LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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


From - Sun Dec 05 08:17:33 1999
From: "vickie peters" <wikki@excelonline.com>
Subject: Paul Laurance Worrell LCDR

To the family and friends of LT.. Paul L Worrell.
If you are out there I would vary much like to hear from you.

My name is Vickie Peters, I live in California and name listed above has been on my mind and heart sense 1972. I received a POW bracelet with the name Lt.. Paul L Worrell. I wore it until it broke, I put another bracelet on for him memory. To this day Dec 4,1999 the thought of this
man has crossed my mind everyday.  I have prayed for him to come home everyday.  when I found out that his body was returned to the USA in 1985 I cried with sadness and joy, that he was home.  Please if you have any information on this man. Please e-mail me  at wikki@excelonline.com

The family or friends I'm looking for is for Paul Laurance Worrell LCDR, Navy, DOB. April 18 1942  casualty date: Dec 2 1966. His last home town record was Philadelphia, PA.

He is and has always been in my heart and soul!

Vickie Peters
wikki@excelonline.com20


From - Sun Dec 05 08:17:34 1999
From: "vickie peters" <wikki@excelonline.com>
Subject: LT. Paul Laurance Worrell

My name is Vickie Peters, I'm looking for any family member or friend of LT..Paul Laurance Worrell. He was a Navy LCDR. His date of birth was April 18 1942 and the Casualty date was Dec 2 1966 His Home Town was Philadelphia, PA.

Please if anyone has any information on his family of friends. I would love to chat with them. You see I have worn a POW Bracelet with his name sense 1972. He has been on my mind and in my heart, I think of him everyday

Thank you
Vickie Peters
please e-mail me at wikki@excelonline.com


From - Tue Dec 07 08:28:48 1999
From: Ceb143@aol.com
Subject: Robert Minnich

I sold bracelets as a teen. I sold over 50. I think I was 15 at the time. I had my pow's wife's address and wrote to her. I remember she wrote a very nice letter back to me. I was so very disappointed when he did not come home. I think her name was Sharon...Richard Minnich was my pow. I am now 46 and I have carried both of them with me all these years. I still have my bracelet and wear it every vetrens day. I just would want her to know how much I have cared......Patty Wood Bryant.....I lived in San Mateo, Ca at the time


DATE: 12/07/1999
FROM: trump@mhtc.net
SUBJ: Capt. Jerry Roe (02/12/68)

I have worn the bracelet for Jerry Roe for over 25 years, and just wanted the family to know he is not forgotten......

Kate


From - Tue Dec 07 15:17:30 1999
From: VJKshorty@aol.com
Subject: Maj. William Young Duggan

To the children of William Y. Duggan a special prayer to you and your Family to let you know that you have been in our hearts and prayers since 1972. Your loss was our loss too.

I received the bracelet when I was 12 and I have always thought of your Father and you since. I am now 40 and I want you to know that I will never forget you and your Father.

                                                      Love and best wishes
                                                 Vicki Kesses/California
                                                           vjkshorty@aol.com


From - Tue Dec 07 19:55:20 1999
From: SIDGIRL2000@webtv.net (Misty Karsmizki)
Subject: Richard Duane Appelhan

Hello. My name is Misty Karsmizki and I am searching for anyone who can help me to locate the family of Richard Duane Appelhans. I have been wearing his bracelet for over 1 year now. My e-mail address is SIDGIRL2000@webtv.net. Thank you.


From - Thu Dec 09 07:54:00 1999
From: 63FS/MAP <63FS.MAP@luke.af.mil>
Subject: Herbert E. Smith

I have just today learned that the remains of CMS Herbert E. Smith have been returned to the United States.  I've had Chief Smith's bracelet for over ten years.  So many emotions are running through me right now.  Mostly I feel sadness and loss.  I don't want to reopen old wounds for the family but my heart and prayers go out to them.  If the family would like the Chief's bracelet you can contact me at hog80ci@uswest.net. 

James H. Jones
Msgt, USAF


From - Mon Dec 13 11:26:32 1999
From: "Al Vinson" <boots16@flash.net>

To the Family/Friends of Bobby Gene Vinson, Nederland, TX:

I have worn Col Vinson's bracelet since '92, when I graduated from AFROTC @ the University of Texas.  Having recently found "the InterNet," I've learned he has finally been returned.

If you are willing, I'd like to learn more about Col Vinson & determine if I am in his family tree somewhere.  My lineage goes through William Ray Vinson, my dad, of Moody; Donald Ray Vinson, of Coolidge; & Arthur Vinson, of Coolidge.  There aren't too many Vinsons in the Great State of Texas.

God Bless You & Thanks in Advance!

Al Vinson
Ft. Worth, TX

www.flash.net/~boots16


From - Tue Dec 14 10:42:10 1999
From: "Daniel & Kate Buck" <dkbuck@hotmail.com>

To the family of Ronald K Pennington, USMC:
I've only just found this site, and praying that if it is God's will, you  will find some comfort in this. I have had your Marine's bracelet for as long as I can remember. He has been in my constant prayers. Please know that he has become part of my family too. Your marine will always be remembered, not only by you, but by my husband and children, also. My husband is also a United States Marine, and for the last six years we have lived aboard Camp Kinser, Okinawa Japan. If you would like to contact us, Please feel free to do so. Our e-mail address is:    dkbuck@hotmail.com

Semper Fi
In God's Love
Kate Buck


From - Wed Dec 15 08:32:44 1999
Return-Path: <Farfel1964@aol.com>
From: Farfel1964@aol.com

This is to the family of Sgt. Leonard J. Lewandowski USMC.

I have been wearing the bracelet for your loved one for approx. 20 years now...I never take it off and told my family that if he is never found, the bracelet stays with me when I die.   I see his name every day and remember.  I am 48 years old so the Vietnam War is in my history.  My own brother-in-law was killed there and many friends of mine were involved in this conflict.  

This is just to let you know that I remember Sgt. Lewandowski every day.

Phyllis Schulte


From - Fri Dec 17 14:35:29 1999
From: "Judyth M McDonald" <JudythMc@iol14.com>
Subject: Lonnie Bogard

I am 52 years old and I have had a bracelet for almost 30 years of CAPT. LONNIE PAT BOGARD who was in the Air Force MIA May 12, 1972.

I just wanted you let you know that I lived a lot of places and have rid my self of many things in moving but I have had a special place in my heart for Lonnie Bogard; who I have never met but who I think of often.  There are still people out there who still love him and pray for his 
safe return just like I have done.

I just wanted to let you know that someone you have never met; cares. As the years go by I wonder and care even more and I wish I could see that he is finally returned safe to those that love him.  I would love  nothing more than to give this bracelet to his family; that would mean 
he is back home like he should be.

I have not forgotten and never will.

Judyth McDonald
judythmc@iol14.com


From - Sun Dec 19 08:17:33 1999
From: D Sloane <dsmedic@yahoo.com>
Subject: CMSGT William L. Madison

I have American Hero, William L. Madison 's bracelet and have worn it over one year.  The DoD has made recovery of his remains, as well as, those comrades he was lost with on 15 May 1966.  It is my understanding that these remains will be buried in the Arlington National Cemetary sometime in the near future.  It is my desire to contact his family and return his bracelet and the memory of this man.  If some one could contact me back and allow me this honor I would greatly appreciate the opportunity.

Sincerely,  David H. Sloane  Georgetown KY
            e-mail:  Dsmedic@yahoo.com
            phone    502-863-7841 (work)


From - Wed Dec 22 12:44:26 1999
From: Barb Crystal <bcrystal@srsd.org>
Subject: Lt. Roderick Lester

To the Family of Lt. Roderick Lester,

My name is Barbara Manna and I have had the lieutenant's POW bracelet since 1972, when I was eight years old.   I have kept him in my prayers on a daily basis since then.  I teach high school in NJ and have brought in the bracelet when I have covered the Vietnam era.  I did get a copy of "Parade" magazine where he was featured on the cover.  It was wonderful to put a face with his name.  Anyway, I just wanted you all to know that there are people who care about your loved one and who have not forgotten him.  God bless.

Love,
Barbara Manna

  My e-mail address is:  BCrystal@srsd.org


From - Thu Dec 23 07:56:48 1999
From: ROLDBNS@aol.com
Subject: Michael Dunn

My name is Don Hetman, I was the young boy who originally wore Mike Dunn's bracelet. Unfortunately, it was lost while I served my country as a U.S. Marine many years later. I recently found out that my hero was found, and is being returned home. I just want you to know that I served my country proudly and much of my decision to enter the military was due to my involvement the man who I never met. I knew as a boy that Mike Dunn served for me, and as I grew older, I knew that I too had the  calling to serve. I am thankful that God has allowed Mike to come home. Somehow, I always thought there would be more to say, but I would not want to bring any more pain to the parents and loved ones of Mike. I just thought it was important for you to know that I was the one who originally received Mikes bracelet, and that I am so proud of him, and that he made such an impression on a young boy many years ago and a very big impression on a man today.           

Respectfully,
                                                               Donald P. Hetman
                                                              Bytor7@yahoo.com


From - Fri Dec 24 14:34:25 1999
From: VxMoUsExv9834218@aol.com
Subject: We all remember

To all those that lost...I did also. I served in the united states army for two tours. I suffer every day with the loss of my cousin. I just found out on  a web site how my cousin died. It is some kind of a closer to a long time of  family suffering. If there is one thing I can tell you to somehow make things better. It would be that there suffering is over. Mine continues....Day and night. My owe family spit on me. I will suffer to my dieing day...

LOVE David Chute  11th armored cavalry k troop...Black horse..!968 to 1970      god bless


From - Fri Dec 24 14:34:29 1999
From: CBarth5632@aol.com
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 11:58:59 EDT
Subject: Tim Bodden

Hi, I don't know if you ever correspond with Tim Bodden's family, but if you do could you tell his Mom I think of Tim often. I didn't have very many friends in high school. Tim was one of the few I had. I have his MIA bracelet and when the traveling version of the "wall" came to Texarkana, TX/AR, I went and visited the wall. It was a very emotional experience. I wasn't ready for the feelings that hit me. I miss Tim. I haven't seen him since 1960 but I miss him a lot. 

