LETTERS AND NOTES

FROM

THOSE THAT WEAR THE BRACELETS:

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

Date:    Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:03:48 -0400
From:    Jacqueline Cole Fisher <jacquelinecolefisher@gmail.com>

 

To the family & friends of Maj. Joseph Karins,

It has been my great honor to have been the wearer of a bracelet bearing Maj. Karinsí name. I was given the bracelet as a young child by my parents, who hoped to instill in me a sense of pride for my country and concern for those who served. Now 55 years old, I still remember scanning the newspaper with hope...looking for the name I wore around my wrist. I watched the TV news during dinner, wondering if ďmyĒ soldier was safe. Praying heíd come home. After a recent visit to Washington DC, I realized I could search for Maj. Karins online. With a heavy heart, I read his remains had been returned in 1988.

I still have my bracelet. If there is a loved one who would like to have it, I would be honored to send it. Itís a treasure to me; yet it may bring a small peace to someone else. If so, please contact me at the email address above.

Thank you,
Jacqueline Fisher


Date:  Wed, 4 Jul 2018 14:09:27 -0500
From:  T Sladek <mtswan4@gmail.com>

 

Dear S/SGT. Klaus Scholtz Family,
 
I was in grade school when the Vietnam War started.
 
By the time I was in Junior High / High School, the bracelets were coming out. I chose S/SGT. Klaus Scholtz. I always wore the bracelet, refusing to take it off. After many years, the bracelet started to crack in the middle, and the finish on the inside was almost completely worn off.
 
I did not want it to break or be lost. So, I begrudgingly placed it in a pottery jar that I cherish. Even though I could not wear it, and we had never met, this brave man has been on my mind and in my heart all these years. However, time had clouded my memory as to his name. Recently, while going through a jewlery box of my mothers, I saw it. We moved many years ago, and the jar had been placed in a box with other sentimentally important items. How it got in the jewelry box, I have no clue.
 
I had been thinking about this soldier more intensely as of late. I do not think it coincidence in finding it. We were in San Diego in February and toured a Navy vessel. There were bracelets on display, with the history behind each one, for those that had returned. 
 
I guess I just wanted you all to know that, because of the information I read (see below), I have printed "In Memory of Me" and will be framing it and the bracelet. At this time I would not feel right in "returning" it as it seems (to me) that our government has not  "positively identified" SGT. Scholtz. In his Bio, the status listed is "Remains Returned - ID Announced 8 February 1990". However it also states that of the group, only Sgt. Richard A. Fitts was positively ID'ed from the evidence at the crash site.
 
If there is any updated information, I would appreciate knowing. When I die, will I then pass it to my nephew. He will NEVER be forgotten! 

 
Let us bring them ALL home!

 
Teresa
 

 

Critics of the U.S. Government's identification of the entire crew of the
helicopter point to a similar incident some years ago. In 1968,
unidentifiable remains attributed to a group of U.S. Marines killed near Khe
Sanh on February 25, 1968 were buried in a mass grave in St. Louis.
One of
the deceased was identified as being Marine Sgt. Ronald
Ridgeway.


Five years later, Ridgeway was released from a Vietnamese prisoner of war
camp
, giving rise to considerable speculation as to the validity of the
positive identification of the other remains buried in St. Louis.


There are still over 2300 Americans who remain prisoner, missing, or
otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. Nearly 600 of them were lost in
Laos. The U.S. Government, by early 1990, had received nearly 10,000 reports
relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Many authorities believe
there are hundreds of Americans still alive today, held captive.

In recent years, the numbers of remains returned from Vietnam and excavated
in Laos has increased dramatically. Government strategists happily point to
this as "progress" on the POW/MIA issue, although most of these remains are
still unidentified. Indeed, many families, having had independent studies of
the remains to assure accurate identification, now have answers to
long-awaited concerns about their loved ones. However, when remains are
positively identified, the U.S. Government closes the books and the search
for that missing man ends. Can we afford to close the books on an American
who may be alive waiting for his country to bring him home?

How many will serve in the next war knowing they may be abandoned?


Date:   Mon, 2 Jul 2018 21:13:52 -0400
From:   Robert Nash <robertn1954@gmail.com>
 

My name is Michelle Nash.  When I was in the 8th grade, I purchased a POW bracelet, which I still have.  The bracelet reads, S/Sgt. Daniel Phillips, 2-7-68.  I know he never made it home, and his remains were not returned.  I have had this bracelet for almost 50 years.  Is there a family member who would like the bracelet?

Thank you for your assistance.

Michelle Nash


Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:32:31 +0000 (UTC)
From: Lynn Dixon <country_gal158@yahoo.com>
 

A gentleman died from Arkansas. I acquired a bracelet. I have worn it ever since. 

Major George W. Clarke Jr.
Went missing 16 Oct 1967
It says LAOS
I found his picture on the internet. He is one of my screen saver. I see his photo and say a prayer. Lord I know he's with you. I ask his family has found peace in not knowing. I ask some how you find a way to let them where he is so they can bring him home. Amen
N. Korea is returning soldier. I pray families of these returning soldiers find peace of mind and heart now. I say a prayer that maybe Major Clarke finds his way home.
I'll keep wearing my bracelet. 
He is not Forgotten. 

