Friday, December 29, 2006

For My High School Science Teacher Mr. Allen

I was 15 when I met 1LT Allen. But I knew him as Mr. Allen, my earth science teacher in high school. He joined the military after I graduated from high school and I had already moved to college. I had moved away the year after I had Mr. Allen, so I didn't know. It was only after I graduated from the Air Force Academy on 01 June 2005 that I found out from my friend, still living in New York, that our beloved teacher had been fragged in Iraq.

When I was at the Air Force Academy, I knew in my heart that my place in the military was not in the Air Force but in the Army. I put in my paperwork for a transfer and when I graduated I was a Second LT in the Army.

I am now a 1LT myself and in Iraq-just like Mr. Allen. I wear my teacher's name on my wrist every single day-and I pray for his family and his beautiful children especially now that his murderer is on trial.

I want to Thank you for producing these bracelets. Although they remind us that we are no longer with someone we love, every time I look at the bracelet I remember Mr. Allen sitting on the desk as he teaches a bunch of kids in high school.

Thank you!

1LT Mary Lynn
299 FSB, 2/1 ID
Baghdad, Iraq

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

For Tim Who's Humvee was Hit by an IED

I am the daughter of a local high school wrestling coach, and the wrestlers usually become extended members of our family.  We have over 15 of the past wrestlers serving in the American armed forces.  November 14th 2006 started out as a typical day, I went to school, my Dad was at work and everything was normal.  However at about six that evening I got a phone call from my Father, I could tell he was crying and he told me simply that "Tim's humvee was hit by and IED."  He said nothing more, and all I asked was how bad he was hurt.  My father didn't say anything for a while, and then he softly said "he's dead."  
Tim was 21 he was a great man, and excelled at anything he put his mind to.  I will have this Memorial Bracelet all my life, wherever my life may lead me, and I will never forget how blessed I have been to call these men part of my family.  There are many things going on right now in our government that I may disagree with, and I am often told that I "don't support the troops" because of some of my beliefs.  But as I am sure you know, soldiers serving, and giving their lives are not political issues.  They are there to protect when we call, and Timmy was doing just that.  He is a hero to me, as with all of the other boys.  I can only hope that soon you will not have to make as many bracelets for these fallen heroes'.  
One of my Dad's assistant coaches is an officer in the United States Air Force, he was at our house for dinner a week before he shipped out, he told me about your site.  That evening I went on and ordered a bracelet. 
Thank you for the braclet, it will forever remind me of the gratitude that I owe to all of the soldiers who have served in our armed forces. 

To Remind Me of My Cousin Who Died in the Vietnam War

My cousin was a pilot in the Vietnam war. He was listed as missing in action in 1965 and later as killed in action. I remember attending his memorial service when I was 10 years old, but I didn't really remember my cousin.

About a month ago I was contacted by the office of USAF Mortuary Affairs. They were looking for relatives to provide DNA samples to identify remains from crash sites. It makes me proud to know that after all these years the USAF and the US government are still working to bring our soldiers home.

So, I'm wearing my memorial bracelet that I received today to remind me of my cousin who fought and died serving his country in the Vietnam War.

For Sgt. Matejov, Sirius and Officer David Lim

I bought the POW bracelet as a replacement. I've had the same name with me for close to fifteen years now and when I was in Washington DC this past fall, I made a point to go see Sgt. Matejov's name on the Vietnam Memorial. These guys answered a call and should never be forgotten.

I chose Sirius to memorialize because of my deep love for animals and to honor both him and his handler, Officer David Lim. Officer Lim's committment to his partner and their story had a deep impact on me. I know people who perished in the attacks on 9/11 but carrying their names would have been too painful so instead I chose to honor both the officers whom the bracelet represents, one who died in service and one who continues to serve.



Tuesday, December 19, 2006

To Remember MAJ Ed Murphy

I was stationed at Bagram, Afghanistan with the US Army Southern European Command from February 2005 to February 2006. I ordered the bracelet to remember a friend, MAJ Ed Murphy, who was killed in a helicopter crash. To gain area familiarity, Ed and I had travelled by air together to Khost and to Kandahar during February and March 2005. In April, Ed invited me to travel with him to Orgun-E by helicopter, but I judged that I was too busy with my job to leave the base. Ed was one of eighteen people killed when their CH-47 crashed on a return flight from Orgun-E to Bagram. Ed was a loving father and husband, an historian who was writing a book on Napoleanic warfare, and a superb leader and friend to all. I was lucky to have known him.

US Army

Friday, December 15, 2006

For Nate While He Fights For Us

My husband & his best friend signed up for the army reserve together when they were 17 years old, 17 years ago. They were called up together for their first active duty February 2003. Thankfully, my husband's contract was up for resigning and he chose to leave the army reserve. However, his best friend stayed in the military. Since February 2003, he has been called up for three tours. In four years he has been home a total of 9 months. I decided to order the bracelets to support him while he fights for us. Nate is our friend, our brother, and our hero.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

For US Marine Named Rock

I received the Memorial Bracelet yesterday.  I'm very happy with it. It's good quality, better than I expected.  I ordered the bracelet because I was in Iraq with the Marine who was killed.  I was injured the same day six of my platoon were KIA.  I ordered Rock's bracelet because he was the person who taught me to shoot expert and got me to stick with STA platoon when I figured I was not good enough.

James R. A.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

For Vietnam POW Ed Davis

The reason i bought the bracelet is to remember a man that i knew growing up, but never knew that he had been held as a POW for 7 1/2 years in Vietnam. Ed Davis was shot down in 1964 and was returned to us in 1971. He caught national attention because he brought with him a tiny dog that he had rescued from his North Vietnamese captures. Unfortunately he passed away just 3 days before Veterans day this year after suffering with cancer for a short time. He was an amazing man, not only was he extremely kind, but he never gave off the impression that he was adversely affected by his time in captivity. I remember being completely shocked when i found out in college that he had been a POW, as he did not exemplify the image of a man who had suffered so much. He was a well known citizen in my town, not for his past, but because of his involvement in the community in the present. He served on the board of directors for my school district, was actively involved in the local VFW, and toured the country speaking to anyone and everyone interested. He was truly an amazing person, and will be greatly missed. I hope that we are able to remember all of the brave men and women that have served our country through all of its history. I am truly proud to serve in the same military as such a great man.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

For My Husband

I received our bracelets today. They are absolutely beautiful.

I ran across your website while looking to buy another bracelet for myself, as well as smaller ones for my children. My husband ALWAYS wore his KIA bracelet and even had it on when he was killed. I waited anxiously to get it back from Iraq so that I could could continue to wear it for him. Unfortunatey, it was so badly damaged from the blast that it couldn't be salvaged. I wear my husband bracelet proudly and in honor of his memory and sacrifice to our country. He was killed in Baghdad Iraq by an IED on December 30, 2005.

God Bless every soldier who has been lost and those who continue to fight for our freedoms.

Ft. Campbell, KY

Saturday, December 02, 2006

For SSG Robert S. Griffith

I received my Memorial Bracelet today. Thank you for having such a great product.  I really like it and I placed it on my wrist the moment I opened the package. I have a cousin, whose husband's name is on the wall.  I decided to pick someone that was from my home state of Georgia and felt moved for some reason when I read his name. 

Being the daughter of a war veteran who is now deceased, but not killed in action, is one of the reasons I choose to order a bracelet. I had one years ago and it got lost. It gives me great pride to wear the bracelet due to the fact that my father served in the Army and was in Korea twice, once during the Korean Conflict and one additional time years later. He also served in Viet Nam and we felt very fortunate that he returned home to us. 

I wear this bracelet for SSG Robert S. Griffith with great pride and it also brings with it some sadness. I know his family misses him terribly and I sympathize with them a great deal. If there is ever a time that someone from his family would like to have this bracelet, I will be more than happy to send it to them. 

