Monday, July 14, 2008

For the POW/MIA from my Home Town in Ft. Morgan, CO

I am a Vietnam Vet Helicopter Pilot and the POW/MIA issue has always been very important to me. I have had three other bracelets over the years and have been able to return the bracelets to the families of all three upon each of their remains being found and returned home. 

I was in Colorado on vacation a month or so ago and visited the Traveling Wall in Keensburg Colorado. It was a very moving experience for me just as it has been each of the half dozen times I have had the opportunity to visit the Wall over the years. The little town of Keensburg did an outstanding job of honoring those fallen comrades who will be forever remembered on this memorial. While there, in one of the information booths, there was a list of Colorado Soldiers who were POW/MIA during the Vietnam War. I discovered that LTJG Gerald Green from my hometown of Ft. Morgan Colorado was on the list. I didn't know Gerald as he was a few years older than me, but found out that some of his family still live in the area. After a little research I found that there are some discrepancies on exactly where his Navy Jet was shot down and whether there was an ejection or not. Hopefully, one day his remains will be found, and he can finally come home, and I can proudly give this bracelet to his family.

The important thing, however, is that we can never forget these Heroes, and we can never abandon them. It is through organizations like yours that help keep the Hope alive, and for that I am thankful and proud.


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