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

Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 21:34:05 EST
From: MyPetSnakes@aol.com

To the family of William Michael Wogan
I have just adopted your son through OJC. He was the first POW/MIA that I have adopted. He was listed as missing on my birthday which is February 16. Maybe that is a sign that he is still someplace out there. We need to do whatever is necessary to try to find him. Please let me hear from you to let
me know what I can do to help.

Don't give up hope yet. You now have a new friend to help. Maybe my birthday is a good sign.

                                              My email address is MyPetSnakes@aol.com

Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 13:34:22 EST
From: FSEnterpr@aol.com

Since the early 1970s I have owned and cherished a POW bracelet for Jonathan B Bednarek. Over the years I have wondered where he was. desperately hoping he was safe and that he was ultimately able to return home to his family. I went to The Wall in Washington several years ago but did not learn much.

When I came across this website I was finally able to learn a bit about him. It deeply saddens me that he did not survive. I assume that most people trying to locate a family do so to return the bracelet. My request is different. Although I would be willing to return it if the family wants it, I was hoping the family could provide me with a little something - perhaps a photo and maybe tell me  a little something about the man he was. I never knew him, but I miss him. If a close friend of Jonathan or a family member is reading this, please contact me at fsenterpr@aol.com. Thank you so much and God Bless You!

Susan White

Subject: Thomas Dean Clem
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 18:58:16 -0800 (PST)
From: KittyKapers <darrju@yahoo.com>

I have just adopted Thomas Dean Clem from Operation Just Cause. He is from New Paris, IN and I would like to find out more about Thomas. If any of his family members see this, please contact me through my email. My prayers and thoughts are with you always.

Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 20:08:47 -0900
From: "Carolyn Knowles" <carolyn@gci.net>

To the family of Robert Stirm listed as missing October 27, 1967.  I have had Robert's MIA bracelet since between 1967 and 1970.  If you are interested in having it for your family please contact me.

Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 20:20:42 -0800
From: Billy T Gray <bt10397@marlboroelectric.net>

My name is Cathy Pate.  I am writing to let the family members of Capt. Robert Kuhlman, Jr.  that I have been wearing my POW/MIA bracelet with his name on it since Jan of 1970.  I was given the bracelet by my dad who was Special Forces.  I do not take the bracelet off.  It is part of me.  I thought when I was young that as long as I had the bracelet on the Capt. would be safe. I have given many talks to school kids on Memorial Day about this bracelet and what it means to me.  It is my attempt to keep them from taking for granted the sacrifices made for their freedoms.  It is my attempt to keep them for taking for granted their freedoms in this great country we live in.  Lately though I have been wondering if it is time for me to let my Capt. go.  I wonder if it is time for me to take my bracelet off.  I would like the family to know that I have been a part of their sorrow.  I want the family to know that my prayers continue to be with them.  I would be honored if they would accept half of the bracelet should I decide to break the....ties.

Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 12:59:39 -0500
From: "Kenneth M Burton" <kburton@tiusa.net>

To the Family of PAUL L FOSTER,  I  knew Paul  at NKP.  I would like to make contact with a family member or friend of the family that can help me make contact.  Thank you.  Kenneth M Burton   PO Bx 372 Stanton, KY 40380
Phone number with email.

Subject: I have his braclet if you want it, Rangers lead the way
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 21:55:12 -0800
From: "reed leisinger" <ranger1@BOSSIG.COM>

Hello, my name is Reed P Leisinger and I have been wearing SSG James A. Champions bracelet for the past two years. I was given the bracelet by my fiancée who along with her sister, mother, and father all wear them as well. I
spent a career in the U.S. Rangers and did not know that I had a tie with sergeant Champion other than we were both in a very large army. I often wandered what sergeant  Champion did but never really had access to a computer. Them one day I was reading a book about long range recon ranger from the 101st airmobile division and specifically the Lima company rangers. Then I was compelled to find the people who new this great warrior. I will always wear this bracelet until which day someone from his family writes and either tells me otherwise or would like me to send it to them. 

Subject: James E. Hamm
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 01:52:16 -0600
From: hbwelch@swbell.net

   A coworker recently gave me a bracelet for James Hamm who was 1st Lt. USAF at the time of his disappearance on 3/14/68.  I had never heard of wearing these bracelets before and feel honored to be included.

   My father served in WWII as a 2nd Lt. and remained in the Army Reserves until he retired as a full Colonel.  My fondest and proudest memories of him are associated with his military service.

   In honor of all those who have served and fought for our country, I wear this bracelet representing James Hamm and pray for his safe return. It is a small gesture I do in thanks for the great sacrifices of
soldiers and their families.

   I would love to know more about James Hamm; but, it is enough to know he bravely served his country.
     Billie Welch

Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2001 09:59:18 EST
From:  beckie8462@aol.com

Since the early 1970's when my father was stationed at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, I was privileged to be issued a bracelet bearing the name of Jerry Glen Bridges.  I have researched his name in several places, trying to
find out just a little more of the kind of man he is.  He has held a very special place in my heart for these 30 years and I want his family to know that when I have gone to the Memorial Wall, in Washington, D.C.  that I know right where to go Panel 40W/ Row6.  I've always wanted to know a little more about you Jerry.  What your favorites were.  What you looked like?  What were your dreams?  If you are out there, or your family is out there, please send me a little something about him so that I can put a face to his name.

Thank you Jerry for allowing me the privilege of having your name in my heart and on my wrist, for the past 30 years.  Your dedication to your country (our country) has been an unending reminder to me of the patriotism
that our land shares.  Those days that I stood on the TARMAC of Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, as a 10 year old, hoping that you would walk down those steps off the airplane, I will never forget.  Even tho you did not walk
off those planes, you were there in spirit and in mind, as your fellow servicemen did.  May God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand.

Thank you for being a part of my life.


Subject: loveletters
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 20:48:03 EST
From: CGeorgygirl@aol.com

To any family and friends of LT. (now Major) John Conlon III, MIA since 3-4-66.  My name is carolyn george and I have Major Conlon's bracelet which I bought when I was in high school, I am now in my 40's.  I would very much
like to hear from any one who knew this brave soul.  My brother was in the VN war/conflict/hell and I was only in grade school then, too young to even comprehend that he might not come back.  He did and I still thank God for
that.  Please let me hear from you if you knew or are related to this hero.

I will continue to wear his bracelet and pray that our paths may cross.

sincerely, carolyn george

Subject: Loveletters
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 01:22:22 EST
From: Sassylm@aol.com

To the family of Pfc Lynn Blessing...
My son recently sent me this POW/MIA site.  I looked and found your family member, Lynn Blessing, and saw that his remains were buried last June.  I have had a bracelet with his name on it for many years.....and have always held out hope and prayed for his return.  I know we all were praying for him to come home alive, but I know that you must feel a tremendous sense of closure, even tho it was not the way we had hoped for.  The bracelet has always been on my wrist, or near me on my nightstand.  I do not know what Lynn looked like, but when I have closed my eyes and pictured him, I would always see a broad smile and tender eyes.  I was born in 1947, so I was deeply
involved in the Viet Nam war era, being in my late teens and twenties while it was going on.  I always displayed my POW/MIA Flag, and stickers.  To this day, I have never been without a decal on my car, and never will.  My
prayers are with you.  I just wanted you to know that someone carried a bracelet with Lynn's name on it for a long time, always hoping, and always praying. 

If you would like me to return the bracelet, please let me know, and I will do so. God Bless you, and God Bless Lynn.... he will never be forgotten in my heart.

Sincerely,  Linda Martin     sassylm@aol.com

Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 22:40:16 -0800
From: "stevens" <kcir114112@cmaaccess.com>

I have been wearing the bracelet of Captain Douglas Craig Condit since 1967; he was shot down on my birthday (11-26) of this particular year.  I was born 11-26-42.  I have used Operation Omega to search for his family.  On November 26 - quite by coincidence - again on my birthday, in 1991 - all they had was that his family was in Oregon; he was in the air force, and they said his plane was an A6.  Thanks to your web-page, you've put the final (but sad) information on this search.  You indicate that his remains (he died from his wounds according to one posting) were finally identified in 1993.  I believe it's time for me to put this bracelet with the items from my father - a WWII veteran - died in 1993 from cancer.  I'm so pleased you've placed this wonderful web-site for the many who can read, learn, and realize our finest 'heroes'.. greater than any celebrity on 'stage, screen, or t.v.' is the person who has given his time - her time - her/his service .. maybe even his/her life, to keep this country a free land. 

In 1968 a young man named Larry Gallagher - 18 years old; left Pulaski, New York - into the Navy ..a wonderful family.  Two weeks after he went to Viet Nam he was flown back in a casket.  I never got over this - such a wonderful delightful person he was.  Once, while eating a hamburger with him - one that was stacked high; juice and messy, and I was having such trouble, Larry simply said:  "Just put that burger under your arm-pit, give it one good
'whack' - and it'll smash it flat........"   Then he laughed...and said, "......of course you'll have pickles and mayonnaise running down your underarm and into your belly-button......."  WE LAUGHED AND LAUGHED ON THAT ONE.  Bright blue eyes; happy nature - his parents were friends of mine (I bowled on their team), and then -- Larry was gone!

