Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I received the Memorial Bracelets I ordered and I loved them. I ordered them for my brother and nephew who loved them as well. My great nephew was killed by a roadside bomb June 25th 2008 in this ugly war that is going on. All we can hope and pray for is that it ends soon before more young lives are lost. I thank you for what you do in making the bracelets, I feel like it brings some comfort to those that have lost loved ones. I have a daughter in the Air National Guard so I will be getting one for myself as well just to show my support in what she does.JanGreat Aunt to SPC JOSHUA L. PLOCICA
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thanks! My bracelet arrived today, just in time for Christmas.
The bracelet is great - super quality, with nice clear engraving.
I ordered this bracelet (LtCol Max Galeai, USMC KIA in Iraq) because Max was a good friend I'd served with twice before -- in Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan. I'm also a USMC LtCol, and want to remember Max on a daily basis. He left behind a wonderful wife and four kids. He was blown up by a suicide bomber while meeting with a dozen tribal shieks in Al Anbar province - the ones who turned the tide in favor of good over evil. Max was a part of that effort. They trusted him, and he they. The terrorists trusted neither, and while they may have massacred a number of noble men (both American and Iraqi), they were unable to kill the idea these men stood for. Max died a hero, and I want to remember him daily for it.
(friend of Max)
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I REALLY LOVE THE MEMORIAL BRACELET. IT IS EXCATLY WHAT I WANTED AND THE QUALITY IS GREAT.
THE REASON THAT I BOUGHT THIS BRACELET. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT ME. I WENT TO IRAQ IN FEB.2004 AND COME BACK IN FEB.2005. DAVID WAS A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE. I WORKED WITH HIM FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE WAS PRIOR SERVICE (MARINES). WHEN WE GOT BACK FROM IRAQ, HE JOINED THE NATIONAL GUARD THAT I WAS IN. I WAS HIS TEAM LEADER FOR ABOUT 8 MONTHS THEN I GOT OUT (MEDICAL DISCHARGE). THEN A FEW MONTHS LATER THE UNIT WAS DEPLOYED AGAIN. HE HAD BEEN IN COUNTRY (IRAQ) FOR A FEW MONTHS WHEN HE WAS KILLED BY ROAD SIDE BOMB. HE WAS KILLED INSTANTLY. I THANK GOD THAT HE DIDNT HAVE TO SUFFER AT ALL. I AM INCLUDING A PIC OF ME WITH IT ON. I LOOK KIND OF ROUGH THOUGH BUT I GUESS THAT IT WILL HAVE TO DO. I WILL RECOMEND YOU TO EVERYONE THAT I KNOW. WELL, I CLOSE FOR NOW AND AGAIN THANK YOU. YOU DID A GREAT JOB ON THE BRACELET.
I lost my Dad back in Jan. I have been trying to find a way to remember him, you know a tattoo, pics, etc. This Memorial Bracelet is the perfect way for me to do that.
This bracelet is pretty much what the web page said it was going to be like.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I received my POW Bracelet today and am wearing it proudly in memory of Capt Patrick H. Carroll, USAF. I first purchased and wore a bracelet bearing Capt Carroll’s name in 1972, while I was an Air Force ROTC cadet at
. I lost that first bracelet after having worn it for several years, but I never forgot about Capt. Carroll, and often wondered whether he had ever returned from Iowa State University SE Asia. Recently, after reading an article about POW/MIA from the era, I was moved to search the internet to learn whether Capt. Carroll had ever returned from his tour of duty in Vietnam . I was saddened to learn that he is still listed as MIA, but pleased to find out that I could honor his memory by ordering a replacement bracelet bearing his name. Thank you for helping to perpetuate this noble tradition. Vietnam
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The reason why I ordered the Memorial Bracelet is I want someway to support our troops. I have an ex boyfriend who served in the Gulf war and even though we are not together anymore, I am glad for every moment we shared together because he survived and came home. War is war in my book i am not differentiating one from the other because there is always a risk in going overseas. I just tear up everytime I see more troops coming home safe and sound.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
John & Melissa
Friday, December 12, 2008
When I was in Basic Training in San Antonio I ordered a bracelet with the name of a friend of mine that was KIA. I wore that bracelet the 5 years I stayed in the service and rarely removed. After I got out I gave the bracelet to my friends mom. That was 12 years ago. My friend is buried in the same graveyard as my brother. I know my brother would be proud I wore this bracelet with such respect that was deserved for this hero. I have wondered for years how to go about getting one and did some google searches and low and behold I now have my Memorial Bracelet on its way. I am so excited to continue honering my friend and those who have sacraficed so much. I even ordered one for my friends brother that will hopefully get passed down to his kids to remember the uncle they never got to meet.Leah
