Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
For POW Returnee Colonel Arthur Ballard
Thanks to Google, I was able to find the now-retired Colonel Ballard and let him know we had the bracelet and wished to return it to him. While Googling his name, I found your Memorial Bracelets website and it had a listing for Colonel Ballard. I got the POW returnee bracelet and then had the idea for this photo.
Now, some 43 years later, Colonel Ballard has had his bracelet returned to him (one of many returned to him throughout the years), and my mom has his returnee bracelet in its place. It's been an emotional experience for all of us. Corresponding with Col. Ballard has been an honor; he's an American hero and a very dear man. He was held captive for over six years of his life in North Vietnam.
For an MIA from Oklahoma
Thursday, November 25, 2010
For Vietnam Veterans
Thursday, November 11, 2010
To Honor 3 Great Soldiers
Saturday, November 06, 2010
To keep a close friend near my heart (SPC Matthew George)
While he was up here, I spurned his advance because I didn't see him as mature enough. He even left without saying Goodbye to me. He gave me a call while he was in basic and proposed to me. Multiple times. Once he had gotten out, I really may have considered it. We lost touch in the year after he completed AIT. When I found out about his sacrifice, I was heartbroken and saddened. I regret not talking to him more, not being nicer, losing touch, and underrating him. Matthew George always wanted to be in the military on the front lines. He wanted to be somebody. To mean something. Well, even if he never knew it, he was somebody and he meant something to me. I pray that he knows how I feel and how proud I am of him. My punk made a difference!
Friday, November 05, 2010
For Capt. Harley H. Hall
last Navy pilot shot down on Jan.27, 1973 hours before the cease fire
was signed. He was the Blue Angels leader from "70-71" and up for the
astronaut program. He was alive on the ground! His back seater came
Gwen Hall D.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
For the Crew of Aircraft King 56
I ordered a Memorial Bracelet to Honor the crew of Aircraft King 56 which was an HC130- P Combat Rescue Aircraft. She was based out of Portland, Oregon with the 939th Rescue Wing. I had just returned 2 weeks prior to the 22 Nov 1996 from a 4 month TDY supporting operation Northern Watch, Turkey with this same aircraft. I would have been with these guys, but I had 3 small kids at the time and a wife that needed my attention after being gone for 4 months. The Crew was a highly experienced crew and I was close to many of them. On 22 Nov 1996 King 56 lost power due to mechanical malfunctions from improper maintenance procedures performed at their home base. Unfortunately, they were over 60 miles off the coast of Northern California at night. They tried to make land, but couldn't and crashes into the Pacific Ocean killing 10 with one survivor.In April of 96 I trained with most of that crew in the USAF C-130 Advanced Tactical Training Course. That is a course where you fly as low and fast as you can to the ground and through the canyons of Arizona while being chases by F 16 fighters. I can't go into other details but we were never hit by the F 16's or ground fire. The Evaluator instructor was impressed how well we worked as a crew. We as a Crew worked as one which is hard to find. They were the best crew I have ever flown with, some I looked at as Brothers. The USAF did not Honor these great guys not to bring attention to the improper maintenance, but I think of them every day. I have missed them ever since! I Especially missed them on operational Rescue missions /Tactical missions and especially in Iraq and points east. I didn't know what happened to the bracelet and email until my daughter gave it to me for Christmas.My flying days are over now due to medical injuries and medical mistakes from my Iraq tour in 2003. I remember the boys of King 56 and they were the best! They were Heroes and will always be remembered by me!To honor the Aircraft itself, we rescuef 3 Canadians 200 miles off the Nova Scotia coast on our way back from Turkey. Their lobster boat caught fire before they could send out a distress call. We (different crew) just happened to be flying over and by the grace of God saw their smoke at 28,000 Ft and initiated the rescue.TSgt Joseph A. M.USAF Combat Rescue (retired)
Friday, October 08, 2010
For My Uncle who was a Vietnam P.O.W.
Monday, September 20, 2010
For my Lifelong Friend 1SGT Michael Barnhill
Dawn M. G.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
For PFC Bowe Bergdahl
I was a Viet Nam era Army wife, so I know what it is like to have someone on foreign soil, putting their life down on the line to preserve the freedoms and rights we citizens of the U.S. have and often take for granted. During the Viet Nam war, I wore a MIA/POW bracelet for an Army Colonel for 7 years, but he was never found or recovered, so I put it away for safe keepings. Every year I search the Army List, but still his name has never appeared.
