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

From: Linda Bryce <labryce1@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 11:14:37 -0500

Hi, I just found the POW bracelet I wore when I was 10 yrs old 
belonging to Capt. David Rickel date 5-16-68.  I had corresponded with 
his spouse as a young girl back in the early 70's or even late 60's.  
I would love to reach her and return this bracelet to her.  Could 
someone get in contact with her?  Thank you, Linda Bryce 

Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2009 18:34:07 -0500
From: "Norma" <mittens072@verizon.net>
Subject: Family of James Richard Thomas

Dear Family of James Richard Thomas 7-5-43 - 11-25-71.
I still have the bracelet I wore, and the three letters I received from his wife, Julie, from 1972 and 1973.
If you would like the bracelet and letters, let me know.
Much love,

Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 10:45:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Judy Beal <mjbinokc@yahoo.com>

I'm trying to reach Capt. Walter Wilber or his family.  I have a bracelet with his name and 6-16-68 date of capture on it.  I've read some of his bio, and do know he returned home.  I would like very much to return this bracelet to him or his family.
Please contact me at mjbinokc@yahoo.com.
Thanks, Judy Beal

From: "Ar'Shiya n'iiz Marchave" <yautja_halfbreed@hotmail.com>
Subject: Ronald L. Longanecker USMC
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 09:53:29 -0500
My name is Michelle and I have worn the bracelet of Ronald L. Longanecker USMC, for more then 10 years.  If someone knows something about this wonderful person or has a picture of him, would you please share it.  I have often wondered what he was like.  All I know so far is that we share the same birth date of Oct. 13th, but different years.  To the family, I will continue to wear this bracelet in honor of your son, until he is returned home.
Thank you
Michelle Marshall
e-mail: yautja_halfbreed@hotmail.com
Opelika, Alabama. 

Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 09:46:43 -0800 (PST)
From: marge grubb <mgrubb2356@yahoo.com>
Subject:  PFC Richard Wilson, JR

My husband has been wearing  this bracelet for many years, so long you can barely read it.  He has been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet since he was 18 years old.  He is now 61.  We would like to contact the family, if possible.  Take care, and God Bless.
Dave and Marge Grubb

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 09:02:15 -0500
From: americanpolymer@aol.com

I have a bracelet I purchased back in the 1960's with Captain Charles Milton Walling on it. It is with a card inside the clear plastic bag that I would like to give it to a family member of his if that is possible. Please let me know if you can help.

Best Regards

Richard Harrington
GySgt USMC (Ret)

Subject: Captain Lawrence Helber
From: Kathryn Kennedy <kkenn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:21:16 -0600

It was between Christmas and New Years, 1971, when I went to visit my brother, who was in the Navy and stationed in San Diego at the time.  He took me to a place where I could buy a POW/MIA bracelet.  I reached into the fishbowl and pulled out a bracelet that read "Capt. Lawrence Helber  1-24-66."  At the time I remembered thinking, "wow, he's been missing for a long time . . . "  I was only 12 when he went missing, and I thought about all the things that had happened since I was 12 . . . how many days that had been, and how many nights, and I felt extremely sad for him and for his family and friends.  I put the bracelet on that day and I wore it everyday for the next 35 years.  We didn't have the internet in those days, so I didn't learn much about him -- only that he was from Ohio.  I wondered if he had children, and a wife.  When I visited the Wall in Washington, D.C., I found his name and took a rubbing of it.  It was a very sobering and strange experience.  I had felt so connected to this man for so many years . . . a man that I didn't even know.  A man who had given everything to fight for our country.  I took the bracelet off on 1-24-06, marking the 40th anniversary of his disappearance.  The lettering had worn down a lot and I decided it was time to move it from my arm to my jewelry box for safekeeping.  Today, he came to my mind again, and I decided to look him up on the internet and for the first time, I saw a picture of him.  A face to put with the name.  I will never forget him and having found this website, I felt compelled to write to his friends and family who still miss him dearly every day.  While I didn't know your loved one, I have honored him for the past 37 years and I just wanted you to know that I, too, have kept his memory alive.  Through the decades that I wore the bracelet, I had hundreds, if not thousands of people who asked me about the bracelet.  My answer was always the same, "I didn't know him personally, but I honor this American hero by wearing this bracelet."  Several months ago, I was filling out a questionnaire and it asked who was one person who had greatly influenced my life.  My answer was "Capt. Lawrence Helber."  America is the land of the free because of the brave men like Capt. Helber.

Warmest regards,
Kathy Kennedy

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 20:28:16 +0000 (UTC)
From: momofmaxwv@comcast.net
Subject: Captain Cleveland Scott Harris, missing 2-29-68 - Remains Returned  April 1985

To the family of Captain Cleveland Scott Harris.  I was a young teen in the early 70's when I recieved C. Scott harris' bracelet.  I wore it for years!  Now I am a 54 year old woman and still have the bracelet, yes I have kept it all these years.  I have 3 children of my own, one older son who joined the U.S. Marines for 4 years, came out with an honorable discharge.  I also had a son who married his childhood sweetheart at 18, joined the U.S. Coast Guard and was killed in the U.S. Coast Guard on August 5, 2004 while on his way to work on his motorcycle.  A truck cut him off and he was killed instantly.  No, Joey did not die in war like Captain Scott, but he was killed in the military and left a 21 year old widow.  If someone had a bracelet with Joey's name on it, I was surely want it.  I'm offering someone in Scotts family this bracelet.  I remember while I was a young teen, I write to the family of C. Scott Harris.  I remember his father writing me a letter and telling me he was happy that I was wearing it.  I wish I had kept that letter.  Anyway, I have worn this bracelet for many years, but it has been in my jewelry box for a long time.  I'll always remember Captain Harris, I'm so sorry for your loss, I'm sure it hurts just as bad as it did in 1968 when I was only 11 years old.  It has been almost 5 years that I have lost my son, it seems to get worse every year instead of better. 

Send me an email and I will be happy to talk to you..I hope you find this letter!

Donna Snoddy

From: <j_susan@bellsouth.net>
Subject: Peter Grubb
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 21:31:17 -0500

I am saddened to see that Peter is still listed as missing.  I am sure his family would want his remains back in the USA.  It was such a terrible war that hurt many of us.  I can only imagine if my friends had not at least came back home for burial.  God Bless.

From: "Priscilla Bates" <priscillaharrisonbates@cox.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 15:39:54 -0500
I would like to dedicate this letter to the memory of Capt. Gordon Clark Hill and Capt. Mitchell Sadler whose F4E Phantom disappeared in Laos on 30 June 1970. I have been wearing Capt. Hill's POW bracelet since 1973. While researching Capt. Hill, I found Capt. Sadler's information and picture on the internet; I have been searching for a photo of Capt. Hill and hoping to contact his family to let them know that I cherish his memory. If you know anything about Gordon Clark Hill or his family, please contact me or pass my contact info on to them. I can be reached at: priscillaharrisonbates@cox.net
Priscilla Bates

Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 13:34:47 -0600
From: "R.E. Parker" <reparker@optonline.net>

To the Friends and Family of Robert F. Scherdin

Just a note to say hello once again this year, on Robert’s 62nd Birthday, and remind you that there are still those of us out here waiting, and remembering, with you.  We share your vigil and your hopes for an answer one day, and stand with you in Spirit.  Neither Robert –or– you are forgotten and those of us who wear his bracelet think of you and him every single day.  Please know that you are not alone.  Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and with Robert always.  God Bless you all.