Love, 
Charlotte (Staub) Barth
CBarth5632@aol.com


From - Fri Dec 24 14:34:38 1999
From: bakersfromnm@webtv.net (Ray Baker)
Subject:  To the family of TIMOTHY R. BODDEN

My name is Ray Baker and I purchased Tims bracelet in 1971 at NAS Memphis.  I have worn it ever since.  The "original" has been retired as I was allergic to it after it wore down to the brass.  It broke a couple of times but I had it resoldered and continued to wear it with a strip of duct tape on the under side to keep it from making a rash on me.   I saw an add in some catalog for POW bracelets about 10 years ago but the company said that it could not honor any requests for a specific name.  Price was $19.95.  I called them and explained to them that the bracelet that I had was falling apart and that I would gladly pay $50.00 or what ever they needed but I had to have Tims name.  They said they would see what thy could do and get back to me.  About two weeks later, I got Tims bracelet in the mail free of charge.

I served in the Marines from 1970 to 1976.  Flew Hueys in Nam. I guess I just wanted to let you know that there is someone in New Mexico that thinks of Tim everyday and prays for your strength.

                     GODS SPEED AND SEMPER FI.


From: "Jeneva Cotton" <jcotton@techline.com>
Subject: FAMILY OF LT. JOHN CLINE TOWLE
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 15:06:58 -0800

Dear Family Members:

I know of no other way to get this message to you.  Having only discovered the Internet recently, I was finally able to locate the final information on your loved one, Lt. John C. Towle, who was reported as Missing In Action on April 22, 1970.  I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet in 1973 to honor our courageous men and women who were serving in Vietnam and those who had been reported as missing, killed, or as prisoners.  I wore my bracelet emblazoned with the name of Lt. Towle for close to ten years before finally placing it in my jewelry box amongst other sentimental treasures.  I have often thought of "my" young hero and prayed he would be returned to his family safe and sound.  Only today, a fitting day for tribute to an honored veteran, did I discover via the Internet that Lt. Towle's remains were finally recovered, identified and returned in 1995.  For this I am thankful although also saddened.

My prayers for him and his family are extended once again this day.  I would be most honored to return my bracelet to his family.  If they see this letter - or it someone who knows them sees this letter - please feel free to contact me at my e-mail address: walawj99@yahoo.com.  If nothing else, I want them to know that there were many of us who honored and appreciated those who served their country during the Vietnam era. I was only 19 years old when I bought my bracelet.  Thank you for the enormous contribution your loved one made in the fight for freedom and justice in a time when it was not always appreciated.

Very truly yours,
Jeannie Cotton


From - Sun Dec 26 14:30:24 1999
Subject: Captain Herbert Crosby, 1-10-70
From: Theresa S Saunders <mahzie@juno.com>

My first consciousness of the injustice of the Vietnam war occurred in my freshman year of high school,  (1972-73) when a friend began volunteering to distribute POW bracelets and collect donations.  I received Capt. Crosby's  (if  my memory serves, for the donation of one dollar) and
soon after began distributing them myself.  I wore it throughout most of high school removing it, I believe when the war was over.  I wish I had been more true to my pledge of wearing it until the fate of Capt. Crosby was known.  However, it has never been far from my notice, kept in a jewelry box where I often removed it and thought of him and his family. I have discovered from this web site that he is still listed as  missing in action.  I have a son who is only a couple of years younger than Capt. Crosby when he was lost.  I cannot imagine the pain of going all these years without the knowledge of what had really happened to my child.  The bracelet is out of the box now and back on my arm.  

Sincerely,
T. Sharon Saunders


From - Tue Dec 28 17:44:47 1999
From: "D'Pleasance" <pleasance@thesitefights.com>
Friends or Family of Capt. Albert Pitt and Capt. Lawrence Helber- USMC

Hello,

For nearly two years now I have had a website up, and have collected what small bits of information I could find (within my limited means) regarding my adopted "Big Brother" Albert Pitt. It was with a small amount of sorrow, but more with delight, that I was able to chat with a 
family member of Albert's and get a picture...put a face to the name I had begun to consider a family member. Now...when I said my prayers, I had a face to look at when I wished for justice and truth.

To those that may have served with Capt. Albert Pitt, and his navigator, Capt. Lawrence Helber, please, visit this site, sign this guestbook, and leave some words for the families of these two Big Brothers who protected THIS little sister before she was even born. Without the protection of Brothers such as these, the freedom to put up a website, write an email, and make our voices heard might not have been ours.

I invite you to http://www.angelfire.com/ny/dmarine to make YOUR voice heard.

Sincerely,
Deborah L. Marine


From - Tue Dec 28 18:31:53 1999
From: Pamela A <pallyn1@tampabay.rr.com>
Subject: USN Lt.Barton S. Creed

    In 1972, my husband and I obtained a plain silver bracelet bearing the name of Lt. Barton Creed and dated 3-13-71.  Throughout these many years he has remained a part of lives through thoughts and prayers.  Our three children grew up knowing of  Lt. Barton Creed.  Whenever a list of returnee's was published we would go over the names to find "our" pilot.  When a replica of the Vietnam Wall was on display in a downtown park,  the wall was searched until we found the name matching our bracelet.   At this time, our family would like the members of the Creed family to know that their loved one is not forgotten and all are in our prayers.

The Allyn Family
Largo, Florida  33774
pallyn1@tampabay.rr.com


From - Sat Jan 01 15:23:01 2000
From: AuntAnneM@aol.com

Subject: Robert C. Wistrand

Another New Year's Eve is upon us and still so many of our missing servicemen  and women are unanswered for. I wear the bracelet of  Col. Robert C. Wistrand and proudly I must say. I  know he is out there, somewhere. I am sure his family and friends are also  out there and I hope this reaches someone somehow.  I want them to know that Col. Wistrand is with me everyday like he is with you. I pray for him and his family that you are comforted. If you see this post please contact me. I would really like to get to know my heros family.

Thank you and Best Wishes,
AnnMarie Murphy


From - Mon Jan 03 08:24:30 2000
From: XAAQ8@aol.com
Subject: CPL LARRY E. GREEN, USMC 3-26-68

I have been wearing this bracelet since 25 May 1987.  I wish to maybe contact or just let the family know that someone is still remembring him.

I have written letters before about my bracelet.  I am writing today to give my e-mail address for friends or family of Cpl Green.  the inscription follows:

Cpl Larry E. Green, USMC
3-26-68 SVN/OW

My E-Mail address is XAAQ8@AOL.COM

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mickey G. Merrell SSgt, USAF


From - Thu Jan 06 08:32:21 2000
From: "dufrch1" <dufrch1@gateway.net>
Subject: Ariel Cross

Dear loveletters,  This goes out to the family of Ariel L. Cross of DesMoines, Iowa who unfortunately is listed as killed in action/no body recovered.  I do not wish to bring up any painful memories, I only want to tell them that I have worn and carried with me Mr. Cross's pow/mia 
bracelet.  I received it some thirty-one years ago.  It is one of the old original's I believe.  I cherish it.  Last year I was able to visit the traveling Memorial Wall in Slidell, LA.  and I got a rubbing of his name off of the wall.  When I got home I put the bracelet and the rubbing in a glass frame on blue velvet.  It is beautiful.  I keep it on the wall next to my most treasured pictures of family members.  There is not a day that goes by when I do not think of Ariel L. Cross.  Please know that he is prayed for everyday.  I would be honored if any of his family could respond.     
                                  God Bless Ariel L. Cross and his family.

                                                         Sincerely, 
                                                         C.Dufrene
P.S. My e-mail address is  dufrch1@gateway.net


From - Sun Jan 09 06:34:55 2000
From: AviceJ@aol.com

To the family and friends of Joseph David Puggi
From Jane DiMuro, AVICEJ@aol.com

During the Vietnam War, our family (6 children) took turns wearing our bracelet and praying for Joseph David Puggi. My daughter Louisa, who wore it in junior high school and is now 40 years 
old, has kept it and recently has tried to find out what happened to Joseph.  We love him as if he were one of our own. We hope that someone who knows  about Joseph will read this and contact us. We believe his family lived in New Jersey. We live in California. I pray we will hear from someone.

From - Sun Jan 09 06:34:59 2000
From: Kelball1@aol.com
Subject: IN MEMORY OF:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

IT IS JANUARY 7TH, AT 10:30 P.M.  I AN FEELING ABSOLUTELY OVERWHELMED!!   I WILL TRY TO EXPLAIN MY STORY FROM THE BEGINNING.

MY NAME IS KELLY BALL.  I'M A FORTY YEAR OLD WOMAN.  BACK IN JACKSONVILLE, FL IN 1970, I PURCHASED A STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET. THIS WAS THE FAD AMONG US YOUNG( I WAS 11 YEARS OLD).  I GAVE $2.50 TO A FRIEND TO GET ME THIS BRACELET.  I RECEIVED IT WITH THE ENGRAVING OF SGT. BURT C. SMALL, JR. AND A DATE (OF WHICH I CAN'T RECALL).  I WORE THAT BRACELET FOR APPROX. 2 YEARS, UNTIL IT TURNED MY WRIST GREEN AND BROKE IN TWO.  I WAS DISMAYED AND WAS ABLE TO LOCATE ANOTHER
BRACELET (NOT FROM THE SAME PERSON) RECEIVING THIS ONE WITH THE ENGRAVING OF LT.COMM. F. CHARLES BALDOCK ON IT, AND DATE.  I HONORED LT. COMM. F. CHARLES BALDOCK FOR  CLOSE TO 10 YEARS, UNTIL MY FATHER FELT THAT IT JUST WASN'T APPEALING JEWELRY.  I HAVEN'T FOUND EITHER OF THE BRACELETS, BUT I NEVER IN ALL THESE YEARS(30) FORGOTTEN THOSE MEN.

THROUGH THE YEARS, I ALWAYS WONDERED IF THEY HAD MADE IT BACK, IF THEY WERE, SHALL I SAY, DEAD OR ALIVE.  I REMEMBER TRYING TO FIND OUT THROUGH THE LOCAL LIBRARY TOO MANY YEARS AGO TO LOCATE THEIR NAMES BUT THERE ARCHIVES CONSISTED OF OLD NEWS PAPER CLIPPINGS, OF WHICH I NEVER FOUND WHAT I WANTED.  I GAVE UP LOOKING BUT THEIR NAMES ALWAYS WERE WITH ME.  I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I WANTED TO LOOK INTO IT AND JUST PROCRASTINATED THE IDEA.  EVEN AS RECENT AS A MONTH AGO, I TRIED TO GO ON THE INTERNET THROUGH OUR LOCAL PAPER, BUT I HAD TO PAY TO HAVE RESEARCH DONE, I THOUGH NAH, I'LL GO BACK TO THE LIBRARY!!

FOR SOME COMPELLING REASON, TONITE I SAT HERE IN MY LITTLE ROOM WHERE I HIDE FROM MY 3 SONS AND HUSBAND TO JUST PLAY ON THE INTERNET. AFTER SEVERAL AUCTION SITES AND WHATEVERS IT CAME TO ME TO PUT PRISONERS OF WAR IN THE SEARCH SECTION OF AOL.  IT CAME UP WITH BUNCHES OF STUFF.  THIS PARTICULAR SITE SPARKED MY INTEREST.

