Thursday, March 06, 2008

For My Children To Remember the Soldier on My POW Bracelet

When I was 12 (1970) I ordered a POW bracelet and Lt McGouldrick was the bracelet that I recieved.  I wore it for a very long time and honestly don't know what ever happened to it.  Anyway, I was investigating presidential candidates on the internet and ran across John McCain's site and watched the story about him and the video of him as a POW.  It reingnited my interest in trying to find out about Lt. Mcgouldrick.  I never knew anything about him at all.  Back then there was really no way for us to research that kind of thing. I just remember when prisoners starting coming home lists of names were published in our paper and I checked it daily, of course never finding him. I never forgot him and have carried him in my heart always.  As I researched I learned what happened to him and how his wonderful daughters have continued the search for answers.  I also learned that he was a very special man and I sat at my computer and cried.  I really had no idea the impact it would have on me.  I decided then and there that I must once again carry him with me every day.  I want my children (by the way one of them is in the US Navy) to know about him and all the other brave men and women who have gone before them. It is very important and I hope they at some time will pass what they are learning about this part of our history on to others.  Thank you for allowing me the the honor of wearing his name once again.  Kathy

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