Words cannot express how honored I am to have my bracelet. I feel the small amount charged for this bracelet is my small contribution to show my patriotism and loyalty to our soldiers who put there life on the line for us. God Bless our troops and what they are going through. 


Mona S.

Friday, December 01, 2006

To Remind Me of His Sacrifice

I recieved my bracelet, it is perfect, thank you!

My story is not really mine, but a friends. I am in the Navy and was stationed with a friend who lost his brother in Iraq, HM3 Chris Thompson. He was Hospital Corpsman serving with the Marines and was killed in action on 21 October 2005. I bought it to remind me of his sacrifice, as well as all who have given there lives for our country. My thoughts and prayers are always with his family.


For A Good Friend, Fantastic Dad and Great Soldier

I just received my bracelet and it is well done! I was given your site by my Staff Judge Advocate who also lost a friend. SSG Lance Chase was a friend by way of my wife. In reality it was by way of our children. Lance’s oldest son Brandon and my oldest son have been classmates for over 3 years. As the boys would tell you they are like brothers, only closer. When I was deployed to Iraq for OIF II, Lance had just returned from OIF I. Right away he stepped in and filled a gap for my son while I was gone. He coached the boys soccer team, took them out to eat, worked on projects from Home Depot with them, and generally help ease the pain of my son not having Dad around. Today I feel a little bad, because I never really knew Lance before I came and found out all the fantastic things he did for my boys while I was away. He was a great Dad who wasn’t afraid to share himself with the boys. He grew to be a great friend as we got to know each other. When he was killed it affected my son pretty hard because he was the first Soldier he actually knew who was killed. So I ordered this bracelet as a memorial to Lance’s memory. It reminds me of a good friend, a fantastic Dad, and a great Soldier. He embodied everything an American Soldier can be, if puts his heart into it.

Thanks again,

MAJ Kevin
Warrior 1
1st ACB

Thursday, November 30, 2006

For Lt. Williams

The Bracelets are both very nice. I found your web-sight while looking for Vet bracelets and was most pleased to see you had some honoring those who lost their lives to 9-11.
I bought two of your bracelets one for a friend of mine who has a son serving in the Army - to show support.

The other I purchased to remember a Shipmate of mine. LCDR Williams, then Lt. Williams, was the OPSO of the ship when I came on board as Chaplain. I did not get the chance to really know Lt. Williams well, but the time we were on the ship together I realized he was a fine young man with great potential as a Naval Officer. I had the privilege of Baptizing his new born daughter, my first Baptism on the ship. I got the Bracelet to remind me of this fallen Shipmate and the great price that is paid for freedom. I also keep the Baptism picture in my office so when people ask - I can tell them about this Naval Officer I had the privilege to meet.

Friday, November 24, 2006

For Shane Who Was Serving In Iraq

I love my bracelet and have worn it since the day I received it.  A group of us ordered them after a friend was killed over in Iraq.   

On Oct. 11, 2006 we found out a friend who was serving in Iraq had been killed when his Humvee was struck by a grenade.  I went to college with Shane and his wife is one of my very best friends.  The war suddenly became real to me after all these years. While I knew it was going on, it only then, affected me personally.  

The Memorial Bracelet doesn't only remind me of Shane and to pray for his family he left behind, but it also is a constant reminder that there are many other soldiers over there.  As I look at my wrist, I remember to keep soldiers and families in my prayers as well as to thank a soldier I see where ever I go!

Michelle M.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

For My Phi Kappa Tau Brother

My story is about Capt. Timothy Shane Adcock. He was one of my brothers of Phi Kappa Tau and we couldn't be prouder of him. He was a man who owned Longwood University. There wasn't a person on that campus that didn't know him, or know of him. And for all the right reasons, too. He was invincible, larger than life, we would all agree to that. I know he is up in Heaven protecting us just as he did on Earth and he will forever be missed. Thank you Shane.

Thank you very much for all of this.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Reminder To Look Out

One of my Sergeant Instructors at OCS wore a POW bracelet and I thought that was a nice way to honor those who have been a POW/KIA.

The reason why I wanted a bracelet was to remember those who have given their lives for this countries freedom. During Marine OCS it is stressed that your mistakes cost young Marines their lives. I chose the bracelet I did to remind myself of how important it is as an officer in the military. I don't want to make any mistakes that would cost my men to be killed. It is a reminder to always look out for my men as best as possible.

Thanks again,


Friday, November 17, 2006

For Tom

Tom was a good friend of my brother, at the Academy, through their
flight training stints in Texas and Tennessee. It was through my
brother that I met Tom. My original bracelet was lost in a flood in
1983. I subsequently ordered another and kept it until I recently
gave it to my brother.

This is not so much an act of faith as it is a reminder of the

Thank you for your continued effort in the POW/MIA cause.

For the record, Blind Bat 01, Tom's plane, was lost in Laos.


For My Uncle

Being in the navy and stationed on a ship, I found one of the ships officers was wearing a POW bracelet. She told me that the Naval Academy gave the bracelets out.

This one carries the name of my uncle. He died when I was 5. I was fortunate enough to find a buddy of his on another web site, and have connected the dots of his time in the service and in country. I also found how he died. I wanted something to remember him, other than the short memory I carry with me. This is perfect.

A very nice tribute to a family hero!


For Our Veterans

I Belong to the Sons of AMVETS organization in Iowa and my local squadron had always talked about ordering bracelets but it never happened so I decided to get one on my own. Because I belong to this organization I am very aware of the sacrifices that my father and all the veterans have made for this country. I ordered the bracelet so I could wear a symbol of my appreciation all of the time. When I was searching for the person whose name I wanted on the bracelet I happened to find someone from my hometown. So that make this bracelet even more special to me.

Thanks so much


Monday, November 13, 2006

For Captain Shane T. Adcock

I ordered this bracelet to honor my friend, Captain Shane T. Adcock. Shane embodies the spirit of a true soldier. My favorite thing about Shane was that he could make any soul on their worst day smile their biggest smile. The kind of smile that brings your insides to the surface. He truly touched every person that he came into contact with, whether it was his best friend or a stranger on the street. I am a better person for knowing him, and I hope that every day that I wear his name on the bracelet on my wrist I will be reminded to live each day like Shane would.

Thank you for enabling so many people to honor their loved ones in such a special way.



For My Mother

I received my second memorial bracelet and was just as pleased as I was when I got my first one. The second one was for my mother, who has dementia but still knows quite a few things. She does get confused really easy though. She was absolutely thrilled when I gave it to her!!!! She puts it on every morning and takes it off before she goes to bed. She knows what it stands for and she loved the flag and the praying hands that I had put on hers. She also loved the God Bless America that I had put on it. You all are great supporters of our troops and I am sure that they appreciate it. They need support, not criticism. No doubt, I will probably end up ordering more bracelets in the future to help with the support of our troops, not only with the money you give from each bracelet but also to show my support by wearing them.

God Bless You,


Saturday, November 11, 2006

For My Friend's Brother

The person on my bracelet I met only twice but I am real good friends with his brother. When I heard of his brothers death in Operation Iraqi Freedom I attended his wake and funeral to honor the life of a great soldier and better man and to support my friend his brother in his families most trying of times. Following the funeral I had no idea of how his death and funeral would affect me and I wear the bracelet to honor him and to honor all my friends who I attended military college with and whom are beginning their lives as commissioned offices in this nations Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

Thanks Again


Friday, November 10, 2006

For My Two Friends lost In Iraq

I found your website when I was searching for a website that would let me make a bracelet with the names of my friends who were killed in Iraq.

I am an Army officer who served two tours in Iraq. Each of the soldiers on my bracelet was someone I knew personally who died during my tours there. Their stories are very personal to me and much too in depth to recount here. I would like to thank you for allowing me to list their names and have an outward reminder of their sacrifice and my service.

