a father and husband he was and what kind of a grandfather he could have been.

I know that I have a lot of questions to ask, but I just wanted to get this sent to let you know that I still wear the bracelet and will continue to do so.  If John comes home and you wish to have the bracelet, I hope you will contact me somehow.   I lost a few friends during this war and I have quite afew friends that purchased one or multiples of bracelets.  We haven't forgotten and will never forget those who fought, survived and died over there.  Hope to hear something about John soon. 

Kindest Regards and continued Prayers for John and his family.

E. Mattson

From: "dodger237" <dodger237@msn.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 18:17:46 -0400

I have had the bracelet of Maj. Morgan Jefferson Donahue for 15 years, and I have prayed every day that I would be able to return it to him. I will continue to pray for Major Donahue and his family. 

May God bless you and keep you.

Deblyn Dodge

From: Dawn
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 23:57:22 EDT
Subject: POW family contact

I have a POW bracelet that I wore in the mid 1970's. The name on the bracelet is Patrick M. Fallon - 7/4/69 - I know he has family in Georgia and was wondering if you new of any way I could get their address so I could contact them.  Any help is much appreciated.

Dawn Belgrod
11102 Baybreeze Way
Boca Raton, FL 33428

From: "Lori Brown" <katwoman31@hotmail.com>
Subject: LTC Donald E. Parsons
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 14:09:50 -0500

To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Lori Brown and I live in Robinson, IL. A few years ago, I requested an MIA/KIA bracelet from my local AMVETS association, and I was given LTC Donald E. Parsons, USA, disappeared 02-06-69 SVN.  I was looking on the internet today and I saw that his remains had been recovered and interred by the family.

What I would like to know- is there some way I or you could contact his family so that I could send them this bracelet? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Mrs. Lori Brown
408 Miami
Robinson, IL  62454

A donation to the P.O.W. NETWORK  has been made 

In memory of Frank Conroy
N. Miami, Florida

Bobbie Smith and the staff at
Athens, GA

From: "SLATE, Derek M. QM2 WARCEN" <slated@navspecwarcen.navy.mil>
Subject: There are still some of us that will stand with you
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 12:36:26 -0700

My name is PO2 Derek M. Slate,
I am currently active duty in the navy. My Father served in Viet Nam, in the Marines. All I wanted to do was grow up and join the military to help protect our way of life. I also want every Veteran to know that as I grew up I gained the utmost respect for you and your service to our country and especially me has helped molded my future. I want to say sorry for the ignorance of others and assure you that there are still some of us who thank god for your service to allow us to be free. I will forever hold that special place in my heart for you and will continue my service to repay the sacrifices given to me to allow me to live. I look forward to my next duty station as an instructor at S.E.R.E. school................ 


Quartermaster 2nd class Derek M. Slate

p.s. If you have news letters please send me them at: MK63ROCK@aol.com I would love to hear from anyone who wants to write me an email. I will respond very graciously...

Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 13:35:23 -0400
From: "Jim Bogle" <JBogle@ag.state.sc.us>

Re: CPT Robert Stubberfield
July 25, 2002

To Debbie Stubberfield:

On a whim, I ran your Dad's name through google.com, and learned that his remains had been identified in 1989.  We met when you were a freshman at the University of South Carolina in 1970.  You were (and are) a very special person.

I hope this brought you some kind of peace, and closure. I had heard several years ago that your Mom had passed, land if so, I'm very sorry.  I always liked her. It's tough to lose a Mom.

Jim Bogle, Columbia SC

Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 20:40:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Austyn Bruchs <dancingangel3642@yahoo.com>

I have to bracelet representing Lt. Col. Donald Singer, I received it from my mother who had gotten it from my grandmother when she passed away. If the Singer family is reading this I hope that this will bring you some comfort. His memory will always be in my heart and I wear the bracelet with his name everyday. Praying that nothing like that war will ever happen again. If the Singer family would like to contact me please e-mail me at dancingangel3642@yahoo.com  and God Bless.
Austyn Bruchs

From: JcPeta4984@aol.com
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 01:27:16 EDT
Subject: SFC Daniel R Phillips

Your loved one is still in my thoughts and prayers often, I still wear his mia braclet and will continue to do so until there is word of him.