Moments like these - we don't know what to say to the family.  So - I made my commitment years ago - in the name of Larry, I would do what I could to help.  I had told Larry about my bracelet - at that time it had only been 6 months.  November 26, 1967 - I was bowling on the team that had Larry's parents on it.  May - 1968 - Larry graduated from Pulaski Academy and Central High School, Pulaski, New York.  Enlisted and before we relocated to
Michigan in August of 1968, Larry had been returned and buried.  Now you can understand the impact.. and why I searched for so long.

Because people like you and others have continued in your diligence, as of this writing today - 1:42 p.m. - January 28, 2001, I have found Major Douglas Craig Condit - and his birthday would be soon - February 5, 1942. AND IF YOU WOULD MAKE CERTAIN (IF YOU CAN) THAT A BIRTHDAY WISH IS SENT TO HIS FAMILY. . .

I'll look forward to hearing from you and any additional information you can provide because it would be so wonderful to have a BIRTHDAY GREETING arrive on the day that is Major Condit's birthday.  If not this year, then next year - or even belated...but that's my current goal, so if you can help me with it - I'd appreciate it.

Now I'll close my e-mail..many thanks for the final chapter - in memory of CAPTAIN/MAJOR DOUGLAS CRAIG CONDIT, 10:40 p.m. - January 27, 2001.

Thank you.
Diane Rambow Stirling-Stevens, wife of Retired Major Richard W. Stevens, 20
years - Marine - recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Subject: Lance Corporal Richard Fischer
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 19:36:06 -0500
From: "Jerry & Kathy Titus" <jktitus@netzero.net>

I wore a bracelet bearing the name: Lance Corporal Richard Fischer. I've wondered all these years what may have become of him and have just now found the information in the biography section. Can you tell me any more about him/his family. I would like to write to his parents if possible. Please supply me with whatever information you can. Thanks so much.


Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 10:33:35 EST
From: My93dodge@aol.com

I did not know, Michael L. Batt, reported missing March 16 1969 in South Vietnam.  I was only three years old at that time. About 5-6 years ago I placed any  order for a POW bracelet and I learned about Mr. Batt. I have worn the  bracelet proudly for the entire time. I sincerely hope and pray for his safe return and wish his family can be at peace until such time he is returned safely to his family.

Am I always thankful for the sacrifice our Veterans have done for us, GOD bless you all..... Kevin 

E-Mail: My93dodge@aol.com

Subject: Dennis W. Hammond
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 18:44:16 -0500 (EST)
From: slingboy@webtv.net

To the friends and family of Dennis. I have been wearing a sliver bracelet with his name on it since September of 89'. It has only been taken off a couple of times since I have had it. Even though I never had the honor of knowing him, I keep him close to my heart. If you or anyone
else has any information on him, his friends or his family, pleasecontact me at folsomblues@webtv.net Thank you.
Dave J.

Before I head out for most of February, I've been sorting the many poems I've written (some published in various magazines, and newspapers.. as well as company newsletters, etc.)
and I ran across this one
dedicated to David Boseh, 22 years (May 2, 1995)
a victim of 'war'...with partial arm, worked at Taco Bell - did a great job!

Born 2/5/42...shot down in Viet Nam, 11/26/67; remains found and interred on July 24, 1993.

This is not a sublime occasion
dying - trying
this is 'another' war
and the angel
disabled - brings out
the best in us
Compassion - it's a fashion passion
one arm - and if we were not stirred
by our own comfort - our talent - our delight
would we notice this handicapped
person - so happy
seemingly in his plight
With our awareness of our brief time
my rhyme reminds me of those who've spent
a moment and did NOT walk - did NOT fully
some could not talk - so they could not balk
they could not say no
to any salesperson's spiel
or turn down a venture capitalist's deal
They could not hold the candle to...nor a simple
fork at any meal
When their hands were not tied, but missing...
and deaf to all - this laughter
or sometimes 'hissing'
They - these angels - bring out that 'angel in us'
the good - and we bid the evil pass
In this - oh I plead my conscience
Do not compare it with any Calvin Klein or Bill it with another called
Blass or class!
Just pass a bill and not the buck - a law; any law - many laws -
many as it takes to choose
peace so others can count their fingers - rely and keep
upon their toes
Better to count our many friends on many fingers than to lose
our lives - and limbs
to our raging foes!
(c) by Diane Rambow-Stirling - 9:52 pm - PCT - May 2, 1995.
It was later published in the local newspaper on Memorial Day.
I'm sending it in memory of MAJOR DOUGLAS C. CONDIT
Born 2/5/42...shot down in Viet Nam, 11/26/67; remains found and interred on July 24, 1993.
AND MANY THANKS TO CHUCK AND MARY SCHANTAG, who made the web-page that posted the information.
I'm sure they'd appreciate you visiting this site.
or writing them at INFO@POWNETWORK.ORG

Subject: To the family of Joseph E. Bower
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 23:10:39 -0800
From: "Tut" <leftfield34@yahoo.com>

To the family of Joseph E. Bower,
My name is Bev Truffelli.  I am a SSgt in the United States Air Force and I am stationed at Nellis AFB, NV.  I recently adopted USAF Major Joseph E. Bower.  I am a F-15 crew chief.  My pledge to myself back in 1989 after I
completed my training, was to make sure my pilot (whoever flew my jet) would safely return back to base and fly again.  I still live by that pledge to this day.  But, today, I pledge to you, that I will do everything I can do to bring Joseph Bower back home to you!!  Being a Vet and having been stationed all over the world, I know what it is like to want to be home and I know that he would want to be home, too.  The only information I received is that he was shot down over North Vietnam on 3 Aug 1965 and his last known duty assignment was with the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.  His home of record is Ely, Nevada.  Please feel free to contact me.  I would appreciated any information you can give to me.  My prayers are with you and Joseph.


Subject: CDR Roy Howard Bowling
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2001 19:44:09 -0800
From: johnson family <jcrew@directcon.net>

While going through my memory box I found my bracelet  that I wore for many years. Tonight my youngest son and I have been searching the web to find out information about CDR Roy Howard Bowling. I was sadden to see
that he didn't make it home.

We would love to find out who he was, maybe a picture, etc. I cherish the bracelet that I wore in remembrance of him. Please contact me at
Dianne Johnson of Placerville, CA

Subject: Contact Info MIAs Wm Ostermeyer or L Bogard Refno 1856
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 09:02:25 -0600

POW/MIA Family member Elmer Getz is seeking to find and compare information with the families of:
Lonnie P. Bogard and William H. Ostermeyer, both US Air Force, missing in Laos 5/12/72. Refno  1856
L. Bogard's home of record is listed as Mataire, LA. W. Ostermeyer's home of record is Orlando, FL.

Email address for Mr. Getz is getz@san.rr.com
USAF CPT Robert Beutel, Refno 1781,Tremont, IL, missing in Laos 11/26/71, is his nephew.
Thanks for your assistance!

Subject: Lt. Daniel G. Dawson
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 08:48:18 -0500
From: "Bullard/Clarke" <tanda@willex.com>

Dear POW Network,

I am an author of nine published books conducting research into an incident in the Vietnam War. I would like to contact any family member of Lt Daniel G. Dawson who was MIA in South Vietnam on  November 6, 1964. I am trying to contact his brother Donald Dawson who went to Vietnam to search for his brother's remains, and I believe that Daniel Dawson's family members might know his whereabouts.

Can you offer any suggestions on how I can reach any members of the Dawson family? Daniel Dawson's wife was named Arlene and he had several children, Lori, Cindy  and Steve. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thurston Clarke
406 Point Road
Willsboro, NY 12996
518 963-7403

Subject: S/SGT.Charles King 12-25-68 bracelet
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 17:43:30 EST
From: BlairL9009@aol.com

I've had a war bracelet since I was 13 in 1973.  I have never found out about this person on the bracelet. On the Bracelet Reads S/SGT. Charles King 12-25-68. I am 42 now and all these years this person has been a part of my
life of wonder. I hope I am contacting the right people. If so I would like to return this to them. I am not sure if the Vietnam War Vet is alive or passed on. The day I purchased this bracelet at school, this person I don't know, have never met or seen has been with me in my heart for years. I wish I could locate this person, or if he is deceased, locate his family.  Please help me.

Thank you

Lesa K.

Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 01:30:26 EST
From: RTNC1VP@aol.com

My name is Tom Stanley.  I was a roommate and friend of Cpt Frederick Krupa who was listed as MIA on 4-27-71.  In addition to being his friend, I was on the initial board that declared him as MIA.  And, as his roommate, I was
responsible for inventorying his personal belongings to ship them home. I retired from the military in 1991 and have since become very active in POW/MIA issues. I regret my reluctance in not contacting you before but I have had to deal with my closet full of horrors until now. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I will also be writing a letter to you through the POW Network in hopes that you will receive it. Thank you. My e-mail address
is USSFRetired@AOL.COM

Subject: Pow/Mia bracelet return
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 10:27:48 -0500
From: "Bryce Timberlake" <bbt@gcsi.com>

To Whom it may concern,

I have been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet since 1985 and have just found out that his remains have been returned.  I would like to return my bracelet to a member of his family along w/ a letter of thanks from my family for his
sacrifice.  How would I go about getting information to do that? 

Capt. (Maj) Thomas Ray Allen, USAF
Lost: 31 July 1967, NVN
Home city:  Woodward, OK
Remains returned: 11/03/97

Thank you and God Bless you for your continued efforts to keep us reminded of the ultimate sacrifice these men and their families gave so that we can be free. 