Thank you.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

For 9/11 Firemen

My husband is a volunteer fireman, and I think, like most firefighters, September 11 and the loss of all of the firefighters really resounds with him. I ordered the bracelet for him for christmas. He had been wanting one for some time. It's his way of carrying on the life of someone lost that dreadful day as well as his way of paying his respect and showing his admiration for the courage, selflessness and bravery displayed that day, not only by the firefighters, ems, or police but by everyone.

Thank you for what you are doing.

God bless

Thursday, November 02, 2006

For PFC Maupin

When I was in college in the late 80s, one of my acquaintances was an Air Force ROTC candidate who wore an MIA bracelet for an airman in Vietnam. I thought it was an extremely noble cause, and for years, I researched specific Vietnam POW/MIA soldiers, sailors and airmen. None of their stories resonated. I wanted to have some kind of personal affinity for the serviceman on my wrist. I would drop the search for several months and then renew it with the same results. I simply wasn’t connecting with anyone. But I recently read the story of Keith Maupin, and his bravery, along with his parents’ anguish, hit home.

Until recently, PFC Maupin was the only POW of this conflict. But now there’s another. And somehow our Commander in Chief has allowed the Prime Minister of a puppet government to dictate that we end our search for him. It’s incomprehensible. My thoughts are now with both of the POWs of OIF.

Thank you for the bracelet


Monday, October 30, 2006

For My Brothers

I ordered 2 bracelets, one a custom bracelet in memory of the WolfHounds of 1st Platoon, A Company 2-27 Infantry with whom I served in Afghanistan. The other is a memorial bracelet in honor of the one soldier we lost from our Company in 2004 while in Afghanistan. All of these men, living and deceased will always hold a place in my heart, and will always be my brothers. I feel it necessary to carry their memory with me at all times. .

John "Iron Gut"

Thursday, October 26, 2006

For Michael and Ricky

I received the bracelet and it really moved me. It is really nice and reminds me to pray for my friend Michael and those he left behind.

I knew Michael his whole life. He and his family were friends of our family. I married a girl a few doors down from Michael's home.

Michael was murdered during the attacks on the WTC. Michael's best friend and friend of mine Ricky Caprone were also murdered that day.

I am a firefighter in Bushkill, Pa.. I moved up here 15 years ago from N.Y.. Michael helped Theresa and I move into our new home. As you can see Michael was a constant thread in my life. I wear the bracelet to remind me that life can be stolen at any moment and to remember those that had their lives taken way to soon. It reminds me to pray and to count the blessings I have.

Thank you for the chance to have a visual reminder of what I need to be doing. Praying!


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

To Support Byron and His Family

I received my POW bracelet today.  I was very pleased with the quality. I found your site on one of the POW-MIA sites, I think it was POW Biographies. I bought a bracelet in the early 70's, wrote to his family, eventually looked up a lot of history about him, talked to one of the guys he was in Viet Nam with, he was part of my life for a very long time, and he always will be.

I have several other bracelets, another from Viet Nam, one from Korea, one from the first Gulf War. I wanted this one because my nephew is in Iraq now and the name I ordered is from Michigan, as we are. I can't imagine how awful it must be to not know where your loved one is and so this is just my way of supporting Byron and his family. 

Thank you for continuing to bring attention to this cause. Have an awesome day.

Lynda S.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

For PFC. Kubic

I served with several very honorable young men over in seas. Some of my buddies who had served overseas in Iraq in 2003 had gotten bracelets from you to honor their fallen brothers. The young man whose name that I put on my bracelet was a very brave and honorable young man who gave his life fighting and defending this great country of ours. I had the great pleasure of serving with PFC. Kubik over seas in Iraq and I thought there was no better way to honor him than getting a bracelet from you with his name on it. Thank you very much for giving the chance and the honor to have this one last memory of my fallen comrade.

Thank You

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

For My Father

My father was a Chicago Police Officer and the greatest man I ever knew.
He is the reason why I became a Police Officer, this bracelet will be with me
forever to serve as a reminder as to how much he meant to me and how much I
will miss him. Life is too short, honor your family.....


For Berry Berenson Perkins

Years ago I had a POW bracelet very similar I never took off until my POW came home. He finally did thank God!

I am sure I am only one of thousands that 9/11 had a major impact on. No, I did not have a loved one killed or injured, but it effected me no less and still does to this day.

When I was a very young girl, several female photographers had a major influence on me to do as they did and to and become the artists they were. One of them was Berry Berenson Perkins who was on the first plane that hit the WTC that nightmarish day. It was so shocking to me her life should end in such violence. She will always be in my thoughts and her family in my prayers.
Thank you so for making these bracelets available. It is a day that should NEVER be forgotten.



Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Constant Reminder

I was watching the news about Iraq and I started thinking about Vietnam. I wore a POW bracelet all through high school. I began wondering if something similar would be available today to show our support. The simplicity of the bracelets make them beautiful, but the underlying sadness that they represent is a constant reminder of the sacrifice that is being made daily by our troops. My soldier never came home from Vietnam. I checked the paper daily for his name and eventually returned my bracelet to his family. It is a memory that has stayed with me all of these years. And now at 50, I am again wearing a POW bracelet. I never thought that I would see this again in my lifetime. I look down at that bracelet with tremendous sadness because I know that this brave solider made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Many brave men and women have given their lives for the freedoms that we cherish today. We should never forget their sacrifice. This is what the bracelet represents, and this is why I will always wear it.

Thank you.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

For Our Servicemen

Forty years ago, I wore a memorial bracelet for Captain Scarborough, a helicopter pilot who went missing in the mid-1960s. I wore the bracelet until it practically fell off. To this day, I still don't know if he was taken prisoner when his helicopter was shot down in Vietnam, or if his remains were recovered and returned to his family.

Now, almost forty years have past and I still cannot forget the bravery of our young men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so we may be free.

I selected this serviceman because he went missing on my birthday. I remember celebrating the day in 1967, and now I have another MIA/POW who I can never forget because of this connection. My heart is still heavy for those who were lost so long ago. Once again, I will wear a bracelet with great pride and reverence.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Operation Enduring Freedom

I served in the military for over ten years and my superiors made it almost mandatory for all incoming recruits to go down to the military clothing store to purchase one of the POW bracelets for the Vietnam war. Those were the only ones that were being made back then as a reminder of the sacrifice that fellow soldiers made. Now that they are available for all conflicts and wars, I ordered one for a fellow friend who was killed in action in operation enduring freedom. Now I will carry his memory with me forever.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

For Vietnam POWs and MIAs

I ordered a Vietnam POW MIA bracelet because I wanted to remember the sacrifice that many men and women made in Vietnam and other conflicts. This bracelet will remind me that my freedom didn't come without a price. I'm sure I will wear my bracelet until the man's name on my bracelet is found or I will wear it for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

For Mark Bingham

Around the 5th anniversary of the attacks I saw a TV show about the passengers of United 93. I was amazed by their composure and courage. I ordered the bracelet because I want to personally honor this group of people who showed all of us in the United States what it means to be a hero against terrorism. I choose Mark Bingham because he was gay and I want people know that.



Thursday, September 28, 2006

For Brad Beste

On Aug 4, 2006 my daughter's high school classmate and a close family friend was kill in Iraq. Sgt. Brad Beste was serving his second tour in Iraq and received a Purple Heart during his first tour. Just 8 month's prior, this young 22yr. old soldier had Christmas dinner with my family. He was in the process deciding whether or not to return to Iraq for a second tour. In the end, Brad's commitment to his country and the loyalty he felt to his fellow soldiers won him over and he returned to Iraq.

I will proudly wear this bracelet to honor Sgt. Brad Beste. Brad's smile, sense of humor, and true friendship will be missed, but nothing will overshadow the ultimate sacrifice that he and many other soldiers have made so that all Americans can continue to enjoy the freedom that symbolizes the United States of America. Thank you, and God Bless you, Sgt. Bradley H. Beste.