I received my POW/MIA Bracelet today and I am very proud to wear it. The excellent workmanship and the detail is nothing less than perfect. I have worn a POW/MIA Bracelet since I returned from Viet Nam. The one that I have worn and ordered is for a fellow Marine who is still listed as MIA. This is the fifth and the most outstanding Bracelet I have worn and most definitely the most exquisitely done. I have always been proud to wear a POW/MIA Bracelet especially with the name of someone I served with. When I was looking to replace my very worn Bracelet I found your "Web Site" on the Internet. When I ordered my new Bracelet I was expecting the same standard plain looking Bracelet. When the beautiful Black Bracelet arrived I was so taken by the care, attention to detail and the way the Bracelet was etched and the Marine Emblem was placed I was truly shocked. This Bracelet is truly a work of art and I am sure the time involved making it, the care and workmanship was done by a true craftsman. Thank you for this amazing POW/MIA Bracelet, it is truly appreciated. I have shown it to some friends and they have ordered or will order their next Bracelet from your Company. Thanks again. Semper Fi. Dennis 1SGT (Ret)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
My name is Vincent. On Oct. 20 2006 I lost one of my team mates to a road side bomb in Iraq. He and I served together with a deployment to Afghanistan 02-03 and Iraq 03-04. He was a brother to me. One will never know the bond we had until they know combat in a spec. ops. unit. He left behind a wife and infant son who I and my wife were also very close to. It was one of the hardest things I have ever been threw. For the next year and a half I thought about him every day. I would continuously write and call his wife. Oct. 20 2008 I forgot to call his wife! Slowly the pain started to ease of his death and before I knew it a day would go buy that I wouldn't think about him. A day turned to two days and then three and then every once and a while. Then I forgot his death anniversary! I felt horrible. I made a promise to myself and God that I would never forget again! That's why I came to this web sight. I want a Memorial Bracelet to remember my brother and never again forget. Thank you for what you do. May God be with you and your company.
Attached is a picture of my team and I.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
|I got two Memorial Bracelets to tell my buddies Harris and Elais that I will never forgot them. We all got to the 701st after they had left for Iraq. We were on Rear D together. We had fun exploring Germany together. They were my comrades and my family. They both took care of me like they were my older brothers (I was 18, in Germany, and almost always in trouble). I remember the day I found out Harris died. I was on gate guard at Camp Spiecher. A convoy rolled in and said someone from 12 Chem died. I was sick to my stomach. I knew it was one of my friends. I remember sitting at his momorial; I remembered all those nights Harris knock on my door, wanting to bum a smoke, or asking if I had a phone card. I would give anything for him to knock on my door again. When I left Iraq the first time, it left like we were forgetting someone. It was a happy day and a sad day. I did not hear about Elais right away. I left for Ft. Bragg and lost contact with my buddies. I was in Iraq the second time when I heard about Elais. I was catching up on old times with some friends still in Germany. When Johnson told me, my heart stopped. I remembered when I had alittle to much to drink one night. Elais carried me for a mile home, only to find out that I had locked myself out. I remember waking up on his bed. I looked over and saw that he was sleeping on his floor. He had given me all the pillows and blankets. He looked so uncomfortable. I miss my two older brothers so much. I wish I had them to still watch me and protect me. I will never forgot you guys. I love you guys.|
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
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Friday, November 14, 2008
My name is MA2 Chris Urias…I am a Navy dog handler…both my kennel supervisor and myself wear our Memorial Bracelets in remembrance of our former dogs. I was deployed to Kuwait with my Military Working Dog in JAN 2007. During that deployment I was scheduled to leave in JULY 2007 along with my partner back to our home station. Shortly after my replacement arrived on station, his partner passed away and I was forced to leave my partner with my replacement. I soon transferred duty stations after returning home never seeing my partner again. I have since learned that he has returned home safely and will not be going on any other deployments in the near future.