Ed Parker


Subject: POW/MIA bracelets - Vietnam War
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:01:06 -0500


My name is Nancy Pillers…I have two Vietnam bracelets which I purchased in Maine in 1970 or 1971. One of them is for Lt. Joseph Mobley, 6-24-68 and the other for Major Thomas Derrickson, 10-12-67. I found Joseph Mobley on the website yesterday, and am so excited about it.  I see Major Derrickson never returned. Can you please tell me if and how he can be reached, or if you can reach him and let him know I have his bracelet.  I would very much like get his bracelet to him or his family and to hear how his life has progressed from the website update. I also wish to express my unabashed gratitude to him for his service to our country! I was a young lady in my 20’s when I purchased these bracelets and was really torn between peace and war…of course, we all want peace, yet my heart was with those soldiers everyday! I would also be happy to give Mr. Derrickson’s family his bracelet, if possible.

My email is npillers@netscape.com

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Nancy Pillers

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 09:40:12 -0800 (PST)
From: jim healy <mamalous97@yahoo.com>

Sunday, February 22, 2009
 USA  08-22-68  SVN      PR
  Thank You and your loved ones for your sacrifice.   Today- 40 years and 6 months, to the day, after your disappearance,
 I put on your bracelet.
I look forward to returning it when the time is proper.
  I am 53 and also served,  in the 1s/t of the 5t/h - 1s/t cav , from 1974 till 1977. Karma would have it this way, the dates on the bracelet and when I received it, and that you served in the 1s/t and 5t/h. If I were one year older, we may have met.
If not for your valor and those you served with, I also would have gone to Hell, but your sacrifice insured I would not have to.
If I have to I will wear your bracelet to my grave, but I would prefer to return it.
 Please reply to this letter,  my brother,  it is time for us to meet.
Peace and Love,
 EX-cpl. James Healy
 1st Battalion, 5th cavalry, 1st cavalry Division
 Now a Proud Civilian

From: Denise <dmcaleer@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:36:14 -0600

 I got the POW bracelet for Capt. Patrick Robert Curran and  wore it every day, however, I moved several years ago. and it went missing. I 
was so upset because I thought it was gone forever. Recently I was  very happy to find the bracelet at the bottom of a box that I hadn't 
unpacked. I would like to return this to his family.

Denise McAleer


Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:38:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Jody Vann <jgroceryman@yahoo.com>

In 1970 while attending San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas I purchased and wore for many years the braclet with the name Brendan Patrick Foley.  He was born in March 27, 1932 and went MIA  on November 27, 1967.  The bracelet broke in half many years ago and I lost part of it, but I still have the half with his name and date he went MIA.  If his family would like to have it, please have them contact me.  Otherwise I will save it for my granddaughter and explain its importance and why she keep it close to here and pass it on to her grandchildren along with the story of the man who died for her freedom.
Thanks and God Bless Brendan Foley for his sacrifice to us and to his country,
Sincerely, Jody Vann

Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 15:16:15 -0500
From: "Lewis, Junis <CTR>" <Junis.Lewis@associates.dhs.gov>

Please understand that I mean no disrespect.  I have an elderly friend who has a bracelet with Lt Col Edwin Atterberry’s name and would very much like to present this bracelet to a family member of Col Atterberry.  Thanks for posting and all the best to you Mary. 


Junis Lewis


Subject: Return of POW bracelets
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 13:08:32 -0400
From: "Cunningham, Mary M." <Mary.Cunningham3@va.gov>

My spouse and I were students in college in the 70’s wearing our bracelets in support.  Via the internet we were finally able to learn that one of our soldiers returned safely and the remains of the other soldier’ s remains were eventually returned home.  We would be honored to return these bracelets to the family.  If you can assist me I would be honored to share these and return them safely home.

Capt. Laurence Friese                     LCDR  Richard Nelson

2-68                                                                                          3-6-68



Mary M. Cunningham LISW-CP

Subject: Loveletters for Charles Walling's Family
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 17:08:00 -0400
From: "Pickett, Eloise" <EPickett@apslaw.com>
To the Family and friends of Capt. Charles Walling MIA.
 I bought the bracelet in the late 1970's in Rhode Island.  I wore it for quite a while.   Some time ago, before they had the Vietnam Wall website, I did some research on Capt. Walling to see if I could determine the status, to no avail.  I have often thought of him and his family.  I keep the bracelet in a jewelry box.  I am going to Washington next month so I took the bracelet out so that I can bring it w/me. I have not intention of leaving it there.  I just want it w/me. 
Please know that you are in my thoughts, as is Capt. Walling, who I learned was promoted to rank of Major.  Major Walling made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, as did his family, and I have been remiss in thanking you and him and all of our soldiers for what they did and do today to preserve our freedom.  What would we do without these braves soles.
It would be wonderful to know that you all received this message.  I can be reached at epickett@apslaw.com.
God Speed.
Eloise Pickett
Providence, Rhode Island

From: "Clarence Belinge" <clbelinge@knology.net>
Subject: Found MIA/POW Bracelet
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:24:33 -0500

My daughter found a bracelet with the name Charles W. Millard CWO. I have read the information on him on your site. I would like to return the bracelet to whomever lost it but have not determined a way to find out that information.
Is there any way of finding out who may have lost it? The bracelet was found around the Ft. Rucker, Al area. Not sure exactly where.
Clarence L. Belinge
COL, US ARMY, Retired

From: "Finch, Greg J[EQ]"
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:23:32 -0500
Subject: Captain James E. Hamm (USAF) [3-14-68]
Just a note to say that I still have Jim's bracelet. My parents were friends of his parents in Longmont, Colorado. I make it a point to think of him each year on 3/14, and I typically go out to the Internet and look up what information is available there to remember him - a small token of appreciation for a person who deserves to be remembered.
My best wishes to his family.
Greg Finch
gfinchopks @ yahoo.com

Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:13:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: Sandy <smeece@embarqmail.com>

We are trying to find family or the nearest living relative of Leroy Jason Cornwell, III,  US Air Force, to return a bracelet that our late mother wore. 

Additional Information:

   Unit:  555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udorn Airbase Thailand

   Date of Birth: 05 August 1944

   Home City of Record:  Tucson, AZ

Your help would be greatly appreciated.


Sandy Meece

Salemburg, NC

e-mail smeece@embarqmail.com

From: "Susan McGuire" <JMCGUIREJR@nc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 20:04:55 -0400

I was cleaning out my jewelry box today and came across the POW bracelet for Sgt. Bobby Harris (3-17-71).  I have had this bracelet since I was in high school, over 40 years ago. I remember getting this bracelet because I had a brother in the service at the  time and he was going to Viet Nam.  I was very fortunate that he return safely.
I have wondered about what to do with the bracelet or how to find out about Sgt. Harris. I ran across this website and was amazed to see his name listed.  Once before I tried to find him and got nowhere.  I see that his remains were found and returned and I was sad to read that. But also relieved to see that he was found and brought back home.   
I would like to offer this bracelet to his family, if they would like it.  I know he is from Texas, so please contact me if you are interested in getting the bracelet.  If I don't hear from you, know that it has a special spot in my jewelry box and he hasn't been forgotten.
Susan McGuire
Wilson, NC 27896

Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 18:46:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: heather kowalski <hrski01@yahoo.com>

To the family of Maj Charles Austin USAF 4-24-67 NVN
I have had my bracelet for the past 10 years. It has been with me through 3 tours to the desert and ensured my safe return. Although Maj Austin is still MIA he is not forgotten.
SSgt Heather Kowalski

From: Sickleave@aol.com
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 20:31:26 EDT
   sam's our lady of the miraculous medal. This may have nothing to do with someone who is missing in action, perhaps it was just lost by a soldier but I thought I would put it out there just in case. A friend told me a story about how her husband found this locket type medal of our Lady in Vietnam with the name Sam engraved inside.
Contact Roy at sickleave@aol.com

Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 14:18:34 +0000 (UTC)
From: carolann110@comcast.net
Subject: Captain Mitchell Lane
I, too, still have the bracelet of Captain Lane.  I was a teenager when I received it and am now 55 years old.  I actually  wrote to his mother shortly after I received the bracelet and was blessed to have her reply to me.  Although I no longer have the letter I remember how grateful she was that I was interested in the fate of her son.  She sent me his picture, told me a little bit about Mitchell and about how he loved his country and how proud he was to serve in the Air Force.  I have often wondered if he still has any remaining family.  Carol A Agar

Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 17:12:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sheryl Dean <aksheryl@yahoo.com>
Subject: Capt Perry Jefferson, MIA 4-3-69
I am looking for any information on returning my bracelet to a family member of Capt. Jeffersons.  I found out his remains were returned home in december of 07.  I have kept the bracelet my mom bought for me in 1973 all this time hoping he would return. I wanted to let the family know that I did not forget him.   I can be contacted at this email addy or at PO BOX 2611, Soldotna, AK 99669 Thank you!

