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

From: "David Smith" <jdsmithplaning@knology.net>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2006 10:00:15 -0500

I am writing this letter to the family of Maj. Wendell Keller, who was missing in action on 3/1/1969.

As a young teenager in Alabama in the 1970’s, I went shopping one Saturday at the Mall. This was the day that I received a POW/MIA bracelet and became acquainted with Maj. Wendell Keller. I wore the bracelet for several years without taking it off. I never found out anything about him. Today as I was cleaning out an old jewelry box, I came across the bracelet again. I “Googled” Maj. Keller’s name on the computer and printed out information about how he became missing in action. If a family member or friend of Maj. Keller would like to write me, I would love to hear from you.



From: "Michel Brewer" <mebrewer@zoominternet.net>
Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 16:30:21 -0400

I have a bracelet for Capt. Richard G. Elzinga from Shedd OR.  I read his bio on your website.  I have prayed for Capt. Elzinga for years always wondering what his status is.  After finding this website I read Capt. Elzinga's biography and learn that a Laotian was detained with some of his personal items and that it is very possible that he is still alive in Laos.  I would like his family to know that they and he are in my prayers.  Such a tragedy that he may still be alive and being held captive.  My heart goes out to his family members who grieve his absence and wonder....I could never imagine how they feel.
I no longer wear the bracelet daily, however I do wear it on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and other days when I just put it on.  But when I'm not wearing it, it is in a place where I see it daily to remind me of Capt. Elzinga and others like him who served in the military by choice or by draft.
My prayers go out for you.
Michel Brewer

Date: Thu, 4 May 2006 19:40:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kacey Christie <kchrist1@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Lt James Hamm  3-14-68

I found this website for last night....I have had your bracelet since I was in high school back in the 70's.....I wore it continuously on my left wrist because that was closest to my heart...back then I never fully appreciated the sacrifice that you were making for us....eventually the bracelet ended up in my jewerly box, but, you were not forgotten, I'd take it out and wear it on special occasions such as Veterans Day, 4th of July, and Memorial Day....I had always believed in my heart that you had somehow made it home by now....how sad I was last night to find out that you hadn't.....I enjoyed reading about your pond in Longmont CO...I should like to see that pond someday.....Today is May 4th, your birthday, and I had the honor of participating in a motorcycle escort of the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica....how much greater that honor was for me knowing that it is your birthday...I took the bracelet out of the jewerly box and am wearing on this May 4th as I will for every May 4th for the rest of my life.....You are not forgotten...

Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 00:56:27 +0200
From: Catherine Zeppa <cwzeppa@alice.it>
I was doing research for my sister and was in the web site "This Day In History" and that's where I ran into POW'S and MIA'S and as soon as I saw that I remembered that some time ago I had thought to try an internet search for Lt. Grubb--but I forgot about it until I saw the POW/MIA dates in that web-site and that's how I got here.
     I had ordered my POW bracelet from the back pages of a magazine--this was in 1971 or so. My mother was justifiably put off with me when she saw me with it because she guessed fairly well that I had ordered it only because other girls in my class had POW bracelets. And so I got a bit of a lecture: It's not a piece of jewelry so if you are going to wear the bracelet then you are going to pray for that man.
     I got the message--and I wore that bracelet for a long time--long enough to touch up the black paint in the letters once or twice. I was 10 or 11 years old at the time. My wearing the bracelet didn't last more than a year I think, though I kept it for many years. Some years ago though I lost everything I had...and that was the end of the bracelet. But I have thought of "my" Lt. Grubb from time to time.
     About ten years ago I became a Catholic, and I have since learned how to pray. When my mother had told me to pray, I wasn't sure what words I was supposed to say; I guess the feeling in my heart  was as good as a prayer: I was sad for Lt. Grubb and hoped he would be OK.
     I can hardly believe that I have found him here after so many years. I was sorry to learn that he is still officially MIA, together with his partner Capt. William L. Nellans. I just did a search on these two men's names and have discovered that someone else also had a bracelet with Lt. Grubb's name. Is that possible?
     I was very much struck by the date these two men went missing--September 17th. In the Catholic Church, this is the feast day of the holy stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi. It was a trip to Assisi, and getting to know St. Francis which had a lot to do with my becoming a Catholic. And since then, September 17th has always been a special day for me. Now, it will certainly be all the more special. But I hope and pray (now that I know a little more about how to pray) that these two men will finally be found, one way or another and returned to their families. Yesterday the Gospel reading in church was from John 14. Within the reading was a phrase that has always struck me for the enormity of the promise Jesus makes to his Apostles: "Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name I will do it." And I thought about this all day yesterday and well into this day, too. So I close now and with this prayer--
In the name of Jesus Christ the Lord, may these men be returned to their families! Amen.

Cathy W. Zeppa (Di Matteo)

From: "Carrie Harden" <charden3@cox.net>
Subject:  Brashear 5-8-69
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 14:52:23 -0700

FOR THE LOVELETTERS posting, many, many thanks.

37 years ago today, Major William Brashear was shot down over Laos . Today, I came across his POW/MIA bracelet I obtained when I was a young teenager. Today, and always I celebrate his dedication and bravery in keeping our freedom and the sacrifice he made for America . If his family members would like to have the bracelet, I am very happy to forward it on, so please feel free to contact me. Otherwise I will always keep it with me, and have special thoughts for him and his family on this very day, forever. 



From: onlychild4@comcast.net
Date: Mon, 08 May 2006 23:35:26 +0000

During the Viet Nam war I was working for the Federal Government.  I became aware of the bracelets for POWS/MIAS and purchased one.  Soon, because many people saw the bracelet and wanted one, I became the liaison between the group selling the bracelets and the people I came in contact with. 
My bracelet carries the name of Capt. Ariel Cross and the date 7-17-68.  Later, I was sent the blue star in the white circle indicating MIA.  I wore the bracelet for many years and when the traveling version of the Viet Nam Memorial came to Denver, I went there to find Capt. Cross's name.  It took me a while because I couldn't bring myself to get close to the memorial.  I finally did and found the name.  It was a very emotional time for me.  I still have the bracelet and it's kept in my jewelry chest.  Capt. Cross's name and his date of disappearance are indelibly etched in my mind for ever. 
I followed the newspaper articles with names of POWs and MIAs or those returning but never found Capt. Cross's name.  This is a critical time in my life and I'd searched several times for a way to send my deepest condolences to the family of Capt. Cross so I could at least let them know that there are others who have the bracelet of Capt. Cross and who remember and pray for him often.