Remembering 9/11

The bracelet reminds me of the POW bracelet I wore when I was a teenager and I regret ever taking off.

I found your site when researching information about the FDNY. I teach a week long unit about 9/11/01 with my history classes and was looking for information about the firefighters lost on that tragic day.

9/11/01 changed our country and is a historical event that occurred within the lifetime of my students. It allows me to begin my teaching year with a historical reference that my students can discuss with their families and helps me spark an interest in history. The events of 9/11/01 also illuminates the importance for citizens to understand the policies of our government and the relationships we have with other countries.

I am thankful to have a constant reminder of the heroics of our countries' firefighters and hope that my wearing this bracelet prompts many discussions about the events of 9/11/01.

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Never Forget

I wear a bracelet for SSG James A. Champion, USA Ranger, April 24,1971 from the Vietnam war. My father served in Vietnam and that is how I became interested in the subject. My 11 year old daughter saw the bracelets and wanted one so that she will never forget what happened on that day (9-11). I always tell her that history will repeat itself if we do not educate others. She and I think that every person on that flight were heroes and should be remembered. We will wear the bracelets with honor and will never take them off.

For Fire Chief Ganci

My husband is a fire chief and has been in the fire service for over 35 years. We both have very strong emotions when it comes to the attacks on 9-11. We recently attended the International Fire Chiefs Association annual conference, and they had a very impressive memorial service honoring those lost on 9/11/01. The memorial service had representatives from each of the locations attacked, the Pentagon, Flight 93/Shanksville, and the World Trade Center. FDNY was represented by members of Chief Ganci’s family, his wife, two sons, and their spouses. Chief Ganci’s son, Chris, spoke and it was an honor to listen to the obvious pride and love he has for his father, and the New York Fire Department. He changed career paths after 9-11, joining his brother in the fire service. Our bracelets bear Chief Ganci’s name, so although I ordered them too late to have them for the conference, it has given an additional importance to the bracelets having heard his son in person. We also have children involved in public safety, two firefighters, one police officer, and one 911 dispatcher, so again felt a special attachment to a family involved in public service and safety.


Saturday, September 23, 2006

For My Childhood Friend

I ordered my bracelet in memory of a long time childhood friend. We just recently reconnected a month and a half before his death. We were friends that had lost touch for about 8-9 years. He found me on myspace and promised me that everything would be OK and that he was fine in Afghanistan. He said he would be home late August/early September. He came home in July in a casket. He was a Green Beret Sniper for the US Army and I am so very proud of him and I do miss talking to him dearly. When we were younger I never would have dreamed that is how he would have gone. I thank my lucky stars that he found me when he did, I look at it as a sign. There was a reason he found me when he did and now I know why.

Thank You


Thursday, September 21, 2006

High School Graduates Serving Our Country

As a high school librarian I've made it a mission to find as many of our school's graduates that are serving in the military no matter what branch of service. I started right after 9/11. I currently have 75 names. Since 9/11 several have been discharged but many have remained in service because they want to protect our country. Yesterday one of our newest Marines came to see me to make sure I knew he'd completed basics.

I bought the bracelet to remind people that the terrorists haven't gone away. We need to remember and be ever vigilant or our freedoms and our country will suffer yet another attack. These extremists want us gone from the face of the earth. The people who died at all three sites on that day in September deserve their individual memorials. Each of them made a sacrifice and their deaths should be a wake up call for all of us. I will wear Michael Horrocks bracelet with pride and remembrance. May his death not be in vain. He is an American Hero. God Bless


For POWs

I ordered a bracelet because one of my teachers in high school had one that he wore for the Vietnam War. His was also for a P.O.W. and I remember asking him about it. One day when I saw he was no longer wearing it. He explained to me that the young man's body had be found and returned to his family in the states. That really touched me deeply how he had worn that bracelet for over 20 years till that boy was returned back to his family. Now with the war in the middle east going on. I figured it waws time for my generation to take a stand and make sure these new soliders are not forgoten. That is why I plan on wearing my bracelet for SGT Keith M. Maupin until I hear about his return home.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

For Tiki Dan

Tiki Dan was a really good friend of mine and I miss him. He died while attempting to disarm an improvised explosive device when deployed to Iraq. I am grateful that I will now be able to carry him with me while I continue with the same duty that ended Tiki Dan's life. I wish that I wasn't buying a bracelet with my friend's name on it- signifying his passing. Tiki Dan was and is a true American Hero.

Thank you

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

For Father Mychal Judge

My mother and I have been involved in our local fire company's ladies auxiliary, and we are strong Catholics. I was very touched by the saintly life that Fr. Mychal Judge led, as well as his wonderful priesthood all the way up to the very end.


Friday, September 01, 2006

For Suzanne Calley

I am a diver and frequently dive in Monterey. Suzanne Calley was also a diver. She was killed on flight 77 that hit the pentagon. A bench has been dedicated at a very popular dive site in her honor. Her bubbly personality and enthusiasm was contagious. Suzanne was a terrific person and with the upcoming anniversary of our losing her, I feel compelled to comment. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends, who lost someone on that very tragic day. I am praying extra special due to the anniversary. I am a volunteer Chaplain with the Campbell Police Department here in the Bay Area of California. Being in law enforcement only reminds me of the great loss of life and how a handful of people changed America forever. May we never forget that fateful day and God Bless America.


Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Forgotten Part Of The War In Iraq

Our youngest son Brian Cramer is back in Iraq serving his next 7th month tour that has just begun. Brian called us for the first time on Monday at 3:00 am in the morning. He is in city of Al Qiam, which is located on the Syria border. The area is called the Wild, Wild West and is also known as "The forgotten part of the war in Iraq".

This past Friday September 3rd, 2004 Brian and 17 other men from the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Weapons Co. were on their very 1st mission or patrol. There were 5 Humvees and 18 Marines that pulled over to check a bridge to see if it was safe enough to take heavy equipment over. It only took about 10 minutes for 2 engineers, along with the other 16 men, to check the bridge out and then they returned to their vehicles. Many of them were already in their Humvees when someone detonated an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) that had been planted in the road close to the Humvees. Our son was only 50 feet away and watched his best friend die. His name was Nicholas Wilt from Tampa, Florida. He was 23 and married for only a little over a year. He and his wife attended the same nursery school. You will not hear anything about this on the news, since there are no news reporters where they are and as I said before, they are fighting in "The forgotten part of Iraq". The names of the fallen marines are:

Lance Corporal Nicholas Perez age 19 from Austin, Texas (He was with the 3rd Battalion/7th Marines) (His 7 month tour was almost over and he was going home soon).

Captain Alan Rowe (Brian's captain) age 35 from Hagerman, Idaho (Married with 3 children)

1st Lieutenant Ronald Winchester (Brian's Lieutenant) age 25 from Rockville, N

Lance Corporal Nicholas Wilt (Brian's best friend) age 23 from Tampa, Florida (His wife's name is Mercedes)

I do not want these Marines to be forgotten. They have paid the ultimate price for freedom and please keep their family and friends in your prayers.

There were two other friends of Brain's that were injured and I regret to say I only know one of them by his first name and the other by his last name. Matt was one of the young men that was injured the worst. When we had our last visit with Brian a few weeks ago, we had dinner with Matt, his wife & his father the night before coming home. Matt's wife, Heather had just found out she was pregnant. His leg was badly injured and he should recover. His injury will allow him to come home. The other young man I only know by his last name. His last name is Patterson, he received minor wounds to his face and will be fine.

Since they lost both their officers, a Capt. and 1st Lieutenant, Brian is now in charge of his platoon, since he now the highest ranking in his unit. He will need are prayers and I ask God to help him through this. It doesn't quite seem fair that at 20 years of age you have so much responsibility, but I am sure he is very capable. When he was in 29 Palms, California (his duty station), he told me he never slept well due to the fact that he had so many things racing through his mind with so much responsibility as a Corporal. Well, the bars been raised even higher for him.