So one day on Facebook, I saw an Ad in the Right column about the Memorial Bracelets and clicked on it to see what it was all about. When I discovered they were similar to the heavy, thick silver MIA/POW bracelet I wore for so long, I knew I wanted to wear another one for another MIA or POW service person overseas. I discovered PFC Bowe Bergdahl is the ONLY American service person held as a POW in Afghanistan, so I knew he was the one I wanted to choose and wear my bracelet for him.
Before I even received my bracelet in the mail, I did a lot of research on Bowe and discovered there is not only a lot of controversy surrounding his capture and rumors that he surrendered over to the Taliban, there has been little to nothing by the US Army, or our government, or anyone to bring him safely home to his family, friends and the girl he wants to marry. There have been small rallies for him in his home state of Idaho and some Senators are trying to convince our government to do some prisoner trading for Bowe, but so far......nothing.
Bowe and I have some things in common, mainly our love for dance. So upon his safe return to Idaho and his family, I want to give him some time to readjust to civilian life (as I assume, if I were he, he will want to get out of the service after all of this......and I would not blame him one bit. Then I would love to fly to Idaho, meet his family, his girl and him (maybe even attend their wedding).......and give him the bracelet with his name on it that I have not had off my wrist since I received it in the mail.......except to take this picture of it.
I know it looks like I have a skinny (I do!!) black (I'm not) wrist, but actually I am white and that is my black stapler on my desk the bracelet is wrapped around......the only thing I could find at the time I took the picture of it.
I have posted this picture and messages about Bowe on my Facebook, my Twitter and my E-Mails, asking for prayers for his safe return and for his family and friends. When some of my Facebook friends saw the picture, they wrote to ask where they could get one also and I sent them straight to MemorialBracelets.com , hoping they also will order and wear them.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
In Honor of SSGT Matt Maupin
Sunday, September 12, 2010
For Sgt. Brandon E. Adams
I wear my Memorial Bracelet for my best friend's son. His name is Sgt. Brandon E. Adams, & he gave his life fighting in Iraqi Freedom, on 19 Sept. 2004.
Brandon was such a great kid,with a great smile. I fondly remember bouncing him on my knee when he was a little boy. Brandon, & his family moved away from our home town, & I hadn't seen him in a few years, but I'll never forget the day his Dad called me, & told me of his death. It hit me hard ! I'll never forget that day.
I bought my Memorial Bracelet, & wear it in his honor. He was deffinetly one of " America's Heros ", & I'll never forget him, or his ultimate sacrafice.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
As a Reminder of My Son's Love and Devotion
I have been wearing my Memorial Bracelet since March of 2005, shortly after my son Trevor was killed in Iraq. I have several different ones, and have one on my wrist at all times. It's a reminder to me of my son's love and devotion to to his country and his family. When someone asks me what it's for, I tell them it's a reminder that Freedom isn't Free. Thank you for this wonderful product.
Proud Marine Mom
For the Troops, Lost Buddy and Brother
For Angel Juarbe Jr.
Firefighter Mark M.
Miami Twp. Fire/Rescue
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
A Bracelet Worn 38 Years Ago and Again Today
When I was 15 years old, my sister was married to someone in the Air Force, and they were stationed on Lackland Base in San Antonio. During a visit there, she gave me a bracelet with the name of Robert Lilies on it, MIA. I wore it then, with a prayer for his return, and in honor of all people serving. I was so young and a product of the time not believing in the war. HOWEVER, as I said, I was young and had no real knowledge of what was going on. All I knew was that I would stand behind proudly our "boys" going thru hell, and even death, for us. I know I wore it for at least 2 or 3 years. When I finally took it off, I remember putting it with some cherished items, but somehow thru the years, it was lost.
A few weeks ago, my hubby and I were watching a PBS show re: the 1960's. With pictures of the Vietnam War on, I remembered my POW/MIA bracelet. It occurred to me that with internet, I could find his name somewhere listed as an MIA. I did find his name, but under KIA. As I read the info that was on his bracelet, it all came back to me. Additionally, I was able to read more info re: where he was from, Louisiana, and info re: his crash. I cried. Thirty eight years have passed. I am no longer a youth with all of life ahead of me, but I have enjoyed a very good life...much in part due to freedom I have known my entire life. I am blessed with 3 sons, one of which has served in The Air Guard for 10 years. A mother's heart is thankful he has not been called to go to Iraq...how could I not honestly be? However, he may be going in less than a year. He has been more than ready to go and do his part as his "brothers" have. If that does occur, God will get me thru it as He has been faithful to do thru the generations.