From: "Dawn Ortiz Legg" <dawnortizlegg@charter.net>
Subject: Lt. Henry Allen
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 17:09:35 -0700
I am one of perhaps many people who had a MIA/POW bracelet.  Mine stated  "Capt. Henry Allen" - and on the website it says "Lt. Henry Lewis Allen"  MIA 3-26-1970.  Obviously, it is the same person.  I remember seeing lists in newspapers trying to find his name and never seeing it.  
I was a young girl of 13 years old when I got this bracelet.  I was raised in Illinois and many of us had bracelets.  Of all the items that have come and gone in my life,  I always hung to this bracelet.   I am wearing it now, at the age of 47.   
I wanted you to know that I have not forgotten Lt. Allen, or any of the other men MIA or KIA from VIetnam.  Now finally, I find out that Henry Allen died doing a special mission over Laos.  An area that we as U.S. citizens were never told about as part of the overall  mission. 
And let me tell you that it is from my experience, as a young girl, that makes me who I am today - a co-leader of a very active peace organization. We are working hard to bring home U.S. troops and keep them home.  I may not have the same beliefs as those in the POW/MIA network, but I think we can all say that many a life has been lost or ruined because of a few short-sighted and incompetent individuals in power. 
I wanted to thank you for having the website because I always wanted to know what happened to Henry Allen.
I will not forget him,
Dawn Legg
San Luis Obispo, CA

From: "Lori L. Paparteys" <llpapar@currieweb.com>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 23:26:15 -0400

Hello. I wanted to write and tell you what a super website the POW Network is. I myself wear two bracelets. One is Lyle Everett MacKendanz and the other is Maj. Leonard Robertson. While I don't know these men or their families, their sacrifices mean the world to me. If anyone has any photos or further background information on these two, please email me at:  LLPAPAR@CURRIEWEB.COM. My prayers are with their families and I pray that they will return home soon. I have been to the Wall in DC a number of times and have taken rubbings of their names. They are right next to my bed and I think of them often.
One of my best friends (Currently in the US Army serving as part of the 1st Armored Div in Iraq) also wears the bracelet of Richard Roberts. I saw a post on here from 2000 from a family member of Richard's, but the email address is no longer valid.
Thank you for a very nice site.
~ Lori L. Paparteys
   Oneonta, NY

From: "Brandon and Mandie Johnson" <bjohn010@earmyu.com>
To: <info@pownetwork.org>
Subject: LT Col Ralph N. Pattillo
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 22:26:23 -0400
I am writing to you guys in the hopes of finding an  address for someone from LT. Col Ralph N. Pattillo's family. I would like to write to them to let them know I have been wearing his bracelet for the last 10 years and would like to tell them how much it has meant to me. Especially now that I am married to a soldier.
I would appreciate any help you could give me.
Thank You
Mandie Johnson
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 17:49:01 -0700
From: <buffetwoman0307@cox.net>

To the family of Arthur V McLaughlin:
Hello.  My name is Joan Karp.  Thirteen years ago I purchased a POW bracelet from a VFW center.  I used to work for the blood bank in Tampa Florida, and we were having a blood drive at one of the VFW centers.  I spoke with a woman about the bracelets, and she explained them to me.  (I was 24 at the time.)  I decided to purchase one, and I purchased one with Arthur's name on it.  I have had it for all these years, but didn't know how to find out any information about Arthur.  I purchased the bracelet before the internet was around.  Just recently I started to think about how I could find out some information.  I was excited to learn that I could email family members.
After all these years, I still have my bracelet with Arthur's name on it, and will continue to keep it until I learn of some information.  Hopefully you can shed some light on this for me.
You can reach me at: buffetwoman0307@cox.net.  I do hope to hear from you soon.
Take care.
Respectfully yours,
Joan Karp

From: Charlesqstrange@aol.com
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 05:58:17 EDT
Subject: Charles Phillip Graig
Hello my name is Martin Douglas Pursley and I have been wearing L/C Craig's bracelet for 24 years I got L/C Craig's in 1982 while I was in the army. And I have just recently found out that L/C Craig's remains had been returned back in 1985 on my birthday November 26, I have wore this bracelet so long I have scar on my wrist and that I know L/C Craig has been returned I would like return it to you or if you would not mind I would be proud to continue wear it.
                                                                         Martin Douglas Pursley

Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 14:33:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dave Del Testa <dmdeltesta@yahoo.com>
To the family of Col. James L. Carter,
I have been wearing the P.O.W./M.I.A. bracelet with your son's, husband's, or father's name. I have had this bracelet for over 20 years.
Getting it out to wear this Memorial Day, i thought to look on this web-site and found that Col. Carter's remains had been identified as of June, 2005.
I wish to offer my condolences on your loss. The loss of your loved one and the loss of the time you got to spend with him. I hope the finding and identifying of his remains has given you some peace.
I will wear the bracelet tomorrow at work, along with another I have. When people ask what they are, I will tell them and explain how your family has finally been able to lay your loved one to rest as all of the P.O.W./M.I.A. families have the right to do. None of our service men or women should ever be left behind and no family should have to suffer the unknown.
Hoping they all get to come home soon.
You are in my thoughts,
Jennifer Garcia
San Rafael, CA

From: Mschneider428@aol.com
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 22:59:49 EDT
Subject: Maj. John Francis Conlon III

Many years ago while I was in grade school I received a bracelet with the name of JOHN FRANCIS CONLON, III.  I am now a 47 year old mother of three and have never forgotten John and he is always in my prayers. 
I was watching the Memorial Day special from Washington D.C. tonight and was very moved by it.  I couldn't help but think of John Conlon, III during every song and every tribute.  So, I decided to put his name in my computer and was very surprised to see that a bio popped up.  I was able to read about what happened to him and to be able to understand the circumstances in a little more detail. 
I must tell you that for many years I corresponded with John's mother.  I remember being 11 or 12 and running to the mailbox just to see if a letter arrived from her.  She was so wonderful to take the time and write to me as much as she did.  I wrote to her pretty frequently and she always answered.  At one point in time, and being very young, I thought I might be making her sad and stopped writing.  I hope she knew that the prayers and heartfelt thoughts never stopped though.  After all these years, I still remember one thing about Mrs. Conlon.  Every letter looked like a work of art, her penmanship was beautiful.  She was very proud of her son and let me know that she was very grateful that he was being remembered and prayed for.
I went to the Vietnam Monument in Washington, D.C. and it moved me beyond words.  I now have sons of my own and besides praying for all these heroes on that wall, I prayed for Mrs. Conlon and all the mothers who had to go through all that pain.

Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 15:36:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: Howard Luebke <hluebke@sbcglobal.net>

Dear MacKendanz family,
I purchased Lyle's bracelet when I visited the Wall just after its dedication. To be honest,I have not always worn it; I have a touch sensation problem with stuff on my wrist; I can't wear a watch. However, when I don't wear it, I always keep it in a position in my home where I can always see it!!! Also, to be honest, I did not always agree with the war. Initially I did, but changed when it seemed to me we were just sacrificing the lives of so many people, and not getting anywhere. What I think is also important for you to know is I never protested; because, I felt it was important not to criticize the people who were dieing for our freedom. I did not serve in Viet Nam; I did volunteer for the Army in '68, but my poor vision kept me out. I sometimes feel survivors guilt about it; several of my friends were either killed or wounded; however,  I do realize I was fortunate. I am so sorry you have still not had any closure on Lyle's whereabouts!! I am infuriated by our government's lack of response to the sightings shortly after he disappeared!!!!!!! If they couldn't do it during the war, then they should have tried harder after!!! Please realize I do think of Lyle often, and hope someday soon you will get an answer about what happened to him. Also, remember that what he fought for was a just cause; even if we didn't win the war!!!!!!!!!
                                                 Howard D. Luebke

From: "Paulasue" <ppatterson3@cox.net>
Subject: Lt. Col. Galileo Bossio
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 17:24:01 -0500
I have a bracelet I wore in the 60's for Lt. Col. Galileo Bossio (7/29/66).  Would like to know if his family would like me to send this to them. 

Very truly yours,
Paulasue Patterson Sawyers, Garden City, KS

From: "Ewing Best" <ewingb@infionline.net>
Subject: Maj. Joseph Echanis 11-5-69
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 09:38:47 -0400

Thanks for all you have done on this website.  I have Major Echanis' bracelet and have kept it all these years.  I don't know if the 2000 email left by his daughter is still good, but I will try it.  Technology is a wonderful thing as I have now learned more about him.  Thanks for helping us all not to forget. 

Ewing F. Best, Virginia Beach, VA

From: Cheyenneshaun@aol.com
Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2006 23:47:33 EDT
To the Family of Lt.Col. Don Ira Williamson...Incident Date: July 07, 1965
I have been waiting to write this letter for many years.  I have had Col. Williamson's name on a bracelet I have kept since I was 13 years old (1971).  I am now 48 yrs old.  And I finally found a website that had some information regarding this man who's name I have wondered about all these years.
My heart goes out to your family for its great loss.  Having a brother who has been in the Military for over 33 years..I understand the great sacrifices made by our men and women who serve their country.  Its so strange...that I don't even know you, but after all these years of wondering what happened to this man...and now finally reading the story my heart is aching as though I just lost a member of my own family.  I know that might sound strange.  But its true. 
Please know you have been in a strangers prayers for many years.  And I hope you have found peace and comfort knowing that Col. Williamson was indeed a hero of our Country.  And the young girl who picked his name so very many years ago, from so many, many bracelets, is very proud to have worn his name all these years.  May God Bless and keep your family close to his side. 

Shaunie Nelson Larsen  (Tooele, Utah)

From: Mschneider428@aol.com
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 23:34:45 EDT
Subject: Sincerest Thanks to Your Organization
To: info@pownetwork.org
To everyone on this site who works so hard for the families of MIA's and POW's - THANK YOU!!
I came across your site and decided to send a love letter to the family of John Conlon, III.  I was not sure if the family would ever see it or if they would ever know how much their loved one was thought about.  I could not believe it -- I received a response from his family and I was able to find out exactly what happened to him. 
God Bless You All for the time and effort you give to honoring these brave soldiers.  They were all someone special and their lives mattered.  Thanks to your fine work, we are able to see just how much people really do care.
Maureen Schneider

From: "Miss Carol's Quilts" <plainfield@coshocton.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 13:12:18 -0400

    Yesterday I visited the Traveling Wall with my 18 year old son.  What an experience to share.  I decided I should try to find out information about the POW bracelet that I have had for 32 years.  The name on my bracelet is :SPEC. 6 JOHN ADAMS  11-8-67.  If you are a family member and feel comfortable chatting I would be honored.
Carol L Hardesty

From: "Nancy Johnson" <njohnson23@ec.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 19:20:14 -0400

Since 1972 I have had a POW bracelt with the name Gordon Blackwood on it.  I initially received a letter from his wife, but never had any other information.  Thank God for the Internet and this site.  I just happened to put his name in a Google search, and there he was.   Thank you so much for the information about him and what he did in Vietnam, it means alot to me.  I have never forgotten and never will.  A friend of mine (that I am still close to) and I got POW bracelets at the time, and she had a really good outcome from hers.  I don't remember the man's name, but he came home and sent my friend a picture of his military wedding.  I always wondered what had happened to Capt. Blackwood.   At this time of my life, I have the honor of serving Veterans as a therapist (mental health) in a VA clinic.  I don't know how anyone has survived any of the wars, but the stories of Vietnam survival are really amazing.  I honor all of the Vets, thank you for not forgetting. 

Nancy Johnson

From: Jfqt522@aol.com
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 11:32:43 EDT
Subject: Arthur Wright

Dear family of Arthur Wright Spec 4 Army 2-17-      to 2-21-67,
     A note to let you know I have had Arthur's bracelet many years. I was about 10yrs old when I got it, and am now 48. I have thought of him and his family many times through the years and have kept the bracelet tucked in a drawer. This year I brought it out and am wearing it and people ask me about it. I decided to look up Arthur's Bio online and hoping it is correct-I see he came from same State of Mi. where I have always lived. Jackson and Lansing are just an hour away. I will wear his bracelet proudly to honor him. And his family are in my prayers.

God Bless, Julie

From: "Joy" <joyjoy55@charter.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 13:01:35 -0500

I recently read about this website and it inspired me to open my jewelry box and retrieve the bracelet which I received in late 1972.
This note goes out to the family/friends of Maj. Paul Bannon.  I have his bracelet and will continue to keep it safe and as a reminder of your and the country's loss.  I greatly appreciate the sacrifice he made for my freedom.
- Joy Davenport -

Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 17:36:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Krissie <geupka-you@yahoo.com>
to the family of Melvin Rash
My bracelet broke, I have since replaced it.  It seemed normal to wake up and see Melvin's name, and think about him throughout the day.  I left my broken bracelet at the wall, under his name, I cried, it was as if a part of me had been left there.  I still  light a  candle and think of him often.

From: "Leisa Hotchkiss" <lhotchkiss@co.greenwood.sc.us>
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 15:04:50 -0400
My name is Leisa and I live in S.C. I have a braclet with the name of Lt.Col.Charlie Brown Davis, Jr. and a date of 4-22-70. He was a navigator, I believe ,with the USAF. I want to know if a family member would be interested in having this braclet. You can e-mail with any response. Thank you! I've had this braclet since about 1977(?).
God bless you!

From: "Doug Phillips" <dphillips@xgauge.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 12:45:34 -0400

To the family of Lt. Col. Roosevelt L. Hestle Jr.

I have a Lt. Col. Roosevelt L. Hestle Jr. POW/MIA bracelet and have kept it in safe keeping all of these years. I am 54 years old and although I was drafted in 1970, I did not serve because I was a very small 18 year old (92lbs) and the army’s weight requirement was 104 lbs. I was given a 4H classification and never heard from my selective service again even thought I was ready to serve. I am not a supporter of the policies of our current administration regarding the war in IRAQ but I DO support the troops and their families and always will.