Thank you so much for listening. Thanks for your prayers and for praying for our lost marines, soldiers and their families! They won't be forgotten!


For 10th Mountain Division

I ordered this on behalf of my son who is currently stationed in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, US Army. He is giving it as a gift to a comrade in memory of their fallen. He ordered one for himself while he was home on leave.

They are in the thick of the mountains, wilderness, caves. God Bless the USA and God Bless our Troops.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

To Show My Pride For What We Are Doing In Iraq

I am a Flight Nurse in the Air Force Reserves and have served for 22 years. I have recently been deployed to the Middle East Serving in Africa, Qatar and Iraq. I transported many sick and injured and have grown a real sense of pride for what we are doing over there.

I chose this bracelet because he is a POW of Iraqi Freedom and I have served there, and also I was just returning from my first deployment last year when Keith was captured. Actually he was presumed KIA at one time.

Capt Denise

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

To Replace Our Bracelets From The 70's

I had ordered one each for my mother, sister and myself. We all wore these bracelets back in the 70's and they had broken and didn't get replaced. I bought my sister hers for her birthday. Was she ever excited! My sister and myself proudly wear the same bracelet as before, Col. Michael O. McElhanon, USAF. We have a personal connection with this brave man's family. We both went to school with his daughters. They are both wonderful people and he would be very proud of them. My mother also proudly wears the same bracelet she wore in the 70's, Henry H. Herren, USNavy. She has done a lot of research on him. He was a Navy photographer when his plan went down.
We are from a very patriot family and proudly wear these bracelets. It is wasn't for the brave men and women of our nation risking their lives, both past and present we wouldn't enjoy the freedoms. There are so many in this nation that take FREEDOM for granted everyday. My ex-husband was in the Air Force, stationed in Fort Worth, Texas in the early 90's. I was very proud to be able to support him and my country, being a miliatary wife.


Monday, July 24, 2006

For Sgt. Michael J. Kelley

I just received my Memorial Bracelet and it is great. It fits well and I am so honored to wear it. I ordered a bracelet for Sgt Michael J Kelley from Mass who was killed in Afghanistan June 8,2005. He was under my husband's command while stationed at Otis Air force base in Otis, Ma. I met him when I would drive onto base. Always a pleasant and professional man who loved his country. Sgt Kelley is greatly missed by my family although we only knew him a short time. 

Susan S.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Freedom Is Not Free

I wear my bracelet as a constant reminder that freedom is not free

Monday, July 17, 2006

9-11 Is Very Personal For Me

I was a career volunteer/paid-on-call firefighter and EMT in PA and MA last serving in Northampton County, PA during 2002. I trained at Randalls Island (FDNY) through their weekend courses and knew some of those FDNY killed at the WTC. I also Worked In Mid-Town Manhattan untill 2002 and knew some of the civilians that were killed. Lastly, Ralph Kershaw, killed on Flight 175 from Boston, was a colleague of mine from the days when I lived and worked in the North Shore area of Boston. 9/11 is very personal for me and a watershed event in my life.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

To Show How I Feel About 911

My reason for this bracelet starts with my lack of emotion for 911. That day completely caught me off guard. I knew that it was terrible. I knew that everyone's lives changed that day. I guess with such an overload of emotion running through me, I couldn't cry. I hated that I couldn't cry, I couldn't make myself cry. I felt that my body needed to cry in the worst way. 2 and 3 years later we all went through the brutal beheadings of innocent victims of terrorism. When Paul Johnson's story came on the news and that he was awaiting execution, is when 911 happened all over again in my heart...I don't know if it was the straw that broke the camel's back or what, but a flood of emotion hit me quite hard that day. That time I felt everything I didn't feel on 9/11 that I should have. My heart broke to see Paul's son on the Today show talking with Matt Lauer begging for his father's life. I decided from that point on that I would not forget Paul Johnson. I know that he was a loved father. I will carry his name proudly on my wrist.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

To Remind Me To Pray For Our Service Men And Women

I have worn a Vietnam POW bracelet for years (I think I got it in 1989) I have been wearing it since the war on terrorism to remind me to pray for our service men and women. I was searching on the internet to see what the status of the person who was named on my bracelet. And in finding that his gear was found and returned to the family I decided to get a new bracelet, I decided to get an Iraqi freedom to be an obvious prayer reminder (plus I love when people ask what the bracelet I am wearing means. I chose someone who was killed on my birthday.

A Way For Us To Have Him Close

I met the soldier, Capt Eric Allton, back when we were teenagers. We quickly became close friends and then high-school sweethearts. During this time, his parents became like my second set of parents. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, we ended up going our separate ways after highschool, and ended up marrying people we met at our respective colleges. However, we stayed in contact throughout the years (over 15 years), and I've stayed in close contact with his parents as well. Communication over email made it seem like he was just next door -- regardless of whether he was state-side (in the same state where I live), or across the US, or even across the world. Therefore, his death in Iraq has devastated not only his own immediate family, but had drastic effects on my family as well. I've ordered these bracelets for Eric's parents, as a way for them to have him "close", even though he is in Heaven now, watching over all of us.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I Wanted To Show How Strongly I Felt About My Brother And His Mission

I am the brother of a serviceman in the middle east. I wanted to show how strongly I felt about my support for him and the mission that he and his colleagues are involved in. I purchased a bracelet in the early summer and wore it everyday since. Until one evening I realized it had fallen off. I frantically searched for it and couldn't find it. I figured I would not miss it but found myself sitting in front of the computer at midnight that evening ordering a replacement. I had committed to memory the solder who gave his life for his country and ordered a bracelet with his name on it again. I was very pleased when I saw on your site that I could order a larger size. I have had it on since it showed up. It has become a popular of jewelry at my place of employment as many folks have ordered their own for their own very personal reasons.

Thanks again,

I Will Wear One Like My Father's To Honor Those Oversea

My father just received his bracelet the other day. It was extremely well done and a lot nicer than his older one (he had one for a Vietnam MIA that he bought before I was born). My father was never in the military, but has a lot of respect for those that are and were. In our family history is a big part of our lives. He wore the Vietnam MIA all the time to remind him, in case he had a rough day, that the man whose name is on the bracelet had a much worse day than he can imagine. One day in the fall of this year he spoke to me about a man wearing a similar bracelet, but for Iraqi Freedom. He had told me that he would like to retire his Vietnam bracelet for something more recent that he could relate to. That is when me and my mother searched the Internet and came across your website. We felt it was very organized and full of options. When we started searching for names it was an extremely solemn moment. We choose a man who was an officer and lived close to Spotslyvania, VA. Our intentions were to give it to him as a gift for Christmas, which we totally understand that having it in time was not possible. If there is one thing I will never forget in my life is when he read a letter I made for him explaining that we bought him a bracelet, and at that moment he started to cry. It was a very emotional moment for several minutes, considering that I have only seen him cry two times in my life, and this is one of them. I would just like to thank your corporation for the splendid job you people do in making something other people can wear to remember and honor our fallen and missing heroes. Hopefully someday I will wear one like my father's to honor those oversea.

Thank You Very Much,

A Reminder That Nothing Is Greater Than One Who Lay Down Their Life For Others

Although both fortunately and unfortunately, I have the opportunity to bring up good friends whom I served with in the United States Army. I have purchased two so far, but already have friends back home that would like them as well...So I look forward to doing business with your company again. It is a shame to think of how many we have lost, but I find solace in the fact that SO many of us...will never forget them. I wear mine as a constant reminder that our lives are to chance, and that nothing is greater than one who lay down their life, for their country.

May God Bless The USA,

To Keep His Memory Alive In Me

The man's name, 1LT Luke Wullenwaber, on the bracelet was our company executive officer and my first line supervisor. He and I worked, and interacted several times a day together. He was full of energy and always brought a smile to everyone's faces with is jokes, and personality.