UPON RESEARCHING MY TWO MEMORIES UNDER BIOGRAPHIES, I FOUND THEM!!!  IT WAS INVIGORATING, EXASPERATING, JOYFUL, SORROWFUL, VERY SAD.  I AM OVERCOME WITH INTENSE EMOTION.  I PROUDLY SHARED IT WITH MY 14 YEAR OLD SON, WHO HAS NO CLUE AS TO WHAT IT MEANS TO ME AND TO SO MANY, MANY OUT THERE.  I CAN ONLY SAY THAT MY HEART HAS BEEN UPLIFTED AND AT THE SAME TIME EMPTIED.  I FEEL ATTACHED TO TWO FINE AMERICANS THAT I DON'T EVEN KNOW .  I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE THESE FAMILIES, AND SHARE MY LOVE FOR THESE TWO MEN.  SGT. BURT C. SMALL JR. IS ASSUMED DEAD, THIS WAS DEVASTATING TO ME, I WILL PRAY EVERY NITE  UNTIL HE COMES HOME TO HIS FAMILY.  AS FOR LT.COMM. F. (NOW I KNOW HE'S FREDERICK) CHARLES BALDOCK, I AM SO ANXIOUS TO LET HIM AND HIS FAMILY KNOW HOW HAPPY I AM THAT HE CAME HOME, HOME TO AMERICA AND HIS FAMILY. I MUST LET HIM KNOW HOW HONORED I WAS TO WEAR HIS MEMORY FOR 10 YEARS. I AM OVERJOYED TO HAVE READ HIS BIOGRAPHY AND LEARNED THAT HE ACTUALLY BROUGHT OUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT HIS CAPTIVITY.  GO FIGURE, I WOULD BE A LOONY BIRD!!  THIS MAN DESERVES A MEDAL OF HONOR, ONE I WILL BESTOW ON HIM IF I EVER MEET HIM.  IF YOU FIND HIM FOR ME PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH HIS ADDRESS, THAT IS IF I DON'T BEAT YOU TO IT.  I DO KNOW HIS LAST KNOWN RESIDENCY WAS CA.  I HOPE YOU SPREAD THIS LETTER TO ALL WHO REMEMBERED THESE MEN WITH THEIR BRACELETS, I'M EVEN MORE PROUD NOW THAT I HONORED THEM, AND ELATED THAT THERE WAS SOME GOOD OUTCOME,  AS FOR SGT. BURT C. SMALL JR.  PLEASE NOTIFY HIS FAMILY, LET THEM KNOW THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM, I WILL PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND HOPE SOMEDAY HE WILL
COME HOME. GOD BLESS HIM!!! I HAVE CRIED FOR SORROW AND HAPPINESS, THIS TIME ITS FOR A REASON,  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

SINCERELY,

KELLY BRYAN BALL

P.S. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GIVE ANYONE NECESSARY MY E-MAIL ADDRESS, ESPECIALLY 
TO THE FAMILIES ABOVE.  THANK YOU


From - Sun Jan 09 06:35:01 2000
From Rev. Charles H. Spice, Pastorspice@highland.net
Subject Captain Jon Burch 6-8-67

I wore the bracelet of Captain Jon Busch (6-8-67)  for a long time till it broke in half.  I them put it on the dresser to remind me to pray for Jon and family. I have wanted to know what happen to him. I just found out his remains were returned in 1988.  I have prayed for Jon and family all these years and am about to cry to know that he was not returned alive all these years, I always hoped he returned alive. I care for you his family.  I went to Vietnam 3 times abroad the U.S.S. Enterprise as a Machinist Mate 2nd class and worked on the Nuclear Reactors.  If you would like to write or have the bracelet let me know. God Bless You, I will continue to pray for you. 

Chuck Spice

still in my prayers


From - Mon Jan 10 14:15:14 2000
From: "Walton,Lawrence" <waltonl@tsbncpa-ex1.army.mil>
Subject:  CPT Cozart and Mr Butler

Today I was searching the internet to my old unit the 199th Aviation Company/ 214th Aviation Battalion and discovered the status of  CPT Cozart and Mr. Butler.  I guess it was fitting that I be looking back. I have always wondered about these soldiers fates. I knew them and we shared a few jokes together.

I have always remembered them and thought about them periodically.  We weren't close friends but because of my position as mail clerk (among many other things) I was probably among the last Americans to see them alive. Words fail me at this time but my heart is with you in remembrance.


From - Tue Jan 11 07:57:20 2000
From: "pam strout" <pastrout@tdstelme.net>
Subject: Jack Rockwood Harvey

To the family of Jack Rockwood Harvey,

I have adopted your {son, brother, husband] and have been in contact with the State of Maine's Reps and Senators asking them what our country is doing to discover the fate of Captain Harvey.  I have requested and read the myriad of documents on microfilm from Washington.  I am not satisfied that more has not been done to investigate the scene of the accident.  If any family members read this, I would very much like to hear from you. 

I lost many friends in the Vietnam "Conflict" and at the time, I held my newborn son in my arms promising him that he would never be involved in such a thing.  But.........29 years later my son is now serving his 10th year in the Air Force and I am proud of him, but I would fight tooth and 
nail if something such as happened to Captain Harvey ever happened to him. 

Please if the family sees this, or anyone with any other knowledge of Captain Harvey sees this, please respond to me.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Pam Strout


From - Wed Jan 12 15:06:13 2000
From: Grunt94@aol.com
Subject: SFC Allen Duane Christensen

I came upon this web site to wonder who is this man Allen D. Christensen.  I  have been wearing this bracelet since I bought it, while attending basic training at Ft. Benning, GA.  I bought it and felt that my patriotism is not just on the inside of me but can be expressed by wearing this bracelet.  My bracelet means a lot to me and if the family of SFC Christensen ever comes upon this message don't be afraid to get a hold of me.  I would love to know what type of person he was and things he enjoyed.  I have great love for my country and the men and women of foreign wars and wish that they could all come home someday so the families could have some type of closing on the whereabouts of loved ones.  My heart goes to all families and to the Christensen's of South Dakota.  I want it to be known that SFr Allen D. Christensen you are in our hearts and thoughts every day and please come home.

love, Richard J. LaPorte        
Rockford Illinois


From - Sun Jan 16 18:58:13 2000
From: cat926@webtv.net (cathy Culp)
Subject: Re: LCDR John Graf  11-15-69

Hello my name is Cathy and I  for 30 years have  been honored to  wear this  bracelet of  a gentleman  I  consider my  personal  hero. I have always wondered  about John  and his fate. He not only has been in my thoughts but also my family's.  I have  also wondered about you his family and all that you have been through. Not many days have gone by that I have not thought about  the ordeal that any of these fine  men  have had to endure.  I do believe that God is with John.  Please always remember  John and you are in my prayers.


From - Wed Jan 19 18:48:59 2000
From: "Ben & Susan Thomas" <u4ea@dellnet.com>
Subject: Frank M. Brown

I am looking for the family of Lt. Frank M. Brown who served in the USN.  I have a MIAPOW bracelet bearing his name. I once met a man in my church who noticed my bracelet and asked who the name on it was. Coincidentally he was on the same ship! He shared a book with me that had a group photo in it and Lt Brown was in it. Small world. Anyway I know only that he was killed in Vietnam and would like to know more about him. I have prayed for his family and would like them to know I thank them for his service to our country. He is not forgotten.  My email address is u4ea@dellnet.com 
                                            God Bless,
                                             Susan Thomas


From - Thu Jan 20 08:20:44 2000
From: Galadril12@aol.com
Subject: Douglas Condit

Please forward my condolences to the Condit family. I would like to send them his bracelet if they would be interested in receiving it. Please forward my address.
Thanks for all your help.

Patty Drukenbrod
1108 Elliot Bridge Rd
Fayetteville NC   28301
E-mail address:   Galadril12@aol.com


From - Fri Jan 21 12:08:12 2000
From: Creativkim@aol.com
Subject: To the Family of LCDR RONALD DODGE 5-17-67

Hi-My name is Kim Peck and I have Ronald Dodge's POW bracelet.  I worn it many years since I was 12 years old.  I have kept it in my jewelry box for the last 20 years. I've attempted to look for ways to see if Mr. Dodge was returned home, but never could find his name on any POW list.  I would like to know more about him if possible.  I would also like the family to have the bracelet in memory of him and the love and prayers of a stranger.  Thank you dear sir for fighting in Nam ! Please write if you wish. CreativKim @aol.com 


From - Wed Jan 26 08:19:58 2000
From: Bugsbunch@aol.com
Subject: a loving letter to the family of Charles L. Hoskins

Dear family,
I have grieved for your son, and husband for  many years now. I pray to the Lord at night for his peace.  I have returned the bracelet that I wore for many years to the wall in D.C. I have also visited the memorial for him in Hawaii. I do not know how to express to you the feelings that I have had over the years for this man that I never met. He became a part of my life in 1971 
when I began to wear a bracelet with his name inscribed on it. I was in junior high, in a small town in California. I have only to say that he became a daily part of my life. I wondered what he was like, where was his family? I searched the papers when lists were released of prisoners captured, and returned. He was not there, as you know. Believe me when I tell you that I prayed each day for his return. It has been such a long time now...I am 44 years old now and still think of him regularly. He is and always will be a part of my life. I just wanted you to know this. 

Diane Hole
1379 Dutch Ln.
Penngrove, CA 94951


From - Wed Jan 26 12:10:36 2000
From: ann <clifden@gbsias.com>

To the family of Lt. Daniel G. Dawson

I am in possession of a pow/mia bracelet sent to me July 18, 1988. I will always remember what price he and his family paid for me to live free.

If there is any family member wishing to own this original bracelet, I will be happy to surrender it to them in Lt. Dawson's memory. If not, I will treasure it always!

Thank you Lt. Dawson and the entire Dawson family.

Sincerely,
Ann Coyne


From - Sat Jan 22 12:18:50 2000
From: "ARNETT, D ," <dean.arnett@lanewo.ang.af.mil>
To the family of Claude A. Silva,

I have a bracelet with his name on it.  I hadn't worn it in a while, but came across it the other day and decided to look him up here in hopes that he or his remains had been found and returned.  I am sad with you that he is still MIA.  I am an officer in the Air National guard - I don't fly - but
can not imagine the loss your family must feel.  I just wanted you to know that there is someone else out here still proud of his contributions and still proud to serve.  When I bought the bracelet, I was an enlisted Air Guardsman.  I had dreams of being an officer and specifically requested and
Air Force Officer.  I plan to wear the bracelet again and to periodically check the website for updates.  Someone sharing in your loss.


