I'm a Viet Nam era vet. I did my tour from 1973 to 1975, and I almost got sent to Viet Nam. My company had been ordered up, and we were waiting to board the plane that was going to take us over to the war. At the very, I mean very last moment, our orders were changed and we were sent to Germany instead. But for that fluke, I could have been that young man, 17 years old, who was sent to fight an unpopular war in a strange and foreign land. That young MIA could have been me.
When my wife and I were looking thru the rolls of the MIA's, we were looking for a young man, 17 or 18 years old, enlisted, from California. But there were so many names, so many young men and women, that when we found the young man we choose, we had to stop. It was so heartbreaking to look at all the young men who never came home.
I will wear this bracelet to honor all the men and women who served and who never returned.