He was kill on Nov 16 2004 by a car bomb in Kaladia Iraq. His memory and work ethics are still in our everyday lives. I ordered the bracelet to keep his memory alive in me and to share his attributes with the rest of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Mariens there my actions and a desire to full fill his expectations.

Thanks again

I Wanted To Pay Tribute To One Fallen Hero While Remembering Them All

I grew up with Greg Stajk in Kings Park. We graduated together. Many others I know were lucky to get out...they described their experiences in great detail. Number One was the bravery of the FDNY...Greg lost his life saving others. I know hundreds of other brave souls died helping others, but I wanted to pay tribute to the one I knew while remembering them all.
I keep in touch with his brother...Greg's family is grateful for all the support the world has shown.


I Wanted My Own Memorial To A Fallen Friend

My friend Jay that was killed in the first few days of OIF. I bought the bracelet for my own memory of my friendship with Jay. I served in the same unit with him for five years. I currently keep it on a mantle. I will probably only wear it for special occasions, but I just wanted it to have as my own little memorial to a fallen friend.


I Am A 911 Dispatcher

I was browsing to look at POW/MIA bracelets and didn't know there were ones for 9-11. I am a 911 dispatcher and was a volunteer Firefighter/EMT so I chose a bracelet of a fallen Firefighter from WTC.

Thank you!

I'm A Huge Supporter Of Our Troops

I'm a huge supporter of our troops and thought this was just another way to support them. For Christmas this year instead of buying gifts for my family and friends, I went on line and found a web site that soldiers were listing things that they needed or wanted. I sent four huge boxes of stuff to a group of guys that I have never met. I think we should all support our troops and remember those that have died to help other people.

Thank you for my wonderful bracelet.


Friday, June 30, 2006

It's Something That Needs To Be Made More Aware To The Public

I ordered a bracelet because it’s something that needs to be made more aware to the public, people seem to forget about POW/MIA troops; whether they’re from the Vietnam, Korean or Iraqi wars. I wanted to get the word out, and this is definitely one way to do it, whether silently (to those whom have heard of it, but do not participate) or to those who ask “What’s that bracelet all about?” I’m active duty AF, I heard about this by asking that same question “What’s that bracelet all about?” I didn’t know what it was until about 18 months ago, and I think it’s a good thing to have out there in the public. People tend to forget that there are POWs still alive stuck in Vietnam, or they just don’t care. When we say “No man left behind” we try to stick to it as much as possible, and this is another way of funding that mission.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

For The Brave Men and Women Who Risk Their Lives for Us

I received my POW Bracelets today, and will wear them both proudly. 

A local radio station, in conjunction with a local Harley Davidson dealership, has sponsored a motorcycle ride for the last 3 years.  All money raised goes to the USO to buy minutes for phone cards for the troops.  We have been lucky enough to participate all 3 years.  This year, the total raised was over 500,000 minutes, with over 600 motorcycles participating.  One of the items that each participant was given was an Army National Guard Hero brought back memories.  I had one of the "original" POW Bracelets when I was a teenager.  Unfortunately, I do not know what happened to it, but I wore it for years.  I am happy to say that the soldier who's name I wore is a POW returnee. 

The decision on the names for the bracelets was the hardest part.  I decided on one who was from a very small town near the very small town where my mother was born and raised - unaccounted for.  The other was because of the date - my 14th birthday - who's remains have been recovered/returned.

I will wear my bracelets as a daily reminder of the brave men and women who risk their lives every day for us.

For the USS Kitty Hawk

I received my Memorial Bracelet and it's prefect. I order this one because I was aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and I remember the day this happen I was on the bridge and remember writing it in the daily log. I'm not sure how I found your site was surfing around for one thing then another and came crossed it. It's an amazing web site has a lot of GREAT information on it. I enjoy it a lot. I had a POW Bracelet I wore in the 70's and an old girlfriend took it with her when she moved. 

Anyway thanks a lot for the new one. 



Friday, June 23, 2006

I Have Always Had Compassion Towards Vietnam Vets

Since I was a teenage girl, for some reason I have always have compassion towards Vietnam Vets, and the men and woman that served, and witnessed some horrific things, during the Vietnam conflict, and treatment that they received when they returned home. I have had one family member that was in Vietnam and he just passed away last July due to cancer from exposure from agent orange, I witnessed what he already went through with the war (stories that he shared) and then another battle, cancer. So I purchased two bracelet's one for me and my husband to wear. We wear them everyday and a lot of people ask what they are and have never even heard of such a thing and they think that it is a great concept. I chose men that were killed in action (BB) and remains never found and returned home, so I searched out men that were from the state that I live in (Ohio) and well all I can do is hope and pray for these lost souls are finally found and brought home instead of being on foreign soil.

I own a tattoo shop and a gentlemen that is getting ready to leave for Iraq had a bracelet on and that is how I found out. He was very helpful and actually guided me through to finding the website, I love the bracelet and so does everyone else. To me it is more than a bracelet, it is someone's soul and memory that I carry with me everyday, everywhere no matter what. I pray they are all found and thank you so much for the chance to wear something so passionate.


For My Fiancee Who Was Shot In Southern Bahgdad

I ordered a bracelet not for myself, but for my fiancee who was shot in Southern Bahgdad back in January of this year. During his recovery, he has lost two of his Infantry Brothers. One to a roadside bomb, the other to a mortar attack. He continues to deal with the very real possibility that even more of his dearest friends will not return home alive. I gave him a memorial bracelet not sure how he would react being that this is understandably a very painful issue. Much to my relief, he absolutely loves and appreciates that he can carry on his friend's names with the bracelets. I thank you for the opportunity you have given me to give him something that he is and will forever hold dear to him. Of course, he will always remember his Brothers, but I think these bracelets hold such a great significance being that they often strike up conversations with strangers who are curious as to what they are and the story behind the Soldier's name engraved on them. This allows us to spread the story of their sacrifice and to carry on the stories of everyday men making bigger than life contributions to their country in a time of conflict. Thank you.


Thursday, June 22, 2006

It Is Not About POWs It Is About The Dead

I wanted a bracelet because I wore a POW bracelet for years for my Vietnam soldier, he was MIA after the return. I checked on him occasionally via the net and learned recently that he is felt to have died in a plane crash that was witnessed. The crash site is not accessible, so the bodies have not been recovered.

When we got POWs in the Gulf war, I ordered a bracelet, randomly, and got the soldier from my state. Ironically, my Gulf soldier went missing on the same day as my Vietnam soldier, 20 some years later. But he came home-hooray.

Now my precious son is in Iraq. I wear all kinds of stuff to honor him. He is still ok, but he was in the truck next to Pfender's when they were all hit by the IED. Being the medic, he went straight to his best friend there who was injured fatally. My son held Jonathan as his life's blood poured all over the two of them. Joel knew John was gone the instant he was hit, but he held him and said a blessing for his dear friend. My son will never be the same after that, the son I sent to the Army died that day too. Later he discovered another soldier had been hit, but the guy was so adrenalined up he didn't even know it. The injury turned out to be severe, and Joel was able to save him and pack him off to the hospital. He is now home still recovering.

This war isn't about POWs, it is about the dead. I wear this bracelet in honor of Pfender, who lost his life, in honor of Joel, who lost his innocence, and in honor of Rodrigues, who's injuries are forever.


As An American I Will Wear This Bracelet With Pride

I remember the POW bracelets from Vietnam. My Parents did not allow me to have one for some odd reason I may never know. We were a military family and at Fort Lee Virginia at the time so... Now I work for the Air Force as a Civilian DOD Employee. From time to time you kind of forget why we are sending troops to what they call The Sand Box. So this will be a reminder to me and whoever I come in to contact with. After all now there are no pictures of the devastation on TV anymore. The whole thing seems like a bad dream that no body remembers any more..., yet we still have troops and civilians dieing over there daily because it is their jobs. Remember the war was supposed to be over last June. Well enough of all that. I'm pleased with the bracelets as and honorably discharged airborne ranger, as an ex-army brat, as a DOD employee and as a proud American I will wear this bracelet with pride.