I read Roosevelt ’s bio and story and just want to let his family know that I pray for him and his family and that I greatly appreciate his service and sacrifice for this country. If you would like this bracelet, I will send it to you, if not; I will continue to keep it until I hear that Lt. Col. Hestle has come home.

Sincerely and with all my prayers and gratitude;  

Doug Phillips
Box 724 , Brownstown , Pa. 17508

From: "DEBI ALPHIN" <debiss@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 20:28:52

Re: SFC Richard D. Roberts of Lansing Michigan, missing date March 25, 1969
To the family of SFC Roberts:  I recently made a trip to Virginia (Ft. Eustis) with my uncle to a reunion of veterans. I was surprised to see POW/MIA bracelets still being sold. I had a bracelet that was returned to another family several years ago. One of the 4 bracelets for sale were for SFC Roberts. I chose his simply because we shared the same last name. I have tried to find current information on his status but have had no luck so I am writing sort of blind. I pray I do not open any old wounds. I just want you to know I, like many others, have not forgotten. I will continue trying to find out the status of SFC Roberts and until I do will continue to wear his bracelet and keep his family and friends in my prayers. May God continue to be with you..............Debi

From: nfadams@comcast.net (Nolan Adams)
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 05:30:34 +0000

I was excited to find this web site. Through it I was able to determine that the bracelet that my wife wore for years was one of the men that came home. I also was able to contact him and his family and they were excited to get 'his' bracelet. I was proud to be able to do this for them. I personally know one of the men that spent 6 years as a 'guest' of the North Vietnam republic and who also came home. My daughter has a bracelet of a man that did not make it. The name on it is: Captain Warren Anderson 4-26-66. The POW list has no information, but another web site claims his aircraft was shot down and has been found. No information regarding him. If any family member of Captain Anderson wants to contact me I would be very glad to hear from them. May God bless all of the servicemen past, present and future! 

Nolan Adams nfadams@comcast.net

From: MTCzajka@aol.com
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 01:54:43 EDT
The bracelet I received in Junior High with the name of Capt. Joseph Fanning (12-13-1968) has been in my jewelry box after breaking years after first starting to wear it.  I often think how difficult it must have been for his family.  I remember getting a response to a letter I wrote to his wife, and I believe he left behind a young daughter.  As the daughter of a Purple Heart veteran (permanent injuries from a Kamikazi attack on his ship), I understand the sacrifices so many young men have made.  I don't really have a message, I just wanted to add my voice to all the others who still remember than not everyone came home.

From: "The Thorntons" <sthornt4@tampabay.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 08:03:16 -0400
To the family of Maj. Ernest De Soto:
I have had a Maj. De Soto's POW/MIA bracelet since approximately 1972.  If you have any interest in contacting me, I would welcome the opportunity.
Thank you!

Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 19:08:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: C&D P&B <low_country_cpl@yahoo.com>
Subject: POW member Bobby G. Hugins (Huggins)

 My name is Darrell Blake I entered the Air Force in 94. During my technical training I ran upon a table selling the POW/MIA bracelets. I chose Maj Hugins (Huggins) The reason for the two spellings is the bracelet has the spelling with one "G" and I did a search and you have the spelling with "GG".
 Almost 10 years ago "96" I saw a program on TV about the people that go back to Vietnam and other places to search for the remains of MIAs. Maj Hugins (Huggins) happened to be one of the members that finally got to come home. Due to my job in the AF I am unable to wear the bracelet. The name sounded familier so after the program I looked to see if it was the right person, It was.
 Since Maj Hugins (Huggins) is finally home I would like to send my bracelet that I have held onto for a little over 12 years to any of his family members.
 Anyone that can help me get in contact to how I can put a little more closure to this I would greatly appreciate it.
 Thank you for your time in reading this. I am looking forward to any information that I may receive.
  SSgt Darrell E. Blake
  United States Air Force

From: "Richard B Scott" <warrantseabeediver@hotmail.com>
Subject: POW bracelet of Michael E Quinn, LCDR, USN
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 13:52:18 -0500
I have worn his bracelet since they became available. I returned from RVN in 1968 and am now fully retired. Hope is still an option for me after all these years. I hope someday we all will have a full accounting and be able to close that portion of our lives.I am wearing a rubber yellow band alonside the bracelet that says "UNTIL THEY ALL COME HOME" and hope for the best

sincerely RB SCOTT CWO4, CEC, USN (RET)

From: LADYCAP8778@aol.com
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 14:02:48 EDT


Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 07:48:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Leslie Box <lbox@sbcglobal.net>

While going through my jewelry box, to find items for my grandchildren to play dress up with, I came upon two POW/MIA braclets that I had worn many years ago.  The memories overwhelmed me.  I was 18, and my husband 19 when we were married in August of 1971.   By November of that year his number was called in the "draft lottery", and as the young often do, we felt our world was falling apart.  My husband went in for his physical, but due to his extremely poor eyesite and pre-existing knee injuries, he was not taken from me.   I was relieved, but he has always felt that he was "not good enough to serve our country".   During the first years of our marriage, we lost classmates, family and friends to the war.  With each loss, our gratitude enhanced.  We were able to begin our family is a safe and free country, knowing we were being protected by the men and women who so selfishly served.  When the POW/MIA braclets were first introduced, we immediately got one.  My engraved copper bracelet was for Maj. William Means Jr, who went missing in action 7/20/66.  I wore it for several years, then it was placed to rest side by side my beloved status of Jesus on my dresser.   I remember reading in our local paper that he had been found and returned to his family.  The bracelet went into my jewelry box.    Years later, there was another calling to wear the POW/MIA bracelets, and I again responded.  This time, a red aluminum type engraved with the name of Maj. Roger W. Carroll Jr, USAF, 9-21-72, LAOS.  My teenage daughters wore this one for many years, then it too, was placed next to the statue of Jesus.  I now learn that Maj. Carroll and his family were not blessed with his safe return.
I'm not sure why I even got on the internet after finding these bracelets again.  By simply entering their names, I have learned so much, and now have an overwhelming feeling of loss.  I was not fortunate enough to ever meet either of these men, and cannot begin to express my  connection to them, but there was one.  The unspoken recognition my husband and myself have always felt, knowing these men, and women, unconditionally risked, and lost, their lives for those they will never know.   There can never be enough done to thank them.
We will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary this year.  We were given a chance to have these years together, in a safe and free country, due to the hundreds of thousands who serve.   We thank them for our lives together.   I am not sure what the protocol is, but, if it would bring any sort of comfort or happiness to the family members, I would gladly send the bracelets to them.  I know, as a mother, and now grandmother, I would want any piece of memory that was available to remember my loved ones.  If there is any information that is available, that would indicate this type of wish, I would appreciate assistance in obtaining.  If not, their bracelets will be placed next to the status of Jesus for his safe keeping.
Thank you,
Leslie Box
Raytown, MO 64138