Bryce B. Timberlake
28 Fosters Circle
Shenandoah Junction, WV  25442

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 10:43:56 EST
From: Floggfkc@aol.com

My name is Florence McCallister and I have kept the bracket that I bought in the late 60's early 70's with SP4 William Michael Copley's name.  He has been in my heart, thoughts and prayers all these years.  I went to the Wall with my youngest daughter a few years ago hoping that I did not see his name and that he came home.  He did not return.  It was one of the saddest days when I saw his name.  My heart hurts just realizing that he has never been
returned.  If any family member would like the original bracelet, please just let me know.  Otherwise, I will keep it along with all my other personal things. He will always be in my heart.  THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO SERVED. 


Florence McCallister  - floggfkc@aol.com

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 18:47:18 -0600
From: "Bert Moore" <lsm50@bellsouth.net>

FROM lsm50@bellsouth.net

Dear Family,

Thirty years ago or more, I was given a POW bracelet bearing Col. Donald G. Cook's name and date of incident.  I wore this bracelet for many years, rarely removing it.  However, I managed to misplace it some years ago and
anguished over how to get it replaced - this was pre internet and I never knew where to turn.. Just this morning I found the bracelet quite by accident while searching for something else, none the worse for being lost for ten years.

Finding the bracelet again made me wonder if I could find anything on the internet regarding Col. Cook.  I found this Web Site and discovered what a brave and courageous man he was.  Such an inspiration to other POW's, his story needs to be told over and over again, year in and year out.  So many of our schools seem to be teaching situational ethics these days.  It is good to know that at least one American knew his duty and honored his bond and oath, even when it meant torture and ultimately death.

I am honored to have Col. Cook's bracelet and will once again wear it proudly until he comes home at last.
However, if any of the family wishes to have the bracelet, I will gladly send it to you and order another.

Thank you and God Bless,

Linda Moore
Hohenwald, TN.

Subject: Dennis Pugh
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001 14:49:39 EST
From: DAlex96@aol.com

Since the early 1970's I  have had the bracelet of Dennis Pugh.  I have been searching for along time for anything on Dennis and his family. Fortunately I  just found some wonderful tributes to him last night. I went to the Memorial
in New Mexico while I was there on vacation about a year ago but wasn't able to find anything as time was limited.

I'm hoping that his family will read this and will contact me.  I have thought of him often and his family as well. I can't imagine what it like to have to deal in a situation like this.  I'd like them to know my thoughts and prayers are with them.

Debbie  Dalex96@aol.com

Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 14:59:27 -0800
From: "Debbie Gunn" <bustemup@earthlink.net>

To the Family of  Frank C. Green, Jr.:
    I grew up in the 70's and wore a POW/MIA bracelet for many years.  When I discovered that the owner of the bracelet was no longer with us, I passed the bracelet down to his family.
    I am now in possession of Frank Green Jr.'s bracelet and I want to do the right thing.  If you would like me to continue wearing it and praying for his safe return, I will be more than happy to do that.  However, if there is someone in the family that would like to have the bracelet as a reminder, I would be more than happy to send it to them also.
    I have been very proud to wear it and to pray for him.  Please contact me with your wishes.  Also.....does anyone have a picture of Frank?  I would be honored to see what a true hero looks like.


Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 22:45:35 -0500 (EST)
From: HOLYCOWBEEFETTA@webtv.net (Krystal Monroe)

This is to the family of Spec.5 Wade Groth. I just want you to know through all these years your loved one has been thought of often and I have prayed for him all these years. It is funny the bond that is formed from seeing his name on a bracelet and know that he was there fighting for all of us. My parents got me this bracelet when I was 10 and I have kept it in a special place all these years. My son ran across it tonight and I thought I would check our the computer and see if I could find anything out about Wade Groth. I am glad to get the chance to let you know that your loved one is in my thoughts often.


Subject: Major John F. Conlon III, Maj. Robert C. Davis, Col. Paul G. Underwood
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 23:59:09 -0800
From: "rsdavis" <rsdavis@citlink.net>

My mother and I discovered this sight this evening and were completely amazed by the amount of information we have found on our POW/MIA bracelets. We have each worn them a long time but were never really able to discover
anything about them.. My mothers braceletls RCD, and PGU are now KIA bracelets while mine is still MIA.. I am pleased to see that I am not the only one still wearing Major John F. Conlon III's bracelet.. I have discussed with my mother what she will do with her bracelets now that she has found out that her heros have been returned home. .She responded that she will still keep them with her where they belong.

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 19:14:58 -0500 (EST)
From: richellemc@webtv.net (Richelle)

To the family and friends of Wade Lawrence Groth, I have adopted Wade through Operation Just Cause.  It pains me to to know that Wade was possibly seen on a work crew in 1979 and that no further information is available of his whereabouts.  I am deeply committed to doing a web site honoring Wade and his service.  Please contact me if you have any details or photos of Wade that I can post to more personalize his memorial.  My thoughts are with you.  Please e-mail me at richellemc@webtv.net.

Subject: POW M/Sgt Edward Milton Parsley
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 22:19:20 -0700
From: short802 <short802@gateway.net>

To the Family of M/Sgt Edward Milton Parsley,

I have the POW bracelet bearing Edward's name.  I have had this bracelet for over 30 years. I have always been curious about him and who he was.  When I discovered this web site and read his Biosketch, I was saddened to read he is still considered missing. Through this bracelet, he has had a special spot in my heart all these years. My thoughts and prayers have been with you and those that were close to him. If anyone who knew him reads this,
please email me.

Elizabeth Short

Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2001 12:35:05 EST
From: Laurie1865@aol.com

I'm doing a research paper on John William Kennedy.  If anyone knew him or his brother Daniel and would like to e-mail me my address is laurie1865@aol.com.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  I would also like to say thank you to all the Americans that served their country and fought in Vietnam War.  My prayers are with all the family members that lost loved ones.

Thank You,
Laurie Reed

Subject: Captain Fred Hall-4-21-69
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2001 17:40:29 EST
From: CHD1023@aol.com

I was hoping to contact a family member of Captain Hall.  I just wanted to say that I have had his bracelet since my senior year in high school.  I think about him so often and still pray for him.  Please know that wherever he is, with you or still in Vietnam, he is not forgotten.  God bless you.

Cheryl DeMent
105 Beam Circle
Louisburg, NC 27549

Subject: Capt. Hartley H. Hall USN
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 01:00:46 EST
From: Abugeatrfn@aol.com

  To whom it may concern.  I just wanted to let the family of Capt. Hartley H. Hall know that I was thinking of there loved one.  I purchased the bracelet in Wash. D.C. a few years ago, at the wall.  What drew me to him was
that he was from Neb. which I am formerly from.  I did not participate in the War, for which I was only a child at that time, but I read up on so much of it, wanting to learn more from it.  If anyone out there is related to this gentlemen, I would love hearing from you, I am not related in anyway, just a concerned citizen.  My prayers and thoughts go out to his family.

Abugeatrfn@aol.com.  Thanks and God bless.

Subject: Welcome Home Navy
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 22:07:17 -0600
From: "Tony & Mary Carroll" <giddyup@i1.net>

September 30, 2000

To:  Lt. Commander Donald Vance Davis, U.S. Navy
       Attack Squadron 163, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)

Dear Donald;

You don’t know me; I have worn a POW/MIA bracelet with your name on it since 1972, the year I enlisted into the U.S. Navy.  Over the years I learned you flew an A4E Skyhawk in Attack Squadron 163 stationed aboard the
USS Oriskany (CVA-34).  I also learned you were one of the Saints of VA 163 onboard the Oriskany and an aggressive pilot.

On the night of July 25, 1967 over North Vietnam on night attacks you dropped flares over a suspected target and then flew beneath them to attack the target in the light of the flares.  You were about 10 miles south of Ha
Tinh when you radioed in that you spotted a couple of trucks.  You then dropped flares and went in on a strafing run and that was the last anyone knew you were alive.

I just learned today your remains were identified on April 01, 1998.  I don’ t know what to say, I felt sad and glad at once.  I very much hoped you would come home alive.  However, that has not happened and instead you have
given the ultimate sacrifice for your country.

I wanted you to know you were never forgotten, even after all these years. I pray for you and your forgotten family.  May you now rest in peace and may  God watch over you and yours.

Welcome Home Navy,

Anthony G. Carroll, U.S. Navy Ret.
Disabled Veteran

Subject: David B. Williams
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 16:47:57 EST
From: SunSoundsTucson@aol.com

To the family of David B. Williams, USMC, 03/May/72:

My mother has held David's braclet since 1972. She is seriously ill would like to return the bracelet to family members.

Please e-mail me at red1do@yahoo.com. that is red then, the number 1, then do.

Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 13:20:39 -0500
From: Cathy Powers <CPowers@t3i-uv.com>

RE:     Capt. Darrel Pyle  6-13-66
I came upon your website by accident and was delighted to see that such a site exist.

I have bracelets for both of these two gentlemen.  I wore Capt. Pyle's and my ex-husband, who was a Vietnam vet himself, wore Lt. Rice's,   We were so happy back in 1973 when both of these wonderful people were returned and
walked off the plane.

I have held onto the bracelets for all these years not knowing quite what to do with them.