My kennel supervisor wears his Memorial Bracelet also in remembrance but under different circumstances. His Military Working Dog was from a different program all together. They had teamed up in 2004 and went through 6 months of training before reaching their ultimate duty station. Shortly thereafter, his team deployed to Iraq for 7 months. Upon return from his deployment him and his partner were assigned to numerous high level security details in and around the U.S. for high level dignitaries such as Heads of State…former Presidents…and other guests of the U.S. Around FEB 2007 his partner was diagnosed with cancer and again he was tasked for another deployment to Iraq. Unfortunately his partner was too sick to go along for the deployment so he was partnered with another MWD and continued on his deployment. Shortly after deploying his 1st partner was put to sleep due to his illness. My kennel supervisor wasn’t notified until after his return to the states about his former partner.
I felt that this was a good way to remember both of our former partners.
NAS Fallon Security Det.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I just recieved my Memorial Bracelet yesterday morning, and I really like it a lot. I especially like it being personalized. The reason I wanted one of these bracelets is just to show my support. I wore a POW bracelet from the Viet Nam era for years. I had a couple of appointments yesterday and was asked by a few people people what the bracelet was all about, and I was happy to tell them.I found your website by luck, as I was just looking for a bracelet that would remind me of the men and women who need support. I was always proud to wear my Viet Nam bracelet, and I will be proud to wear this bracelet as well. I had ordered a couple of different other bracelets from other web sites, but I do like the personalization on this bracelet, and will be wearing it.Brenda
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Memorial Bracelet is greatI have been working on the recovery of my cousin, CPL Robert L. Ziegler for many years. He and his crew members are a shining example of how political struggle can frustrate the recovery of our service members. I am told by our government that a request for permission to search for his aircraft and eleven crewmembers has been submitted several times since 2006. I am getting old and would like to see this resolved before I pass on. At the very least, they deserve to be recovered and returned to their homeland and buried on American soil. Thank you for your support.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
This is my story for ordering the Memorial Bracelet. I have been deployed to Iraq since April 4,2008. I am an Army Reserve Nurse working in the emergency room of a local Combat Support Hospital. I am also a flight nurse who cares and transports our critically wounded soldiers to a larger hospital for care. I am sending this bracelet to my husband in Florida to let him know I love him and will be back soon.
It will also remind people that we are still here and still fighting a war, some people seem to have forgotten.
Thanks for your support.
345th CSH - COB Speicher
Friday, November 07, 2008
I ordered a Memorial Bracelet in remembrance of Lean Atteridge. He and I went to high school together. I joined the Navy in July 1964, served two Vietnam tours 1965 and 1966 and was discharged in 1967. Leon was drafted into the Army in 1967 and died in combat near Hue in Mar 1968.
Folks now are epitomizing Iraq and Afghanistan vets yet seem to continue to forget Vietnam vets who died in an unpopular war. I decided to remind them all that there have been plenty of veterans of prior wars who also need to be remembered in their thoughts and prayers of thanks for the freedom we continue to enjoy.
Trooper Nevada Highway Patrol
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We will wear our Memorial Bracelets in memory of our son, Sgt. John E. Allen, a Medic for the US Army. He was KIA, in Ghazaliah, Iraq, on 17 March 2007, by IED.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I was born and raised in Huntington WV and had one of these bracelets back when I was in high school [Class of 1973], but I don't know what happened to it or whose name was on it. I grew up in the '60s during the Vietnam era, and knew some returned veterans in college.I'm also grieving for Daddy, who died last year. He served in England during WWII, and I thought a Memorial Bracelet would be a way to honor him too. When I went to your website the first name I saw was Captain Albright from Huntington WV, and I knew I had to have it.I'm pleased to have my bracelet, and my best wishes to your organization.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Now SGT Al-Taie is the last missing soldier of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed to Iraq, I worked in the Joint Personnel Recovery Center/Personnel Recovery Division and for a time was the case officer for SGT Al-Taie's eventual recovery. Until he comes home, hopefully alive but home as Maupin, Jimenez and Fouty have, I'll wear this bracelet.
