Friday, May 23, 2014

For Army Nurse Eleanor Alexander



I just ordered from Memorial Bracelets to honor the service and life of Army Nurse Eleanor Alexander. She was KIA on November 30, 1967 when she was 27 years old. As a young woman who wanted to be in the marines as a medic I felt she was a perfect person to honor. I will never, ever forget you Eleanor and will wear your bracelet with love and thanks for all you've done for us!

Gillian T

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

For My Brother Mike Klingner

  • My brother, Mike Klingner, was a F-100 pilot during the Vietnam war. He was lost in Laos in 1970. His current status is KIA/MIA.

    In 1985, I was shopping in our local supermarket. At the checkout, I noticed my cashier was wearing a metal bracelet. I asked her about the bracelet. She had just picket a name off "The Wall" to honor a fallen veteran. The name she was wearing was my brother.

    Since that encounter, I've always worn a bracelet honoring my brother.

    I never saw that beautiful cashier again!

Tom K.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

For PFC Sander C. Sanderson

When I was a child in the 60's I wore the bracelet of a soldier fighting in Viet Nam. I often thought of this young man all these years. Well last year I came across the Memorial Bracelets page on FB. I searched the archives and found his name and learned he in fact died in Viet Nam all those years ago. 

I was so sad to learn this because I had hoped and prayed all these years that this young man had come home and lived a full life. Well my son's 5th grade class went to DC for a field trip and so I sat him down and told him this story. I told him this young man's name - well my son visited the Viet Nam Wall and when he came home he handed me a piece of paper where he traced this young man's name for me- PFC Sander C. Sanderson. It was a special moment and gift - one that I will treasure forever. 

I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to find this young man and to thank him in my heart.

Christine A.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

For Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Since I found out about Sgt. Bowe Begdahl, and learned that he is from a school friend's home town, ALL I wanted was a way to help and get the word out. This may not be much, BUT anything is better than nothing.

For SSG Roger S. Martin


I was always taught to respect and Honor our veterans. My mom was from France and went through the war when she was young and always told us if it wasn't for our Soldiers we would not be here today. Dad was in the USAF and meet my Mom there. I also have a lost relative. His name is SSG Roger S Martin From Franklin NH. His plane went down over the Pacific South West. My Great Aunt was told On Thanksgiving Day Nov. 1945. His 4 sibling's are still alive. They range from 83, 85, 92 and 95. To this day they still wonder about him. I will never forget him. They named the football field after him and last year I made sure they celebrated 75 years the field was dedicated to him.

Jane S.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

For Son's Best Friend - Justin J. Swanson

I just ordered a dog tag to honor my son's best friend, Justin J. Swanson, who was killed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom on November 10, 2009. My son was in the Humvee that drove over the IED that killed Justin. I am so thankful that my son was able to survive and come home however I don't ever want to forget that Justin paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Laurie F.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

For Sgt. Jason Hansen

Yesterday I ordered my Memorial Bracelet to remember Sgt. Jason Hansen. His mother, Vickie Hays, is a friend of mine. I didn't know Sgt. Hansen but know that he was a wonderful young man who was/is admired by many. He is missed every day by his family and friends. I can't wait to be able to honor this young man's memory in this small way.

Rebecca G.

In Memory of My Cousin

I will be wearing the Memorial Bracelet in memory of my cousin who was KIA on March 9,1968. He was the best of the best! Leaving us much too soon... He will be forever 21 and he is always on my mind along with all the others that bravely gave their lives for our country!

Hotly Toddy Ronnie Bateman! We love and miss you everyday!!

Jenny

Sunday, January 12, 2014

FOR 1LT DEAN F. SPAULDING JR

Dean was my big brother and best friend.  We had two half brothers who have passed away, and one half brother who I thank God that is still alive. To me he is just my brother, and I love him just the same. Dean and I were very close in age and usually were the only ones we could depend on. Our older brother, when he was 17, went into the Army. One died at 6 months, the other was born the day after my 12th birthday.

Dean was born December 19, 1946.  I was born March 8, 1948, so we were close in age and a year apart in school. He was the best man when I got married. We double dated a lot. So I want everyone to know how great he was. I was pregnant with our son when my husband was in Vietnam. He was wounded, spent 5 months in a hospital, then went back too finish his tour. Dean was in OCS when he came home on leave, he went out bought my crib for the baby's clothes, then bought baby clothes and diapers to fill it. He was more to me than just a big brother, I think of him every day.