January 18, 2000

We went online to search the status of CAPT. HARLEY HACKETT, III whose POW bracelet I have had since approximately 1970.

We understand from the listing on line that Capt. Hackett was missing in action on 07/24/68 and his status is still MIA.

Please post to his family this knowledge that Capt. Hackettes POW/MIA bracelet is still in our possession. He is NOT forgotten and remains in our prayers.

Now as my children are the age I was when I received this bracelet, they too understand the significance of the bracelet and the status of...

Concern and hope for Capt. Hackett continues with the future.

Linda Demont
62 West Lincoln Ave.
Fresno, CA


From - Fri Jan 28 08:42:16 2000
From: DhampirGypsy@aol.com

To The Family Of 1Lt. Ronald Daniel Briggs,   

        I would like the family of 1Lt. Ronald Daniel Briggs to know that I will prey for them, and that I am deeply sorry for the pain that they are going thru. I also would like them to know that I will be writing my Congressman, Senators and even the President on behalf of there family.

                Marlene Herzog 
                715 E. Belgrade St.
                Philadelphia, Pa. 19125    
                or E-Mail DhampirGypsy@aol.com


From - Fri Jan 28 08:42:17 2000
From: "Stephen Lewis" <ccfccp@hotmail.com>

To the loved ones of SFC ANDREW J CRAVEN.
 I have the great honor of wearing the MIA/POW bracelet of your loved one everyday. If you are reading this please feel free to contact me at ccfccp@hotmail.com .

                                                        Stephen Lewis
                                                         U.S. ARMY


From - Fri Jan 28 08:42:19 2000
From: "Stephen Lewis" <ccfccp@hotmail.com>

To the family of SGTMAJ KENNETH HANNA. I have the honor of wearing your loved ones MIA/POW bracelet everyday. Please feel free to contact me at ccfccp@hotmail.com                                                                  
STEPHEN LEWIS
U.S. ARMY


From - Sat Jan 29 21:57:16 2000
From: Uran233@aol.com

To the family of Maj. James C. Hartney

My name is Michael S. Leary and when I was in high school in 1972-3 I had the POW bracelet with the Major's name. I wore it for many years until it broke. I never forgot his name though. I was searching through the internet and found the POW site and read his information. I really do not know what to say for your loss but as a veteran myself , we are truly grateful for Major Hartney's sacrifice. I wish I had kept up on the issue of our men that were taken from us , but I really didn't understand what it meant until tonite and it didn't seem like it was right that I never followed up. I won't forget now. You will all be in my prayers tonight.

Michael
URAN233@aol.com


From - Mon Jan 31 12:29:43 2000
From: "JoJoe" <jojoe@midwest.net>
Subject: CAPT. B. J. CARTWRIGHT

I was visiting my sister and her husband at camp Lejune N.C. about 27 years ago. Her marine husband put a bracelet on me before I left and told me to keep it on until this guy comes home. The name was CAPT. B. J. CARTWRIGHT and I noticed he had already been missing for years. I was just out of high school and I wore it until 1982. I had no way of  knowing what happened to him and I had worn it till the metal was about to break. I grew very fond of this guy the 12 or so years that I wore his name. I knew his initials must have stood for Billy Joe or Billy
Jack! I was young and busy and I really chose to believe that he probably came home. But I had already lost a cousin and many good friends in this war. In the small town I lived in we simply hated the war but LOVED our warriors. We still do.

From - Mon Jan 31 15:33:41 2000

I wore a braclet for 12 years with the name of CAPTAIN B J CARTWRIGHT . I always knew his initials must have stood for Billy Joe or Billy Jack! I got it at camp Lejune NC when I was fresh out of high school and wore it till 1983. I agonized over taking it off but the metal was getting thin from wear, I still have it and I want this mans family to know that I truly cared for him and them. (still do) that war was a part of my teen years, I lost several friends and a cousin there. many of my friends were lucky enough to come back alive.. I chose to believe that CAPT CARTWRIGHT was probably released and at home doing good .. I  had no way of knowing until today when I looked his name up on this.. its hard to understand what a shock it is to find "your guy" didnt live in fact didnt come back home until 1994. If its upsetting to some one who wore his name me for 12 years I can not imagine what hit his family has went thru ... hope you see this...hope you know how sorry I am....I hope for no more wars...


From - Wed Feb 02 10:55:11 2000
From: Trekie910@aol.com
Subject: W.S. Forman and Lavern G. Reilly

Just a note to the families of my two heroes. I and my whole family pray for them often. My wrist has permanent creases where I wear my bracelets. Not too long ago, I saw that Lavern G. Reilly's remains were found. I was so surprised and happy that I'd be able to lay it at the Wall when I go in September 00. But now I know that this was just another government psych. I will keep his bracelet until there is definitive proof.

Please know--we still care!!!

Kathleen Mosier
Trekie910@aol.com


From - Wed Feb 02 19:55:15 2000
From: HEARDSadie@cs.com

Subject: Family of Cpl Thomas E. Anderson USMC 10/06/62

I just found the bracelet that was given to my daughter. Her birthday is Oct 6th. I looked on the list and found that Cpl Anderson has not been found. My thoughts are with him where ever he may be. I will continue to check the list and hopefully one day it will say FOUND. My e-mail address is l_heard@hotmail.com.


From - Thu Feb 03 07:44:02 2000
From: PEApod5499@aol.com

Subject: Evans, Cdr. James, Incident 4-2-65

I wore the original bracelet bearing this man's name all throughout high school during the war. If the family would like to have this bracelet, please email me I would be happy to forward it. I can be reached at PeaPod5499@aol.com
Thank you.


From - Thu Feb 03 16:51:51 2000
From: jdk.krk@juno.com

To the family of Grayland Jones:

I have worn a bracelet with Grayland's name on it for about 9 years, now. It is worth more to me than gold. I wear it out of respect for and admiration of him and all of the men and women who served in the Vietnam war. I am an Army wife and I cannot even begin to imagine what the family
members must have gone through back then. I can only say that I care. I always have and always will. Take care.

Love
Karla Kinter

"You are not forgotten"


From - Sun Feb 06 16:48:36 2000
From: dove007@taylortel.com

I have a POW/MIA bracelet with Captain John Brucher's name on it for about 28 years. I would really like to get in touch with a member of his family or someone who knew him. Please contact me if you can talk to me about someone I feel so close to. My e-mail address is
dove007@taylortel.com

Sincerely, Stacy Dove


From - Sun Feb 06 20:02:09 2000
From: Yyoopper2@aol.com

Subject: To Maureen Dunn, wife of CDR Joseph P. Dunn, US Navy

Dear Maureen,
I know that February 14 is a sad anniversary for you for I wear Joe's bracelet. I am a widow, but I know where my husband lies, and I was with him when he died. I did not have to wonder then, nor do I have to bear the agony of waiting long years without knowing my husband's fate. Across the miles I send you a warm hug, and please know, we shall not forget the price you have both paid, nor will we allow others to forget. I have written an article for our local paper asking it be printed on February 14th, telling Joe's story, and demanding attention for the continuing agony suffered by our POW/MIAs and their families. I hope that somehow I can send you a copy. It is important that you know we shall not forget.

God bless you,
Phyllis J. Donovan
Yyoopper2@aol.com


From - Mon Feb 07 08:08:31 2000
From: Brad Lesley <animalsan@earthlink.net>

Subject: CI O'Hara, RC Stanley,RD Briggs, DE Parsons, Christiansen, Eugene

My day of hell is over with. It is now 2-7-00 @ 1:54 AM. Each year on this day (2-6), I am reminded of the incident that took a piece of my heart exactly 30 years ago. The 5 brave heroes mentioned above were returning to a LZ in Nam in very bad weather. Their chopper was heard by
some on the ground as it approached, but, it never reached the landing zone.

The next time these heroes were spotted was in captivity. Eugene Christiansen is the bracelet that has adorned my wrist for some 20 + years. While I never met him, he had become family and all around me prayed for a safe return for Eugene and a reuniting with his family. As we speak, this hasn't happened.

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary. I have done all I know to keep abreast of this situation, and as far as I know, 5 of the 6 heroes mentioned above are still MIA/ POW. Th remains of one of the lieutenents has been returned. These men, as so many others, were taken before their prime to make safe the place we call "home".

I will continue to proudly wear my bracelet and to pray for you Eugene and your family. I was a lucky one as both my brothers came home from Nam. I hope and pray for my third brother Eugene, the one I never met, and the one who I am so indebted to, as are the rest of us. The one who needs our prayers the most....especially today.

To Eugene's family;
you are all in prayers daily, and
please know that I have the utmost respect for your son and am humbled by his sacrifice daily.

God be with you Eugene Christiansen. You remain my hero.

Brad Lesley
animalsan@earthlink.net


From - Mon Feb 07 14:23:50 2000
From: Shelley Lujano <slujano@thekansan.com>

To the Family of Spec. 5 Wayne Allen:

When I was 10 years old, my sister game me a P.O.W. bracelet. I was too young to understand the full meaning of the horror that was the war in Vietnam, but I have always remembered the soldier whose name was engraved on my bracelet - Spec. 5 Wayne Allen. I always wondered the
fate of the man I have thought of often over the past 30 years. Today, I searched the internet to discover the truth I always feared. He did indeed perish in the war - on January 10, 1970.

I want you to know how very sorry I am for your devastating loss.

Wearing a bracelet bearing the name of this soldier and thinking about him for so long, has left me with a sad and empty feeling now that I know he is gone. I always wanted to know his fate, although at the same time I was afraid to know it. It saddens me deeply to also know that he was only 21 years old when he died - the age of my son.

I will continue to remember Spec. 5 Wayne Allen. I promise you, I will never forget him. I will share this information with my children, so that they can remember him also. If my parents make another trip to Washington D.C., I will ask them to look for his name on the Vietnam Memorial. If ever I am in the capital, I will do the same.

Thank you for your son, and for what he meant to this country.

Sincerely,

Shelley


From - Mon Feb 07 15:03:47 2000
From: "Anita Martin" <awmartin@aristotle.net>

Subject: Capt. George R. Spitz & LCpl David Nipper

I have worn George Spitz's bracelet for 10 years. I just recently found out, he was identified 5 years ago. Knowing this, I have received a new bracelet - LCpl David Nipper. I chose Nipper because he was a Marine and missing the year I was born. My husband & father were both Marines. This is something I feel strong about. I wish that more people would have feelings as strong as I do.