I think the bracelets awesome! I think its awesome to support the POW and MIA's. I am very glad I went with black, I almost went with red. But....Black is way way better! I was afraid the black was going to scratch off, but it doesn't!I love to learn about history, and I really respect the soldiers of today and of the past. I talk to soldiers online and I wanted to find another way to honor the fallen ones, so I thought this was a great idea. I could of spent $30 on somthing else that most people would think was cooler then a Memorial Bracelet, but I think its well worth the money to spend it on one of these! I think everyone should get one, I cant wait to run into someone who is wearing one too!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Just wanted to let you know that I received my Memorial Bracelet. Very happy with the bracelet.
My brother (who is 11 years older than I am) was in the VietNam War. I was not even a teen yet and did not pay much concern to this era. I knew there was a war going on but did not realize how much it was affecting this country. I felt by ordering a bracelet it would keep me reminded about the service men and women who fought for our country during this time. I chose a serviceman from the state where I live and from a city where my family and I frequently vacationed in the summer when I was a child.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Recently, I visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial, to pay my respects - this was an event that profoundly affected me when it happened, so my visit was very emotional.
One of the exhibits honoring the FDNY and 9-11 displayed a Memorial Bracelet in memory of a firefighter. This was also an event that affected me profoundly, so I went searching on the Internet to see if I could find bracelets I could order... years ago, as a teenager, I wore a POW bracelet to honor a missing soldier... I have lost the bracelet over the years, but never forgot my soldier.
I was thrilled to find your website... I think this is a wonderful way to honor and remember special people in our lives, whether it is a soldier, a firefighter or a loved one. I wish my arms were longer, so I could wear more bracelets.
My original order was for 2 bracelets... one to honor victims of terrorism and one in support of our troops... the next night, I re-visited the site, and found the option to order a Vietnam POW bracelet, and found my original soldier... so I ordered a new bracelet to honor him. At the same time, I also ordered bracelets in memory of my brother, who died in 2004 to give to another brother and my nephews.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I truly feel good about my Memorial Bracelet and the sacrifice it represents. My brother recommended your site from his own loss of a Soldier.
I ordered a Memorial Bracelet for a Soldier who was killed responding to
an incident involving my Soldiers. I had two badly wounded Soldiers and
even though he did not know my Soldiers or my unit, this Soldier went
into harm's way to help. He was killed in the process and I will
remember his sacrifice always.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I was given my first MIA bracelet in 2000. At the time I was an active duty member in the Navy and I didn't know these existed. I don't know ADR1 James C. Newman, but I do know that he went missing in SVN on 6 Feb 68 and that he came from Tennessee.
Sometimes I cry thinking of all the soldiers that have fought for this counrty, the ones who have come home and the ones that won't. I pray for there families and feel like they are my own. If it weren't for our Armed Forces I would not be able to enjoy the things I love the most. God bless every single soldier that has ever fought for our freedom. God bless their families and loved ones and God bless the U.S.A. I wouldn't want it any onther way.
With respect and love,
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here is my story of why I ordered the Memorial Bracelet of A.A. Lee (Dickie ). Dickie and I were the best of friends in our childhood. We went to school together, played together, and everything else kids do. When we reached high school age, we car pooled to school together, double dated, took spring break together, and played in a rock band together. During high school, all we talked about was joining the Marine Corps. When we graduated I was ready, but Dickie wanted to work a year to finish paying off his car. Long story short, I got drafted. After about a year Dickie then joined the Marines. By the time he finished basic training, I was already in Vietnam. Dickie wrote to me saying his first duty assignment was Vietnam. I didn't think there was much of a chance, but what the hell, we might hook up when he got there. We didn't, Dickie was killed his first day in country.The way we were treated upon return from Vietnam was not what I expected. I made a special effort to try to put all thoughts of Vietnam in the farthermost depths of my mind. As bad as it seems, the memory of Dickie accompanied the memory of Vietnam. Now almost 40 years later, I find myself joining The Vietnam Veteran's Motorcycle Club. My ex wife had worn a POW bracelet for a number of years which I always thought was very respectful. I decided that I would like to see if I could find out if bracelets were still available and if so, I would get one in memory of a POW/MIA from North Carolina. During my search on the Internet, I found your site. Much to my delight I found KIA Memorial Bracelets were available. My order explains the rest. Thank you very much for providing this service and may God bless you and your company.Sincerely,KenGastonia, North Carolina
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I lost the first one I had, but I got this Memorial Bracelet because last year I did a Sept 11th memorial hike in NH. It's called flags on the 48. There are 48 peaks in NH over 4000 feet and every year since the bombing people have hiked in the memorial and flown old glory in honor of those that passed.