From: JcPeta4984@aol.com
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 02:13:29 EDT
Subject: To all the families who still waiting 

     As I sat here tonight scrolling down the lists of names, looking for the two soldiers names that are on my bracelets, my heart just broke, such a long, long list. I know what its like to lose a child its a life long heartache, a hole in your heart that will never fill, but I know where my son is and what happened to him it wasn't a war that claimed him but an accident. The uncertainty must be devastating for all of you. Even though I don't have a bracelet for all your loved ones their not forgotten by me and many others I am sure. 

     Now where in the middle of  another mess, my daughter has been deployed since Oct. of last year, I  know how terrified I was when she was called, she has so far been involved in homeland security as a MP, as each day went by I 
waited to hear from her, and that they were sending her somewhere over seas, its a sickening and heart breaking feeling. I can't imagine going through years of uncertainty. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Some one 
knows more than what they have let all of us to believe, I really believe 


Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 08:59:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gene Bergmann <geneandlaura@yahoo.com>

To The Family of Jon Michael Sparks,

My name is Laura Bergmann and I just wanted to let you know that I have had Jon's Bracelet now for 30 years. 
I purchased it in my early High School years and have kept it with me ever since.  My thoughts and prayers
are always with you and Jon.  I did write 30 years ago and received no response.  Now 30 years later (I'm older now) I understand, what would you say? Anyway I have always had a bond for Jon and always will.  I wore his bracelet many many years and now keep it in my special jewelry box, but he is never never forgotten.

I always wonder is he home?  About 10 years ago a friend of mine went to Washington.  I asked her if she would see if Jon came home. She checked for me and found his name on the wall of missing.  She scratched it over on a piece of paper and brought his name home to me. I was very saddened to hear he was still missing.  Just as recent as last night I was thinking there has to be a way to see about my Jon.  The internet.  Yes, I would see if information is on the
internet.  I found Jon's biography this morning (sadly still missing).  But never missing from my heart...     



From: norad65@bellsouth.net Diane Moore
To: Undisclosed-Recipient
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 5:28 PM

I had a student in my EMT class this month, a SSGT with the Army and a medic, who had a red band on his wrist . I noticed this band on the first day of class, and during a break , I looked to see whose it was, then began talking with my student about the man on his bracelet.

The bracelet was worn and the engraving was  thinned, any one could tell that it had been on the wrist of the soldier who now  owned it for a long time.

As I talked with my student I told him that I was a MIA daughter and he just listened with tears in his eyes. I asked 
did he know any thing of the man on his arm and he said no, but that he felt it  his duty to wear a fellow soldiers POW MIA bracelet, then he asked me was it possible I could help him find out about his hero, and maybe help him find 
family.. I said I would .

This man who stood in front of me, who is well into 6 feet tall, and in uniform wept.

He said he purchased this bracelet shortly after entering the service him self almost 20 years ago.

He had often wondered about him , and he said never in the world thought he would really ever know about him. let alone find another family member , and here we were talking.

I took the info and came home , and Chris and I looked up the MIA soldier.

It was Harry Edwards, US Army, MIA 01-20-72
Remains returned 07-01-1985 home of record Holly Hill SC.

I returned to work the next morning and gave this info to my SSGT in my class, and some info from Task Force Omega on the Bio .

My student is from Charlestown SC and Holly Hill is not to far from were he is from. Strange coincidence, maybe. 

Well this past Sat, July 27 2002, My student met with Harry Edwards mom, at her home in Holly Hill SC. and gave her the bracelet that bore here sons name. I was told of the emotions from my student and Edwards mom, of hugs shared and how she brought out the POW MIA medal and showed him, and that the bracelet went in the box with this medal. 

How this lady thanked him for wearing the bracelet, and for contacting her. 

My student , the SSGT in the US Army shed tears with me today of his weekend. and how he and his wife have been invited back to Holly Hill to visit, and to spend time with this elderly mom and her husband.

It was hard to give the bracelet back , that is the statement . But with one bracelet returned, my student now has taken another, and with tears in my eyes, and in his, my dads bracelet found another soldiers wrist.

Just wanted to let every one know,

From: "Gray Ramsey" <gray.ramsey@lauriefloors.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 19:23:39 -0500

Lcpl Thomas W. Fritsch, USMC, 10 May 68

It is with heavy heart that I type this, having just found out that the Marine whose name I wear on my wrist is still missing in a foreign land.

It is apparent that he was lost doing what we were taught to do from Training Day 1, leave no one behind.