My husband spent to tours in Vietnam received the Purple Heart, plus others. He says his most cherished is his CIB badge. I crosse stitched him a picture for it. As he was a lifer a lot of his buddies saw it and asked me to make them one Jerry was in the Army when we got married so I got to spend 23 years as an Army wife and loved and was very proud to be one. So maybe that can tell you why I think our men or women who have served and our still severing our country get respect they deserve. TO BE HONEST tho my heart belongs mostly to the Vietnam VETS, they still haven't got the welcome home they never got.

Sandy

Sunday, November 17, 2013

For LCPL Ballard

I just purchased my second bracelet from Memorial Bracelets.  I chose Lance Corporal Norman C. Ballard, KIA 30 Jan 68, SVN. He is from my little bitty hometown of Felda, FL. Semper Fi!

Kelli T.

Friday, November 08, 2013

For Major James Fowler

During the Vietnam war I wore the bracelet honoring Major James Fowler who was POW/MIA. Since then he was found to be KIA. He is never far from my mind/prayer. I have just ordered a Memorial Bracelet with his name so that once again, he will be close.

Deb W.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

For SSgt Ries and Cpl Kielion

I have 2 anniversary's coming up. I escorted 2 Marines home that were killed in Iraq. SSgt David G. Ries was killed on 8 Nov 2004 and Cpl Shane E. Kielion was killed on 15 Nov 2004. I have never been the same since the day I carried them home from Dover and presented them to their familes and children. I got a tattoo last year on my wrist and always wear my Memorial Bracelets. Every time I put my arm out or hake someone's hand it is an opportunity to tell people about them. Never forget!

Christie W.

For Ashcraft, Lyon, Moore and Martinez

For Sgt Ashcraft, Cpl Lyon, Cpl Moore USMC, honor Lcpl Daniel A. Martinez Feb1st 1991- July 28 2013 gone but never forgotten

Brandon L.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

For Major Andre and Major Sizemore


Major Howard V.  Andre, Jr. and Major James E. Sizemore were recovered and laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Sept. 23, 2013. My husband and son, even though they received the new MIA Bracelets, chose to never wear them.  They just couldn't take the old weathered ones off, and the new ones remain in the plastic they arrived in.  

This was a double ceremony, with Major Andre and Sizemore being buried side by side together at the same time, same service, double caissons etc....  At the viewing the night before, my son removed his weathered MIA bracelet and placed it on his grandfathers decorated uniform that rest on top of his remains. My husband and his sister followed suit. They admitted it was hard. Those bracelets had become a part of them after wearing for so many years and they feel naked without them, but Major Andre isn't MIA anymore. They were conflicted but it felt like the right thing to do to lay them to rest with their Father/Grandfather.







Tuesday, September 10, 2013

For LCDR James A. Beene

I still have my original POW-MIA bracelet from the Vietnam War. It broke, and I got a new one which I still wear. The broken one is kept in a special place. I'm still waiting for LCDR James A. Beene....

Tracie H.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Form AG2 Matthew Michael Flocco

As September 11 approaches, keep those who mourn and hurt in your prayers always, but especially during this time. Bear one another's burdens. I had to replace my Mercy BAND (bear another's name daily), lost it in a military move, but I replaced it with the same name as I got right after 9/11 happened.  The same name I wore on my wrist on my wedding day, and so many days in between. I don't know AG2 Matthew Michael Flocco, or his family, but they are prayed for.  Praying for peace, comfort, and love to surround them.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

For SSG Job Reigoux

My close friend, Job M. Reigoux, was killed in Afghanistan on 1 June 2013, from injuries he sustained thanks to a coward with an RPG. I ordered the bracelet on 2 June, when I learned of his death.
Every person we've lost - every person named on your blog - is a whole person, and there are not words enough to describe the world you lose in the person who is gone. Let me say that he was, at bottom, a Non-Commissioned Officer in every sense of the word, and every NCO that has ever had the honor to wear the stripes will understand the world contained in that statement. As an NCO myself, I ask myself what Job would do when confronted with a situation in which I am unsure what the right answer is. Job has not guided me wrong yet, nor do I think he ever will.