From: LUVY921C@aol.com
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 19:34:02 EDT
Subject: LOVELETTERS- luvy921c@aol.com


Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 10:17:20 -0400
From: "Kathy Dougherty" <kdougherty@accessgroup.org>

I am holding the bracelet of Lt Col Scott McIntire who went down in his plane Dec 10, 1971. I wore his medal bracelet all thru the war and have it still. I have read the account of his journey and would like his family to know that a lot of us still remember and pray for him.
Kathy Dougherty

Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 12:49:17 -0700 (PDT}
From: Athlyn Jenkins <jathlyn@yahoo.com>

My name is Athlyn Worth-Jenkins.  I am the youngest of twelve in my family. My brother S.SGT. James F. Worth has been MIA/KIA since April 1, 1972. 
After speaking with Mr. Jim Schueckler, V.P. Virtual Wall, he suggested I try and contact someone who has been or is wearing a POW/MIA bearing my brothers name. I would be thrilled to talk about my brother James and our family.
 If further information is needed, please feel free to contact me;

Deepest Gratitude, 
Athlyn Worth-Jenkins      


Subject:  Colonel Charles Franklin (MIA 8-14-66)
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:28:56 -0400
From: emereaux@aol.com
To the family of Colonel Charles Franklin,

I heard about the POW/MIA bracelet project in 1970 when I was 13 years old, and I received a bracelet with your loved one's name inscribed upon it.  I took the promise of wearing it until all of our heroes returned home very seriously.  I wore it faithfully everyday, carefully removing it only to shower or swim until it broke in the middle, sometime in 1973.  But even then, I kept it safe with a few other treasures from childhood that I would never part with.  I said countless prayers for (then) Major Franklin over the years, and I've wondered so many times what happened to him.  Even though I knew I could probably find out his status on-line, I kept putting it off.  I wasn't prepared for the intense emotions I felt every time I thought about him - and I didn't want to imagine the grief his family must have had throughout the years.

But, after gratefully sharing a wonderful Easter with my family, it seemed the right time to find out what happened, and if possible return the bracelet - a symbolic missing piece of your hearts - to his loved ones.  It didn't take me long to find Charles Franklin's status on the pownetwork.org website.  I learned that his heroic actions under heavy surface to air missile fire, saved two other pilots, and that during the time he was MIA, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel; and finally, that his remains were discovered and returned to the family in 1988.

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.  I am very proud to have known about such an unselfish and heroic man.  Please contact me if you would like to receive his bracelet.  Please reference 'Colonel Charles Franklin' in the subject line of your email so that I can distinguish your email better.

Best wishes,
Cynthia Wilson

Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 16:05:56 +0000 (UTC)
From: starrynght@frontiernet.net
for the family of Jefferson Scott Dotson: I was given a pow/mia bracelet by my father when i was a child with Jefferson's name engraved on it. While I am sorry to say I no longer have the bracelet as it was lost with some other things during a move some years ago, I have never forgotten his name and always wondered about him over the years. I recently decided to try and find out some information on him and found this site. I just felt compelled to write and let you know how sorry I am for your loss and how glad i am that his remains were found and returned to you. I deeply regret not having the bracelet to return to you but i can assure you that i will always remember his name and the sacrifice he made.
 shelley hall

From: "Melodye \(Dee Dee\) Hinson" <sisterasl@cox.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 10:13:56 -0700

Hi my name is Melodye from Jamestown, New York. I currently live in Arizona.
I have a POW bracelet for SGT. James Rozo (6-70) All these years I held on to it, not knowing if SGT Rozo made it home.  I understand that he has not, I'm sorry to hear that
I remember the day I received my bracelet, not really understanding the ramifications of the war or the siqnifiance of the bracelet I now hold in my hands. I know it meant something to me way back then and I keep the bracelet for that reason. It now has been 39 years and if you, the family would like to have the bracelet, you are more than welcome.
God Bless you all
Melodye (Sisterasl@cox.net)


From: "jack_virginia" <jack_virginia@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 18:08:20 -0500

I wore two bracelets for years and thought and prayed for both of you...Major Willard Gideon and Captain Jeffrey Lemon.
Major Gideon is listed as released and no information is available on Captain Lemon. 
I hope Major Gideon has had a wonderful life and is surrounded by a loving family   Our condolences to the family of Captain Lemon.
I still think of you both and can't thank you enough for your sacrifice.
Virginia Taylor

Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 19:24:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: Meg MH <imsunshine5473@yahoo.com>
  I just wanted to add my thoughts for ALL the familes of the POW/MIS's.  I have a name here and I just looked HIM up. I am sorry to say it was not good news for me. I WAS going to find a way to send it to the family BUT after reading more I now have it BACK on where it will stay to ALL come home.
  May the family of LTC. William L. DEANE from Orlando Florida know I will continue to lift them up to GODS ears.
With ALL due respect,
Margaret H. SSgt. Ret Air Force,
Gulf War Vet.

Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 22:27:27 -0400
From: Rebecca Swartz <rjswartz56@gmail.com>

This is to the family of William Potter MIA on 12-29-1967.  I have started to attempt contact with the family for many, many years.  Everytime, something got in the way and I did not complete the steps to find the family.  I had a nice conversation today with a former POW and he related his story of when he was able to ride up to the home of the young woman who had worn his bracelet for years.  It was an amazing and touching story.  It made me want to find Mr. Potter so that he could have that experience.   I did a search and it states that they have identified and returned his remains.   I am truly, truly sorry.  I want you, the family to know that I have his bracelet.  I thought of him often through the decades and thought you all should know that somebody else was praying for him as well. 
If you wish to contact me, please send a reply email to rjswartz56@gmail.com

From: "THOMAS L COPE" <thomasl.cope@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 01 May 2009 14:42:06 -0500

We have the bracelet of CW2 John S. Anderson and Major Harlan Chapman which we would like to return to the families.  Can you help make that happen?
Jill E. Cope   corgipups@verizon.net
We know that CW2 Anderson's remains were returned in 73, and Maj. Chapman was released in 7/73.  thanks for your help. 