I decided to honor a fallen soldier as well this year. I bought the first bracelet and then when I moved misplaced it somewhere 2 weeks before the hike. I was able to obtain one from the soldier's mom. I happened to choose SPC William Evans because he died on my birthday fighting for my freedom. I also decided to notify his family that their sacrifice is not forgotten. I didn't want any publicity or special attention for myself, but if your publishing this will promote the hike further for next year then I will gladly except that. I plan to honor another soldier next year as well as continuing to honor Bill Evans.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I ordered this Memorial Bracelet in honor of my brother Cpl Kyle Wilks who was killed April 15, 2008 in Afghanistan. The bracelets look very clean cut and professional and a good way to honor a true American Hero. I also ordered one for my best friend because Kyle was like her big brother that she never had. She doesn't know about the bracelet yet and I can't wait to show her. Hopefully this way she will not get a tattoo. Thank you so much for a company that can do such a thing.Proud Sister of Kyle WilksMakayla
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I will wear my Memorial bracelet in memory of my son-in law, Robert Stacey Goodwin, KIA , in Afghanistan, Sept.20, 2004 whom I loved as dearly as my own son....and in honor of my daughter Jennifer Goodwin who lost her soul mate. We will always remember and love Stacey. My bracelet hasn't arrived yet, but when it does, I will wear it proudly, for Stacey believed in the Freedom he fought so proudly for!
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I am wearing a Memorial Bracelet for SSG Robert S Goodwin was and forever will be my brave husband KIA 20SEPT2004, Operation Enduring Freedom A 2/3rd SFG (A)
Thank you and eternal love be to him and all of our brave troops.
God Bless all of You!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
On Memorial Day 2006, I was in Memphis, Tennessee with my mother. Out on Germantown Road, they had a field with rows and rows of American Flags. Each flag was on a pole with a gold ball on top. Below the flag was a yellow ribbon tied to the pole. Glued on the yellow ribbon was a business card with the name of the soldier KIA with his city, state and date of death. The flags were for sale. My mother and I each purchased a flag. I have flown that flag every day weather permitted since that weekend, with his yellow ribbon still on the pole.Then I saw John McCain's acceptance speech as Republican Presidential Nomenee. During his speech, he mentioned the bracelet he wore, and the soldier it represented. I was thrilled to know that the POW /MIA bracelets were still being done for our soldiers. I was also suprised to see that SPC Robert Tucker's name on your list, that no one had chosen his name yet. He is my flag soldier! I immediately ordered the Memorial Bracelet, adding the flag and Army logos to link them.I have a son that serves in the Army, he has had one tour on Iraq and is beginning his second tour in January. I can not even begin to imagine how Robert's parents dealt with their sons death, but I do know how proud the must have been of their son, because my husband and I very proud of our son. I pray for our troops and for their families every day. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to honor one of our countries fallen heros.Ginny
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I was searching the web for POW bracelets because as an elementary student I wore likely the most famous bracelet that there is : the copper John McCain bracelet. I was lucky to have had an aunt whose husband was in the Navy and she had access to the bracelets at their base. I first had the silver colored metal bracelet which broke in half and then got the copper because I was told it had more flexibility. As I got older I recalled at various intervals in my life the memory of the bracelet, and the picture I found in the news paper of John McCain which hung on my bedroom wall till I got married. I never thought there would be bracelets again because I thought wars like that were long gone. Wrong again. I now have two children:10 and 16 year old, and want them to have the memories that I had. Perhaps one day these names will also become famous. I don't have any pictures. Thanks for the bracelets.