I was so saddened by the report in your website that Capt. Pyle had died in a plane crash just a few years after his return.  I know from that information that he had a son who would have been  about 12 when his father died, and I suppose now about 40.  I would love to send him his fathers bracelet if at all possible. It must have been a terrible blow of his wife and son, after having just gotten him back.  I hope if and when they are ready to look back that they find your website.

My heart still aches for these men and their families, what they endured and what it meant to all of us.

I think what your doing is a wonderful service.   It was good to find out what happen to these two fine gentlemen.
I was so sorry to hear that Capt. Pyle had died in an accident so soon after returning. 

God Bless.
Cathy Powers

Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 15:01:52 +0100
From: "Christa Tackenberg" <SouthernSassy@peoplepc.com>

I recently purchased a bracelet for myself bearing the name of Allen Christensen. I don't know why I picked that one.. only that for some reason my attention kept returning to that name.  I cant say that I understand why things happened the way they did.. I only hope that his family finds some comfort in knowing that not only they but I think about him daily.  I have two small sons of my own and think about what I would do if anything ever happened to them.. Its hard.  The pain of not knowing at all must be the worst of all.

My prayers and hopes are with his family.. and if God does smile on us then on him as well.

Rowena Canfield

Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 21:19:14 EST
From: Aek1952@aol.com

I've just found the bracelet that I wore for years and would like to find out the status of Captain Jon Bush, 06/08/67.

.... Thank you.  I don't know what to say after reading that.  Fortunately I have no frame of reference for that kind of horror in my life.  Whether the story was Capt. Busch's or not, it certainly was some other young man's reality. If Capt. Busch's family would like to have his POW bracelet I would be happy to send it to them.  I'm sure it would have a deeper meaning to them.  If you can, please let me know if they would like to have it.

Thank you.

Ann Killian

Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 11:11:36 EST
From: Sept62@aol.com

My sister just found a POW Bracelet with the Name of Marshall Pauley. A1C (3-13-66) on it.  To the family of this man, we want to share our prayers with you.  He will be in our hearts forever.

If his family is out there we would love to hear from you.

Diane Scaletta

Subject: Maj. Robert Elliott
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 17:22:20 -0600
From: "Joe and Debbie Inscore" <inscore@magnolia-net.com>

Dear Elliott family,

I was at my mother's home recently going through some of my old memorabilia and came across my POW bracelet from the Vietnam War. I had always wondered about the man whose name I had picked. I had decided on Maj. Elliott because he was shot down on Valentine's Day, which happens to be my birthday. Today, March 18, 2001, a Sunday afternoon, I decided I was going to find out what happened to Maj. Elliott. I got on the internet and went to the P.O.W. website and found more information than I ever dreamed existed. Somehow I had always felt that the man whose bracelet I had was alive, and I was saddened to find out that was not the case. I thought about the last thirty years of uncertainty you have had and how very hard it must have been for you and your family. I said a prayer for you and your family and I sincerely hope that you have received the closure you so richly deserve. If you or your family desire the bracelet I have, you are welcome to contact me at Inscore@magnolia-net.com. However, you can content yourself with the knowledge that I hold this bracelet in the highest esteem and would never let anything happen to it. My oldest son, who is 14, also has a great respect and interest in this bracelet, and would be the recipient if something happened to me. God bless you, and know that many of us still care about our heroes.

Sincerely yours, Joe F. Inscore

Subject: To The Family Of SSGT Walter Ferguson Jr.
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 13:48:35 -0500
From: "Binder, Temp" <Temp.Binder@ING-Barings.com>

About eleven years ago, I puirchased a POW bracelet bearing Walter's name.
In that time, I may have taken it off twice.  If you would like it, I will take it off and give it to you.  While the bracelet, and Walter's memory, means a lot to me, I sure it means more to you.

If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at dogglebe@yahoo.com


Subject: To: The Family of Spec.5 Lee Roach
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 13:48:55 -0500
From: "K Towers" <rev758@worldnet.att.net>

I have had his bracelet for almost 30 years and wish to return it to you in his memory. Please contact me at Rev758@worldnet.att.net. He and his fellow POW/MIA's are not forgotten,


Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 22:07:20 -0800
From: "Birk Ellis" <Bluebeast@clds.net>

This letter is to the family of DONALD L. SPARKS.

I am writing in hopes of being able to return to you a part of me that I have had from January 1993.  I was in basic training when I adopted your son, brother, or husband.  For the past 8yrs I have always wondered about his fate and now I have some closure in this part of my life.  The complete closure will come once he comes home. I will keep the bracelet for as long as it takes.  Someday, I hope you can have his bracelet in your hands. Please know that someone still cares about him. I am on my final leg here in Bosnia and just happen to find the freedom fighters.  They led me to this site and I hope to you.  Where ever you may be, no matter how far, I will continue to follow his fate, and someday, try to return this item.

e-mail address is bluebeast@clds.net

Thank you and hope to locate you,
SGT Birk K. Ellis

Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 08:41:42 -0800
From: "Veronica Graziano" <vampyveronica@workingclasshero.com>

To the family of Sgt. Robert J. Acalotto:

While at the Wall in Washington, D.C. on President's Day last year, I purchased a POW bracelet with Sgt. Acalotto's name on it. I came upon it by coincidence, for I recognized his name as the door gunner in the helicopter
crash in Laos, on February 20, 1971. In eighth grade I adopted a missing-in-action soldier named Captain David M. May, the co-pilot on the same mission as your son, and made a memorial web page for him. At the place where I got my bracelet, I was actually looking for somebody from close to my home state, Maryland. I saw the abbreviation for Pennsylvania on the bag that the bracelet was in, and picked it up. I recognized the name and bought it immediately. I have been wearing your son's bracelet for over a year now, and there is not a day that I do not think about him and say a prayer. I hope that he will be brought home soon. I will continue to pray for him and for you, his family.

If you wish, you can reach me at vampyveronica@workingclasshero.com

Angela Fiastro

Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 11:07:57 -0500 (EST)
From: LGoosby@webtv.net (Laura Goosby)

My name is Laura Goosby, and I live in Poughkeepsie, New York.  I am a black 35-year old female, who wish to let the family of Sgt. Kenneth M. Roraback know that he is not forgotten.

Back in the early 1990's I made a request to have a POW/MIA bracelet mailed to me, and this is the name I was given.  Since that time, I have held on to this bracelet. Though it has some scratches on it,  I have kept it in my possession.

I don't know anything about Sgt. Roraback, other than the information I've read on the Internet.  Nor do I have a full understanding about the Vietnam War, other than the fact that my mother, Rosalie Goosby (maiden name Rolen) served as a nurse during that time here in the States.  But I do understand that many servicemen were either killed or missing, and that we as a nation will never find peace until ALL our servicemen are found and returned.

I will continue for as long as I live to keep this bracelet, as my commitment to the family and to him.  May God bless you with His goodness and love.  Sgt. Roraback, where ever you may be. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.


Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 09:21:16 -0600
From: "Jean Wood" <jzwood@email.uophx.edu>

TO: The Family of Truman J. McManus
From my loss to yours. I have all faith in L/Cpl McManus as my husband watches and guards over him wherever he is. Please hold this faith close to your heart!

Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 07:17:45 -0600
From: "mary beth javorek" <mugsersgr8@prodigy.net>

To the Family of Lt. Roderick B. Lester and Harry S Mossman,

I had found this site and just wanted to leave a short note that I still wear the bracelet for Lt. Lester and not a day goes by that I don't think of him and Harry.  I had received Lt Lester's bracelet as a Christmas present in December 1972 and have never taken it off.  He has been thru all of my life's events and he is truly a large part of my life.  Since the technology of the Internet, I had found out that he had gone down in his mission with
his partner Harry and now he also is in my thoughts and prayers also.


Mary Beth Javorek

Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 19:45:33 EST
From: Travel26@aol.com

I was just going through my jewelry box and now realized the power of the internet gave me the answer to who he was, how he served and what happened to Douglas Dailey.  I wore the bracelet faithfully for many years.  After many years I put it in my jewelry box to only remind me of the years we prayed hard for all the men and women who served in that horrible so-called war.  My cousin served several times and through him I sent plenty of boxes of
clothes, food and letters of hope to him and his friends.

I assume from the Bio listed on the POW/MIA site that Douglas has never come home.  But he is in my heart and always will be.  It was such a part of my teen years---how could it not be.   I would love to hear from anyone in the
family if it is not too painful.

Carolyn Marra

Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 10:41:38 EST
From: Bfrink63@aol.com

I have had the bracelet of Harry S. Edward's, Jr., USN, lost over N. Vietnam on 10/20/66 while flying an A4C, for 30 years.  I was saddened to find the web site that gave me information that his remains were found, identified and finally returned home.  I wish to send my condolences to his family.  I am sorry there was not a happier ending.  Maybe there is some comfort in finally bringing closure to Harry's loss.

Bob Frink
Walland, TN

From - Mon Apr 02 17:23:29 2001
From: "Mary Theresa Fellman"

To The Family of Major Charles E. Finney, USMC

Today, I feel that a piece of me is gone. I cry with sorrow. I cry with joy. For several years I have worn, with sorrow yet with great pride, a bracelet of a hero lost over Laos on March 17, 1969. Last evening I learned that Major Finney was at long last returned to his loved ones on March 15, 2000. The bracelet is now gone from my wrist and lies beneath a bed of flowers over which flies the Star Spangled Banner. As I have prayed for Major Finney, I now pray that you, his family are comforted knowing that he is with his Lord and Savior. May God bless you.