From: TAUBLAR@aol.com
Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 05:16:39 EDT

To the family of Capt. Charles Bifolchi
I have one of his POW/MIA bracelets. I don't know how long I have had it, but it has been since I was in college. I am now 58. I always wondered about him and glad to know his remains were recovered.
If you would like this bracelet, my e-mail is TAUBLAR@aol.com
Larry Tauber

Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 07:01:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tisha Gordon <jsmjtg@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: LCpl Jerry D. Dewberrry

Just wanted to say that I picked up Jerry Dewberry's braclet when I was in Okinawa in 1993 and I wear it almost daily. He was with the USMC in SVN when he was killed in action on his first day of combat shortly before his 20th bithday on 05 July 1968. If there are any family members out there I want you to know he is not forgotten.
Tisha Gordon

From: <jaceeryan@cox.net>
Subject: Love Letter for Captain Bernard Plassmeyer
Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 09:45:47 -0700

I have my original bracelet made by VIVA for Captain Bernard Plassmeyer, 9-11-70. I got my bracelet in 1973 and have kept it with all of my “treasurers” for over 35 years. I am now the proud mom of a United States Marine so the meaning behind this bracelet has deepened for me and more than ever, I realize the sacrifice Captain Plassmeyer and his family have made for all of us. My daughter will be visiting DC this summer and I will make sure she stops at the Wall to say a prayer for Captain Plassmeyer. I was going to give her the bracelet to leave at the Wall, but I have decided to keep this very special treasurer in hopes that his only son or another family member will see this email. If the family would like to have his POW/MIA bracelet, I would be glad to forward it to them. If it is too painful of a memory, know that I will proudly display his bracelet and will never ever forget this brave solider. My e-mail is jaceeryan@cox.net. Thank you and God Bless You.

~Joyce Ryan~

From: "Joyce Ryan"  <jaceeryan@cox.net>
Subject: Love Letter for Captain W. Ronald Brown
Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 09:46:04 -0700

I have my original bracelet made by VIVA for Captain W. Ronald Brown, 2-3-66. I got my bracelet in 1973 and have kept it with all of my “treasurers” for over 35 years. I am now the proud mom of a United States Marine so the meaning behind this bracelet has deepened for me and more than ever, I realize the sacrifice Captain Brown and his family have made for all of us. My daughter will be visiting DC this summer and I will make sure she stops at the Wall to say a prayer for Captain Brown. I was going to give her the bracelet to leave at the Wall, but I have decided to keep this very special treasurer in hopes that a family member will see this letter. If the family would like to have his POW/MIA bracelet, I would be glad to forward it to them. If it is too painful of a memory, know that I will proudly display his bracelet and will never ever forget this brave solider. My e-mail is jaceeryan@cox.net. Thank you and God Bless You.

~Joyce Ryan~

Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
From: "Ardner, Robert (PCCD)" <rardner@state.pa.us>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 15:11:08 -0400

I just wanted the family of WO2 Richard Bauman to know that he is not forgotten.  I returned home from Viet Nam in 1969 and purchased my bracelet in 1975.  I wear it every day to honor Richards sacrifice.  It is worn, and I’m going to have a replacement made and will continue to wear it in Richards honor until he returns home.  I will return the original bracelet to Richards’s family if they would like to have it.  If not, I will retire it with dignity after I receive its replacement.


Bob Ardner


From: "Lisa Jennings" <ljennings@augusta.k12.va.us>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 12:20:20 -0400


I am writing this in reference to my POW in 1971, LCDR David Hoffman 12-30-71.

I am so happy to have found info on him today thru these web pages.  I would love to be able to contact him, or have him contact me.

My e-mail is   rosajen5@yahoo.com  .  After many years of this being on the back burner in my life, my daughter is studying the war in school, so I am reliving my childhood impressions with her.  We are planning to take a school field trip from Va. To DC and will visit the Vietnam Memorial at that time.  It will be my first chance to visit the Wall in DC.  I spent many days praying for David.  I am glad he returned safely.

Blessing from Va,


Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 21:59:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: andy vlietstra <taconcrete@yahoo.com>

My mother, Maureen, got one of these bracelets that she wore for many years. She stopped wearing it many years ago because of her psoriasis, but always kept it in her jewelry box. She has visited the Wall several times, each time visiting his name. Recently she asked me to see if I could find anything online about her soldier - Sgt Glenn Tubbs 1-13-70.

I'm her daughter Doreen. I knew about the bracelet and about the MIA's / POW's but I'm so very sorry to say this -  I didn't "understand" until just recently, researching Sgt Tubbs and finding out what happened, and what didn't. What was never answered... what it was like for the soldiers that did return. What it's still like.

Sgt Tubbs is still among the missing. I found this article from 2004. It is an interview with Sgt Tubbs' wife Pam.


I shared the article, the photos, and all the information I found with my mother and we both cried and cried.

What you're doing here on this site is teaching my generation what we can't learn in history classes. In school we learn the dates, the places, and the facts according to the government. We learn about the Wall, but we can not learn the compassion, and the ache, and the truth. We can't see the faces or grasp the suffering. Your site has opened my eyes and broken my heart. Your stories and information can seed a new generation with this knowledge to carry on the promises of the bracelets.

I hope people will read the link to Pam Tubbs' interview. She is a remarkable, brave and loving wife and mother. It's hard to fathom what she has endured.

I told my mother that I was posting to the site, and that I would like to share the bracelet with her since she is unable to wear it. I'm so very moved and humbled by these incredible men who gave everything, so that I could enjoy the freedoms so many take for granted.

With all my respect and admiration I would like the Tubbs family to know Sgt Glenn Tubbs is remembered, and cared about, and thanked, and prayed for by both my mother and I. We are both keeping the promise she made with the bracelet.

Best to you all,


From: "KEITH & PATTY GEIGER" <pgeigerk@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 14:49:10 -0500
May 23, 2009   
Dear Family Members and friends of Sam Adair, Jr.,
    I don't know why today is the day that I retrieved the MIA bracelet from my jewelry box, but I have spent the last few hours on line trying to find out more about this fallen warrior.  I was pleased to learn that he is with his family and with God, now.
    My husband is retired from the Air Force (26 years) and we are making arrangements to attend our daughters retirement (23 years) next month.   As an Air Force spouse and an Air Force parent, I don't have words to express all that I feel, but I know you are proud of your brave son, brother, nephew, or friend.  I am, too.
    I would be happy to send his bracelet to a family member.  Feel free to email me at:  pgeigerk@bellsouth.net
    I am sorry for your loss.
Best Regards, Patty

From: "Carolyn Lovejoy" <clovejoy@comsouth.net>
Subject: Capt. Robert Beutel
Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 15:09:26 -0400
I am writing this for a co-worker. She was a military brat whose father was sent to Vietnam when she was a small child. When he returned, he bought her this POW
bracelet and told her it was for an serviceman who had gotten lost. She has worn this bracelet since 1972. I inquried about the bracelet and she told me the story. I asked for info on him and she did not know.  She said she prayed for him everyday, but never knew anything about him. In our spare time at work I begin to research as much info as possible. She was thrilled just to know alittle bit about what happened to him. She would love to know about his family, or if he had any. He has been a vital part of her life for 37 years. She lights a candle for him at mass, and remembers him especially on Memorial Day. If anyone knows about Capt. Robert Beutel's family ,please email me at clovejoy@comsouth.net. She would like to send the bracelet to his family.

From: "JEANNE  EANES" <jmme@surfsouth.com>
Subject:  Capt. Peter John Russell 8-1-68---You will never be forgottten.
Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 10:23:01 -0400

Here it is, Memorial Day 2009 and again I remember with tears Capt. Peter John Russell 8-1-68.  I never knew him except to wear his bracelet since 1971 when I purchased it from a local radio station.  I just want his family to know that I will never forget him and will never stop telling about the sacrifice that he and they made. I am wearing my bracelet in his memory today.  It is my second bracelet, a copy I had made of the first one, that I wore until it broke in half. 
Thank you, Peter, for giving your life for those who needed you.  If I had one of my greatest wishes, it would be to go to the place where you are reported to have been buried just to be there for a few minutes. You will never be forgotten by me. You have touched many lives even though you are no longer on this earth. 

Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 12:14:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Walt Koelln <waltkoelln@yahoo.com>

To the family of USAF 1Lt Lorenza Conner of Cartersville, Georgia, MIA North Vietnam, 10/27/67.
It is with a great deal of humble admiration I've had the honor to wear a POW/MIA bracelet with your dear one's name inscribed upon it. You must be very proud of his selfless service, and I can only imagine the pain of his loss so many years ago. I recently learned of his return to American soil last May, and I pray you can now rest easier knowing he is home.
Please know that I and my family will spend this Memorial Day thanking God for Airmen like your son who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of the oppressed. Please know that I have his bracelet and will keep it in my possession as an honorable reminder of the courage, bravery, and sacrifice your loved one made for me and my family.
It would be my honor to provide his bracelet to you or a member of your family should you decide you wish to have it. Please feel free to contact me at the email address listed below any time. Take care and God bless.

Better together <><,

Walt Koelln

Email: waltkoelln@yahoo.com

From: "gejo138" <gejo138@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 12:51:19 -0500

I have a bracelet that I have had for many years and today made me stop and think of all our wonderful men and women serving our country and for their families.
I have a son serving now.
The name on my bracelet is Spec. 5 Rick Medaris.
God bless all.

Delivered-To: info@pownetwork.org
From: "gejo138" <gejo138@earthlink.net>

Today, made me stop and think again of all the men and women serving our country and their families.  I got out the bracelet I wore for many years.  Capt. Joseph Davies and was wondering if and how I could give it to the family.
I have a son serving today and know I would appreciate anything that had to do with him

From: BANSANDPATCH@aol.com
Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 12:19:13 EDT
Subject: MIA Bracelet for TSgt Patrick L. Shannon

I have a MIA red bracelet for TSgt Patrick L. Shannon.
If someone in the family would care to have this, I would be honored to send it to you.
Thank you,
C Miller

Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 18:14:49 -0700 (PDT)
From: "R.B. Arnold" <renee.renee23@yahoo.com>
It is Memorial Day and I am saddened that I still wear the bracelet for Cdr. Richard F. Collins.  I have worn this bracelet since I was in high school in 1988.  I have only taken it off for childbirth.  I carried it in my purse on my wedding day.  I chose this bracelet as he went down in Laos 20 days before I was born.  I hope his family knows that he is not forgotten and that I have cared about him for more than 20 years.  I will never take it off until he comes home. 

From: lmr24586@aol.com
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 18:52:11 EDT

My original POW-MIA bracelet was purchased some 35 years ago, while I was in grade school, as part of a school project. It was silver,  and engraved with the name of a man I never knew. I wore it with pride, and thought often of this man and his family as I grew up.  I hoped he would someday be found alive, or at the very least, that his remains would be found and returned to his family. Over the years, I misplaced this bracelet, but I never forgot his name. A few years ago while working at my job as a teller, a customer came to my window who was wearing the same type of bracelet. We spoke about it briefly, and I told her I had lost my bracelet many years ago. She put me in touch with the organization that was able to send me another one, and I proudly wear it to this day.
My bracelet man is Lt. Col. Anthony R. Giannangeli. This man, like so many others,  proudly served our country, and gave the ultimate sacrifice with his life. Today, I feel closer than ever to this man I have never known. I was able to locate his story & picture on the internet and I now feel somehow "connected" to him & his family. Now that I have a face to go with that bracelet, I also feel a sense of loss as well.
To his family:
Please know that I am so sorry for your loss. His memory will live on, through those of us who continue to wear his bracelet, proudly.  He fought for our country so that we could have our freedom. He will never be forgotten.
God Bless,
Lisa M Reynolds
Ringgold, Virginia

From: Mschneider428@aol.com
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 12:08:41 EDT

Dear Friends and Family of JOHN FRANCIS CONLON, III
I know that John is now resting in peace, but I can't let this Memorial Day go by without letting you all know that he is still remembered and still in my prayers. I will never forget what he gave up for me, my family and for all Americans.  Because of men like him, we are able to live our lives in freedom.  It is a gift that I do not take for granted and one that I am extremely grateful for. 
I am sad for your loss and I pray for your family as well as for John.  I wore his bracelet since I was 12 years old (and that was 38 years ago).  I will continue with my prayers, as always.
I would also like to extend a thank you to the pow network for their fine work in keeping the spirits of these brave heroes alive.
Much Love,
Maureen (Ford) Schneider
Old Bridge, NJ

Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2009 09:51:48 -0400
From: jcravi@aol.com

I have worn this bracelet for my years and always planned on returning it to the POW/MIA, his family or leaving it at the Wall in DC.  I thought maybe if I wore it a little while more, it would give him luck.    I've thought of him often and prayed for his safe return, however, time is passing and thought maybe his family would like it. 

If anyone in this family would like me to send them this bracelet, I would be send it to them.

This brave airman's name is CAPT. MARVIN LINDSEY missing since 6/29/1965. 

You can contact me at jcravi@aol.com

From: Sunkidz1998@aol.com
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 22:56:51 EDT

I received a POW bracelet in the early 70's as part of my babysitting pay one evening.  I am now 48 and still wear it.  Nearly 10 years ago I left a message on the virtual wall for this serviceman, the first for him.  His sister contacted me a while later, thanking me for my devotion to him, and told me about him and his daughter who was born the same month he was shot down. 
A few people over the course of my life have recognized the bracelet and commented on it but I have only seen two others wearing one.
Lest we ever forget.
Janice Silver
Dover, NH

Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 18:44:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Casey Strange <mastercj59@yahoo.com>

I am Russell (CJ) Hunter and I currently reside in Perris, California. I am former U.S.A.F. who served proudly in Germany 1981 - 1983.

I have a bracelet bearing the name of U.S.A.F. Lt.Col. Louis M. Robinson of Saginaw, Michigan. Lost over Laos 04Jun1967. I wish to know the status of him please. Was he brought home? What would you like me to do with his bracelet, Which I have had for a great many years? I can not wear it due to my skin turning colors, but it has been with in my sight always.

I can be reached at mastercj59@yahoo.com. That is the best way to respond to me as I will be relocating soon to another state.

Please feel that I have never abandoned him and have always prayed to ALL the Gods and Goddesses for his return. I even remembered him upon the date on the bracelet and said a prayer.

All I know about the Lt.Col. is that he was flying a propeller plane that was highly maneuverable. He took enemy fire from the ground and crashed. I can't help but wonder if he was alone or not.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Russell (CJ) Hunter

Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2009 19:43:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: Julie Mosley <julie_cutie_63@yahoo.com>
Subject: Major Bobby Jones

My name is Melodi Wells and I work as a civilian at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Ms.
I purchased a MIA bracelet many years ago and just ran across it as I was going through some stuff that I had packed away. The bracelet I have has got Major Jones name on it.
I would appreciate any updates on Major Jones and would like the family to know that him and his family are in my prayers.
My email on the base where i work is
Please send any information possible.
Thank you and God Bless!

Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 14:56:32 -0500
From: "Staci Hanner" <shanner@lockwoodint.com>

To the family of Cpl. Thomas A Gopp

I have faithfully wore you beloved family members POW/MIA bracelet since 1975 I see that Thomas’s remains have been Identified and returned and was wondering if you would like to have this bracelet although it is like a part of me  I have never taken it off since the day I received it. It would be an honor to be able to give it to you. If anyone in his family reads this I do know his father is still living in Pennsylvania. You can contact me at hole61@comcast.net.

Anxiously waiting.