For His Parents To Wear While He Is Away

I ordered them because the love of my life, Spc Jonathan K. Rush is in Iraq for the next year. He is in Kirkuk and has already seen many IED and Rocket Attacks. His letters are so heart felt, and yet a world away. I ordered the bracelets for his parents to wear while he is away. We all trust that God will bring him safely home to our waiting arms. Thank you for providing the bracelets.

My Heart Aches For All Those Who Lost Their Lives

Ayleen and I met while working for the same company. I was laid off and she went on to work for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The week before Sept. 11th I received a call with an offer to work for the same company since Ayleen had gotten a promotion. I accepted the offer but later that day called back and turned it down because it was a short term position and I was looking for something full time/long term. If I would have accepted the position, I too would have lost my life since they wanted me to start Sept. 10th. Not a day goes by that I don't think about the tragedy and how close I came to being another fatality. My heart aches for all those who lost their lives as well as Ayleen who left behind a young daughter in high school and a young son. They will be in my prayers always.

Thank you,


My Bracelet Is A Symbol Of Hope For The Maupin Family

I have no friends or relatives fighting in the war against terrorism. I read so many moving stories from the families of the fallen, this soldier, Spc. Keith Maupin, is our only POW at this point from the war in Iraq. After reading a current story by his parents in one of the online newspapers where they have not given up hope, I wanted to share that hope with them and pray that their son does come home safely. My bracelet is a symbol of hope for the Maupin family....


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Supporting Soldiers And Their Families

Because my soldier had a strange last name, I decided to try to find his family on the internet. I was broken hearted to find out that my soldier was entire family is devastated. I will still try to find his family and will place the bracelet on our tree every year at Christmas. We also want to send his family a special ornament in his memory.

In Support Of My Boyfriend

My boyfriend is getting ready to go on his second tour of the Iraq Freedom War, year number two. He lost his good friend that was beside him on Oct. 16 of 2003 and by the time he got home all of the memorial bracelets were gone from military surplus stores around Fort Campbell, KY. This will be a sad but great surprise for him this Christmas. May God be those who have lost their lives in the Iraqi war as well as their family and friends.

God Bless,

In Memory Of My Cousin Killed In South Vietnam

I ordered this bracelet in memory of my cousin killed in South Vietnam. My daughter had a project in school to interview a vet about his/her experience. We told the history of Kyle J Coles from a letter written by his friend to Kyles mother shortly after his death. The letter told of how Kyle had volunteered to take his friends spot on a mission to deliver supplies to Marines. Kyle's helicopter was hit by an NVA rocket propelled grenade. Kyle and the crew were all killed. Our family thought in remembrance of Kyle and Veterans Day we would order the bracelet to remind us of the sacrifices made by our military and their families.

Thanks again the bracelet!

Help Support The Troops

I had been dating Lauro for two years; before he went to Iraq he asked me to marry, him and I told him I would tell him when he came home in April. During his time in Iraq, we talked on the internet and had planned a date. Three weeks before he was KIA, he asked me to marry him again, this time I told him yes. I really loved him and was sad and mad at god and the world when I found out he died. I found out Nov. 14 that he died Sept. 8. I was mortified, when I found this website it lifted my spirits, because this way I could always remember him and help support the troops and to do something good



My Heart Goes Out To Soldiers Of War

I had a POW bracelet in the 70's. I wore it out & haven't replaced it until now.
My heart goes out to soldiers of war. I saw what a real war (WWII) did to my father. My heart bleeds for the men and women of this war. They will be remembered.

I can't wait unit some notices that I'm wearing a "Pray For Our Troops, Operation Iraq Freedom bracelet!!!

In His Memory

We knew Bart, he was my one sons friend so when I realized I could order one in his memory with his name on it I ordered it right away. Bart had spent a lot of time here at our house. I had to have one either to keep or to give to my son once he comes home from Iraq himself.

Dianne and John

A Daily Reminder Of My Husband And His Work

I wanted a bracelet because my husband is over in Iraq. He has been there for four months and I really wanted something for myself that showed how proud I am of him and also a daily reminder of him and the work he is doing over there. I miss him dearly and the bracelet helps me to show others how proud I am of him and how much I love him.


A Reminder To Never Give Up Praying

I am giving the bracelets to my brother and sister-in-law. My nephew, Josiah, was diagnosed with an inoperable brainstem tumor on November 15th. We are believing in the healing power of Jesus and the bracelets will be reminder to never give up praying.

Monday, June 19, 2006

To Remember What All The Soldiers Have Done For Us

I had remembered seeing my mom's bracelet from Vietnam and liked the idea of it. I know a few people who have gone to Iraq and I think it is important to remember what all the soldiers have done for us. I picked this particular name because I bought it with my birthday money. He and I were the same age on the day that he died and he died two days before my 22nd birthday. Now as I graduate college and stress out about finding a job and other things, I can look at the bracelet and remember that I am lucky to just have this opportunity and also remember those that gave up their lives for others and will never have the opportunities I have.

A Great Way To Honor A Veteran

My Uncle recently passed suddenly and his daughter and I are close, her birthday is soon and I thought the bracelet engraved with his years of service in the Korean War would be a great way to honor her father's memory.


In Honor Of His Close Friend, Who Died In Iraq

It is for my son, SSG Jake Schlereth for Christmas. It is in honor of his close friend, who died in Iraq last year. Jake bought a bracelet from US Calvary in Clarksville, TN. But, they don't sell KIA bracelets anymore. They informed me of your website. My son returned from Iraq on January 25th of this year. This new bracelet will mean alot to him. His other bracelet bent & he is no longer wearing it. Thank you so much...Your website means so much to families who have lost a loved one.


It Is An Honor To Wear A Bracelet With The Name Of A Hero

I ordered a bracelet because I have a spot in my heart for the soldiers in Iraq. I am in a transportation unit in the National Guard in SD. We just completed our year in Iraq and it is truly an experience I will never forget, it has changed me forever. I feel the pain of every family who looses someone in Iraq- although I believe in the war with all my heart- it is still sad when we loose a dedicated soldier. I believe it is the highest honor to die serving your country, and I feel it is an honor to wear a bracelet with the name of a hero. I chose my name by the state I live in, the branch of service I am in and I wanted the lowest ranking soldier.


Remembering Those Who Did Not Come Home

My father was active duty Army and retired back in 68' after serving 2 tours in Vietnam. When the time came for me to make a life choice, I chose to join the Air Force back in 1984; I recently retired so I guess you could say I have been in the military my whole life. My fiance' served in Desert Storm and he talks proudly of those days. This bracelet is for him to remember those who served with him, but never got the chance to come home like he did. Thanks for everything and best wishes!

MSgt USAF, Ret

Three Generations Of Marines

My father, mother, and step father were Marines. My father was in Beirute in 83 and he is now one of the chairmen on the Beirute Memorial. I joined the Army and went to Iraq. Soon after we got there my father's National guard unit was activated and sent to Iraq. The experience that I took from being in a combat zone and then worrying about my father, who was in the same situation more times than most, made it a lot easier to understand where he was coming from. There is no one on this earth I respect more, well maybe second to my Grandpa who went to Vietnam with the Air Force, and both of these men have instilled a great tradition of patritotism in my brother(USMC)and I. Any one familiar with the Beirute Memorial knows that a common motto for them is "Our First Duty is to remember" That is what I had engraved on my father's bracelet. No matter how many times I hear that or the National anthem I get goose bumps and there have been some situations where it has filled my eyes with tears. It is great knowing that my family are not the only people who still remember to be patriotic. Thank you again,


I Carry The Memory That He Gave For Our Country

I have worn an MIA bracelet for over ten years up until a few years ago when the metal began to fray. I had thought of having the bracelet melted, recast and re-engraved with my soldiers name on it.
I wasn't alive during the Vietnam War, but my father served. He had worn the bracelet for some years before presenting it to me as a gift. He always emphasized to me the meaning behind the bracelet and I have a come to feel as though a part of me is missing if not wearing it. I will be ordering a new bracelet with my soldiers name. I call him "my soldier" because I carry the memory of his name with me. I carry the memory that he gave for our country. I carry hope, above all that he will return.
His name is Lt. Robert C. Marvin MI. It is but one name of thousands. To me, he has come to symbolize every soldier who is still MIA. Through him I carry their memory.