My prayers go out to all people who know, who needs to know, and who will never know. May God be with you all the days that you have this to deal with.

A Marine's Wife

Anita Martin
113 Mulberry
Cabot, AR 72023

awmartin@aristotle.net


From - Wed Feb 09 08:22:36 2000
From: "Mark Oltedale" <moltedale@netzero.net>
Subject:  Maj. Donald M. Singer UASF

I hope this letter makes it's way to this brave man's family. I wore Maj. Singers bracelet for a number of years. I was a kid when I bought it at a Naval Air Show at Quonset Point in North Kingstown, where I still live. After all the years that have passed, I finally decided to search the web and found the Major's name. Sadly I write this letter to say, Major Singer has been with me since I was 12 years old, I am deeply saddened by my discovery.

I have always hoped for a pleasant outcome, sadly it did not happen. My deepest sympathy is given to you, his family, for your loss. I am sorry I do not have the bracelet, it broke in two a couple of years after I got it. I taped it together and continued to wear it.

I often wished I could meet Major Singer. Although I never knew him personally, I feel I have lost as well and he will continue to live inside me, especially now the this story is complete.

I will search again and ask my Mother to look for the braclet. If I find it, it will be sent to you.

My most sincere regrets on your families loss.

Mark S. Oltedale (age 39)
69 Oak Tree Drive
No. Kingstown, RI 02852


From - Mon Feb 14 08:22:07 2000
From: FFBaver@aol.com

To the Family of Col. Charles S. Rowley:

I'm not sure what to say. I have been wearing Col. Rowley's bracelet for sometime. Since around my mid-teens after a trip to DC I would like to offer my condolences and to say that It makes me happy to Final be able to retire his bracelet. If you would like it return please notify me. I will hold onto it until Veteran's day (Nov. 11 00 ) of this year. At which time I will place it at the memorial. Once again I like to thank you and Col. Rowley for make the up most sacrifice for his country and our freedom.

Thank you,
Victor C. Baver
Sra USAF

FFBaver@aol.com


From - Mon Feb 14 08:22:09 2000
From: Bigiiies@aol.com

Rear Admiral Joseph Mobley

Dear sir,  I have been trying to locate info on Lt. Carpenter. You see, I have his Mia bracelet from many years ago and am searching for people who knew him. If it is too painfull ... I'll understand and appologize for upsetting you. I just think you men were so brave and deserve the
recognition you deserved. I am sorry you went through all of that. If you would like, you can e-mail me at <Bigiiies@aol.com>. I am very intrested to listen if you need an ear.


From - Mon Feb 14 08:22:16 2000
From: Bigiiies@aol.com
Subject:  Lt. Nick Carpenter

Hello. I am trying to reach the family of Lt. Nickolas M Carpenter. Many years ago as a child, I was given this bracelet as a gift. I was always wondering where he was. If he's okay. I prayed every day for him. I felt like I knew him in some way. I still to this day have his bracelet. It has always meant the world to me. Any family that wishes to contact me about your very brave
loved one, can do so at <Bigiiies@aol.com>. ( I am from Royal Oak , MI) Thanks and I wish you all well.


From - Mon Feb 14 08:22:25 2000
From: "Chris Kading" <crk9618@satx.rr.com>

I was wondering if there was anyway I might be able to contact any family of a 1st LT Patrick R. Curran USMC. I am wearing his bracelet and would like to find out more about him. If any family member wishes to speak with me I can be contact by email at crk9618@satx.rr.com. I am
from a military family, and serve in the military myself, and I appreciate the sacrifices made by so many brave men. My desire is to know something about the man I honor by wearing his bracelet, and maybe I could see a picture of him.

Sincerly and Respectfully,

Christopher R. Kading


From - Tue Feb 15 17:25:01 2000
From: RDHAIRD@aol.com

I just want you to know, that altho I lived on the other side of the world, the Vietnam war touched me deeply, especially the abandonment of pow's and mia's and the war dogs, I can't believe a country this great with such a noble history will not address this issue correctly as we in britain
did.........I live here now, have for 1 year, and some of the decisions I see being made by your government baffles me

God bless you all, thru all the suffering and bewilderment on your arrival home, if you actually were one of the so called "lucky one's" who got home.

((((((((((HUGS)))))))))

ANNIE (McCormick)
>From the Scottish Borders.


From - Tue Feb 15 21:54:19 2000
From: busserbears@webtv.net

Subject: a real understanding

Dear friends, a while now, I have finished copying the names of all of the Bios of the Vietnam war from your site. I wrote them down of paper, and then typed and printed them out. I am now emailing the President a short letter asking him on what he is doing to gain a TRUTHFUL
accounting on this person, one at a time, every day. When you hear a number, sometimes it is hard to imagine it, copying down those names gives you a better understanding. It sickens me that we, the voters, chose to ignore this demanding issue. It makes me cry, I'm crying at this moment. I also think this has made me a better person. I pray to God every day to return our brothers and sisters.

Sincerely concerned our LIVE POW's are being abandoned,

Benjamin


From - Wed Feb 16 08:46:04 2000
From: WFinical@aol.com

Subject: Col Peter Stewart, USAF , MIA, March 15,1966

I still think of Lt/Col Stewart when I knew him at England AFB in the early 60s and spent many days in his home during my high school days. We discussed his Korean War experiences. I was also smitten by his oldest daughter. I check on his status periodically and always visit him name at the wall.

Bill Finical, Arlington Texas,
e-mail : wfinical@aol.com


From - Wed Feb 16 08:46:13 2000
From: "Rebekah W. Gray" <gray@panola.com>

Subject: Family of Capt. Danny D. Entrican, USA-SF

I've been wearing the POW/MIA bracelet of Capt. Entrican for 10 years and would like more info about him and maybe make a connection with his family. I live in Mississippi about three hours away from his hometown. I would appreciate any information on this subject.

Sincerely,

Glenn Gray


From - Sun Feb 20 20:05:08 2000
From: "mark sowerby" <mts1000@prodigy.net>

To the family of Quinlen Roberts Orell:

My name is Cindy A. Sowerby. My e-mail address is: cas220v@hotmail.com

I have owned my bracelet since 1972 when I was nine years old; twenty-eight years now. I have always possessed a serious interest in Q. Orell. I faithfully wore my bracelet, and was proud to answer any questions about it.

Just yesterday evening, I met a gentleman who told me about this web-site. I anxiously researched the information, and was very happy to learn something about Q. Orell. It is the first information for me in the whole twenty-eight years.

My father is who got my bracelet for me. He was also in the U S Navy. Now he is retired.

I would love to hear back from you. Feel free to contact me.
God Bless You,
C. Sowerby


From - Fri Feb 25 13:01:48 2000
From: EMSMOMM@aol.com

Subject: Capt. Kenneth Backus

I have a POW bracelet with the name Capt. Kenneth F. Backus on it. It's been a lot of years since I wore it but I always wondered what became of him. Two summers ago I visited the Wall with my family while in D.C. and was surprised and overwhelmed to learn that he is still declared MIA. Since then I have been doing research to find out more about him. I have found some biographical info through various sights on the internet but no addresses of family or pictures. If anyone reading this knew Capt. Backus or know his next of kin I just want to say that he is still in my thoughts and prayers. I would love any information on him. My screenname is Emsmomm@aol.com.
Thanks.


From - Sat Feb 26 22:04:56 2000
From: CantrellSmith@aol.com

Subject: Lcpl David Nipper home listed as Atlanta GA SVN 21 Nov.1964

To the family of Lcpl David Nipper, researching this web site, I learned that the body of Ddavid Nipper was not recovered. I wear his bracelet, and always wondered if perhaps he had come home. I am sad and more determined that his memory shall live on . I have worn this bracelet since i was a teenager, I am 42 years old now. I shall continue to wear it for the rest of my life. this bracelet means more to me because David is listed as Georgia soldier, my dad is a Vietnam Veteran, GA. boy, USMC, so my bracelet is VERY special. I live in Cartersville GA, that is about thirty miles north of Atlanta. I would be honored to hear from family of Lcpl Nipper. Beverly S. Cantrell


From - Mon Feb 28 19:49:27 2000
From: Karen Theilen <goofy@ptw.com>

Subject: Capt. Thomas B. Mitchell

Dear Family,
Today I learned that "my guy" never came home. I've had this bracelet for so long that I can't recall exactly when I got it; only out of all the stuff that a teenager collects, this was one thing I never parted with. I still have the picture that his wife Norma mailed me on a Christmas card. Today I took the bracelet and the picture to my classroom, I teach Jr. High Social Studies. I asked my 8th and 7th grade students to see what they could find out. I decided to see what I could find out, too. I shared with them that I had checked the papers when the POW/MIAS were coming home and had never seen Capt. Mitchell's name. I'm sorry that I seem to be rambling, but I find that it affects me quite a bit to find out that this man never came home, I guess he truly became part of my family too over the years. My promise is this: he will never be forgotten by me and I will endeavor to instill in my students the desire to find out why America still has citizens unaccounted for and why we're looking for more places to stick our noses into without FIRST
taking care of those we left behind. My brother fought in Viet Nam from '65-'68 (Navy), up close in rivers and what-not, and seldom talks about the experience, my husband from "73-'75 (Navy), his experience very off-shore and much more limited. I realize just how lucky I am that they came home, today more than any other day I realize just how lucky. Thank you for your tremendous sacrifice for our country. Love, Karen


From - Tue Feb 29 21:18:51 2000
From: Karen Theilen <goofy@ptw.com>

Subject: Captain Thomas B. Mitchell, POWS/MIAS

Dear Family,
Yesterday I found out some terrible news, that Capt. Mitchell and the rest of the crew he flew with, never came home. I was pretty devastated and when I wrote my first letter to you, I know that I wasn't thinking clearly, mostly because I was crying and my stomach was
turning over. So, after tossing and turning last night I came up with a project for my history classes ( I'm a teacher) to pursue. I am now 43 years old and I had a bracelet as a kid/teenager, as so many of us did.  Well, it occurred to me that I work with people who probably had bracelets, too. So, the hunt is on for those bracelets and those names. My project is for the students to learn first hand what it was like to receive your own bracelet, come to care about the name and perhaps wonder about the person behind the name, and learn the ultimate fate of that person who has become a part of you. My dream is for our country to never forget the sacrifice these people made for us, the sacrifice their families made for us, and the ultimate dream, that some kind of
accounting will take place and we can get some truth about what really happened to these people who were left behind. I pray regularly, have to, work at a Catholic school!, and these names will be added to the list of things we pray for everyday. I promise I will try to make these people live in the minds, and hearts, and souls of a future generation of citizens who may one day be called upon to make a similar sacrifice.
Thank you for the opportunity to share with you how I am feeling.