Friday, September 26, 2008
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Monday, September 22, 2008
I received my Memorial Bracelet today and it is - in a strange and sad way -beautiful. Well made. Fits perfectly. But would want that we had no reason to wear them. I am already proudly wearing it in support of past and present Armed Services members and their families. I pray that someday Capt. Speicher can be brought home even after all these years. I'm curious as to whether, if he or his remains are ever found, will I know? I will think of him and all who go into harm's way in my defense often every day. I have not personally lost a family member to war but my Uncle is a retired Army General, my brother a former Marine, I have a very close friend who was in the Navy. Capt. Speicher could be any of them. But even though I do not know him, he was them to someone else. I think of him, and his family and friends, and all our veterans every time I look at this bracelet. Thank you so much for carrying the tradition forward.I Googled POW bracelets after seeing John McCain speaking about the one he wears. I wanted one during the Vietnam War but was too young to know how to go about getting one. I am proud now to be able to support our troops in this way.Peace to everyone,Lisa
Thursday, September 18, 2008
For the last 25 years, James Edwards III, 65, has been a man on a mission.
The Vietnam veteran has been fighting for a memorial at Norfolk State University (NSU) to honor the Spartans “who have given their lives for their country on the battlefield.”
Progress was slow until Edwards, Class of ’69, teamed up with fellow NSU graduates William “Lin” Walton Sr., Class of ’66, and Edgar Farmer, Class of ’69, to co-chair the Veterans Memorial initiative.
With the help of NSU Alumni Association and its president, Shelvee Osborne, they raised over $7,000. The memorial will stand in front of the Harrison B. Wilson Administration Building.
Edwards is the pastor of Chesapeake’s New Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. Half a lifetime ago, he was a platoon leader in Vietnam.
The battle for this memorial has been very personal.
Edwards was wounded twice in Vietnam. His license plate displays a Purple Heart with the message “2 N NAM.”
The pastor wears other scars you can’t see.
Every day of my life I carry two names with me - Linwood Carter and Alan “Pinkie” Boffman,” said Edwards. “We were in ROTC together at Norfolk State.”
All three went to Vietnam, but only Edwards returned.
A Claymore anti-personnel mine took Lt. Carter’s life
Born on Sept. 18, 1947, Carter grew up on Marshall Ave. in Norfolk.
He died in the arms of Sgt. Alvin Sanders in Vietnam on Oct. 21, 1970.
“He cared for his men even when many were from the Deep South and had no love for any black man let alone an officer,” remembered Sanders, now a businessman and ordained minister in Flushing, Mich.
“He saw something in me that I didn’t know was there. He gave me a chance to grow, and he has been one of the key models of leadership for me as I have gone forward in life,” he added.
Less than a year later, Lt. Boffman died in Laos.
Edwards last saw Boffman “under the Tidewater Hall (now G. W. C. Brown Hall) clock tower” at NSU. Edwards was headed for airborne school at Fort Bragg and Boffman was shipping out with the 101st Airborne for Vietnam.
“We were just kidding around and he said, ‘Now, don’t you go down to North Carolina and crash and burn,’” remembered Edwards. “I said, ‘Don’t worry about me. Don’t you go to Vietnam and crash and burn.’ I never saw him again.”
Boffman engaged in his first mission on March 18, 1971. It was also his last.
All day long, Capt. Keith Brandt and Lt. Boffman’s Cobra gunship provided air support for 88 South Vietnamese regulars who were pinned down in a bomb crater.
After refueling, the two aviators volunteered to lead the evacuation helicopters to the trapped soldiers.
Circling above while providing cover, they took intense fire and several hits from the North Vietnamese troops.
The last words to come from their gunship were, “I’ve lost my engine and my transmission is breaking up. Goodbye. Send my love to my family. I’m dead.”
Moments later their chopper burst into flames and crashed into the Laotian jungle. The battle summary report read: “Shot down, crashed and burned leading slicks to surrounded ARVNs in Laos.”
Those words haunt Edwards.
For nearly 20 years, the two aviators sat in their helicopter side by side. Their bodies were finally recovered on July 19, 1990.
Today, Brandt and Boffman are buried in the same grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
Their names are chiseled in stone on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Carter is on Section 6W, Line 14, and Boffman is on Section 4W, Line 5.
“Before I leave this world, I’d like to read their names on a Veterans Memorial at the college,” Edwards said in a 2006 interview.
Before too long, he’ll be able to do just that.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I got the Memorial Bracelet the other day and it looks great. I learned about you guys through a friend who also learned from another friend of his.