Bruce Fellman, Pennsylvania
e-mail mtheresaf@juno.com 

Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 13:12:04 EST
From: HDRoadking00@aol.com

To the Family of Gary LaBohn I have worn his bracelet for 20 years now and have followed the events that have transpired with regard to the Army and the  U.S. Gov. declaring his remains found, without positive identification.

I will continue to cherish and proudly wear this small reminder of  the Courage and Heroism that is so often forgotten in today's society. Gary  is and will always be part of my life even though we have never met.  He is in
my mind  a  HERO.

Your  Friend,

Paul Martin
U.S. Army Veteran

Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 03:32:12 -0700
From: "Christian American Patriot" <love_america@hotmail.com>

This letter is for Judy Smith. I adopted Hallie William Smith a few years ago. I wrote a letter here before, but it has old email address her is my new one love_america@hotmail.com. I would like to here more about Hallie. He
is not forgotten  nor are the other POW/MIA's in Nam. You also can see my web pages dedicated to Hallie Smith at
http://www.christianpatriot.homestead.com/index.html or at http://www.geocities.com/christian_patriot/christian_patriot.html

God bless
Heath (Patriot)
In memory of Hallie William Smith, MIA in Vietnam in 1968.
You are not forgotten. POW/MIA

Subject: Maj. Howard Stephenson: MIA 3/29/72
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 09:52:53 -0400





Subject: Col. Richard Cook 4/28/68
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 17:59:00 EDT
From: UDBBQ@aol.com

Just a note to family that I have been wearing Col Cook's bracelet for over 25 years.

Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 17:41:00 EDT
From: GJami90587@aol.com

To the famiy of Michael S. Turose
I have not forgotten Michael. I wear his name around my wrist everyday. When people ask me when I a going to take it off, I say "When he comes home" That's when I will take it off. I will not forget what he and so many others have given up. I thank him and I thank you.

Charles Jamison
God Bless America

Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 01:55:31 EDT
From: Ronnifrogs@aol.com

To the family and friends of Lt. Charles Alva Dale:

I adopted a soldier in December of 2000 by the the name of Charles Alva Dale.  I wear a bracelet everyday in hopes that someday he will be able to come home.  I do not know him or his family and friends but all of you are in my heart.  I am only 26 but I have lost my Mother, Father and Sister.  I have deep respect for the men and women who fight for our freedom and it breaks my heart to know that many of them paid with their lives.  I will wear the bracelet with Charles name on it until he comes home.  I will pray everyday for him to return.  He is not forgotten.  Please contact me if you ever read this message.  I have heard that some of his family lives in Phoenix, AZ and that is where I live.  God Bless all of you and remember that he is not forgotten.


Subject: Family of Robert F.Preiss
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 23:43:09 EDT
From: Cinammon015@aol.com

My name is Eileen Coppola, I've prayed for Robert F. Preiss for almost 30 years which is as many years as I am in possession of his bracelet. If you would like me to return the bracelet please contact me at cinammon015@aol.com. My prayers are with your family always.

                                                  Sincerely Eileen Coppola

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 00:39:22 -0700
From: "donald elmer" <wc@ameri-com.com>

I am still in search of the family of LCDR JAMES WRIGHT 11-2-67. I have his bracelet and would like to return it to his family.
God Bless


Subject: To the family of Paul S Czerwonka
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 07:48:08 EDT
From: Sweetadelinesj@aol.com

I wear the bracelet with Paul's name on it. I adopted him when I made my first visit to The Wall 3 years ago. I will always keep him in my heart and prayers, and will be forever grateful of the sacrifices he and all the others
made for all of us. I will always keep the hope alive that he will come home.

 Sincerely, Sandi Jurek


Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 21:07:46 EDT
From: RJ113@aol.com

I wear Maj. James W. Grace's POW with respect and as a reminder to all who I encounter that he is not forgotten, nor will he ever be. I have been wearing this bracelet for 15 years, and have never taken it off, nor will I, until
he comes home. To his family: you are in my prayers.


Date: 15 Apr 2001 15:47:52 -0700
From: John Pittman <mrwiggles@altavista.com>

I am researching an article on Capt Samual L. James and am interested in contacting fellow pilots or other military members who knew him.  The article is currently in the draft stage and I hope to finish it soon.

Please send any replies to mrwiggles@altavista.com.

Thank you.

John Pittman

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 20:23:16 -0400
From: "Thomas Teleha" <tteleha@email.msn.com>

To the family of HM3 Michael Barry Judd,
 Since attending Hospital Corps "A" School in January of 1990, I have worn the bracelet bearing his name. I chose his bracelet out a group of bracelets that the Command Master Chief had. It wasn't until August of 1993 that I
learned who he was. At that time I was attending the Navy's Cardiovascular Technologist "C" School at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. His picture, along with a dozen other Hospital Corpsman, hang on the wall in the corridor of The Naval School of Health Sciences. A month or so later, my younger sister, who was living south of D.C. at the time, said she would very much like to go into town and visit the Wall. When we arrived, I was overwhelmed at the true size of the memorial. Many emotions came to me that day. At the entrance to the memorial, there is a book listing all of the POW's and their location on the wall. I looked for his name and along with
the other information, it told me his birthday. When I read that information, I got chills, August 22, 1945. The same day as mine, August 22, 1967. I was born about two months after he was declared MIA. I still wear his bracelet each and every day, showing my respect and to honor him and all the other vets still over there. I am still on active duty in the Navy, 14 years, and am currently a second class petty officer, hoping to make E-6 soon. I wish all of you the best and hope that he comes home someday. God bless you.

Thomas M. Teleha, HM2(SS/FMF), USN

Subject: Lt. Col. Peter J. Frederick
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 22:02:29 EDT
From: Mark4deals@aol.com

To the faimily of Lt. Col. Frederick:
     I've kept his bracelet for almost 32 years.  I came across this site to find information as to what happened to him.  My email address should you wish to contact me is:  Mark4deals@aol.com.  I'm proud of him as I know you are too.
                                             Jennifer Jensen
                                           San Antonio, Texas

Subject: Family of James T Egan, Jr
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 21:59:39 -0500
From: "Jeff&Debi Barnard" <dbarnard@mynetisun.com>

I have been wearing a bracelet with Cpt. James Egan name for 31 years. I know more about him since the healing wall came to my town in Indiana. I just wanted to let any family members that he is not forgotten in my heart or his
family. people can't believe I still wear the bracelet, its my way of keeping his & the other guys memory alive. I would really like to hear from any family  member. God bless


Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 13:15:44 -0700
From: "Tom Gonder" <freebird2@peoplepc.com>

I have just adopted Melvin C Carnells  from Operation Just Cause. Melvin is from Carelton, MI. I am interrested in finding out more on this truly brave man. Any contact from family or friends would be greatly appreciated. Thank
you and God bless.


Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 21:54:39 -0500
From: Debrina <charmin@micoks.net>

I had a few bracelets when I was a teenager, but in the process of moving, some mean people took them from me. It is now years later and I wanted to have another one. I cried when I got it in the mail. The wonderful man will be turning 76 this year. Ironically, one of my daughters is pregnant and I suggested the name of Domenick if it is a boy. She has not decided yet. The name on my MIA bracelet is that of LCDR Domenick Spinelli. He was declared
an MIA 30 Sep 1968. If you are a family member of this man, please let me know how I can write to you. I can be reached at    charmin@micoks.net


Debrina Most

Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 11:23:51 EDT
From: DCrowl2433@aol.com

To the family of Lt. Col. Arthur Mearns,

      I have a POW/MIA bracelet in my possession since I was in grammar school.  It was tucked away in my school memorabilia.  Since then the box has moved with me through my life.  I have just recently open this box again and decided to look via the Internet to find some information about Lt. Col. Arthur Mearns.  I did not want to leave it at the Wall until I took a chance writing to this organization.  I cannot hope to ever share your loss of a loved one through war.  Somehow the bracelet helped to impress the importance of remembering those who fought to keep our homes free.  I only know that the bracelet for me kept the memory of your loved one alive for you and others.

I do not wish to remind you of painful memories only for you to know that with your family many other Americans were hoping and praying too. My prayers are with you and your family now. If you wish to make contact to let me know what your wishes are for the bracelet please do.  Feel free to use this email address or either of these
also.  crowl@bayheadschool.org     and/or     bhsuper@aol.com.
Cheri Crowl

Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 12:14:44 -0400
From: Morel Dana C Contr AEFC/AEA <dana.morel@langley.af.mil>

I recently found this website and discovered SSgt John A. Jakovac's remains were returned to his family in February 1997.  I wore his bracelet for so many years.  It broke on occasion but the guys in my squadrons when I was active duty Air Force were so good about welding it back together.  After if broke the last time, it became part of a little memorial I made at my home. My own husband was killed in an aircraft training accident in October 1998. 
I have kept his ashes and placed the POW/MIA bracelet he wore on top of the urn.  SSgt Jakovac's is at the base.  Now that he is home, I'd like to send this bracelet to his family if they would like to have it.  If anyone knows how to contact them, please let me know at wildawn98@aol.com.  Please include "POW/MIA" in the subject line so I don't delete it!