Love,
Karen <Goofy@ptw.com>


From - Thu Mar 02 17:26:26 2000
From: "Julie Littig" <juliel@prodigy.net>

Subject:  Clayton Ashby, Jr.

March 3, 2000---Today I finally learned the answer to a nagging question on my mind since the early 1980's. AO2 Clayborn W. Ashby Jr. is at home and at rest. To any that may have known him, my heart is with you and to all that continue to wait for a special angel, remember they are all
in good hands.


From - Sun Mar 05 22:16:56 2000
From: "ethelcline" <ethelcline@email.msn.com>

Subject: SSGT.GREGORY R. BENTON, JR.

I have good news for you. I have been wearing your Son's bracelet for the past Year. My Older Brother Kevin M. Cline gave it to me. I just want to let you know that never took it off for any reason. I felt that I represented him as an American with great PRIDE in supporting Our SOLDIER. I have found his picture on the Internet, and have made a print of that and have framed his history and photo and his Bracelet and have returned it to my Brother in Ft. Worth. I have also adopted another POW/MIA Capt. JOHN DON DEWBERRY USMC, He never came home ..I have wrote  to the President and have also E-mailed him and the Senate in Supporting
our men to come home.. Your Friend And Sister of Love
Kathi CLine


From - Mon Mar 13 11:46:49 2000
From: "maryellen decker" <maryellendecker@hotmail.com>

Lt. Colonel Robert J. DiTommaso

Hello,
I came across your website today. I am a H.S. Social Studies teacher. Many years ago, the Moving Wall came to our community. One of my students did "guard duty" while the wall was on display. He purchased a pow/mia bracelet for me. The particular bracelet he chose was for a pilot from my home town. The last I knew, this particular AF Lt. Colonel was never found. I remember
hearing that his mother had died without ever finding any word on her son. To this day, I wear his bracelet. The original one purchased for me had to be "retired" as it was a red one and almost illegible. I had a new bracelet made. Thank you for any info you can provide on:

Lt. Colonel Robert J. DiTommaso shot down over Laos/Cambodia 29 July 1966.


From - Tue Mar 14 15:57:41 2000
From: "Willing, Will" <willwilling@NC.SLR.com>
Subject:  Spec5 James L. Moreland

I have been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet with James's name on it since October 1973 having picked it up as a young airman at Lowry AFB, Colorado. To the best of my recollection it has only been off my wrist twice - once for an X-Ray and the other when it was knocked off during a football game.

I just found this site and have to admit it was a more emotional experience than I was prepared for. Reading James' bio brought me significantly closer to him and his family. I have felt an emotional connection to James and his family for many years now and appreciate the opportunity to convey my deep sense of loss and sympathy to them. I have always wondered about him, what he was like, and now believe had we had the opportunity we would have been friends. I find that comforting - I hope his family does as well. As a small gesture of gratitude to the sacrifice James and his family made, my wife & I named our only son James.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to see the traveling "Wall" in Pigeon Forge, TN during the Fourth of July holiday. This was the first time I had a chance to reconnect to James since my retirement from the Air Force. I spent a long time trying to reconcile it all in my mind and just couldn't. I don't know if it will ever make sense.

To the family of James L. Moreland (Les): I would be be truly thankful for an opportunity to communicate with you directly. Please feel free to reply to me directly if you're up to it.

Will Willing
TSgt, USAF (Retired)


From - Tue Mar 14 10:34:20 2000
From: "Brandon DeVito" <brandon_219@hotmail.com>
Subject: CAPT. FRED HALL

Dear people at the POW Web site:
2 years ago during my 16 birthday, my aunt gave me her original pow bracelet. I think it is stainless steel and has a small hole at one end. The name is CAPT. FRED HALL the date is 4-12-69. Please tell me as much information as you can about him. Also is it correct to continue the bracelet today. I think it is a neat thing I get questions all the time from my friends because it is always on my wrist. I must end here so thank you in advance.
Peace
Brandon DeVito


From - Wed Mar 15 22:14:45 2000
From: "Jim Taliaferro" <jgt@softdisk.com>

Subject: Capt. Thomas Mitchell

I have had a POW bracelet of Thomas Mitchell, USAF, since before I went to Vietnam in 1971 and stil wear it to this day. I retired my original copper one and now I have sterling silver. As I remember, I received a bio about him when I received my first bracelet and as I recall he lived in Texas, shot down over Laos and was a MIA. I realize, things that happened over Laos, were denied and non existent. I would like to know his status after all these years, for I will continue to wear his bracelet in his memory until I know his status. Thank you! Jim


From - Fri Mar 17 16:15:52 2000
From: Maureen Volpe <mvolpe@glynn.k12.ga.us>
Subject: Capt. Chuck Finney

Back in 1969 I rec'd a POW/MIA bracelet bearing the name of Capt. Chuck Finney, all I knew was that he had an Irish name and became MIA on March 17,1969, St. Patrick's Day. Being Irish this seemed to me to have a special significance and long after I stopped wearing the bracelet on a
daily basis I always thought of Capt. Finney each St. Patrick's Day....I had written years ago to find out more about this young man...branch of service, if he was ever found, etc...but to no avail. This morning when I got up I took out my copper bracelet, now over 30 years old and put it on. After all it was March 17, St Patrick's Day, the day I remember that Capt. Finney and wonder what ever became of this young man. But today was different, I now know a little about the internet and decided that today I would try to find out if I could, just who was Capt. Finney and what was his fate. So I logged on to the POW bio page and found Capt. Finney, he was a Marine, (I always knew in my heart that he was), a graduate of West Point, a member of the Silent Drill Team and the Marine Corps Honor Guard. He was a navigator/bombadier with the 1st Marine Air Wing shot down over Laos. At long last...I knew of the young man behind the bracelet. Then I decided to take one more look and see if there was any updated information... after all hadn't I just heard recently that remains of 2 MIA's had just been returned to the US and identified ??? One more website to check...and to my utter disbelief," Finney, Charles Elbert...Remains Returned 03/15/00"...two days ago , after 31 years, finally some closure.
I have no idea if Capt. Finney's family will read this but I just wanted them to hear this story. I know how they must feel to have closure after all of these years...My prayers and thoughts are with them.


 
From - Sat Mar 18 15:09:38 2000
From: "Joseph & Paula Dunmire" <jpdunmire@penn.com>

CAPT. WALLACE L. WIGGINS - USAF - LOST 2/3/68

Many years ago when I was very young my aunt had given my cousin and myself POW bracelets for Christmas. Mine was engraved with the name of Capt. Wallace L. Wiggins, lost 2-3-68. I wore it for so many years, always hoping somehow I would be able to find out what happened to Capt. Wiggins. As I grew older many items that I cherished were put away in boxes for keepsakes. One item I never put in one of those boxes was my POW bracelet. It has always stayed in my jewelry box in my room. I have had many conversations with people who remember getting the bracelets and we always wondered about "our soldier". Capt. Wiggins name never escapes me. I have always, for some reason, been able to ramble off his name, rank and date of loss, though wishing I had more information to ramble off about him.

I am now 40 years old, and through the years have realized the impact of that terrible war and how I would never be able to understand how terrible it was for them. I was one of the lucky ones in that my oldest brother came home from Vietnam in one piece. I do know that he does not
like to talk about his experiences there.

I have never had the chance to travel to Washington DC to find out any information about Capt. Wiggins. I have just purchased a computer and was relieved to find this website. I finally got my answer about Capt. Wiggins. Down deep I guess I never really gave up hope that he made it home. I am so sad today to find out that he in fact did lose his life and never got "home" to his family until 1978. So many tragic losses of of so many good men.

To his family, I hope that you have many good memories of Capt. Wiggins. I will always keep him in my heart and in my prayers. I will also keep you, his family, in my thoughts and prayers. I would be so happy to find out more about him and what he was like. Somehow I get the feeling
he was very special. He never left my thoughts or my heart.

In my heart always,

Paula Dunmire


From - Sun Mar 19 09:08:31 2000
From: CPTNCIVY@cs.com

Subject: Love Letters:

Any information on these two men, would be deeply appreciated.

James A. Champion            Robert D. Owen

Josh Harth
8 Hurtgen Pl
Ft. Bragg, NC 28307
cptncivy@cs.com


From - Tue Mar 21 13:51:54 2000
From: "Torie" <torie@htcomp.net>

Subject: Ronald Wayne Forrester

To the family and friends of Ronald Wayne Forrester.
I have just adopted him as my Pow/Mia.I would like to know more about him so people can read and know more of him. His postion to our country is great but i believe his position as a son, father, grandson, uncle, cousin, brother, husband, is just as important. I just wish to give him the proper acknowledgment he deserves. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. I cannot begin to  imagine the pain you have suffered. May God be with you.
Thank you
stormitori@yahoo.com
Tori


From - Tue Mar 21 08:17:37 2000
From: BILMAR95@aol.com

Subject: Leland Charles Cooke Sage

I'm new to the internet and just found out about this web site. I've been wearing Leland's bracelet for almost 20 years. I'm also from the Chicago area. Over the years I've thought about Leland often and wondered about him and his family. I just want his family to know there are others who still care. Any family member or friend who knows Lt. Sage please contact me.


From - Fri Mar 24 14:18:04 2000
From: DGA2J@aol.com

Subject: MSG JAMES W. HOLT USSF 7 FEB 68 SVN

Dear Family. I am proud to say that I am wearing James' bracelet. It was given to me as a gift from a military couple at Ft. Bragg, NC. They gave me the info about James and his last battle in Vietnam. He is a hero!!!! I wanted you to know that I am praying for him. I hope this gift of love and prayers will give you peace. I want you to know that I care. Love, Donna


From - Sat Mar 25 23:19:52 2000
From: nyigal1@aol.com

To the family of Anthony Giannangeli
I am still wearing his MIA bracelet and will till he comes home.

Priscilla Leonidas
nyigal1@aol.com


From - Sun Apr 02 19:31:28 2000
From: zippy <zippy@wcnet.net>
Subject: To family of Irby Dyer III

My name is Teresa Cole and I am 35 years old , I have been wearing my bracelet for 13 years. Its hard to tell you how I feel . I would like to let Irby's family know how often he is thought about and prayed for . I also live in Texas . If you would like to write to me my email address is zippy@wcnet.net I would really love to make contact and talk.

always thinking about you Teresa


From - Tue Apr 04 07:50:40 2000
From: "Christopher J. Howell" <cjhowell@uiuc.edu>
Subject:  Major Robert P. Riggins USAF April 22, 1968 SVN

Hello my name is Christopher J. Howell and I have adopted Major Riggins' bracelet. I am a freshman at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and a cadet in the United States Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps. I want to let the family of Major Riggins know that although I can never really know that I do care. My grandfather was in the reserves during WWII. He never went to war, but he lost many friends in the war. Also I have a stepfather whose father flew in the Chinese Air Task Force during WWII. He too lost many friends. My grandfather and stepfather have instilled a sense in me to have great respect for men like Maj. Riggins. In Corps we are taught even more about POW/MIA's and on Veterans Day we hold a 24 hour flag vigil for these men. We all care.