The one I ordered was of CSM James Blankenbeckler who was my Cheif of Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course (BNCOC) as well as a former Skystriker, (3-4 ADAR). The last time I saw him was when I left BNCOC a week early to deploy to Afghanistan and he shook my hand and wished me well when I left. I learned that he had died in OIF a little over a year later and he was the first Air Defender to give his life in OEF/OIF. I think it's a great thing ya'll are doing and I'll be sure to pass the word along!
SFC Wesley "Tommy" Neel
EW Platoon Sergeant
E Btry (Airborne) 3-4 ADAR
"Life has a certain flavor for those who have fought and risked all that the shelterd and protected can never experience"
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Memorial Bracelet is very nice, I love it.
The person that I had engraved on my bracelet was a soldier whom I had served with in the same platoon back on Ft. Story, VA. I will always remember him as a caring, professional, and a wonderful sense of humor. I had gotten out of the service due to an injury before our nation had actually gone to war, but reentered the Army last year. I was not in when I had found out that my friend was killed in action . I wear this bracelet to honor him. I reentered the Army to support and honor other friends whom I have lost and new ones that I have made since.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I just received the two Memorial Bracelets I ordered. They're very nice and appear to be of good quality. I am wearing John Sinnock's bracelet as I type. John was a friend and comrade in arms. John's MOS was armored scout I believe, but he served as a grunt in D troop, 3rd Sqdn., 17th Air Cavalry beside me. On the day he was mortally wounded we were walking toward a small ville in Tay Ninh province. We believed the Viet Cong had occupied it during the night, so we approached with caution. Still the first volley of fire from the village took us by surprise. An RPG rocket exploded in front of us and John took a chunk of shrapnel through his chest and lung. He was alive when we put him on the dust-off Huey but didn't make it to the field hospital. He was a good friend, a great dry sense of humor, and I wanted the bracelet to remember him by. Obviously it's been over 40 years and I haven't forgotten him.
When my daughter's high school class was studying the Viet nam war the teacher asked if any of the dad's were vets, and if so would they come and speak to the class. I talked about John. Our friendship, the laughs we had. I told them that John and I were only a couple of years older than they when this happened and that there were more than 56,000 other John R. Sinnock stories.
A good friend of mine, Tommy, was a Vietnam Marine. I remembered him telling me about a good friend of his who he served with in Nam. Name of Sylvester Land, another Jersey guy like Tommy and I, so I got the other bracelet for him. Whether he chooses to wear it or not, I know he'll appreciate it.
I recently ordered a Memory Bracelet to honor my Father, who was recently killed in action, in Afghanistan. Being a 19 year old girl who recieved the news just days before my 20th birthday, really hit me hard, and made me so aware of what is truly going on over there. Our troops are making a huge impact for the way of life over there, and I want to thank every soldier who is giving up their lives with their families, so make life better for others. My father was an amazing person who loved children, and would do anything to make others happy. This bracelet will help to keep his spirit alive, and also hopefully make an impact on others who see myself, and also my grandfather and uncle, who i purchased one for as well.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I ordered my Memorial Bracelet remembering Ricky Lynn Herndon because he was my first love. They say you never forget your first love and its the truth. I met Ricky when we were both 15, in 1957. He was one of the smartest, nicest, decent and loving person I had ever met, and I have yet to meet anyone that comes close to being the man he was. He is the last thing I think of at night, and his picture is the first thing I see in the morning. It has been over forty years now, but my love is as strong if not stronger than ever.
I happened onto your website by accident, and was so glad I could do something like this. I think being able to order a bracelet honoring your special person is a wonderful thing. I wear my bracelet with love and pride all the time.