I am a Sgt in the Marine Corps Artillery, just as Thomas was a Lcpl in the Artillery. I know I am not old enough to remember the Conflict, but I do know that Thomas embodies what a true American Hero is.....he will not leave my wrist, my mind, or most importantly, my heart.

Anyone who knew or served with Thomas, please feel free to contact me. I would thoroughly enjoy learning more about my fellow Leatherneck.

Semper Fidelis, Lcpl Fritsch

Sgt Gray Ramsey, 0844, "M" Battery, 4th Battalion, 14th Marines

From: "Debra Birkhead" <ixoye2372@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 12:26:28 -0500

To the Dear Family of MIA Captain Victor J. Apodaca,

I just wanted you to know that your Capt. and Loved One also remains close to my heart

Victor's MIA Bracelet was the name I was given to bear and pray for back when they first began issuing the 
POW/MIA bracelets (1970's).&nbsp; I wore it until it was just short of breaking in half (so worn down on the inside that it turned my wrist raw from the deteriorated metal-but I then wore it with medical tape underneath until it was 
too fragile and I feared losing it...). It now rests in my home in a prominent place where I often take the bracelet in hand, place it again on my wrist and reflect on Victor and his loyalty to our Nation and bravery to insure my Freedom. Thank YOU for Victor.

I also Pray to Jesus that someday I will have the privilege of meeting Captain Victor Joe Apodaca, Jr. in person.

May God richly Bless you and all of your family.
Sincerely Yours,
Debra Birkhead

From: "Carol Schmidt" <cschmidt@access995.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 19:49:23 -0400

How wonderful to find this site! I was about 9 years old when they came out with P.O.W. bracelets. My sister and I used our allowance money to each buy one. Mine broke after a while, and I remember scanning the papers for his name, with no luck. Eventually it got lost or thrown away. I never forgot about it though. Recently, I was at an antique mall and found one of the bracelets with some jewelry. I immediately bought it. SFC Lawrence J. Englander, 02 May 68. I read about his disappearance and I cried. All these years, and I never knew that the bracelets were still out there. I will be careful not to break this one, and I still remember...

Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2002 14:09:39 -0500
From: Gary & Nancy <redbud-1@swbell.net>
Subject: Capt. Thomas Clem

My name is Nancy Darden.  Back in the early 1970's (when I was Nancy Carroll growing up in Indianapolis, IN) I became the proud owner of a POW bracelet supporting Capt. Thomas Clem.  I've kept the bracelet all of these years, and often wondered of his status, whether either he or his remains were ever found, and how his family and friends have fared through the years.    My husband is a Regimental Sergeant Major in the US Marine Corps and was  re-activated back to active duty the week before Christmas last year (2001) for the period of a minimum of one year..... in response to the 9/11 tragedy.  I don't know how to extend my thoughts and prayers to Capt. Thomas Clem's family, but I just wanted someone to know that for the last 30 or so years I have cherished this bracelet which acts as a constant reminder there are still good men missing in action. God bless Capt. Clem and his family, friends and those he served with.  If there's any way a message can be relayed that we still pray for these missing, it would be greatly appreciated.

Nancy Darden
Wildwood, MO           

From: TNBISHOP@aol.com
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 14:43:39 EDT

This note is for Cathy Campbell, RN, MN of Georgia whose father was Lt. Col. William Campbell, missing 1-29-69.

Dear Cathy, I have had your father's MIA/POW bracelet for so long I can't remember when I first got it. A friend of mine just sent me this website and I decided to look up Col. Campbell's name. I must tell you that I have not been faithful to wearing the bracelet, but I have been faithful in remembering him. I would look at his name and wonder who he was and if he still shared this world with me.

The first thing that struck me was that your father and I share a birth date. My birthday is May 10th. and I was born in 1952 the year your father graduated from Texas A & M.

I just wanted you to know that there are others who hold your father close in their thoughts.


From: "Mary Lou Sidoti" <mlou12@adelphia.net>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 19:50:06 -0400

To the Family of Eugene M. Pabst -

I still have the bracelet bearing Eugene's name.

I was in the Washington DC area and had occasion to visit the Vietnam War Memorial.  I saw Eugene's name on the wall and said a prayer for him.

Please know that I think of him often.

Mary Lou


From: "Florence Creasy" <kid100@bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 12:33:36 -0400

I bought these right out of high school back in 1965. I wore them until I had my children. Then with life I out them in 
my jewel box.