From: "Jaw's" <jawsmc1@twcny.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2006 11:18:23 -0400

A friend found the POW/MIA bracelet of Maj. Edwin Osborne in Skaneateles lake here in NY state I have found that His remains have been identified and am trying to locate His family address to return this memorial to them so they know in time He was never forgotten But as many just waiting to be found. I have worn 3 now since the first one issued and sadly has yet to be able to return any  but as they break and fade they are kept safe for the day a family will know there hero is never forgotten by this Marine and Veteran heart- Semper Fi-

Date: Sat, 08 Jul 2006 18:06:39 -0400
From: "GAIL LOEFGREN" <gluv1@verizon.net>
To the Family of Perry Jefferson,
Dear Sylvia,
It has been many years since I first put on the stainless steel bracelet bearing your husband's name. I have been thinking about him lately for some reason, and I am wondering if his ststus was ever resolved. I still have the bracelet. I would love to hear from you as I have just one letter from you written in the early 70's. Wishing you well.
Gail Loefgren

From: "maureenquinn" <maureenquinn@cox.net>
Subject:  Colonel Martin Scott
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2006 02:54:47 -0400

To The Family and Friends of Colonel Martin Scott,

In 1972 I was a freshman in high school in West Islip, NY.  During that year, a student group aided by a wonderful faculty advisor sponsored an event where I purchased the POW/MIA bracelet for Maj. Martin Scott 3-15-66.  I wore it proudly until I went away to college in 1976.  For many years after, the bracelet graced the bedpost of my childhood at my parents’ house.  It was about 13 years ago that I finally retrieved it and the bracelet made a move from Long Island to Virginia.

When the returning POW’s landed on U.S. soil, I cried with joy at a local television broadcast in which they aptly accompanied it with George Harrison’s song “Here Comes the Sun”.  I never knew what happened to Maj. Scott and never again could I hear that song and not think of him.

When the internet first provided a forum for gathering info, I wasn’t technically savvy enough and my searches were futile.  Last night I finally found this website along with another http://mickspowmia.tripod.com/M_S_Medals.html where I finally was able to connect his wonderful face with his name.  I cannot fully explain the feelings that I have experienced in the last several hours.  There is a profound sense of grief for an American hero who has been ’attached to’ my life for the last 34 years.  There is some consolation though, since, here finally is the opportunity to express to his family and friends my heartfelt thoughts and prayers and to tell you that it is an HONOR to have his bracelet.  I am now going to wear it again and do so until he is returned to you.


Maureen Quinn


From: "Patti Buckmaster" <pattibuc@garlic.com>
Subject:  To: Jack Douglas Erskine's Family
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2006 22:17:47 -0700
I am writing this letter to the family of Jack Douglas Erskine; date of capture, 11-13-1968.
I'm not sure of the year that my brother and I decided to send away for our POW/MIA bracelets, but I think it was around 1969-70 and we wore them with great pride.  When the Vietnam War came to an end I would look in the newspaper to see if Mr. Erskine had come home.  But, I never saw his name. 
Then in the early 1990's the movable Vietnam Memorial Wall came to my city.  I volunteered for a position at the information booth where people could come and look up a name in the registry.  Again, I didn't see his.  I would wonder on and off all these years, if he ever came home and that maybe I just missed seeing his name.
Tonight I saw a program on TV that mentioned the bracelets and that when someone comes home we should send them to the family or if they haven't, to just lay them at the "Wall". (If you would like my bracelet, I would be happy to send it to you.)
I thought I would try to find out once and for all what might have happened to this man who has remained in my heart all these years.  When I found Jack Erskine's information on this
website, it became so real to me; discovering his age, that he was a civilian and how the capture happened and that his fate is still considered "unknown".  Being 41 at the time of the capture, I wondered if he had a wife and children and the tears just flowed.
I hope this letter finds you.  I hope you all, whoever and how many of his family members are still alive and I just wanted to say that even though I didn't know Mr. Erskine I wore his name with much affection and my heart goes out to all of you and that I wanted to let you know that there was one more person with his bracelet and to tell you how much I cared and thought about him all this time.
Thank you and many blessings, always

Original Message -----
From: Widdis Daniel LCDR JCCS-1 Det Balad 181st Trans BN EWO
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 12:29 PM
Subject: [U] James W. Widdis, Jr.
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. ___________,

Greetings!  You don’t know me (yet) but you’ll likely recognize the last name.  I found a post of yours on the pownetwork.org website.  James W. Widdis, Jr. was my father.

I want you to know I appreciate you having worn my father’s POW/MIA bracelet all these years.  It is humbling knowing that our family has been in your thoughts for so long.  I’ll be sure to forward your email to my mother and brother.

Both my brother (4 years old at the time my dad was shot down) and I (2 years old at the time) followed his example and entered military service.  He just finished a 20 year career as an Air Force avionics technician, and currently lives in Georgia .  I am 18 years into my Navy career as a submarine officer.  I currently call Monterey , California home, but as you might be able to tell from the email address, I am currently serving in Iraq .  I’m keeping a daily (almost) journal of my experiences at http://desertperiscope.blogspot.com/

Many other bracelet wearers (about 8, as I recall) heard about my father’s remains being returned in 1996 and sent their bracelets to us.  We placed them in his coffin (he is buried at the Air Force Academy cemetery in Colorado Springs , where my mom still lives.)

I don’t’ know if you’re aware, but they are now making “KIA Bracelets” (since MIAs are rare in modern combat).  Partly because of the knowledge so many people were keeping my family in their prayers for years, I now wear one for CPT Ian Weikel, an Army officer who was killed by an IED earlier this year.  My work here in Iraq is helping reduce the IED threat, and wearing that bracelet is helping keep me motivated and focused, trying to prevent more lives lost.

Thanks again for wearing my father’s bracelet and for all the thoughts and prayers you have contributed over the years.


Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 17:16:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: Philip Brennaman <pbrennaman_99@yahoo.com>
Subject: return my bracelet
I have a bracelet for CMS Donald M. Lint from IA.  I have been in contact with Eugene Fields who was a crewmember of his AC130, and he gave me the address of his father in Iowa.  I am sad to say the address is no longer current and would like to know if you know of any remaining family that I could send the bracelet to.  I have had it since 1981 when I joined the AF, and just came across that Donald's remains were recovered.  Also if you could tell me where he is buried I would appreciate it.  Thanks Phil


From: "william weeks" <wweeks@numail.org>
Subject: SGT Earl Eric Shark
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 13:49:52 -0400

To the family and friends of SGT Shark:
SGT Shark is not forgotten after some 35 years. I am now 65 and SGT Shark has been with me for 30 years or so.
I received my first bracelet sometime in the early 70s, wore it until the plating came off and later broke in half.
It was not until sometime in the early 2000s that I made a trip to Washington D C and had a chance to visit "The Wall" while escorting a group of middle schoolstudents.
It took three trips to DC befor I was able to find and purchase a new bracelet . That bracelet and with his info is now framed.
I was honored to take the students around D C introducing them to the past history of our U.S.. They were introduced to "The Wall", "The Korean Memorial", "Arlington Cemetary" "The Kennedy Site" and other memorials.  There were times when they were just taken aback.
The one I remember the most is their reaction during the changing of the guard at "The Tomb of The Unknown" they were just overwhelmed. There was a lot of discussion that evening at the hotel.
The students were informed about the the Viet Nam conflict, the Korean war, Arlington Cemetary, and the cost of freedom.
As the Korean Monument states "Freedom Is Not Free".
I want the family and friends to know he is not forgotten and I pray for you and His return.
My Love
Bill Weeks
Newnan, Ga.

From: "Margaret  Glenn" <margaretrosewilson@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2006 22:47:15 -0400
To the family of Lt. J G Donald Joseph Woloszyk:
My daughter is married to a former Navy officer and while we were at the base annex a few years ago, she and I purchased bracelets. I selected one with the name above and want you to know I wore it for some time, and then I put it in the center of a little altar at which I pray daily. I have been praying daily for several years now for this young man and for your family. I will continue to do so; I feel grief everytime I remember him in prayer and for you who lost a dear loved one. May God bless and comfort you. If you receive this and would like to respond, my email address is margaretrosewilson@earthlink.net.

Sincerely, Margaret Glenn

From: HALS19@aol.com
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 19:19:32 EDT
Subject: Lowell Powers
I have been wearing a Lowell Powers bracelet since I found it with my deceased Mom's stuff-
Thank you to Lowell and his family!
Tom Hallinan

From: "Audra Lowery" <thefaeryofpurejoy@msn.com>
Subject: Loveletter: Capt Virgil K Meroney III USAF
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 22:24:53 -0500
I have been wearing my bracelet since I got it in August of this year.  I am a teacher so I have been able to explain that it bears the name of a hero to people more than one generation removed.  Many of my students are planning on buying one, I have asked that they wait until they are sure they will wear it always.
I wasn't alive then, but I will not forget

Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 20:16:42 -0400
From: "JOANNE BORDEAU" <jobordeau@verizon.net>
Subject: Loveletters - Kenneth A. Berube

I have a bracelet bearing his name that I've had since I was a teenager in the mid-80's.  He's always on my mind - I look at it and wonder who he was, what he looked like, etc.  I've done some research online and I know he comes from Massachusetts and went to Brown University.  But I've found two conflicting reports on the status of his remains and I'd really like to know what's become of him.  After all these years, I feel like I know him.  If anybody from his family reads this, I just want you to know that there are other people out there who think of him and his family often.
Jo Bordeau (jobordeau1@hotmail.com)

From: "Tammy & Chuck Smith" <tsmith24@twcny.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 16:27:56 -0400

Greetings to you from Central New York!
I happened across your website when I became interested in learning more about a man whose name I once wore on a bracelet, Capt. James Grace (6/14/69).  I received the bracelet from my older sister sometime around 1971 and wore if faithfully for many years.  I believe I lost it waterskiing in the Adirondacks sometime in the mid-70's but have never forgotten the name engraved on the bracelet.  In 1971, I was eleven years old.
Several years ago, my husband, two children and I took a trip to the south and stopped in DC and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  We searched for and found Capt. Grace's name.  I have learned that his wife has spent quite alot of time in search of accurate information regarding her husbands whereabouts and have read of the possible difficulties in an attempted rescue.
I wish that I had a bracelet to send to the family, unfortunately, I don't.  Please no he has not been forgotten and continues to be in our hearts and prayers.  The very best to the Grace family.
Tammy Smith

From: "Debbi Segina" <segina@dwave.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2006 15:37:21 -0500

Hello-I've had the MIA bracelet of Capt. Harold J. Moe, USMC, since I was a teen in the early 70's.  He has been listed as MIA since 9-26-67 and would be 68 years young today.  I wore the bracelet constantly until I heard that he was listed as KIA in '73.  I put it in my jewelry box at that time, but have thought of him often.  Recently I took it out and moved it to a window sill in my kitchen.  I've thought about him every day, and today, for some reason, I did a search and found that he hasn't been 'found'...no remains have been returned to the family...he is, in every sense of the word, still missing-except in the hearts and minds of those of us who care.

Capt. Moe was from WI (my home state) but I did not know him.  I've often wondered what he looked like when he smiled and what he carried in his heart of hearts.

I just want his family to know he's not forgotten....he never will be.

Each year I emcee the 4th of July parade in our town.  When the Vietnam Vets march down the street, I always thank them publicly for their dedication and service.  It's because of them (and veterans of all wars) that I can freely write and say what I think.  I want Capt. Moe's family to know how much that means to me...

I'm putting the bracelet back on as of today.  It will be with me until I know for sure that his family has some peace of mind.  They are in my prayers.

Debbi Segina


Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 09:36:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: K E <eyesblue4@yahoo.com>

For the family of:
Lt. Thomas Holt Pilkington, US Navy Reserves
MIA on 09/19/1966
At the time you loved one was declared missing in action, I was starting my senior year in high school. I believe it was during my first years in college that I obtained my bracelet with Thomas Pilkington's name. I remember touching the bracelet on my wrist and wondering who this man was. Very little information was available back then.
I am 58 years old now. I still have the bracelet, and still hold it at times and wish I knew more about him. It was only today that I was viewing scopesys.com and saw a section for POW-MIA information....and for the first time, I was able to read about Lieutenant Commander Pilkington. Although the information is minimal about what happened that day on 9/19/1966, at least it's something. I did print the article so I could keep it with the bracelet.
I am the mother of 4 sons and a daughter. Two of my sons were in the Army, both in Special Forces. I thank God every day that they are home safe, but one son still suffers. He was a Ranger, and tough as nails when he had to be, but now as a civilian he still has nightmares over some of the things he's seen, and had to do. Although these nightmares are slowing receding, he has never been able to seek help because of classified information involved...so he suffered silently.
None of what I have just said can compare to the pain that your family has suffered over these many years, and I wish there was more I could do. I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that I was here, and do still think about Lt. Pilkington, and will never give up the bracelet that for me is a monument to his service, his bravery, and his memory.
If you receive this and choose to respond, I would be privileged.
Kris E.

Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 11:58:16 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: Randy and Tracy <rtlcats2@earthlink.net>
I wore the bracelet for CDR William McGrath throughout my middle and high school years in Michigan, and the bracelet has remained with me for moves West and back to the Midwest.  I have attempted to find information over the years, but just today found the information that his remains were recovered. The news makes me emotional.  Good family friends were McGraths (not related that I know of), and my brother served, so i always pictured these two wonderful men in the same thoughts as for this other soldier named McGrath.  I prayed as well as I could for them, and for this man, and all of the other men and women serving for my freedom, who I would never meet. 
I would be honored to hear from the family, if that is their desire (reach me at rtlcats2@earthlink.net). I am planning to take the bracelet to the Memorial sometime on my next trip to DC within the year, but would return the bracelet to the family at their request.
Please know that he has been in my thoughts for these many years.  We are all grateful for his service


From: CaptKWayne@aol.com
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 20:12:45 EDT

Trying to locate the family of LCDR Michael Edward Quinn, USN POW 11/22/69.

From: "Michael Schaeffer" <michael@hgforce.com>
Subject: Love letter for the family of AM3 John M Riordan
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2006 16:16:48 -0700
    This is a love letter intended for the family of AMS3 John M Riordan. I am a veteran who served 2 times in Desert Storm. I was in the ARMY for my first tour and the NAVY my second. I too was an AMS3 at time of discharge form the NAVY. My wife served in the NAVY for 9 years and was also an AMS for a time, AMS2 then changed to NC1. (Naval Career Counselor). She has a bracelet for John.
    I am saddened by his story as I too worked on Anti-Submarine warfare aircraft, P-3 Orions. My wife worked on P-3's as well as a few different types of helicopters. We just wanted the family to know that we still have his bracelet and we still remember him.
God Bless you all,
The Schaeffer family

Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 02:36:28 -0400
From: "Beth Szczepanski" <libba14@gmail.com>

Dear POW Network,
     I would like to thank you for your web site and all of the information it contains.  I have worn a POW-MIA bracelet for CWO ROBERT EDWARD BUTLER, lost March 20, 1970, over South Vietnam, since 1990, my senior year in high school.  I purchased my bracelet at the wall, and asked only for a soldier from the state I live in (North Carolina).  My hopes were that when the soldier was home, I would still live here and would be able to personally return it to his family.  Only today did I discover your web site, which is easy to navigate and understand.  I have been trying for years to discover "my" soldier's status, of course hoping I could someday meet him, or at the very least tell his family that, although I was not yet born when his aircraft went down, he has been a significant part of my life for over 16 years.  My family has always stressed the importance of remembering the Vietnam War, and this bracelet has given me a vehicle to tell people about the POW-MIA campaign.  A close friend of mine is a member of Rolling Thunder, and if I can contact CWO Butler's family, I am going to ask him to accompany me to return this bracelet.  If, of course, this is acceptable to his family. 
     I am almost overwhelmed by a variety of emotions upon learning that he is in fact with God; grateful that his family and friends can now visit a remembrance of him, incredibly sad, and very happy to know a little bit about his life, which he seems to have thoroughly loved.  I feel as though in some small way I now know him, and can finally share him with my family and friends, all of whom periodically ask about CWO Butler.  I have carried a picture of his name on the wall since I got my bracelet; I will now go visit the wall as soon as possible and get an updated picture, leave a rose and a note for him.
     Thank you so much for this information and opportunity.  I will also purchase a new bracelet for another soldier who has not yet come home.  Again, Thank You.

      Most Sincerely,
      Elisabeth Szczepanski

Reply-To: "Penny Skolfield" <pskolfie@maine.rr.com>
From: "Penny Skolfield" <pskolfie@maine.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 19:06:01 -0400

To the family of Major Phillip Mascari,
I have had a bracelet for Phillip for about 35 years. It's been safely tucked away in my jewelry box for many of those..out of sight but not forgotten. 
The Vietnam Wall was in my area just this past weekend. I took his bracelet with me for reasons not known ..until I was there. I left it to be placed in the time capsule which is now a part of the memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, Maine.
Penny Skolfield
Gray, Maine

Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 18:48:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: Candy Chesley <medic95as@sbcglobal.net>

To: the Family/Friends of James L. Van Bendegom
I am a 23 year AF medic. I joined my current unit, the 440th AW Milwaukee, WI in 1994. One of the first things I noticed was that quite a few of the older members wore bracelets with the name Van Bendegom. I asked them what they were about and was told about the POW/MIA bracelets meaning, history, and significance. I asked if I could get one and my boss gave me the one he was wearing. He was a Vietnam Vet and from Kenosha WI. It meant a lot to him to wear James's name on his arm and it  meant a great deal to me that he gave me the braclet he was wearing. The next month when I showed up for training he had a new bracelet with James' name on it. That was 1994 and I have worn the bracelet ever since. I remove it only on RARE occaisions when I must. I lost one bracelet swimming a few years ago and immediately contacted my friend for a replacement.
 I have had many people ask me about my bracelet and I always explain the meaning and significance. People are almost always moved. I was a child during Vietnam. I am a veteran now. I recently deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom and now have a child of my own in the Active duty forces. I feel a connection to all of my military brothers and sisters but  I feel as though James has been a true part of me for the last twelve years and will remain so for my lifetime. There are still many people in my unit that wear James on their arm and carry him in their hearts.
I would be honored if any friends or family of James Van Bendegom (or any other fellow veterans) were interested in contacting me.
SMS Candace L. Chesley

Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 17:48:10 -0600
Subject: Pow info
From: "Celeste Freeman" <cfreeman@bsin.k12.nm.us>

To whom it may concern:                                                  
         I just found my Pow  braclet that I wore in the early 70"s.I would like to contact the family and give them my thanks. My dad was a Vietnam vet. Thank God he came home alive and  well ! Could you tell me how to get the family address for Ronald James Schultz missing 7-21-70.             
  Thank You,                                                             
                                                         Celeste Freeman


Those who had an e-mail address in “Families looking for bracelets”

            Name                           Rank when lost           Date of loss

Begley, Burriss                        COL                             12-5-66
Hooper, Earl Jr.                       CAPT                          1-10-68
Medaris, Rick E.                     Spec 5                         11-4-69
Salzarulo, Ray                         CAPT                          9-4-66
Smith, Howard                       LT. COL                      9-30-68

Those who according to the list have returned home

            Name                           Rank when lost           Date of loss

Gostas, Theodore                    Maj.                             2-1-68
Sullivan, Dwight                     Lt. Col.                         10-17-67
*Johnson, Harold                    Capt.                           4-30-67

*This bracelet had       CAPT. HAROLD   OHNSON   assumed to be Johnson


 Those who’s records indicate have not been returned

             Name                           Rank when lost           Date of loss

Dunn, Joseph                          Lt                                2-14-68
Grace, James                           Capt.                           6-14-69
Hallberg, Roger                       S/Sgt                           3-24-67
Hardy, John                            Capt.                           10-12-67
Stratton, Charles (2)                Capt                            1-3-71
Whiteford, L. W. Jr.               Lt. Col.                         11-2-69

These bracelets were found in the desk of CAPT Theodore M. SMYER USN(Ret),  my father-in-law, while cleaning it out after his death. He was a Naval Aviator, a veteran of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam and retired as Chief of Staff 6th Naval District. He was proud of those who served and who still serve and he grieved at to loss of any of our servicemen and women. As a Viet Nam veteran myself, I would be honored to return these bracelets to the family of our brave servicemen who sacrificed so much in the service of our country.  Please assist me in returning these bracelets either to their family or to a place of honor. I continue to wear Cdr. Stanley Olmsteads  bracelet and will return it when his remains are returned unless his family would like it sooner.

