Friday, February 06, 2009

To Help Fulfill My Promise to Sgt Hewitt to Never Forget

When I was a kid my grandmother and both parents wore POW/MIA bracelets. I wanted one for myself when I got to be about 11 or 12 years old. I decided that I wanted a random name but a Marine as my father was (and still is) in the Marine Corps. I received a bracelet with the name of Sgt Samuel E. Hewitt. I lost the bracelet a few years later while swimming in the ocean but I never forgot the name. I took many trips to The Wall in D.C. and got rubbings of his name each time. I went off and joined the Marines myself and did two tours in Iraq. No matter how much I had going on, his name was never far from my thoughts. I made a promise to Sgt Hewitt some years ago to never forget. I never have and I never will. With or without a bracelet. The POW/MIA bracelet is just a reminder to others and to their families that they will never be forgotten. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart. I too wear Sammy's bracelet as he was a childhood friend of mine. We grew up in Indiana and Sam was so young when he went missing, but definitely one of America's finest. I think about him each day and wished for many years he would somehow turn up somewhere, somehow. I will never give up hoping, but he is in my heart and it's nice to know he is in yours as well.
Merilee Fritz Venticinque
Toms River, New Jersey