God Bless you all!

Dana Morel

Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 11:25:51 +0400
From: "Richard McBrien" <tat2ed5@home.com>

   I have made a page on my website for David P. Soyland. If any of his family finds this I would like them to know David is still being thought of daily. If any of his family has any photos of him I would like to have some to add to his page. As I am very new to all of this computer stuff and I am also a Vietnam era vet I felt adopting a POW/MIA from my home state was the appropriate thing for me to do. In all of this the first thing I discovered when I acquired all the information about David from Operation Just Cause was that myself and David have the same birthday. April 29th. If this was a message from up above or was it just a coincidence I don't know... Its time for answers and time we bring them all home...   Rich  email is tat2ed5@home.com
my web page

Subject: To the family of Sgt Roger Cobb Hallberg b. 9/18/44
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 17:54:21 EDT
From: Fowlersim222@cs.com

I wore the POW bracelet for Sgt Hallberg from about 1969 till 1980. I only recently made inquiry into what happened to him. I guess, its true, we do forget but time will not diminish our commitment to remembering his
sacrifice and our responsibility to doing whatever is necessary to bring him home....he was MIA on 3/24/67. From my inquiry his status is still MIA. I want his family to know that I care. He has become my family and his recovery or rescue is important to me personally. I will do what I can to get the answers to his present situation. Pls email me or if there is anything I can do. my name is Elizabeth Simmons.

Subject: CWO Arthur E. Mcleod
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 09:49:54 -0400
From: "Britt andDan" <brittanddan@2ki.net>

To the Family and loved ones of Arthur E. Mcleod:

For the past ten years I have worn a POW bracelet with CWO Mcleod"s name on it. In those ten yrs. many people wondered about the bracelet and the name. "It's in memory of a hero who did not return from Vietnam." This
morning I read (via internet) that Arthur's remains were found in August 0f 1999. Tears filled my eyes as I thought of his family members and how they must feel. Saddened but glad that he is finally coming home. My condolences
in your loss. I am going to find it very difficult to remove the bracelet with Arthur's name on it. Please write me at danandbritt@2ki.com if anyone in Arthur's family is interested in the bracelet. I understand if no one wants it because of the pain that it may bring.

God Bless,
Daniel S. Carmichael

Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 19:44:06 EDT
From: Rfloyd429@cs.com

To the Family of Lt. Col. Lawrence W. Whitford Jr.,

I purchased Lt. Col. Whitford, Jr.'s POW/MIA bracelet when I was eight years old, I am now 40 and still have it with me.  I remember waiting for him to come off the plan when the war was over.  I always wondered who Lt. Col.
Whitford was and how his family was doing.  I finally found some information about him in a few places on the web.

I always thought that I was supposed to return the bracelet to the family until I read about how to treat the bracelets on POW/MIA pages.  I will continue to cherish the bracelet and think of you all until I can return it. If any of the family is interested in having the bracelet, I would gladly return it and have another one reissued.


Subject: Col. William E. Campbell's Family
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 00:10:39 -0500
From: "tjbarbie" <tjbarbie@email.msn.com>

I am still wearing your husband, father, son or brother's bracelet. I pray for you everyday. God bless you.

Barbara @ tjbarbie@msn.com

Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 22:40:34 EDT
From: Kprout777@aol.com

To the family of master Sgt. Charles King - 12/25/68
My heart goes out to you.  I for many years have had s/sgt. Charles King's POW bracelet. He and you have been on my heart and in my prayers for all these years... Gone yet not forgotten... I had a "revelation" to look for some information on the web and lo & behold I came upon your brother's bio.   Just wanted you to know ...

sincerely, Kathleen Prout

Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 09:24:23 -0400
From: Rhonda Crombie <Rhonda_Crombie@WTVI.pbs.org>

To the family of Captain Lorenza Carter:

My love is extended to you.  My father and father-in-law both served in the military during the Vietnam War.

My husband just left the Air Force after serving eight years, all of them in times of peace.  When we were freshmen in college and he began his education in the ROTC program, we both began to wear POW/MIA bracelets.  I picked your family member's name because of a link to my homestate of Georgia.  Lorenza also shares a birthday with someone very close to me.  I have worn this bracelet every day since, now going on 13 years.  It has been with me on two of the most important days of my life: my marriage and the birth of our daughter, Katie.  It has also traveled around  this country during many times of PCSing and across Europe as I visited countries there.

I just wanted you to know that your loved one, although a stranger to us, is part of our family in some small way.  People often ask about my bracelet, and I take time to explain its significance.  My husband and I will continue to
support the cause until we know all information about each missing military member.  God bless you all.

Mrs. Rhonda Crombie
E-mail: rcrombie@carolina.rr.com

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 19:36:51 -0700
From: "brenda alton" <bebop@veriomail.com>

To the family of Sgt. James Thomas:

I have had a bracelet since sometime in 1969 for Sgt. James Thomas, MIA 4-3-68.  I have always wondered if he was home and wondered if he would like to have his bracelet back from a girl who wore it for him for so long.  I
was just able to find out that he is still missing.  I'm so sorry to hear of it.  I'll keep the bracelet always, and everytime I look at it I'll think of him and I pray for him, and his family whoever you are.

Sincerely,  Brenda Alton     bebop@veriomail.com

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 23:56:19 EDT
From: Jcoad99@aol.com

Re:Horace Higley Fleming III USMC
5/10/68 MIA
                    To the Fleming family. I've just adopted Horace..
 God bless and keep you. He'll NEVER be forgotten..
                                                  Semper Fidelis,
                                                     Jeanne  Mom of a US Marine PI

Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 00:00:45 EDT
From: Jcoad99@aol.com

Re:Leroy Christopher Williams
USMC 5/28/69 KIA
                               To the Williams family. I've just adopted
God bless and keep you..he'll NEVER be forgotten. God rest his soul.
                                                     Semper Fidelis,
                                                         Jeanne Mom of a US Marine PI

Subject: Loveletters - Capt. Robert Coady
Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 15:59:37 EDT
From: OneMoBear@aol.com

I wore the bracelet for Capt. Robert Coady for many years during and after high school and it is now stored with other treasured items at my home.  My son is serving in the Marine Reserves today and holding that bracelet in my
hand and thinking of Capt. Coady really brought home to me the terrible loss.
 My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Malinda Slaybaugh

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 23:06:21 -0500
From: "Cindy Sterling" <kidzbooks@home.com>

Dear Loved Ones of Gray Warren,

I am in possession of a POW/MIA bracelet with the name of Capt. Gray Warren and the date 10/26/69.  I have pictures of myself as a girl at the prom in Texas wearing a formal gown, a goofy smile and this bracelet.  During my
high school years, it never left my wrist.  I regret to say that as the years wore on, I was not faithful in wearing it daily as I did in high school.  I married, had children and moved on in many ways.  But I can say that more than once I have looked at this bracelet which is kept with other precious mementos of my youth and idealism.  I have often wondered about the fate of this brave man - and his story, his dreams, his life before the VietNam War.  I can only say that it is out of profound respect for him and his family that I write to you.

If you have any information, I would be very glad to receive it.  If this bracelet would be meaningful to a family member or hopefully to Capt. Warren himself, I would be delighted to send it.  In any event, though it may be
years too late, I will pray tonight again for Gray Warren and all those who loved him and fought with him in that most horrible of wars.

Most sincerely,
Cindy Lamb Sterling, High School Graduate of '73

Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 15:40:17 -0700
From: Lisa Knittel <LisaK@Peets.com>


I am currently wearing the POW/MIA bracelet of Maj. Gregg Hartness.  If the family would like the bracelet back, please contact me.  It has been in my family's possession since 1969 when my great aunt Bea adopted it.  This past
March, she past away, and I happened upon it in her jewelry box.  I have been wearing ever since.  I think about him often as he was born in my hometown and was my age when he was shot down.  Many people ask me about the
bracelet I wear, and I use it as an opportunity to share with them what little I know about Maj. Hartness.  I wish his family well, and I hope that it comforts them to know that he is not forgotten.

I feel honored to wear this bracelet,
Lisa Knittel

Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 22:49:40 -0400
From: "Kara" <kbear@raex.com>


Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 23:04:05 EDT
From: Ammldolan@aol.com

To the family and loved ones of Marvin Foster. I wore the bracelet of this man for  years... and then put in my jewelry box....  I never forgot him or his name. I got his bracelet back in the early 70's and now I'm in my forties.

I read about this website to find out what happened to the men and woman who gave their lives for the country we all love and call home. I have read about the last flight of Marvin Foster and feel as if a part of me has died too...

Even though I never new him, he was a part of my life of caring about him and all her were in the war. Today I feel sadness on learning of his whereabouts as I always wanted to believe he was home and safe.

Best wishes to you, his family and may you find the peace that time can only give.

If you read this you can reach me at...