The loss never ends, it reverberates every second of every day. His unit flew home three weeks after he died, and he was supposed to have been transferred to a larger post three days before his death, but the move was postponed. There is great bitterness in knowing that, in knowing that had some Army bureaucrat not changed their mind from the safety of a hardened TOC somewhere, he would still be here. But there is less bitterness when I think of all the things he taught me when he was alive, and all the things he still teaches me now he is gone. There is even greater comfort in knowing that when my time comes, he will be there.

I do not remove this Memorial Bracelet; it has not left my wrist from the moment I opened the package in the mail. When I deploy in future it will be there with me, and so will be he.

SSG Alexandra G.
10th Mountain Division

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

For Marine Embassy Guard Rick

I am a Embassy brat. My family was assigned to India in 1968. There was a Marine Guard there named Rick. He was the youngest one and I was madly in love with him. (lol) I was 7/8. In 68 he was sent to Viet Nam. I've never known what happened to him and I have never forgotten him. I wear a MIA in his honor. But we are forgetting a KIA!!! BENGAZIE! Where is their remembrance? Can anyone tell me?

This Embassy Brat remembers those who Guard:'(

Deboraha M

Monday, August 19, 2013

For Capt. Charles Nasmyth

I wore Capt. Charles Nasmyth's POW Bracelet during the Viet Nam war......he returned to us......Wish I would have been able to have met him or at least communicated and let him know that I wore his braclet......I would have also given it to him if he would have wanted it.....I'm pretty sure I still have it.

Judy R-H

Monday, July 29, 2013

For Cousin Ronnie Zemple

Ordering mine this week to honor my cousin Ronnie Zempel who was lost at sea in Vietnam. As a Gulf War Vet, I thank every Vet out there for your service!

Paul K.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

For SSG Panchot and CPO Faas

I wear one Memorial Bracelet for SSG Dale Panchot and Navy Chief Petty Officer John Faas.  Two Minnesota warriors who gave there life defending and protecting our freedom.

Bravo M.

For Jason Hansen

Yesterday I ordered my Memorial Bracelet to remember Sgt. Jason Hansen. His mother, Vickie Hays, is a friend of mine. I didn't know Sgt. Hansen but know that he was a wonderful young man who was/is admired by many. He is missed every day by his family and friends. I can't wait to be able to honor this young man's memory in this small way.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

For My Australian Brothers in Arms

Cheers guys got my package just recently after my old one from battalion wore out....happy to be showing my respects again.

DUTY FIRST
Never Forget  Never Forgive
Brother By Choice

Jimy S.

Monday, July 22, 2013

For Bowe Bergdahl

In 1972, I was living, & working 7 days a week, in Memphis, Tn, & my birthdate was read over the radio via WLS out of Chicago for the 69 tag pulled from the lottery, .....

I went down to the Memphis AAFEES Station & enlisted, I have had rotten tomatoes, & eggs thrown at me, while boarding aircraft in the US from protesters against the war, but went on to my duty stations, regardless of where they would take me, . . . . I was 18, scared, but sure of my companions, & leadership, & would have followed them into hell if so ordered, . . . . & still would, . . .

Death does not scare me as it used to, but agonizing suffering does, . . . So I would wear one of these POW bracelets for Sgt. Bergdahl with the same pride that I wore our uniform, i have had to go without hot meals for weeks on end, wash up out of a steel pot using the sandy dust for water, & find a place to crap far enough away from our encampment so that the stench would not overpower your senses, without the protection, or convenience of TP, utilizing what ever was at hand, eating 35 year old C-rations on an every meal basis, for weeks on end, . . . & lived out of our vehicles, & doing field maintenance that should have been done on a preparatory basis, instead of waiting for field trials to bring our unreadiness to our attentions, cannabalizing parts off of equipment, to make our vehicles run, & even rewired a deuce & 1/2 with commo wire & still managed to pass a V-Corp inspection, because it was logged as field expedience, . . . . . 

The oath I undertook as an 18 year old has never expired for me, & it never shall, . . . . 
I love my country, & will always defend her, for the rights & liberties that we still enjoy today, . . . . Regardless of who is in office, or what party they may belong to, . . . Has no effect in my judgement, with all of my faculties intact, . . .

John E. O. III

Sunday, July 21, 2013

For HM1 Darrell Enos

I got a Memorial Bracelet today to remember HM1 Darrel Enos KIA, 17 Aug 2012. He was a friend and co-worker of mine when I was stationed in Maryland. It was an honor to serve with him!

Cadance M.