I hope one day to pass his memory on to my children.

To Keep My Brother On My Mind And Honor Others Who Defend American Freedom

The bracelet I ordered from you is in the name of my brother who was a Special Forces advisor in Vietnam. He was killed in 1964, and through lots of people's efforts, we finally had his remains returned in 1984. Another twenty years have passed since then, so I feel fortunate I located your website and ordered the bracelet for the 40th anniversary of my brother's sacrifice on December 10th. I will wear it continuously to honor not only my brother, but all those that defend the freedom many take for granted.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Is My Way Of Remembering The Employees Of My Husband's Office

My husband's company was located on the 104th floor of WTC 2. They lost over 100 employees, some close friends of ours. We live in Memphis, TN. where they company has a satellite office. The bracelet is my way of remembering the employees. Thanks for providing this product. Lisa

This Is Something To Help People See How Special He Was

A good friend of mine and I were teammates at Florida International University. We ran cross country and track together. A funny story recounted by a marine was that while Mike was stationed at Ramadi in Iraq; while he was in the "snake pit" (had about a 300m perimeter) he would run loops upon loops to get in his run of 5-10miles/day. He was a very dedicated runner, teammate, but most of all friend. He was always thinking of others as was apparent in one of his transactions to many of his teammates here in Miami, FL where he sent a list of all the marines in his platoons and asked if we would send them letters and care packages. He helped in securing the safety of his men and also helped to defeat the enemy during an engagement on Oct 13, 2004 that ultimately lead to his death. Well these are just a few examples why I chose to get this bracelet. Did I really need a bracelet to remember him? No, I will never forget him. This is just something to help all who see it know how special he was. I am not a marine or in the armed forces but I am very thankful for the protection they help provide for us. I saw a bumper sticker that read as follows: "America home of the free, because of the brave." I feel that is so true. Thank you for this service and may the Lord bless our soldiers, our country, and our families.

I Appreciate What Our Brothers Do For America Overseas

I purchased the bracelet because being a new member in the armed services, I have really grown to appreciate what our brothers do for America overseas. I am currently a midshipman attending the United States Naval Academy. I hold a great sentimental value in the bracelet. It stands for much more than just a name engraved on metal. Although I still have time before I serve as an officer, I read about our troops everyday. It hits us close to home now that casualties have recently exceeded 1200 in Fallujah. So when I look at it, I am reminded of what I am working for. That is to be the best leader I can. Someday I will lead men like Lance Corporal Nice into combat. Beautiful work! Thank you.

In Memory Of A Soldier Who Died

The bracelet I had made was in memory of a soldier who died in a vehicle accident in Iraq on 28 April. His spouse was assigned to my company, and I had to tell her that her husband was killed while we were deployed here in Iraq as well. It was the hardest thing Ive ever done, and I wear it as a reminder that whenever things seem bad, they will never be as bad as they were on that day.


I Wear It When I Want My Cousin Close

My cousin Joeseph Keller died on 9/11. I got a bracelet with his name. Right after 9/11 someone on the news showed their bracelet and it was his. I wanted it. But I didn't know their were duplicates. I will now wear it on holidays when I want him close and days when I just need him extra close. Thank you for the bracelet it will help my healing process which I will forever be going through.


I Give Respect To Those Who Put Their Lives On The Line

I ordered a bracelet was that I wanted to show that I give respect to those who put their lives on the line to protect my freedom. While I myself I am currently serving the USAF for Operation Iraqi Freedom, I would like for someone to remember me if something was to happen.


We Must All Honor These Men Of Courage

I wanted my daughter to wear a bracelet since she's 14 and is a bit self centered at this point. I felt it would be a way for her to be more aware as I picked hero's killed in action who were very young - only a few years older than her. We'll see if she'll wear it. I felt like crying when I put the bracelet on and read the name. I ordered the bracelets because I feel strongly that we must all honor these men and women of courage who have given their lives for our country, our freedom. I know that we are doing the right thing by fighting a war on terrorism rather than waiting for the next attack on our country. I am so honored to honor a hero by wearing a bracelet. Thank you.

No One Should Ever Forget

I ordered my bracelet for Scott Speicher because he flew out of my home town, Jacksonville Florida, and has never came home. No one should ever forget that he is still out there, somewhere.

Thanks again

Ms Ballard

I Wear It For Their Family As Well

I am currently dating a young man who attends the Virginia Military Institute. Part of
what motivated me to purchase my bracelet is the idea that I wear the bracelet not just for the POW/MIA soldier/sailor/airman/marine, but for his family as well. I hope that if (God forbid) something
happens to my soldier, someone else will do the same!

Thank you so much!

I Wanted To Contribute To Such A Good Cause

I am a student at the Virginia Military Institute and I purchased one of your bracelets because I wanted to contribute to such a good cause. I also believe it is important to honor and always remember our fallen soldiers. Just looking at it makes me thankful and honored to bear that persons name.

To Show My Brothers That They Are Not Forgotten

I can remember being a little kid and seeing my uncle wear this red thing on his wrist. I asked him one day what it was and explained it to me about the person on the bracelet and what the bracelet meant to him. I wear mine to show my brother's that they are not forgotten and to let the family member's of my fallen brother's know they are in our hearts and prayers.

Thanks again

Paying Tribute To Those Who Have Fallen

I go to a military college and I saw some other cadets with them on. My uncle was in the first and second gulf wars and my grandfather fought in WWII. I want to commission in the United States Army when I graduate. I feel that paying tribute to those who have fallen before us is the least we could do. I know I think about all soldiers, both alive and dead, every morning when I wake up. Maybe by wearing this bracelet I'll be about to remind other people who don't even realize the sacrifice that has been made for their freedom.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

For A Daily Reminder Of The Sacrifice Of 911 victim Families

I had wanted one for a while, but had held out because I always hoped to get one that actually looked nice. When I saw you offered VOT bracelets too, I decided that was the way to go. MAJ Hogan was the only 40-year-old Reservist from Florida on your list. (I'm a 40-year-old Reservist from Florida too.) I'll wear it as a daily reminder of the insignificance of my own family's small sacrifices during my year-long deployment to Iraq for OIF1 as compared to the overwhelming sacrifice of nearly 3000 families on 11SEP01 and the nearly 1200 families in the 3 years since.
May GOD bless MAJ Hogan's family, and may GOD continue to bless America!


To Keep Those In The Military In My Thoughts

I had a POW bracelet as a teenager during the Vietnam war and wondered if they existed today for our current situation and so I searched. I was actually surprised that they do and was very glad as well. I am a USAF veteran and my thoughts are constantly with those in the military today facing tough and perilous situations.


To Show Respect For Those Who Hold Their Heads High In Battle

I got this name is because of this article in the paper that I saw and this is what he said "The nature of the beast is that people are going to get hurt, killed. The thing about it is, how are you going to die? When people remember you.... are you going to say, 'I made it back, but I was ducking down the whole time, and not watching my buddy's back'? Or are you going to go back in a body bag, but at least you died with honor? If I'm going to die, that's how... with my head up." and seeing how I've been thinking about joining the military and I respect everything that the men and women in the military do I thought that this was a very true statement.
Thanks again, Sean