I will be forever grateful.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I am not Robert, as he is at work. He was in Vietnam from 72-75. He always had a heart for the ones who were left behind, as no man was supposed to be left behind. He went to get a mask for his CPAP machine and the fellow working there was also in Vietnam. They had a lot in common, and were at some of the same places. He was telling us of his bracelet and how and why he got it (his 2nd). He was very proud of it and we wanted to get one. So we got on the computer to see what we could do. He is so proud to get his and we have been waiting for his, he will be so happy his is coming. It is of a local boy, where we live now and where we grew up. That made it all the more special. It is a subject that causes some strife some times as he served and some of us think it should have never happened, especially the way the Gov. did to those who did serve. We are all proud for Robert and we will all be getting one in the future to show our respect and pride for those who did serve. God bless all those who serve for our country.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I am a member of Rolling Thunder NC1 and I’m retired Air Force, and originally I thought of getting a POW-MIA bracelet with an Air Force member’s info from the Vietnam War. However, when I found your site and saw what you had to offer I thought to myself, why not honor someone from the war I was a part of. You see, I entered the service in 1980, and my unit was based in Oman during Desert Shield & Storm. And that is why I chose to have Scott Speicher’s info on my Memorial Bracelet.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Her goals are to graduate with Distiguished Honors, join the Army and make a differnce in the world, just like SPC Joshua L Plocica.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I love the Memorial Bracelet. It's beautiful. I ordered the bracelet because the soldier who's name is engraved on it was a scout dog handler in Vietnam. He and his scout dog were both killed in Dinh Tuong. I am a German Shepherd lover and am very interested in their use as war dogs, particularly in the Vietnam war. I choose this particular soldier as a way to honor a dog handler who along with his dog was killed in action.Thank you,Tammy
Thank you for helping me honor one of many that have gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country. You will never know how much you have helped a veteran try to get through something what has at time engulfed their life. This Memorial Bracelet will not bring back the Lt., however it does somewhat start to heal a wound that the VA has been trying to do.
Thank you and God Bless.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Our daughter was not even two months old when the Gulf War began in 1991. We watched the television accounts on CNN while holding, feeding, and rocking her to sleep. We did not know on that first night of the war, in the midst of dozens of successful sorties by the Navy, that then LCDR Speicher had been lost. We did not know that night that our infant daughter would one day feel called to serve our country in the Navy.
My hope is that wearing this bracelet will serve several purposes. When she grows weary of her studies, may it help her to restore her strength. If she gets distracted, that it direct her focus back toward her goal. I hope that it will keep foremost in her mind her wellspring of respect and admiration for those who have served before her and that she honor their sacrifices by pursuing this path with courage and commitment. I hope it provides inspiration to her and her fellow midshipmen and remind them that their mere willingness to serve is one of the most powerful deterrents against our enemies' efforts to destroy our great country. May it be a reminder that we never leave any one of our soldiers, sailors or marines behind and to spare no effort or resource to bring them back home. And, may it remind her to say the occasional prayer to God to send comfort to the family of Capt. Speicher.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The Memorial Bracelet I ordered was in memory of Dion Stephenson who I served with in the Marines. He was KIA in Desert Storm. Dion and I were like brothers. He was only about 50 yards from my position when the vehicle he was in blew up. It's hard enough to lose a family member, but it is harder to lose someone who you have experienced things with that most people will never experience nor understand. My ordering a bracelet is my way of ensuring that my fellow Marine, and brother, will never be forgotten.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I have not yet received my bracelet, but I will wear it proudly everyday for my sister. She passed away in 2005 from a battle with lung disease. She is my only sibling. I miss her each and every day. She was my best friend. Her life was different then mine.. but she never complained. She loved her kids and lived each day for them. She was a very strong women and brave. She now has 2 beautiful grand babies.. (i have none!!) and I will make sure they never forget her. I just want to wear her name proudly and be able to tell everyone about her.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
I love my Memorial Bracelet, thank you!
I was just looking for a way to honor my brother who served in Vietnam. 25 years after coming home he couldn't take the memories anymore & took his own life. He was my brother, my friend & my hero. He was there for me when my parents weren't able/willing & I miss his influence in my life. My children know about him but I wish it could've been first hand, not just through stories from me.
Well, probably more than you wanted to know but just wanted to let you know that your product offers comfort.
Thank you, Susan
I wear my bracelet to remind myself everyday of what I am here to do while my fellow brothers and sisters are over there doing what they’re supposed to do.
One team, one fight!
Regardless of what the media shows and politicians scream , we are doing good, and doing what is right; not for us, but for those who desperately need the help. I am grateful for those of whom I know, and even those of which I don’t know and the sacrifices they and their supportive families make everyday. THAT is why I wear the bracelet, “Until they all come home. OIF & OEF”.
Lissa, SSgt. USAF
Sunday, August 03, 2008
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