Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I, too, wore a POW bracelet in middle school during the 70's for Sgt. Rodney Griffin. My bracelet broke many years ago, but I have always searched for his name praying he was home and safe. I would be proud to wear one for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Posted by Rob on 6/26/2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I purchased a POW Bracelet for Lt. Larry J. Stephens, Vietnam, in the late 80's and I wore it faithfully for many years. I put it back on for a few months every year and I think of him often. I never knew him, but I am hoping he returns. I "visit" him at The Wall when I am in DC and I have I a rubbing of his name encased in a frame with my Uncle's field map. I have an awesome shirt with his name on it and I actually met his Aunt many years ago in a fluke way as she was selling the shirts in front of The Wall. You need to Google him....his story is fascinating to say the least.
I also wear two other Memorial Bracelets.... One in memory of all 52,0000+ who never returned and one in memory of a friends' father who died in The Towers on 9/11. I think wearing these bracelets keeps these people alive in the hearts and minds of the people I come across who ask me about them. I wear mine with pride!
I've had my 1st bracelet in 1972. I heard about them on a NYC radio WNEW 102-7 FM. You could buy them through the mail at Madison Ave, NYC. In my job I couldn't wear them for safety reasons, and I kept breaking them. I always bought a new one with the same persons name on it, Capt. John T. West, MIA. When the war ended, I sent the bracelet back to be returned to the family. I didn't know whether he was found or returned. Hard to get info back then. Fast forward to now and heard about Memorial Bracelets and I checked out the site and found the Captain's name
in the MIA column. Needless to say it was a heartbreak to see the Captain's name there. I ordered one with his name on it and wear it every day. Hoping some day his family can get closure. My son is getting deployed to Afghanistan in August. My nephew is returning as I write this tribute to Capt. John T. West.
Thanks for your time and Bracelet
Monday, June 24, 2013
I first met Andrew McConnell at North Georgia College and State University; a Military college in Dahlonega Georgia. We were both assigned to 2nd Bat. First platoon in Foxtrot Company. It was a frantic, hard core, "Hooah" kind of atmosphere - a true Army environment. When walking by any officer, it was required that all new recruits salute, say "good morning/afternoon/evening X" and sound off with your company motto. I can remember many times being worn down, exausted, on the brink of collapse, and hearing McConnell sound off - "GOOD AFTERNOON SIR, KEEP UP THE FIRE!" It was always a morale booster, it seemed to galvanize my spirit and that of everyone in earshot of his shout. He was always like that. After the initial APFT, I realized that I was having a difficult time getting my run time where it should be. McConnell also noticed, and took it upon himself to help me. He would take his free time and go running or swimming with me one on one. He helped me learn to breathe better while running long distances. He made me a stronger individual, thus making our whole platoon stronger. Andrew McConnell understood what it meant to be a soldier, a friend, a brother in arms. It pains me to say that he met an untimely end fighting for those he loved. I know that Andrew is sorely missed... I know there is not a day that goes by where he is not on someone's mind. I know without a doubt that his attitude towards life, his love for his family, country, and fellow soldiers will endure in the lives of those of us that were lucky enough to know him, Lucky enough to call him a friend.
Posted by Rob on 6/24/2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
I purchased a MIA bracelet in 1972 for Thomas W. Skiles and wore it daily until about five years ago when I lost it shopping for flowers for a friend. He was lost in Cambodia in 1971 and I still hope someday I will be able to say he is still alive. I was so happy to find your site and be able to purchase a new bracelet of the same quality that I had worn for over 36 years as it had become a part of me. I will wear it for many years to come.
Posted by Rob on 6/22/2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
I order a Memorial Bracelet in remembrance of my Grandfather Frank Green he was a WW2 War Vet. He basically help raise me from the time I was a new born to until me and my mom moved out of on our own. He stilled played a big part in my life until he passed away. He was inspiration to me and all the vets especially WW2 vets I consider them the greatest generation they basically saved the world from destruction.
Posted by Rob on 6/21/2013
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
My uncle, James H. Craig, was KIA in SVN 6 months and 1 day
before I was born in 1970. I wear my Memorial Bracelet proudly in
memory & honor of him every day. I love the expressions on
peoples faces who are familiar with the bracelets and their
history when they see it and ask me about it. You can tell they
are surprised that someone who was barely born in that era
has one, let alone knows it's significance. Thank you for my
bracelet... it keeps my uncle with me and gives me a solid
reminder of those men & women who have and are still out
there protecting me & my family. Bless you all!!
Posted by Rob on 6/04/2013
Monday, June 03, 2013
I have a aluminum bracelet ordered in 1972 or 1973. I believe the name is M.I.A. I wear it every military holiday, in hopes he will be found one day. It reads: "Spec.5 Richard Garcia 3-71". It matches a Richard Garcia, who went M.I.A. in Laos the same month and year. God Bless all our Service Men and Women and Veterans of all wars.