Thomas G. Powell LCDR/USN(Ret)

e-mail tpowell@mail.st-joseph.org

From: BPlmSprngs@aol.com
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 12:37:12 EDT

To the family of Lt. Col. James Metz (remains returned March 18,1977)
I have had the bracelet containing your loved ones' name since they first started making them and wondered if you would like to have it back.
I am hoping that since his remains were returned that you have found some peace.
God Bless him and you,
Betty Snyder

From: radisky@webtv.net (Faith Radisky)
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 10:22:09 -0700
Subject: For the family of Thomas Barry Mitchell
Hello, this is a message for the family of
Capt. Thomas Berry Mitchell of Littleton, Colorado. His date of birth is
3-31-41. His plane went down (presumably) on 5-22-68 in Laos. He would
have been 27 years old.
I have acquired his MIA bracelet, and I wondered if there was a family
member, daughter, son, mother or father or another loved one who would
like to "keep it in the family", so to speak. It is an honor to wear it;
I just thought maybe it should be home with his family. I can be reached
at "radisky@webtv.net" and my name is Faith.

Best Regards,
Faith Radisky
Monterey, CA.

Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 18:29:23 -0400 (Eastern Standard Time)
From: "Need Help" <needhelp@roadrashapparel.com>

To the family of LCDR Richard Collins, Missing 11-22-69
I have a MIA/POW bracelet with CDR Richard Collins name, missing 22 November  1969. My mother wore for years. I think she got it back in the early 70's. I now have it and proudly keep it close to me as one of my prized possessions. I often think about Richard's  family and just wanted to get in touch with them to let them know that I have his bracelet and will continue to carry it until he is returned. My prayers are with him and all of the POW/MIA's and there families.
Terry Braley 
Douglasville, Ga  30134

Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 20:03:15 -0500
From: nbarber <nbarber1@optonline.net>
Subject: Capt Jefferson S. Dotson

        To Capt Dotsons family:   
I Wore "Scotty's" bracelet for many years .I never knew about this website and always wondered about my "Captains" fate. Now I no. May God Bless him. I pray that his family may also be at peace knowing he's "home" 

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 09:36:01 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
From: lucyml@earthlink.net

This letter is to let the family of Capt Larron Murphy know that he is not forgotten.  I have had his bracelet since 1971.  I wear it on days like Veterans Day, Flag Day, etc., but he is in my thoughts and prayers all the time.  I just found this website in an article by Gordon Dillow from the Orange County Register (who served in Vietnam in as well).  Capt Murphy has always been a hero to me, but now I know that he was trying to help fellow soldiers on the ground when he became MIA.  If anyone in his family would like to contact me, I would love to hear from them.  My e-mail is lucyml@earthlink.net.  My family and I will continue to keep him in our prayers. 


Subject: To the family of Lt. Nick Carpenter 6/25/68
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 13:46:04 -0700
From: "Paul Hatton" <phatton@hattoninc.com>

To the family of Lt. Nick Carpenter,
As I recall it was at the Ohio State Fair in 1973 that I came upon a booth selling the MIA/POW bracelets. I was 22 years old at the time and while I had received a low lottery number a few years earlier, 113, through good fortune somehow I was not selected for the draft. However, I had many family members and friends that had and were serving in Viet Nam. Some lost their lives, others were wounded in action and several retuned home unharmed. I was deeply affected by the war and my heart felt sympathy was, and still is, for those brave young men and their families that were/are MIAs and POWs. The $3.00 price to buy and wear the bracelet was a small token to acknowledge the sacrifice that these fine men had given in the service to their country.
The people manning the booth asked me where I was from and if I would like the name of a fellow citizen of my hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio. This resulted in my obtaining the bracelet of Lt. Nick Carpenter and I wore it religiously for many years. It got to the point where the aluminum coating started to erode from the bracelet and I had to apply medical tape to the inside to prevent my wrist from becoming green. Shamefully I must admit that over time I no longer wore the bracelet daily but would put it on for Veterans Day, Memorial Day and 4th of July in commemoration of Lt. Carpenter.
Over the years I would come across the bracelet and always wonder if there was any final deposition of Lt. Carpenter's status. Hoping all the while that he was returned safely to his family and enjoying the rest of his life. Yesterday, 9/27/06, there was an article by Mr. Gordon Dillow, an Orange County Register journalist and Viet Nam War veteran (U.S. Army 1971-1872), about the MIA/POW bracelets titled  "Bracelets Entwined With Mysteries". At the conclusion of the article Mr. Dillow listed several web sites where people who, like me, wondered what ever happened to the young man whose name was on the bracelet. Regretfully, I discovered that Navy pilot Lt. Nick Carpenter was shot down over North Viet Nam and died in the wreckage on June 24, 1968.  His Bombadier/Navigator was Lt. Joseph Mobley, who was captured and was a POW from June 24, 1968 until his release on March 14, 1973. Lt. Mobley would remain in the Navy and later became Vice Admiral of the Atlantic Fleet Naval Air Force. Vice
Admiral Mobley has the distinction of the being the last active duty POW from Viet Nam to retire from the military.
If any of Lt. Nick Carpenter's family read this and want the bracelet I will gladly sent to you.  In the event that I am not contacted by Lt. Carpenter's relatives I will make the bracelet available to Mr. Joseph Mobley if he should read this and so desires the bracelet. In the event there is no response, I will take the bracelet to the Viet Nam War Memorial in Washington D.C. and leave at the panel listing Lt. Nick Carpenter's name.
Gordon Dillow, thank you for providing the information about the MIA/POW bracelet and allowing us to always remember and never forget.

Paul Hatton
Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 14:31:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Karen <btallstars@sbcglobal.net>

I have had a POW bracelet since the late 1960's for Lt. Col. Donald King, missing as of 5-14-66).  It had special meaning to me because that date was my 20th birthday and many of my schoolmates went to the Viet Nam War, also.  I was born in California and am still here.  I have wondered through the years how to either find out about Lt. Col. King or how to return the bracelet to his family. I  found out through the Web that Lt. Col. King was from Michigan and found information on when and how he became missing. I wish to say God Bless You to his family and hope, someday, to visit the Memorial where I will leave his bracelet as a tribute to this hero.
My condolences,
Karen Thomas
Laguna Niguel, CA