Staci Hanner

Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:23:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: bobbie weiss <bobbieweiss@att.net>
Subject: Major Gerald F. Ayers

My Name is Bobbie Weiss, from Monterey, Calif.. I received Major Ayers MIA Braceet in 1972.   I was 16.  My thoughts and prayers have continued my entire life.  I wear my bracelet every year for Memorial weekend.  In 1994 , I contacted  the USAF recruiting office in Oceanside, Calif on the status of Major Ayers.
The USAF sent me a letter saying Major Ayers was killed in his aircraft by accident!! and his family would not be interested in receiving his bracelet.  I want the family to know that I have always honor Major Ayers memory through his bracelet and although mixed emotions about the war!!  My first nursing job was in a V.A. Hospital in Los Angeles I wore Maj. Ayers bracelet everyday. I asked if anyone knew him . I wondered if he was a patient in the system. The letter in 84 finalized my search.  Now  I'm 52  and My boyfriend is 61, a retired Major with USMC, Helicopter pilot. He flew 3 tours in Viet Nam, he now flys for Columbia Helicopter, Most of the pilots are Vets and they encouraged me to keep trying and keep praying that some day I will be able let Maj. Ayers family know I still have and care for his Bracelet. My Love to anyone that reads this,
Bobbie J. Weiss

Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:32:14 -0400
From: "Edson, Vicki" <vicki.edson@coei.org>

I have the bracelet of S/SGT. Donald Newton                    2-26-1966

If there were, any surviving family members and they would like to have his bracelet I would be more than happy to send it to them.


Subject: Capt. Henry Gerald  Mundt  5/8/69
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:00:58 -0400
From: "Henry, Julie" <Julie_Henry@wellsfargois.com>
This is just an open email to all that new him...I did not however. As a then 8 year old I wore his POW bracelet. Being so small then, I had to bend it to get it to say on my wrist. when it broke I taped it together ... I remember after we were all told they would be coming home,  I would sit in front of the TV eating breakfast before school, waiting for him to step off a plane. Wondering if he was hurt, if he had a wife waiting, if he was handsome.  I still think of him almost every day.  So to his family and loved ones GOD bless you and may GOD finally answer your prayers and bring Jerry home.
Julie Henry

Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:45:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: Janet Simpson <jsimpson@emich.edu>
Subject: Love letter for the family of Arthur Ecklund

To the family of Capt. Arthur Ecklund:
Dearest family,
I wore the bracelet of Capt Arthur Ecklund for many years, and then lovingly set it in my "memory box" so that I would always remember him and remember to pray for him and his family.  It is my understanding that he has "come home." 
I wish to return the bracelet to his family.
Please email me at jsimpson@emich.edu

In love,
Janet L. Simpson

From: "Karen Klein" <klk58@roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:01:09 -0400
I have had my bracelet for close to 40 years, when I was 11 and my sister and I got bracelets. Mine bears the name of Christopher Grosse Jr, who has been missing since 3-28-68. I found your website and looked him up, and I see sadly that he was never found after being taken down during an ambush at age 23. I wore my bracelet for years and still have it, I keep it in my jewelry box and I look at it often and think of him. I have prayed for him over the years. If anyone in his family reads this I hope you know that Christopher has been prayed for and thought of often, and if you wanted to contact me, my email is klk58@roadrunner.com
Karen Klein

Reply-To: <shergero@ec.rr.com>
From: "Sharon Bundick"  <sab4596@uncw.edu>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:49:41 -0400

To the Family of Gary H. Fors

I attended the opening ceremonies 6-11-09 of the traveling wall, in Wilmington , North Carolina , where I currently live. I went back and visited tonight 6-13-09, with my husband. I looked up the name of the great American who I was proud to remember in my prayers every night in my youth, as I wore his POW/MIA bracelet. His name, etched in my memory is Capt. Gary Fors, now (LT. Gary Fors).  This bracelet will remain with me until the day that Gary is found, and returned home to America . When that occurs, I will personally come to you, across this vast country of ours and present the bracelet to him or to you, with my humble appreciation for his service to our country.

I was only 13 years old when I first ordered the bracelet by sending away for it through my city’s locale newspaper. No one told me to. I used my own money and sat and stared at the bracelet for many hours by the time I reached high school and then college while growing up in Pennsylvania . My patriotism was becoming etched in every fiber of my being as I imagined what a brave and heroic serviceman he was…and remains to this day.

 We shall always be connected by Gary . Tonight I located his name on the wall, and I put my hand on his name and said a special prayer for him, and then for you his loved ones. I asked God for his return to U.S. soil. The POW/MIA flag waved fiercely, almost right above where his name was located.


Sharon A. Bundick


From: "Linda" <lindylou961@suddenlink.net>
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 06:26:55 -0500
     My name is Linda Cothern, I was born in 1959 and was quite young during the Vietnam War, but was very aware of the losses in and around my neighborhood.  I wore a P.O.W. bracelet for a long while in fact the first one broke in the middle and had it replaced.  I am allergic to metals and wore it even though it kept my wrist broken out.  I was lying in bed and my parents had the news on in the living room and I heard his name announced "Sgt. Alfonso Riate", I believe he was on the second plane, I jumped up and ran in to watch him leave the plane.  It was so exciting and such a relief to see him come home, I was about 13 at the time.  I still have the bracelet and was wondering if there was a way to contact him or his family by email or other means and find out more about him.  I've read some things online that indicate he participated in some activities while captive to try and bring about the end of the war, and was involved in movements for amnesty.  If you could help me in making contact I would be very grateful.  Thank you,
Linda Cothern

From: kristi fornshell <quack@insight.rr.com>
To: info@pownetwork.org
Subject: Elton Lawrence Perrine bracelet
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 22:31:05 -0400

I have my bracelet which I have kept and worn all these years. I am 66 years old, and do not want to be "the end of the line" for it. If any 
of his family would like to have the bracelet, please let me know. Otherwise, I shall keep it for as long as I can. Blessings. Quack@insight.rr.com

From: Kapkar61@aol.com
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 11:17:06 EDT

Good morning,

I hope you had a blessed 4th of July celebration.  My name is Karen Pullar and I recently found your website as I also recently found my POW-MIA braclet from the 70's.  My brac
elet was for Capt. Robert Stubberfield.  I had been praying for him and information for him for years but then, as time and moves would have it, I lost track of it and didn't know where I could find out anything about him. 

Well I was so blessed (even in this computer age!) to find his bio on your website.  I was saddened to learn of his death and what little information there was surrounding it. 

I would like to send/give his name brac
elet to any of his surviving family members that would want to have it.  Do you have any suggestions as to how to facilitate that action?  I know the family doesn't know me from Adam, but thought it might provide yet another bit of comfort to know that others were thinking of and praying for their husband, father, son, etc.

Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide in this matter.

God bless,
Karen Pullar

Subject: To the family of William Michael Copley
Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2009 16:42:18 -0400
From: mmonteton@aol.com
I just wanted you to know that one American still remembers SP4/SSG Copley's service to his country.  I have been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet with his name for the last seventeen years. I am on the third bracelet.  I lost the first one in the snow and the second one broke.  The bracelet will remain on my wrist until he comes back.

Sincerely, Mark Mont-Eton

Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 18:13:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sharon Loy <grandma4eyes@yahoo.com>
I was honored to wear a POW/MIA bracelet for a William E Skivington, Jr and I would like to send a letter to his family. I recently discovered that his remains have returned home. Please supply an address, E-mail address, or an address that can forward the letter I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for your help.