1Lt Douglas Ferguson 12/30/69
MAJ. Edwin Atterberry 8/12/67

I am thankful for this site to keep the men alive until is all is know. I know we had Pow's & Mia's in other wars but like this. I will never forget  Maj Atterberry date as my youngest daughter was born 8/11/70 my son -in-law birthday is 8/12. Then my birthday is in Dec.

I have printed out the info on each man to keep with the bracelets as I want my children & grandchildren to know about these fine men. The men who ask no questions only followed orders so people could be free.

Florence Patch Creasy

From: "Jill Moffett" <jmoffett@butler.edu>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 23:44:00 -0400

To:  The family of Joseph N. Hargrove

         I have been wearing Joseph Hargrove's bracelet for a few years now.  I never take it off and it has become a part of me.  People often see it and ask what it is, and I tell them that and more.  I tell them Joseph's story and what happened when he became missing.  I feel it is extremely important for people to understand the losses our country faced.  I would like to get in contact with a friend or family member if possible.  Please e-mail me at jmoffett@butler.edu.

From: "margot malone" <malliemalone@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 10:25:09 -0700

To the family of Col. Edwin Palmgren....

I can only 
express my long held despair at your loss. I have been wearing the bracelet I bought so long ago and hoping for Col. Palmgrens return that he seems a part of my own family. I wish I knew more about him. When people ask me about 
the bracelet I tell them what I know to keep his memory alive. May God bless and keep you in your faith that wherever he is..... he is loving you.

Margot Malone

From: "Carl & Baeetta Beth" <cebgbeth@rraz.net>
Subject: SGT. DAVID ERICKSON  3-16-68
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 15:13:27 -0700

I'm a Retired Master Chief USN. I have a MIA 3-16-68 Bracelet from Sgt. David Erickson, believe he was from 
Minneapolis, MN. 

Have had bracelet since 1970.

If any of his family members would like this bracelet, I would be happy to send it to them.

Please E-Mail me at: cebgbeth@rraz.net
Lake Havasu City

From: CEdisenmd@aol.com
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 13:57:37 EDT
Subject: Col Sheldon J. Burnett

Dear Family,

     Just wanted you to know that I am wearing his bracelet and will pray for him.  His loss is felt by me because of his great sacrifice to his family as well as his country.  I appreciate all that he did and tried to do for me as a fellow countryman.  He is most probably with God now and the day will come when you will see him again.

From: DNHAMILL@aol.com
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 15:49:43 EDT
Subject: contacting bracelet wearer who seeks family POW MIA

Today I saw a post from a bracelet wearer who was seeking the family of the soldier whose name she wore. I sent her the email below but it was returned because her email address was no longer valid.

Wondering if you can help with contact information for her or tell me how I might look for it. Directory assistance has way too many such names.

David Hamill

copy of returned email:

Subj:  family of David E. McRae MIA 
Date:  8/23/02 3:04:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time   
To: jpadilla@comporium.com

Hi Joanie ...

I came across your post in my family history research ... and there is a good chance I can help you find David McRae's family.  I am (distantly) related to a David E. McRae who is likely the father of the one you seek.  Please get in touch if this email gets to you and I will update you at that time. Feel free to call if you like.

David Hamill
Durham NC

Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 11:13:20 -0400
From: J Padilla  jpadilla@comporium.net
April 15,2002

To the family of  LCDR David E. McRae,  USN

My name is Joanie Padilla and I have had David's bracelet for almost 20 years now. I have thought of you and David so very often and have kept you in my prayers. I just recently found that his remains have been repatriated. I would very much like to now return his bracelet to the family. In my quest for finding his family, I contacted Lieutenant David Rehman who was in the aircraft with David during his incident. He was very touched by the information that I gave him, but could not help in finding his family; only that he remembered that David was from Decatur, Ga. 


Anyone with any information contact me so that I may get in touch with this family that has been such a part of my life for so many years.


From: CathyWiegand@aol.com
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 16:56:11 EDT

Re:  LTC. Harold Joseph Alwan

   This is to the family of LTC Harold Joseph Alwan USMC MIA 02-27-67 SVN.  I have been wearing LTC Alwans' bracelet for a number of years now.  I am currently a member of the VVA in Detroit Michigan.  I just wanted you to know LTC Alwan has not been forgotten. 