Subject: CAPT. JAMES LYON - my hero, my unknown friend
From: "Debi" <shields@accessus.net>

As a senior in high school, some 30 years ago, I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet and placed it upon my wrist. Today it is still there bearing the name of CAPT. JAMES LYON (2-5-70).  It stares up at me as a reminder of the
tragedy of war and the failure of our government to take extraordinary means to bring our men home.  Although I do not know Capt. Lyon or his family, when I went to Washington, DC for the sole purpose of seeing 'The Wall', I
broke down in tears simply by finding his name in the book.  The book is too big, the wall contains too many names.  My heart goes out to all the men and their families.  What a sacrifice to maintain the freedom we all enjoy.  I
thank God that my father was a veteran and bestowed upon me a patriotism I wish our young people would come to practice.  To read the letters contained in this page and knowing that there are too many bracelets out there makes
me want to shake some sense into our countries leaders and cry out to them to help bring Capt. Lyon home along with all the others and bring these families the peace they haven't had in far too many years.  I have not only
come to love Capt. Lyon, but the countless others, the heroes that have returned and all soldiers willing to conquer the foe.  If Capt. Lyon has any family member reading this, please know that I have come to love his man I
did not have the pleasure of knowing.  For 30+ years his bracelet has been gracing my wrist.  It is a source of pride for me the share with others what it means and why it remains on my arm.  My husband told me years ago it was
time to remove it - the war was over.  The war may be over, but I have not yet been informed that Capt. Lyon is home, so it stays right where it is!!  May God bless all of you!

You are in my heart and in my prayers.

Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 13:32:53 EDT
From: TazThomp@aol.com

Re: Jerrod Allen Switzer Family
      Pfc. USMC
DOB: 10-31-46
LOST: 3-18-68

        Some 25-27 years ago I bought a bracelet honoring Jerrod. Over the years I've held it and wondered about him, prayed for him and missed him. You see, I never met Jerrod,but he has been with me for all these years. Today I sat at my computer and located his profile on POWNETWORK.ORG. Somehow I am relieved to read, with some assurance, that a reasonable accounting has been made of Jerrods fate. I am certainly proud to have held the memory of such an heroic young man in my heart . Thanks to Jerrod and his loved ones for their many sacrifices. God Bless America !


Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 11:19:44 -0400
From: "Bailey" <bailey@fredblais.com>

Dear Family of John W. Lafayette,

My name is Bailey Osborne & I have had John's Bracelet on me for about 29-30 years. It has traveled the world with me as I married into a military way of life w/the Navy for 20 Yrs. I think it's time to return this to you.
I never knew John but I too am a Vermonter, holding John's bracelets with me at all events, holidays, & every day. I would like to hear from you if possible to return what was held with love from a kid of the 60's, I respect and honor all Vets., especially the ones in Nam.

Bailey Osborne

Subject: burnett, sheldon j. 7 mar 71
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 17:31:39 EDT
From: TDLUMLEY@aol.com

you will never be forgotten, you have been on my wrist for over 10 yrs and never removed.  i plan to keep it that way...   tdlumley@aol.com

Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 22:42:27 EDT
From: Mjp470@aol.com

I am a Vietnam Vet who has been wearing the POW/ MIA bracelet for many years of Col.. Joseph Christiano. The Col. was lost in 1965, I was still in high school. I didn't even go to Vietnam until 1969. I have never taken His bracelet off and will wear it to my grave if need be. I don't know if Col. Christiano has family somewhere, but if He does and if they ever happen to see this, all I can say to them is I will not forget Him.
He and His bracelet are My nexus to Vietnam.


Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 09:42:01 +0300
From: Stephens Christopher A1C 332 ESFS/GATES

Hi, my name is A1C Christopher Stephens, and I am looking for any information on Sgt Larry R. Todd. All I know is that he was KIA/BNF, and that he lived in GA. If you could send me some information I would really appriciate it. Also, could you forward this to his family. I would like to speak with them. Thank you for your assistance.

Stephens, Christopher, R.  A1C/USAF
823 Security Forces Squadron Moody AFB, GA

Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 23:44:21 EDT
From: shoupeys@aol.com

To the family of Robert Ireland, USAF.

In September of 1988, I received Mr. Ireland's bracelet to wear.  I have worn it since then.  I have always wondered about his status, and thought about his family.  For some unknown reason today I looked on the POW website, and
found out that his remains were returned.

I am happy, yet saddened for your family. At least you are able to have some closure, but I know I could never understand your loss.

If you ever read this, and would like to have the bracelet to keep or would like to correspond, please let me know.  My e-mail is either bkrtrash@msn.com or shoupeys@aol.com.

Thank you and God Bless you

Kristina Shoup

Subject: A long time coming
Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 07:27:46 -0500
From: Paula Jager <psejager@dtgnet.com>

I was in Viet Nam from 1968-1970 my Very close friend died there and have never came to be able to get a hold on that and someday I want to go to the wall but I dont think so. His name was Michael Kolarov we were friends in basic training and did everything together. I was writing to his sister for a long time then I heard that Mike was killed and never been able to ...  I dont know just rambling on because this is hard for me I really wish I could get a hold of his family if possible?

Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 00:22:36 EDT
From: ACowBoyLover@aol.com







Subject: Thomas H. Perry
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 18:33:58 -0400
From: "Jay Bailey" <jlnn@bellsouth.net>

I am trying to contact any family member concerning Thomas H. Perry.  His date of birth is June 19, 1942 and was lost in South Vietnam on May 12, 1968.

Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 18:24:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: pow mia <powmia77@yahoo.com>

To the family of Lawrence T. Holland

I recently adopted Lawrence Holland from the Operation Just Cause website. I want to let you know that I am so very sorry that he is listed KIA/BNR. I intend on writing a letter to President G.W. Bush on behalf of your family.

I have a pow/mia website and have dedicated a page to Lawrence Thomas Holland:

God bless you!


Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 14:05:18 -0400
From: "Larry or Kathleen Rybacki" <larkath@localnet.com>

To : The family of Capt. Ariel Cross
From: Kathleen Rybacki at larkath@localnet.com

I have had Capt. Cross's bracelet for 20 yrs. Although I don't wear it due to skin allergies, I keep it in a beautiful carved wooden box in our bedroom. Today I finally looked up his status on the internet. I am saddened to see that he was never found. I just want someone to know that he is remembered. Thank you.

Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 14:11:38 EDT
From: MPHSEASON@aol.com


Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 12:00:02 -0700
From: Conarroe <conarroe@cdepot.net>




Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 17:26:04 EDT
From: Jackie701@aol.com

To the family of Capt. Wayne Irsch  USAF   MIA  1/9/68   Laos:

It is with great affection that I write to you today, Memorial Day 5/28/01. I am the proud wearer of Capt. Irsch's POW/MIA bracelet that was issued to me so many years ago.  He has never been forgotten and will continue to remain in my heart & prayers.... I would be honored to hear from his loved ones.
God Bless all of you.   Jackie701@aol.com

Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 17:32:21 EDT
From: SEStofer@aol.com

      I think of you, Art and the children almost every day.  About 10 years ago, a friend at my workplace was kind enough to have a bracelet made for me with Art's name on it.  I can't tell you how many memories it brings back of our days at Fort Rucker.  If you see this, please contact me. 

My E-Mail address is SEStofer@AOL.com.

Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 00:07:50 EDT
From: MikeThatsMe67340@aol.com

I recently found out that the HERO on my bracelet which I have had since I was 6  years old.. (I am now 34). has been identified and sent home.   1st LT.John W.Kennedy  MIA 8-16-71. He has been in my prayers and heart
for 28 years. I have been wearing his bracelet for the past 18 years, I would like to send it home, if any one knows how I can return it please contact me. My father was a PJ stationed out of Da Nang, he made it home, but my  HERO didn't. May god bless our  fallen HERO's. You are part of my life   1st LT. John W. Kennedy........I SALUTE YOU........

Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 02:59:34 -0700
From: "Bonnie Lastra" <bonnielastra@hotmail.com>

To the family of SMS Robert Newell Ireland listed as found in 1995.  I have worn his bracelet of remembrance since 1987 when I went into the Air Force. I am saddened that he did not return alive.  I express my extreme thank you to you and to him one of our fallen.  I carried him with me in my heart and in my mind hoping that someday either he or his remains would come home. Know that he will never be forgotten.

Bonnie Lastra, Los Angeles, CA

Should you read this message and wish to contact me


Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 03:07:04 -0700
From: "Bonnie Lastra" <bonnielastra@hotmail.com>

To the family of TSgt Donald Herman Klinke listed as located and returned in 1994.  I have worn his remembrance bracelet since 1987 when i entered the Air Force.  I have carried him both in my heart and my mind.  I write this
to let you know that he was not forgotten.  I often prayed that either he would come home or they would bring home the remains to bring peace to you and yours.  I thank both you and him for his valiant contribution to our flag
and country.

Bonnie Lastra, Los Angeles, CA

Should you read this and chose to contact me


Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 08:01:26 EDT
From: NURSETAXI@aol.com

This is to the family of Lt. Col. James W. Widdis Jr. I wish I could have found his name under the living,,,,I wanted to send him a birthday wish. But since we have lost him, I would truely love to talk to his family. I have worn/kept his bracelet since the late 1970's. I would be honored to speak/correspond with his family, and if they wish, give them the bracelet.

He has, indeed, come home.

Michelle M. LaRose

Subject: Captain John Swanson
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 15:16:34 EDT
From: BSGiles1@aol.com

Dear Family -

After watching the program on PBS on Memorial Day regarding POW's of the Viet Nam era, I once again brought out the bracelet bearing the name of Captain John Swanson, 6-15-67.  I have had this bracelet since the late 1960's and wore it for many years.  More recently, it has hung on my jewelry board where I see it every day.