From: a.britschge@att.net
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 02:18:08 +0000
I remember my older sister having a bracelet when we were growing up in the 70s.  Being very young then, I didn't understand what the bracelet meant.  When I got older, I visited the Wall many times.  On one of my visits, I decided to get my own bracelet.  I wanted to get one from NJ since that is where I am from, but I kept pulling out the same bracelet of  solider from Alabama. I thought that it was a sign and I took the bracelet for Capt Scott D Ketchie who has been MIA since 1972, when I was only 5 years old.  I have worn it almost every day for the past 17 years and pray for Scott everyday when I slip the bracelet over my hand.  I made a rubbing of his name on the Wall.  I teach 5th grade and read my students the picture book, The Wall, every year for Veteran's Day or Memorial Day.  I show the children the rubbing I made of Scott's name and my bracelet.  
I just wanted Scott's family to know that he is not forgotten.  He is in my prayers every day.
Annie Britschge
Trenton, NJ


From: omest@att.net
Subject: Maj.Laurent L. Gourley
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 01:45:27 +0000
To the family,
I for many years have had Major Gourley's POW/MIA bracelet.
I am headed to D.C. soon and wanted the family to have it before I leave it for him at the Wall.
I know it has been a long time since his being shot down.
But as someone who had grown up in that era and understading all the different thoughts at that time all I can do is say I am sorry and thank you for his serving his country and being a hero.
Thank You,
Ozzie Mest
Douglassville, Pa. 19518

From: Reverend25@aol.com
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:40:15 EDT
Subject:  Capt. Dean Paul St. Pierre, USAF, 5-22-68

To the Family of Capt. St. Pierre:

Today I found this website & learned for the first time that Dean did not return from Vietnam &, if I read the entry correctly, he's considered MIA.  My heart goes out to you in your continued loss.

I wore Dean's bracelet & then kept it safely tucked away in my "Memories" box.  It has been there with items I treasure from important events, etc., in my life.  The bracelet is sitting right in front of me as I write this.  If you would like to write & tell me something about Dean, I would be honored to know more about your American Hero.

My father was a POW in Germany during W.W.II, & came home after the war ended.  It was always my prayer that your precious Dean would, likewise, be found & returned to his family.  I'm so sorry that this was not to be.  Please know that my prayers continue to be with you, with the hope that someday you will learn more about his last days. 

May God's Abiding Presence be your comfort & strength.


Ruth Dunn Widmann

Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 12:44:02 -0700
Subject: Looking for son of POW
From: Jody <jodydav@gmail.com>

I am trying to locate Todd Hanson, son of POW Stephen P Hanson.  Or any other family member.  I have the POW bracelet and would like to give it to a family member.  The bracelet was worn by John Wayne for a time.
Thank you for any information you can give me
Jody Peggy Davis

From: Kevin Kilpatrick <kkil004@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 11:28:20 -0700

On August 3, 2009; upon hearing the discovery of the grave of Captain Michael Scott Speicher (USN), I removed the only POW bracelet I've ever worn.  On August 5, 2009, I packaged and sent the bracelet to the City of Jacksonville in order that it may be buried with Speicher's remains.  It has been my honor and privilege to wear Captain Speicher's bracelet and to tell others his story when they ask what's on my wrist.

As a former soldier, I find it unconscionable that our government is not doing "whatever it takes" to bring our fighting men home.  Even today, WWII soldiers listed as MIA are still strewn across the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevadas.  There is NO current recovery mission for any of these men... even though they are on American soil.  We cannot give up hope that one day, all our fallen comrades will be returned home.

KP Kilpatrick
Seattle, WA

Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 12:05:18 -0400
From: "Wendy A. Parker" <ParkerWA@MANSFIELDCT.ORG>

I want to thank you for your efforts.  Because of your website, I was able to research the person whose name is on the bracelet I have been wearing for about 15+ years.  I am wondering if there is any way to contact the family of this person?  Be it through you or directly, I would like to tell them that I still wear the bracelet but if they would like it back I would gladly mail it to them and purchase another.

Info = Luther A. Lono, Lieutenant Colonel USMC, 9-29-69, Laos .  He was from Washington State but (from your website) appears to have family in Hawaii

Anything you can do is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


Wendy A. Parker

Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:51:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: VICKI HARTWICK <v.hartwick@sbcglobal.net>

To the family of Maj. Gregg Hartness:
My name is Vicki Hartwick.  I live in Geronimo, Texas and have had Maj. Hartness's band of metal since the early 70's.  The original band broke in half many years ago and I finally had another one made.  I have worn it for many years.  I just recently came across an article in this network that said his remains had been returned in 2005.  If this is true, I would love to return the bracelet to his family, or I would be glad to place it at a memorial close to my home.  For many years I watched and waited through my local VFW to see if he had made it home. 
Please accept my sincere prayers for you.  I have been proud to wear his band of metal.
Vicki S. Hartwick


Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 844 in NE El Paso, TX honors a service member officially listed as POW/MIA by name at the start of each monthly meeting.  Immediately following the Pledge of Allegiance, the selected service member is honored by the reading of his name, unit and available information.  The chapter the observes a moment of silence, renders a hand salute and then hears a prayer rendered by the chapter's Chaplin.

Honored POW/MIA for the month of:    August 2009

Name:  Acalotto, Robert Joseph

Rank/Branch:  E-4 - US Army

Unit:  48th AVN CO, 1st AVN BDE

DOB:  30 Jan 1951

Home of Record:  Greensburg, PA

Date of Loss:  20 Feb 1971

Remarks:  As a member of a helicopter crew.  Hit by hostile fire that crashed.  No contact with the crew was ever established after the crash.

Family members of a POW/MIA wanting their service members name included in Chapter 844's monthly remembrance are encouraged to contact J R Dawson, 10064 Kirwood St., El Paso, TX 79924 (915-751-2535), or e-mail to Kirwood@sbcglobal.net.  Please include the information you desire Chapter 844 to present during the POW/MIA remembrance.

Vietnam Veterans are encouraged to attend our monthly meeting / join our ranks.  Meetings are held at the 82nd Airborne Hall, 2608 Ft. Blvd., El Paso, TX 79930, at 1100 hours on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:46:32 -0400
From: "Ren Decatur" <RDecatur@abtech.edu>
Subject: Lovelletter for Pogreba family

Some years ago (1985?), I contributed to receive a MIA bracelet.  The one I received is for Col. Dean A. Pogreba, USAF, lost over North Viet Nam 5 Oct. 1965, and listing his home state as Montana (family since moved, I believe, CO).  Anyway, if a family member would like to have this bracelet, I would gladly relinquish it to them and send it via USPS mail to the address they provide.
I understand from my research that there is still some controversy regarding Col. Pogreba's status, and perhaps this bracelet would hold some special meaning for a family member.  I can be reached at either 828/712-4428 or at rdecatur@abtech.edu for further contact.
Ren Decatur
Dept. of English
Asheville, NC

From: "Kay East" <kayeast@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:57:53 -0700

Hello family/friends of Capt. Thomas B. Mitchell USAF/MIA 5-22-68,
I was 21 in 1968 and my fiancée was in the USMC in Vietnam.  He came home safely later that year, thank God, though injured.
During his absence, I sent for an MIA/POW bracelet through our "Waiting Wives/Fiancées" local chapter in Houston, TX.  I received one with Capt. Mitchell's name engraved and wore it for years, through numerous moves and finally ended up in Calif with it still in my possession.
Although I haven't worn it in years, last night at a family get together, the subject of the bracelets came up and several of us from that period who bought them were trying to remember who's names they had and whether or not they still had the bracelets.
I was the only one who knew my MIA/POW's name and the location of my bracelet.  As soon as I got home, I took it out of my jewelry box and began wearing it again.  I found his bio on this wonderful website and have sent it to my relatives.  I will continue to wear the bracelet, unless one of his family members would like to have it or when I pass, I will leave instructions to have it sent home to you, if I have a contact name.
You can contact me at:  kayeast@verizon.net
My prayers are still with Capt. Mitchell's surviving family where ever you are and it would be good to hear from one of you.
Don’t tell God how big your storm is; tell the storm how big your God is!  