 You may contact me at cathywiegand@aol.com

From: "Nicholson William" <wlnicholson@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 00:15:58 -0400

My name is Jane Nicholson and in 1969 when I was 9 years old my brother was drafted by the Army. My mother got me a POW bracelet while my brother was in the Army.

It bears the name of Lt. Col. "Newk" Grubb, 1-26-66.

I seem to remember many years ago reading an article in the newspaper about this brave man, but could 
never find out what had happened to him.

After watching "When We Were Soldiers" the other night, I got out my bracelet and tried to find him. I 
was so very sorry to find out that he did not make it home.

If anyone in his family would like the bracelet or just wants to contact me, please feel free to do so. My heart goes out to this family who lost a husband and father at too young an age. I do not in any way mean to upset you and only wish 
all of you the best.

Our brave soldiers should never be forgotten.


From: "2tone" <2tone@tampabay.rr.com> 
Subject: What it means to me... 
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 16:09:26 
 P.O.W. Network,  
    I am the son of Beauford W. Tuton III, Col. USA Ret. I am 27 years of age and spent my entire life wondering what my father had done during the course of his career - serving his country. My father spent his last day on the job last Thursday at MacDill AFB as Collections Manager (or something like that) at CENTCOM where he was a GS - ?(13 or 15) for the past 8 or so years. I never had a great relationship with him because he was so dedicated to serving his country that he was not able to spend much time with me or my older brother. I know that he has done great things for his country and doesn't speak of it AT ALL. He is modest and humble because he knows that great men - true heroes have died for freedom. He has, during a moment of anger when I had been in some trouble in my teens, told me how young men had died before his eyes in Viet-Nam that were my age and how they would never have the opportunity to live a life back home where they could get an education, start a family, and make a good life for themselves because they gave their lives for our country. He said this to make me realize what I had as a American. He said this while choking back tears. I have seen my father cry maybe three times in my life. I think he has a greater appreciation for valor and heroism than anyone I've ever met because the look in his eye - a semblance of reverence for the selfless superhuman actions of men to protect each other and the nation they fight for, really seems to say it all. I had a friend over to his house once when I was living there while attending college. We were only there for a few minutes when my friend Brett Cyphers, who served in Saudi along with his older brother Jay Cyphers (who were both in tanks the entire time), noticed a display case in my father's office. I didn't realize what a Bronze Star was, but Brett did. I didn't realize that my dad had two (I think), nor what it meant. I still don't know why he has them. He said that they gave them out for good attendance or something jokingly like that and proceeded to go no farther in explanation. Brett seemed amazed. I guess what I'm trying to say is that real men don't have to tell you that they are just that. People need not focus on what they have done, but what others around them have done in contrast. He sports POW-MIA bumper stickers on all of his vehicles and the message "You are not forgotten" speaks volumes of the way he feels about those who suffered pain, torture, starvation and death fighting for their country. The focus should always be on those that paid the ultimate price for freedom, and like my father, those who have dedicated their entire lives to the United States of America. I think he joined the service in 1962 and has been there ever since. I hear him speaking of others he served with for so many years as well in such high regard, but never have I heard him boast of his own accomplishments. I really feel like I just want to congratulate him on his remarkable career and tell him that I am proud to be his son. For everything my father stands for in my eyes, I am truly disgusted by what the heretics listed on your website claim to be, when they are nothing more than liars and criminals... My father, like many, many men before him, is a man of character, integrity, honor and principle. He is a patriot in every sense of the word. One of the most valuable lessons he taught me in life is that a man's name is all that he has. Once you have lost that, you are nothing. These men who lie about what they are and who they are become just that - nothing. It makes me sad. Do these men really deserve to right to call themselves Americans? I'm not so sure that they know what that truly means.
Thank you for what you stand for and God Bless America...
Phillip N. Tuton
Tampa, FL

From: GurskiLTC@aol.com
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 09:18:01 EDT
Subject: Cpt John Dugan MIA

I was a classmate of his at Roselle Catholic High School Class of 1965. We were going to be together at Montclair State College to which he was accepted. I was working the ID card machine and awaiting him but he never showed. Later I saw him in town and he had enlisted. MIA in 1971. On the 25th anniversary of his loss I had the Fathers Club authorize a plaque with his picture for the High School. I teach history at the public high school in Roselle and on Memorial Day I do a slide presentation on the residents who died in our country's wars. Gone but not forgotten. 

Stanley J Gurski LTC USAR (Ret)


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