Very Respectfully
C/4C Christopher J. Howell
United States AFROTC, Det. 190


From - Tue Apr 04 15:55:45 2000
Return-Path: <DIIHRVP@aol.com>

Subject: Mark L. Stephensen (DOB: 05/29/30)

I recently came across the POW bracelet that I wore during 1969-1971. I wore it all of the time when I was in 7th and 8th grade, until it cracked in half one night when I was sleeping. I awoke to find that it had cut my leg and I remember thinking about the pain and suffering that "my POW" might be going through. During those turbulent and political times, the bracelet helped personalize the war and was a constant reminder that the war had sad consequences for individuals and families. I often wondered who Mark Stephensen was and what happened to him. With your website, I was able to learn of his fate. Thank you.

This may seem silly, but I was wondering if Mark Stephensen has any family member who would like to have the POW bracelet as a keepsake. If so, I would be happy to send it to them, or send it to you for forwarding.


From - Wed Apr 05 18:13:03 2000
From: "Tehuti / RLH" <tehuti@nmo.net>
Subject:   Earl P. Hopper, Jr.

TO THE FAMILY OF EARL P. HOPPER, JR.:

I'm not even quite sure what to say...

I have Earl Hopper's bracelet; my dad, a vet, had two or three to choose from, and I took Hopper's from his room.  I can't wear it because it's too big for me, but I keep it nearby.  At first it was just something interesting to look at and think about, but that was before I "knew" the name on it.

A few years ago I checked out the book "Kiss The Boys Goodbye" from the library and took it home to read it...I came across a section where a man was talking about his son, and for some reason the name seemed familiar to me.  (I, who have a terrible memory.)  I went into my room
and checked out the bracelet.  The name the man had mentioned was the same as the one on my bracelet:  Earl P. Hopper, Jr.  It was almost like I'd just passed him by on the street; I didn't know him, I'd never met him, but there was something there that brought him just a little bit closer, at least for a moment; something that made him an actual person, not just a name inscribed on a piece of metal.  Something that made him real.

I started crying; I'm crying right now, I could barely look at his picture in the biography.  It's almost scary when you realize that these are actual people, the same as you and me.  It's far too easy to forget that they aren't just faceless lists of names gathering dust on some shelf.

I want the family of Earl P. Hopper, Jr. to know that at least *I* won't forget, and I'll always keep him in my memory.

AUS,

Tehuti
tehuti@nmo.net


From - Thu Apr 06 08:36:24 2000
From: "donald" <wc@americom.net>

Subject: LCDR James Wright  11-2-67

To the family of James,
I have just recently found out about James and was very sorry to hear of your loss. I have had his bracelet since the early 70's and just came across it again.  Finally with the help of the internet, I was able to find a site where I could get the answer to a 27 year old question about James. I am so sorry for your loss, a loss that thousands share. These are all great man who gave their lifes for us. My prayes are with James, his family and friends.

God Bless,
Linda


From - Sat Apr 08 21:57:47 2000
From: YoTrebo@aol.com

I have been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet with the name Capt. Vincent Scungio, date of loss 11/4/66 for over 10 years.  My mother wore the bracelet for many years, and gave it to me to continue our shared concern for all POW/MIA's.  Capt. Scungio's date of loss is 2 days before I was born.  This has served as a very powerful reminder to me over the years of how long his family has lived with the uncertainty of what happened to him.  It has also made me feel a connection with a man I have never met and his family.  I would very much like to communicate with anyone in his family who is interested in contacting me.  I would like to know more about him and let his family know that he is not forgotten, even by a complete stranger.

Thank you for making this service available to those of us who wish to communicate with the families and didn't know where to start!

T.B.
Orlando, Florida


From - Sun Apr 09 16:48:00 2000
From: PATPHRN@aol.com
Subject: Sgt. Timothy Bodden

Dear Sirs:

I came across your POW network site.  I'd like to commend you on your excellent work. 

My name is Patricia Evans, I'm a registered nurse and the mother of three children.  I was in grade school and high school during the war and, as so many others, I had a POW/MIA bracelet. Mine was for Sgt. Timothy Bodden.  I wore it for many years, until time took it's toll on the metal and it broke.  I've kept it safely in my jewelry box.  During the years, I've often wondered about Timothy Bodden, about what the final outcome was.  Thanks to your information I now have the answer. 

According to his bio page, his mother is alive, though having some health problems.  If you think it is appropriate, would you please let her know about the bracelet and that her son was thought of and prayers were said for him?  Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

Patricia Evans


From - Mon Apr 10 08:25:43 2000
From: QUADSMOO@aol.com
Subject: LTC Michael Masterson

My bracelet has been with me for over 20 years!! When my husband retired from the Marine Corp. In 1984 I made a wall shadow box for him.  It contains many of his ribbons, medals and 2 purple hearts he received from Vietnam.  I have now placed the bracelet with these things... because it will always be with us.  I hope the family of "Bat" Masterson reads this.... I do know he was from Ephrata,WA.  I believe his family resides in Calif. now.  I only hope that they have some closure to their long period of grieving.  Our government needs to realize these MIA's have families.....they need to know!!!  

From - Wed Apr 12 07:51:15 2000
From: <drzollers@worldlynx.net>

Re: Raymond G. Czerwiec USA 27-MAR-1969 SVN

In 1997 I visited the OJC website and "adopted" a MIA in order to build a POW/MIA awareness website. I asked for someone who was about my age, born in 1944. I was given information on Raymond G. Czerwiec and proceeded to put the website together. In building the site I tried to obtain as much information as possible and was able to get a photograph. If anyone out there knows where I can get additional information on Raymond I would appreciate hearing from them.
This last weekend I visited Washington D.C. with my family, wife, two daughter and two grand-children. We visited "The Wall" and found Raymond's name there. I was able to purchase a "bracelet" with Raymond's information on it at "The Last Firebase", by the Lincoln Memorial.

If anyone knows of surviving relatives of Raymond's I would love to hear from them and let them know that he is not forgotten and they are in our prayers every day.

David Zollers, Pennsylvania
drzollers@worldlynx.net


From - Wed Apr 12 18:15:30 2000
From: ztreuer@d.umn.edu

Captain Robert John Edgar

Hello,

I am a sophamore in college this year, and I'm in the Air Force ROTC program. Having hippies for parents and yet having some kind of kinship with the military, I've gotten to hear all sides of every argument concerning Vietnam. And still, I don't know too much about it. I'm 19, and have no concept of war, not really. Recently, my detachment ordered POW/MIA bracelets and I bought one. Why? I couldn't tell you ... my parents would say it's foolish, my friends would think it overly sentimental.

I'll tell you what, though: I put on this bracelet, which states the name of Captain Robert J. Edgar and his disappearance date of 5 Feb 1968, hometown FL, lost in Laos, and I've never felt stranger.

I can't take it off; the thought that this man, 25 years old when he disappeared, was doing what I shall be doing soon: fighting for my country. I cannot believe that it is unknown what happened to him, that he's not home either with his wife or resting in peace. He is out there somewhere while I am here. I have been obsessed with finding out about him, and the internet has been a wonderful asset.

I am shocked at my reaction to this bracelet! I will never take it off, I am sure of that - not until he comes home somehow, or his family requests it, of course.

If you are out there, Edgar family, I want you to know that in no way whatsoever is Robert J Edgar forgotten. Maybe I have gotten into this tradition late, but it is never to late to love, respect, and remember in any way we can, those who gave us our freedom. If you would like to respond, or want his bracelet, or anything, e-mail me: ztreuer@d.umn.edu 

I am young; and yet, I know I'll never forget.

Sincerely and respectfully,
Zoe Rose Treuer


From - Wed Apr 12 19:57:35 2000
From: Fingers_Mcginty@Yahoo.Com

Subject: Sgt. Raymond Bobe

My father served three tours in Vietnam with the Navy on aircraft carriers.  During this time I was in high school.  I sold the POW/MIA bracelets as my way of supporting the soldiers and also to honor my father for the sacrifice he was making for our country.  I bought several bracelets during the three years and one happened to belong to Sgt. Raymond Bobe, Missing on March 16, 1969.  I still wear the bracelet.  I was never able to find out if he had returned or not.  I watched all the news shows and read all the papers concerning our soldiers but never heard his name.  Today April 12, 2000 because of the internet, I discovered that his where-a-bouts is not known.  I am truly sorry to hear this.  I have thought about him everyday I have heard his name and will never forget the sacrifice both he and his family has made.  He is truly a hero in my eyes as well as all the other men that came home and were listed MIA/POW.  It is ironic also that he disappeared the day after my birthday in 1969.  I truly hope the family has found some peace of mind despite what happened.  This war was so tragic and the reception our men received was disgraceful.  Remember, there are those of us out there that thank these men and families, my
family waited, wondered and thanked God for our outcome,  We were lucky, my father came home to us.

My e-mail is Fingers_Mcginty@Yahoo.Com
Sincerely yours forever,  Pamela A. Abels


From - Sat Apr 15 08:17:08 2000
From: "Charles Rodecap" <crodecap@cqc.com>
Subject: SSGT Glenn E. Tubbs

To the family of Glenn:
                     For the last 30 years .  And until I die I will keep a candle or a light on for the return of Glenn.   Be it a sign from God or a sign of peace for all of mankind.  In These 30 years with a
simple silver bracelet.  I simply call him friend and wish him Gods love...And may you find peace in your heart.  And forgiveness
                                                                    
Love,
            Christie


From - Fri Apr 14 08:12:39 2000
From: "Hal johnson" <garybear57@hotmail.com>
Subject: letter to the family of D Nidds

To the parents of Daniel Nidds:

I have a pow bracelet with your sons name on it. I have had that one for over 15 years now. I did not know your son, but I feel your loss, not as a parent but as a follow solider that has lost a brother and knowing that he might be a live but having no way to get
to him. There can be no greater feeling of anger and hopeless a combat solider can experience. I hope someday to give this bracelet back. Hopefully to Daniel himself.

