We did not know anyone who was lost on Sept. 11, 2001, but our hearts go out to them and their families. We are two people who will never forget, the memory of those brave people. We may just be a bunch of old bikers, but we will never forget!
Monday, March 26, 2007
I received my POW bracelet. I ordered one with the particular name of a Vietnam vet because I still have the original one that I got and wore for several years starting in 1971. Fred Holmes was the brother of a friend of mine. He is now listed on the Vietnam War Memorial in D.C. My family will be visiting DC in a few weeks with my daughter's 8th Grade class and I ordered the bracelet for her to wear when we visit the Wall. (I'll be wearing my original one.) She hasn't taken it off since it arrived. It should be more meaningful after we visit the Memorial. Also, her friends at school are seeing it and asking about it. Good for 8th graders to think about.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I wanted a bracelet that would have meaning for me. Through a Marine Corps online board for wives, fiancées, and girlfriends, I met a young woman my age who also had a boyfriend in the Marines. However, he was called to a different home on 6 October 2005. Lcpl. Jason Frye is the name engraved on my bracelet. Lcpl. Frye was a strong Marine who bravely served our country. He gave his all, and he deserves to be recognized everyday for his efforts. The war has been fought for four years now, and I don't want anyone to forget about our men and women serving overseas. I want a daily reminder of the freedoms our military is protecting. I want people to ask me what my bracelet stands for, so I can proudly describe Lcpl. Frye and the sacrifices he's made for you and me. I am honored to wear such a bracelet.
God bless our troops.
Monday, March 19, 2007
We Support what you do by donating part of the proceeds to those who have lost a family member. I believe we are in this together and we should help each other whenever we can.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
2/35 INF-Kirkuk, Iraq
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I love Tommy so much and it is just hard to believe that he is gone. So these bracelets are a daily reminder that he is with all of us everyday. He laughs when we laugh, holds us when we cry, and loves us at all times.
Mourning the loss of my friend
Monday, March 12, 2007
semester before I did and stayed on a while as a Gold Bar Recruiter. He
eventually left for school, as did I. I never saw him again after he
left. It was not until I was deployed that I had happened to get my
hands on a copy of The Army Times that I saw his name in the front
section where they list all KIAs. I cut that piece of paper out and
carry it in my wallet still today.
Richard was a great friend, man and Soldier. He will be missed by many.
Thanks for everything that you do to support us, and remember those that
Thursday, March 08, 2007
wanted. I have never wanted a specific name before. This is the fourth bracelet
I have worn, but I was looking to replace the one I had, and not abandon
this man again.
Below is an email I sent to a friend who would understand...I sent it
the day I ordered the new bracelet, and took off the old one.
THIS IS WHAT I WROTE TO MY FRIEND.....
I thought that you might appreciate this story of what happened to me
today. I have, for the past 14 years worn a POW/MIA bracelet with the
name of LTC William L. Deane. I am not wearing it any more. It has over
time gotten pretty badly scratched up and I have at various times
polished it and buffed it to remove the nicks and such. Well, it got to
the point that even I could barely read it and I know what it says. So I
went on line to see if I could get another bracelet with the same man's
name. I then planned on sending the bracelet to the wall, or having
someone who was going there, take it.
I found a not for profit site that engraves these types of bracelets
and gives part of the purchase price to several non-profit organizations
that support the families and victims of terror, POWs, Disabled Vets
etc....it's hard to get a bracelet with a specific name. So I went to
the site and tried to look up the name of the vet on my bracelet. He was
not listed. After some moments of frustration and checking the name and
such, I looked under a tab for KIA. There was his name. His status has
been changed from POW to KIA...and he had come home! I sat here at my
desk, in my classroom and wept.
His remains, along with those of four people killed with him, were
returned in 1996 and he was identified in 1999. I clicked on the dates
and found a story and report on the circumstances of his disappearance
and why they thought that he was a prisoner for so long. (He may have
been so for a while.) None the less, He had been returned and
identified, and his wife, Ingrid Deane, had gone with him to Arlington
where he, together with the other four, was buried with full military
This was the third bracelet that I had worn. The first, William D. Ward
came home in the early 70's and was also buried by his family, the
second came home alive, and returned to his family. This one was the
third. That's why I am not wearing the bracelet anymore. I am sending it
to the Pentagon, where they have an office that deals with the returning
of these bracelets to the families. I am sending this on to his wife. If
they can't find her then it will go to the wall.
So, now I have ordered another bracelet. SSG John T. Gallagher from
Hamden, CT lost in Laos on Jan 05, 1968. He is unaccounted for. I may be
wearing this one for a long time. You see, when you put on the bracelet
you are suppose to take a vow to wear it till he or she comes home. They
don't need to be abandoned again! I have been pretty lucky with the men
on my bracelets. I can only hope that, like the other three, he too
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
When I was 2 days old I was adopted. That was 1965. Recently I was able to locate my birth mother and she told me who my father was. She told me that his name was Tim Bodden and that he was a Marine that left for Vietnam on a 2nd tour. I do not believe that he ever knew about me.
When I found out his name, I looked on the Internet to see if by any miracle there was anything about him. I was not prepared for what I found. There is so much about him and his unit, about how he died in Vietnam and about the search that his family did trying to determine if he was still alive or not. He was listed as deceased in 2000.
When I found Tim's war memorial page, there is a picture of him. I have 3 sons. My middle son is almost identical to him. In addition to this, my son is also a Marine. There is no doubt that he is the father that I never was able to know. But I have learned a lot more about him.
Have a nice day and Thank you for what you do!
The bracelet that I purchased was for a fellow Navy LT who was an OCS graduate with me in 2000. I went into the the Intelligence community and he went Spec Ops with the Navy Seals. During Operation Enduring Freedom we served together, he on the ground and I on the USS Abraham Lincoln. We didn't keep in contact on a regular basis, but we knew we were out together fighting the same fight. When I left the USS Abraham Lincoln and headed for the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington DC, he continued to battle on the arduous terrains of Afghanistan. As I presented briefs in the Pentagon, he continued to fight on the ground. One night a tremendous battle ensued and he was killed. I didn't find out until weeks later when I found a brief that mentioned the heroic actions of 8 Navy Seals and his name was a part of that list...in pure black and white. It was a surreal experience on so many accounts. Just a few years back we were training together and now he was gone.
Although I left the Navy after six years of service, I have not forgotten the sacrifice that the men and women in uniform make everyday. This bracelet acts as a reminder...although Mike died a noble cause, I will never forget his sacrifice, all the others that have fallen before and I will remind all those that see it on my wrist that they too should Never Forget.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
I know his family and I had no idea that someone from my hometown was still listed as missing in Vietnam. That’s unacceptable. Not only do I plan to wear the bracelet, but I am going to ensure the town remembers him during Memorial and Veterans’ Day celebrations.