Date:   Thu, 24 May 2018 15:27:03 +0000
From:   p sedita <kobakhan@hotmail.com>
 

Hello , I have often worn his POW bracelet and prayed for Capt. Robert Cozart Jr. and his family. I was in junior high when I first received the bracelet. I to have many family members who have and are currently serving in the military. It is a very honorable and respected profession.  I know the sacrifice your family has made.  May god bless your family members. It is my hope to return the bracelet to a family member.

 

Paula


Subject:   Captain David J. Rickel
Date:   Wed, 16 May 2018 12:34:30 +0000
From:   Marc Mogavero <marc.mogavero@hawkspace.org>

 

Good Morning,

 

It has been fifty years ago today that Captain David J. Rickel was shot down over North Vietnam.  I have been wearing Captain Rickelís POW bracelet since October 1971.  Since I put that bracelet on, Iíve often wondered if Captain Rickel had any surviving relatives; wife, children, parents, siblings, etc.

 

Can you supply me any information on this subject.  If not, do you know if there is any place where I can go to get that kind of information.

 

For your information, I was in the Air Force from September 1967 to May 1971 and served in Vietnam from November 1969 to November 1970.

 

Thanks you for your attention in the matter.

 

Respectfully

 

Marc A. Mogavero


Subject:   Major William Brashear
Date:   Sun, 6 May 2018 07:38:31 -0400
From:   JB Sparkssp <toydogwife@gmail.com>

 

Dear Major Brashear and Family,

Please know that I proudly hold your POW bracelet close to my heart.  You were on a valiant mission with the purest intentions of a true American soldier. That your life may have been horribly trivialized by our government is unfathomable. That burden though is forever on those individuals. You remain watching over our people with the utmost honor of steadfast patriot. I remain humbled to have your bracelet. Should someone in your family desire to have it, I would like nothing less than to do so.

Johnnie Sparks

 


Date:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:54:48 +0000
From:  Paul Tacker <sgtshakedown@gmail.com>

 

I was just informed the Marshall F. Kipina had been found and returned. I have been wearing his POW/MIA bracelet since 2002. I would love to honor him and his family by mailing it to them. I know he was from Calumet, MI. I'm just down in Indiana. My email is Sgtshakedown@gmail.com . I pray someone from his family reads this and can make contact. God Bless!

 


Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2018 14:09:19 -0500
From: Sandra Townsend <sandratown@ameritech.net>
 
 

As a high school student in the Ď70s acquiring a POW bracelet was the ďinĒ thing to do, or the patriotic thing to do. Raised by a retired Air Force dad and WWII veteran, we were supportive of the war at that time.
 
I wore my bracelet for years but never heard if he came home or not, but now thanks to your web site, I know what happened to the manís name I wore. He was an Air Force pilot, which was fitting, as a military brat, and then Air Force veteran myself, Captain Douglas Condit, shot down in his F4 over Viet Nam in 1967. You say his remains, returned in 1993, are buried with family members in Oregon. Now I know what to do with my bracelet.

I only just recently came across my bracelet, in a bin of stuff Iíve saved over the years, but now preparing to retire and move, itís time to unload things acquired over a lifetime. I always kept the bracelet never knowing what to do with it. But Iím glad I took a few minutes on Google today to learn the best thing to do. Not sell at a garage sale, or in a bin of stuff going to the Salvation Army. Hopefully Iíll make it to Oregon again, where I have family, if not it will be left at the wall.

Sandra Townsend
Chicago, IL


From: Susan Humphrreys <susanhumphreys@comcast.net>
Sent:  March 26, 2018
Subject: Pfc Antonio R. Sandoval
 

USMC Pfc.Antonio R. Sandoval

Hello, I hope somehow his family reads this.  I got his POW bracelet at "The Wall" 35yrs ago. When I pulled it out this week, for some reason I started sobbing, not that it's unusual, but it felt "different". I looked online and read the report,and I cried. The song by Cat Stevens "Father and Son" kept running through my head. His birthday and mine are the same, 4yrs apart. I can't imagine your devastation when he was declared dead. I was a special civilian USAF Mortuary Services member, and trained in their new DNA-based ID system.


Although, I am the owner of his POW bracelet for decades, I always felt a connection to him. My Uncle is buried at Arlington, (Chief Master Sergeant, USAF) & I will make it a point to visit, and share my love and sadness at the mass-grave plot to which he was attached. I am also very sad that his remains were not able to be returned. Today, science has made ID and recovery much, much better: but, I believe that of
little comfort.


I send my sincerest condolences, love, and tell you what an honor it was to wear his bracelet. If you would like it, please email me, and I will gladly forward it to you. My love, and may peace be with you.


Respectfully,
Susan P. Humphreys
Pennsville, NJ


Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 23:15:34 -0500
From: throblak <throblak@comcast.net>
 
Hello,
My husband still has his POW/MIA Bracelet from the early 70s and we would love to return this bracelet to the family if at all possible. The bracelet was worn for SPEC 5 James L. Moreland (Leslie) "Les" 2-7-68.
 
Remains ID'd 2-2011, I read that his mother Gladys Parks passed away 4/1/2001. If there are siblings or children of Les, we'd be happy to send this bracelet to them if they'd like. We don't want to open any wounds and just want them to know that Les is still thought about.

 
Thank you in advance,
Trisha Hroblak

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

 

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

Lori Banks


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

 

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

 

 Jane


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

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

 
Janese Crawford Fundock
Virginia Beach, VA. 

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

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

 
Rona Duke
Iowa City, Iowa