I am a Marine combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Throughout both conflicts I wore a KIA bracelet for SGT Lorenzo, a USA Ranger who was killed in the now famous "BlackHawk Down" battle in Somalia. This bracelet never, never came off my wrist. As you can imagine the once black bracelet is now a worn silver. I had planned on continuing to wear SGT Lorenzo's bracelet until my good friend CPL Michael was killed near Fallujah in September. We fought together on the initial push from Kuwait to Baghdad in early 2003, we all made it back alive. He was killed in his second tour with 2 weeks left until he was to return home. He was an outstanding Marine and he will be missed.