Take care
Respectley

Sgt Hal Johnson RET


From - Tue Apr 11 22:08:32 2000
From: "Mindy" <re2@voyager.net>

I am looking for the father I never knew.  His name is Richard "Dick" Roberts.  He was involved in an incident March 25, 1969.  With him were PFC Prentice Hicks and Pfc Fredrick Herrera.  If anyone has any information about him or the families of the other two men please contact me at re2@voyager.net.  Thank you.  God Bless.


From - Mon Apr 17 08:36:43 2000
From: lyndacat@webtv.net (Lynda)

Subject: Spc 5 Francis Graziosi

Since high school I have had the bracelet of Francis Graziosi.  The only information I have about him, I found recently on the internet.  I would be interested in hearing from anyone that knew him.

lyndacat@webtv.net


From - Tue Apr 18 07:22:27 2000
From: Mhoney123919@cs.com

Written For:  SSG Craig Mitchell Dix, United States Army
From:  Margie Honey
Title:  When Freedom Comes

I unwrappped the package when it came in the mail, and found a small bracelet with a mans name and date printed on it. Not a bright shiny bracelet like you might find in a jewelry store or at Macys but a plain silver band, rather dull in color. It was about a quarter inch wide, nothing dainty. A bracelet representing a soldier, missing in action since March 17, 1971.

A simple silver band. An embossed name. A date. Will this change anything? I wanted it to make a difference, to send our men home in one piece, and to let freedom be a part of our lives once again.

In 1964 President Johnson got involved in the Vietnam War. He had already sent over 500,000 military troops into the jungles and muddy waters of Vietnam. Our men and women were being taken captive and worse. Rumor had it they were being treated badly, and the American people wanted them to come home. The nation grew restless, and the beginning of the largest anti-war
movement in history began.

During that time, someone where I worked had heard there were bracelets being sold for $2.50. I wasn't sure exactly what I was buying, but if it had something positive to do with the war, I was all for it. I couldn't imagine such a small donation doing very much, but it was worth a chance.

My heart stood still as I looked at the bracelet and thought, "Please, let him be alive! And healthy. He has to be healthy - he's a soldier. He'll be in good shape," I reassured myself.

There was an enclosed card, which read in part, "It should be worn with the vow that it will not be removed until the day the Red Cross is allowed into Hanoi and can assure his family of his status and that he receives the humane treatment due all men.

"That sounds good. After all, that is what we wanted, for our soldiers all to return to us unharmed and in good spirits."

I picked up the bracelet and held it tight while I re-read the card. Silently, I made the promise.

Craig Dix. That's his name. It reminds me of someone from the southern states. Maybe South Carolina. Someone who is tall and well built. Not over-built, but a good-sized man. Wavy blonde hair with dark blue eyes, and maybe a medium complexion, one that will tan in the summer months. Or maybe he is a black man. Dark, nappy hair, cropped short, with soft, dark brown
eyes that would surely bring a smile to a child's face. A gentle man. One that loved his country. Enough to fight for it.

"March 17, 1971. Missing in action."

No longer could I think of these guys as being gorgeous hunks in their magnificent uniforms-but men. Men who stood for their country and for the safety of the American people. Men we could surely be proud of.

Embracing the curve of the bracelet, I slipped it around my wrist. I rubbed my finger over his name and prayed he would come home. I could feel myself give into the bracelet, as if I knew everything about him, while in reality I knew so little.

"Craig Dix. I like that name!"

Already this had turned out to be more than a bracelet. It had become an article of faith, a matter of principal. At that moment, I succumbed to the idea of having the bracelet and all that it meant. I immortalized the men who fought for our freedom, showing their courage and bravado.

The newspapers and television news reels reported the young people of America were becoming unsettled. They demonstrated against the war, and drugs became the power. These protests brought arrests, which meant little to the disapproving youth, if anything at all. Middle-aged Americans did not understand. The older generation shook their heads in disbelief. The
generation gap was in full-swing as the college-age kids pressed on. They burned their draft cards, and finally they burned the flag of the United States!

President Nixon intervened in 1970 and brought some of the men home. We all saw men on stretchers, some in wheel chairs. Others, all broken and bent, walking with the help of crutches. I waited to hear his name on the news, telling me my warrior was safe. I gasped at the reality, but I did not hear his name.

When the survivors did come home from Vietnam, there were no parades. No flagged cars lined up to have our men stand bravely as they had stood in Vietnam. No one threw confetti. No one cheered. There was no one to celebrate the return of the military.

Why? What did it all mean? Could we bring these people back to a normalcy? It seemed as if America would never be the same.

Several years later there was a dedication to the POWs and MIAs. I dreaded the thought that I might see Craig Dix on that program as they listed scores of Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force personnel, showing roles of names of the dead, bringing them home in flag-draped coffins of red, white and blue. I did not see his flag, nor did I hear his name.

My bracelet saw me through a romance, a baby being born, a marriage, and a family that blossomed. It watched us in celebration as well as in sorrow. It took showers with me, and went through every other phase of my life, faithfully, for over nine years.

I don't remember why I took the bracelet off. But I do remember placing it in my living room. "A place of honor," I recalled, "next to the little house left to me by my Aunt Marge, and some small pictures that are precious to me."

It's been thirty years since I placed my order for the bracelet. Once in a while, I still wear it, but not as often-usually on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. And sometimes when he's in my thoughts.

Craig Dix. He is a part of me. My personal hero. A man that I will forever honor.

Now they have built the Vietnam Wall, a place in Washington, DC, where thousands of soldiers have been recognized in their own glory and distinction. I long to go there, to see his name enthroned in dedication among the men and women who also lost their lives in this war which made little sense.

When will freedom come? Will I hear something of him?

My questions seemed as simple as the silver band worn around my wrist. Yet, the questions remain - unanswered.

by Margie Honey; Mhoney123919@cs.com


From - Wed Apr 19 17:24:57 2000
From: Hansey2@aol.com

Subject: FOR THE FAMILY OF CAPT. JOHN CONSOLVO -MIA

Hello.
I just wanted you, the family of Capt Consolvo to know that I wear the MIA bracelet for John everyday of my life. I pray for him and you everyday also and think of you and him often. I just wanted you to know John is not forgotten  anymore than the other POW/MIAs by those of us that care and remember. I will wear this bracelet as long as I live or until the word comes that John has been found and pray for the latter soon, God Bless you and know that someone keeps the vigil with you in their heart and mind.
Love.

hansey2@aol.com  /Pat Vang


From - Mon Apr 24 09:09:47 2000
From: BINKABOP@aol.com

Subject: FAMILY OF COL. ROBERT L. SANDNER

HI!  My name is Janet Gaines....I wore Col. Sandner's POW bracelet years ago... I have wondered about him and if he ever made it back to the USA... I just found out yesterday.  That his remains were ID in 1996.... My heart goes out to his family.... but I guess I want u to know I have thought about him for years... I wore his bracelet in high school and now IM 44.... he has been in my thoughts along w/his family.... my prayers too... I would love to chat w/u..... visit  gravesite if possible... I live in Sarasota, FL...Well I hope to hear from u soon.

Sincerely.
Janet Gaines


From - Mon Apr 24 14:59:01 2000
Reply-To: pownet@asde.com
Organization: P.O.W. Network

This is Cathi and Albro Lundy and it has been a while since we were in touch, thank you so much for the work you continue to do.  Albro's brother has been traveling to Se Asia and wanted us to put out a renewed call to prayer for the people working on the issue over there.  If you could post this in some way, we would be very grateful:
 
"Please pray for the POWs, their health, safety and release, and for God's protection and guidance for the people working to bring them home."
 
 Thank you very much,
 Keep the Faith!
 Cathi and Albro Lundy


From - Wed Apr 26 19:19:15 2000
From: "William Ryder" <ccryder@mediaone.net>
Subject: Lt. Col Wayne Wolfkeil - 8-9-68

To Family and Friends of Lt. Col. Wayne Wolfkeil:

I have proudly kept Lt. Col. Wolfkeil's bracelet with me where ever I have gone in my life.  I find it a source of inspiration for bravery.  Although I have not always worn the bracelet as I should have, I do still wear it.  I tell the story of how I bought it and why and that unfortunately he did not return.  Now that I have been to this website and look at all of these families, I will wear the bracelet again daily to symbolize the loss that you and your family and countless others suffered because of this war.  This country suffered the loss of great men and women and they should not be forgotten.  I have ordered an POW Flag and will display it because until we have every man back, we cannot forget.  Anything less would be shameful.

I originally wanted to return the bracelet to his family, but can't seem to let go of his memory.  It is in perfect condition and has been safely kept for all these years.  I appreciate what your son, father, brother, friend did for our country and hope that you will feel free to write me back and let me know how you are.

Sincerely,

Mitzi Villar-Ryder
mvrcajun@mediaone.net


From - Fri Apr 28 07:06:17 2000
From: "Richard Schrader" <richardschrader@mindspring.com>

Subject: Alton Craig Rockett Jr.

Dear Rockett Family, I am so sorry for your lost. My dad is retired Air Force and served in Vet Nam. For as long as I can remember he has worn a bracelet with your son's name on it. Thanks to this website I was able to finally help my Dad to answers a few questions about the man his bracelet represented.  We would love to be able to put a face with the name we have respected for so many years. If you are interested in contacting me, please email. Our thoughts and prayers have been with your family for over 20 years.

DeAnna Ryan Schrader


From - Sat Apr 29 06:58:55 2000
From: "Kendra Boling" <specialkb_27@hotmail.com>

Subject: Craig Dix

My name is Kendra and I am 27 years old. As young as I can remember, my mom has talked about "her soldier" whom she would someday like to meet. Three years ago, my mom had her first introduction to her soldier. We were both so excited. I thought it would be forever! And I guess it probably seemed like it had been then. My first impression of him was "amazing!" Over the past couple years, we've both gotten to know him well. Now when we talk about him I can actually see his face. That would be due to a wonderful man who sent my mom a picture of her soldier. I would like to deeply thank you for making her dreams come true. She now can see him as often as she likes. Unfortunately, her soldier like many others never got to come home. He was killed in action while flying through the jungle in Vietnam. His helicopter crashed and he died. I would like to send my deepest sympathy and regrets to all friends and families of P.O.W. , MIA and KIA vets. thank you to all the people who make these webs for the unknowing people. thank you Lord for watching over the men who died for us to have our freedom.


From - Sun Apr 30 08:16:20 2000
From: Gmama2325@aol.com

To the family of LCDr Michael L. Bouchard,

I want you to know he is thought of and not forgotten. on my right wrist I wear his name on a pow/mia braclet and many times I have asked God to give you comfort.  You are thought of and
prayed for.  God Bless You!!! 

beverly/gmama2325@aol.com



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