I had a close friend who died in the war and have never forgotten the men and women who gave their lives during that time.  I found this website today and see that Captain Swanson is still listed as Missing in Action.  I am so
sorry that you have never achieved any final resolution to his status.  Please know that he has never been forgotten in my heart.

I would be interested in receiving more information on John, who has been an important part of my life.  Please feel free to contact me.  My name is Sharon and my e-mail address is:  bsgiles1@aol.com

Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 19:13:18 -0400
From: Richard Lopez <rjlopez1@uswest.net>

To the family of LTC. Edwin N. Osborne Jr:

I just wanted to let you know that I found out that Colonel Osborne's remains were identified in October of last year, and my thoughts are with you. I wore Colonel Osborne's bracelet while I served as an Army Officer and
have always had it with me for the last 17 years. My thoughts have always gone to Colonel Osborne each Memorial Day as my family and I go to the Ft. Lewis cemetery for the yearly service. I  wanted to let you know that it's
because of men and women like Colonel Osborne, that we are free to enjoy the liberties this country has to offer. He did not die in vain; he made a difference and I am forever grateful to him.


Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 10:38:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dennis Vera <98_cbr900rr@excite.com>

To the family of Sgt. Phillip C. Taylor. I have been a proud owner of this bracelet since 1992. I purchased it while I was in the Marines. I have been trying to find the family. I would like to know if you would like the bracelet.

Thank You for taking the time to read my letter. I hope we as a country never forget the men and women that have given their life for this great country of ours!!

I can be reached at 98_CBR900RR@excite.com

Subject: Regarding Jerrold A. Switzer
Date: 30 May 2001 16:48:59 -0400
From: Jo.Vuco@skylightedu.com

I've been wearing my bracelet with Jerrold A. Switzer's name on it for over ten years now.  My brother who was in the Marines gave it to me.  Sadly, a few weeks ago it started to crack down the middle and today it cracked in
half, but I'm determined to find out how to get it fixed or how to get another with his name on it.  I still remember after wearing it for just a few days, I looked at it dangling from my wrist and knowing I'd probably be buried with it still on, I began to cry.  Even though I know very little about this man, I feel he is a part of my life (an important part of my life).  He's been with me for over ten years now.  I still wear the broken bracelet, with tape temporarily holding it together.  I pray the next time it breaks it will be from my own hands, and because he has been found.  My
prayers are with his family.  You should be very proud of him.  I know I am. :)

jo Vuco

Jo Vuco
Associate Multimedia Producer
SkyLight Professional Development
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 18:16:02 -0500
From: Denise Dworaczyk <ellemae.1@juno.com>

I have the bracelet of Sgt. James Harwood, 1-15-71.  I wore it daily during the Viet Nam crisis, and always prayed that Sgt. Harwood would be safe.  From time to time throughout the years, I would take the bracelet out of its safe place and wonder what ever happened to this brave man. Well several days ago, I contacted the Virtual Wall, looking for the name of my cousin who was killed in Viet Nam in 1967.  I also searched for information on Sgt. Harwood, which is how I ended up here, I would like to return the bracelet, if it is the family's wish, and I would like to learn more about this person who I never knew, but prayed for and always hoped that someday would return home safe to his family. After reading his Bio, it saddens me deeply to read what he went through, my love and prayers go to his family.

I can be contacted at ellemae.1@juno.com
Thank You and God Bless,
Denise Dworaczyk

Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 03:14:04 EDT
From: Tuhcorp@aol.com

To the family and friends of Maj. Charles Claxton

I wore a bracelet with the name Maj. Charles Claxton when I was a young girl.  I cannot remember how I got the bracelet.  I remember that it was "cool" to get one, so I did.  The bracelet helped raise my young awareness of the
events of the time, and I prayed for Maj. Claxton and his loved ones.

While I stopped wearing the bracelet in the late 70's, I always kept it.  I felt it was appropriate to keep it, since I never knew what happened to him until today.

When the POWs came home I watched with my mother.  We watched for his return.  I remember how my Mom would say, "Is that the name?", or "What was that name again?".  When he did not return, I continued to wonder.

As the years have passed, and as my family has grown and we have moved, I have come across the bracelet many times.  Each time I could not bring myself to part with the bracelet.  Somehow, I felt it was not respectful to dispose
of the bracelet, unless I knew what happened.

We recently moved from the Chicago area to Connecticut.  While packing / unpacking the bracelet surfaced again.  Tonight I could not sleep.  PBS had an American Experience documentary about Vietnam POW's, which I watched.  It moved me deeply, and I decided to search the Internet.

I found this site and read the bio re: the remains that were recently identified and about Maj. Claxton's mission.

Thanks for the privilege of wearing Maj. Claxton's name and for personally significant opportunity to be aware of his Service with Honor.

I would be happy to turn the bracelet over to a family member or friend. Please feel free to contact me via email if you would like to have it.


Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 10:14:32 EDT
From: KMOMThomas@aol.com

May 31, 2001

To Family and Friends of Captain George Ivison Mims Jr.:

I was just a very young child when I received my POW/MIA bracelet, an attempt to be like my older sisters and a vague awareness of what was going on in the world around me.  I remember watching the lists of names of those returning from Vietnam but was disappointed to see that the man on my bracelet was not coming home.  The bracelet has been in my possession all these years and at 39 I still think of Captain George Mims and wonder about him and his family.

I visited a traveling wall memorial a few years back and at that time found his name and further information.  It seems that so many memories of my childhood were impacted by the Vietnam War.  I remember the news broadcasts on television showing the battle locations and those returning home.  I remember the protests and the Christmas my father made a Peace sign with lights out of a hula hoop covered in foil.  I remember the discussions at
night of my parents and the concerns about my brothers going off to Vietnam,

an event that fortunately never happened.   I now wonder how the Captain's family has fared and wish for them to know that so many others out here keep their loved ones in our hearts.  Especially for me Captain George Ivison
Mims Jr. will forever be a part of my thoughts and prayers.
                                              Karin Thomas

Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 17:28:24 EDT
From: SWILCOX702@aol.com

I am a retired Army Sergeant who has been wearing the same POW bracelet since 1977.  I wore it my entire military tour and to Saudi Arabia for Desert Store.  The soldier on my bracelet is Frederick J. Ransbottom, USA, from Oklahoma missing since 5/12/68.  Anyone with information concerning him, or any other POW/MIA organization please e-mail me at Swilcox702@aol.com.

God bless them all

Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 19:51:23 -0500
From: "M & L Fortune" <fncold@mb.sympatico.ca>

To the Family of WO John Charles Hosken, lost March 24, 1970. Just to let you know I have owned my POW/MIA bracelet since 1970. I am from Medway, Ohio and now live in Canada. I visited the wall in 1995 but could not find a way to reach you to say how sorry I was that your loved one has not yet returned home. I no longer wear my bracelet due to my occupation, but keep it in a safe place where I can reflect on the sadness of the situation and NOT forget......... My email address is fncold@mb.sympatico.ca. I have printed all of the information I could find on the web about John and will try to submit his name for the virtual wall. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely, L.W.F.

Subject: The Family of Walter O. Estes Jr.
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 22:15:40 -0700
From: Patti Passalaqua <pap@saber.net>

Hello, I would like to send you my deepest sympathies at the loss of your loved one. I have had Walters bracelet since I was a senior in highschool (1968). I have wondered all these years if Walter made it home. I looked for his name in the newspaper when the war ended but never saw it. I just recently started using a computer and looked up
Walter on the internet and finally received an answer to my questions. If you would like the bracelet that I wore for a number of years I would be happy to send it to you. I have a brother that returned safely home to us from Viet Nam and everytime I said a prayer for him I said one for Walter.

Sincerely, Pat Passalaqua

Subject: Capt. Charles Wayne Stratton
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 04:06:53 -0400
From: "Laurie and Dan Weckstein" <lauriedanweckstein@prodigy.net>

On this Memorial Day, my thoughts rest with the man whose name was on my bracelet I first wore as a 12 year old.  I am now 40.  These 28 years later, I haven't forgotten you and what your life meant to our country. 

I never really knew what happened to you.  From what I can find, you remain, listed as an MIA, in Laos.  Still, I remember your name and the sacrifice you made so that I can sit here today with my beautiful family, my life . . . my freedom. 

I thank and honor you Capt. Charles Stratton.  Whether you are alive today, or not . . . you are remembered.  I am profoundly grateful to you, and to all the other men and women who have risked their lives, for upholding honor, democracy and freedom--in it's purest, most heartwrenching, selfless form. 

To your family and loved ones, I offer this quote by Abraham Lincoln.  I hope that perhaps, in some way, these incredible words may help. 

     " . . . I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.  But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.  I pray that our heavenly Father my assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

     --Abraham Lincoln   ~   November 21, 1864

I will always remember your name and what your life stands for . . . .

Laurie Galbraith Weckstein

Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 18:11:57 -0700
From: "Lisa Kennell" <lack2@msn.com>

CAPT. LAWRENCE BOOTH                                                                                                                   

This letter is for any family of Capt.Lawrence Booth. I would like nothing more then to hear from someone who is related to (or knows) Mr.Booth.

I have worn his name on my arm for 29 years. I recieved my bracelet when I was 11 years old.As I grow older I feel more of a need to try to find information about him. I can only hope that this letter will do that. Lawrence has never been forgotten,and not a day goes by that I don't think about him and his family. Lisa K.


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