From: "Joycem07@hotmail.com" <joycem07@hotmail.com>
Subject: Sgt Bobby Harris 3/17/71
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:41:34 -0500
I have just recently read the biography of Sgt Harris and discovered his remains have been returned to his sister and brother in Oaklahoma. 
I have been wearing Bobbys bracelet since about 1973. I acquired it in  Camp Zama Japan where my sisters and I helped sell them for my father 
who was active in the American Legion on base. I continue to wear  Bobby's bracelet to this day. Having read the bio I wonder in Bobbys 
sister Charolett would like to have it. I was hoping for assistance in  making contact with her.
Joyce Maloney

From: "Diane" <theump@comcast.net>
Subject:  Captain Robert M Young, Captain O-3 U.S. Army, MIA 05-02-70
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 12:09:14 -0700

To the family of Captain Robert M. Young:
My late husband, Ric, wore the bracelet with Captain Young's name and MIA date.
I feel this bracelet does not belong to me.  Ric would have wanted to return it to Captain Young's family.  He was passionate
about military life and a great supporter of the men and women who served our country in the Vietnam War.
Please respond to me at: theump@comcast .net with your address or, if you prefer, an address within the military that will respond with the greatest of respect not just with receiving the bracelet but also in returning the bracelet to your family.
With the greatest respect for our brave soldiers of the Vietnam War,
D K 

Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 17:31:10 -0500
From: "Deborah Kolacny" <Deborah.Kolacny@house.state.tx.us>











From: "Mary Scott" <mxfield@hughes.net>
Subject: Lt John F Conlon III
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:26:39 -0400

Dear POW Network,
After several years of forgetting about it, I found a POW bracelet in my jewelry drawer from the Vietnam War.  Much to my surprise, I found on the internet that my flyer's remains had been found in 2006 and returned to Arlington National Cemetery for burial.  I also found that he has a sister, Claire Conlon Evans, in Dallas, PA. 
There was an email address in the final salute in Lt. Conlon's page, but the email has bounced.  There is also no record of a Claire Evans in telephone information for Dallas, PA.
I would like to send the bracelet to Mrs. Conlon if she would like to have it.  Do you have a contact or an address for her?  Or could you contact her on my behalf and give her my contact information?
I would appreciate any help or direction that you could give me.
Thank you,
Mary Scott Christfield
Pisgah Forest, NC  

From: "Wayne" <grampsof40@earthlink.net>
Subject: returning of Bracelet to families
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:38:27 -0700
I have a Bracelet that I have been wearing for years I found out the brother has been confirmed and brought home.
I would like to make sure the family gets his bracelet.  He is SSG WALTER FERGUSON.  I know it has been a long time
I just kept putting his bracelet on like a shirt.  I would not feel properly dressed without it, like something is missing.
As it turns out when I looked at your site his name is on your list. Therefore I would like to return his bracelet to the family with my love and respect for one of my Brothers of War, Brothers for eternity.
 Thank You
Wayne McVeigh
562 802 7245  1866 739 0824

Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 21:12:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: Michele Myler <michelemyler@yahoo.com>
Subject: Information on Jose A. Graniela Jr.

To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Michele Myler (formerly Graniela) and my uncle is/was PFC Jose A. Graniela Jr.  I have visited your website and read through his bio.  The information on there is basically the information that was given to me by my father.  The reason I am writing is because for so many years since my uncle was declared KIA/BNR my father has been searching for answers and/or possessions of my uncle.  He was told by the army what happened or what they think happened to my uncle, but he never received any of his possessions and was never able to contact anyone that knew of my uncle or possibly fought with him.  This has put a huge void into my father's heart.  Since time has passed my father has started to lose hope, which is completely understandable.  However, I was hoping to pick up the slack for him and find something that he could hold onto and close the wound that was left so many years ago.  I don't know if there is anything your organization can do, my father seems to think he has exhausted every avenue.  But, if there is anything that you could tell me or anyone that you could put me in contact with I would really appreciate it.  I commend you for the beautiful website you have created in memory of all the fallen and/or missing soldier's and may God bless you!
Michele Myler

Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 01:30:19 -0400
From: purpleladdie69@netscape.net

I just found your site and learned that Martin has never been found and I am deeply saddened.  I have had his bracelet since 1968 when I was 14.  I wore it until 1975 and it has been in my jewelry box since then.  I moved from Massachusetts to California 30 years ago and now am about to move to Virginia to be with my oldest daughter while my son-in-law goes back to Iraq .  While visiting them in July, we went to DC, and my daughter instinctively knew I wanted to go to the Wall.  When I found Martin’s name, I cried for the terrible loss his family must still feel even after all these years.  I think of Martin often, and hope his family knows that he has not been forgotten.  There is not much info on Martin, but he came from Illinois .  If anyone in his family reads this and would be willing to write me, I can be reached at purpleladdie69@netscape.net.
Thank you, Martin, for your sacrifice to our country.  I will always remember you and pray for your remains to come home to rest.
Sue Cook

From: Prit1@aol.com
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2009 20:41:36 EDT
My name is Sharron and as a young college student in 1972 I purchased and wore the bracelet of LCDR FREDERICK  L. HOLMES Dec. 30,1971.   I wore the bracelet for many years, and only today have found it once again.  After researching the federal data base for information and going to this site for more information, I see that he is still listed as "not recovered".  This saddens me greatly.
I read the accounts of what happened the day his fighter went down. 
If any family members read this, I would love to correspond.  If you would like the bracelet returned, I will be happy to return ONLY TO HIS FAMILY.
my email is:  prit1@aol.com
Sharron Pritchett

From: rem48long@aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 08:26:36 EDT

Hi, my name is Cindy Fetzer.  I just wanted to let the family of Lt. Col Ivan Appleby know that I wore his bracelet as a young girl. I wore it until it broke in half. I'm 51 years old now. I never forgot his name, and recently saw a program about Vietnam POWs.  I went online and found his name, and wanted to say God Bless your family!      Sincerely Cindy

From: "Jeff Bowers" <jsbowers66@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 20:46:46 -0700
My name Is Jeff, I've had a bracelet for Darryl Gordon Winters, USAF for several years. Unfortunately from what I hear he is listed as still missing. I don't know a lot about him other than that his home was San Francisco, CA and is listed as still missing since the date of my birth. I am also veteran in the Air Force serving during Desert Storm. I would like to return the bracelet to the family if possible. I wore it nonstop for several years, the name is almost worn off.
contact me at jsbowers2001@yahoo.com
Jeff Bowers

Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:25:36 +0100 (IST)
From: Mark Steffen <bomark@eircom.net>
To the family of Major Merrill R Lewis Jr.,
    Our names are Mark and Bonny Steffen.  We write this e-mail to let you know that we bought a P.O.W./M.I.A. bracelet in the early 70's and one of us has worn it constantly since.  We are sorry that we haven't checked for the Vietnam war memorial site before, but we have lived out of the U.S. for quite a number of years and have just discovered the information regarding Major Lewis.  We now live in France and if and when a family member contacts us, we will continue to wear the bracelet and think of the Major and his family.  At that time, if someone wants to have this bracelet, we will send it on to them.  All of our best thoughts, wishes to you, Mark and Bonny Steffen

From: "Teresa Floyd" <stwbfloyd@ubtanet.com>
Subject: Richard Howard Dallas
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 14:45:04 -0600

I just got my bracelet from my friend and I am so proud to have it and wear it in memory of Richard. I have read about him and have great remorse for his families for the loss they have suffer for all these years.  I vow to keep the bracelet on for your family Richard.  Thank you again for this honor.

Teresa Floyd




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