I am waiting for my new POW/MIA Bracelet from Memorial Bracelets in the mail excitedly. As 38 years ago, I will wear it in memory of Robert Lilies, a man I never met, but is so special in my heart. How I wish I could have contact with a family member! I believe he would be 70 years old today, had he lived. I will wear the bracelet in thanks to all military, who have served that I have lived free. I will wear the bracelet proudly in honor of my son, Seth Allen Mason. And lastly, I will wear it until it falls apart, as a constant reminder to pray for all of the above, and as a hope for a day of peace!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
To Remember the Person Born on the Same Day
I read an article in my local paper about a guy who had worn one of these Memorial Bracelets, and recently returned it to the family. I went online to learn more about them, and found this website. As I was scrolling through the names, (of which there are still to many), I noticed one with my birthdate. I thought it was a sign, so I bought it!! I hope by doing this to spread the word about this project.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
To Remember My Firefighting Father-in-law
Friday, August 13, 2010
For All My Uncles that Served in WWII
Saturday, July 24, 2010
To Hold Steven Heitman in my Heart
I am a married man, with 2 adult children. One is handicapped, 31 years old, and the joy of my life. The other, 28, has twin children (grandbabies to me) one boy and one girl.They were born Dec 26, 2008. I can only hope that they can somehow have a learned idea of the travesties of the "police action" of Vietnam. I only missed out on being part of it by 2 years, but from the time I was born, to the days of my senior year of high school, all I knew was "Vietnam war". It sucks that it is not recognized as a "war" per se, they are saying that this new war is the longest of modern history, but we all know "nam" was the longest of all!I wore the Vietnam MIA bracelet with SSGT Steven W Heitman for most of my years of high school. I didn't have near the appreciation for all of the sacrifices that all of the men and women gave, some a little, and some all. SSGT Heitman gave ALL. I only wish I could of given more of myself, and my sole to the battle they all fought for too many years. I praise God that I didn't have to go to Vietnam, but, I praise all who went, lived, and died, for the freedom that we all have today!!My original bracelet, I wore through high school, has long since been lost (this really sucks!!) if I only would have realized the true meaning, I would have guarded it with my life, but, as a young dumb teen, I only wore it because "everybody" did. I have lots more brain power now, (not always good), but I hold Steven in my heart, and will wear this new bracelet till the Lord calls me home!! I only hope that if your family happens to read this, they will know that somebody else cares for there son!With true and lasting Love,Todd K.
FOR CW5 SHARON T. SWARTWORTH
I am at a military school that is named after CW5 Swartworth (Warrant Officer Career College- Swartworth Hall) and will use the Memorial Bracelet as a dedication during a ceremony.Rusty
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
For my Cousin and Good Friend
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
For My Son's Friend, Classmate and Teammate
Sunday, July 18, 2010
To Share the Stories of My Friends with Others
I ordered and wear my bracelet to remember my friends who have fallen. So that everywhere that I go, I carry their memory with me. A bracelet may only be a small piece of jewelry, but it carries a lifetime worth of memories with it. As a Marine, we form lifelong bonds with our brothers-in-arms; their dedication to their fellow troops and their commitment to their country will always be remembered. And my bracelets give me an opportunity to share their story with others.
Monday, July 12, 2010
For My Cousin Michael Dunn
For My Son Dustin
New Palestine Indiana
Friday, July 09, 2010
To Honor PFC Wayne Bibbs Sacrifice
Fort Hood TX.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
For My Cousin Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice
Monday, July 05, 2010
For Capt. Michael S. Haskell
Sunday, July 04, 2010
To Never Let a Snipers Bullet Silence the Memory of Donnie Dixon
Live the Legend
Be the Legend
1st CAV DIV
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
For T. Pilkington
|During my last tour in V.N. on Yankee Station, my ship the USS Topeka clg 8 was attached to the carries group that T. Pilkington flew from. He went down about the time we were relieved and rotated stateside. While on Yankee Station, we were involved in numerous s.a.r pick ups. I ordered a replacement for my original Memorial Bracelet which broke after many years of hard and honorable wear. I left the military after 14 yrs. of active/reserve service. My oldest son followed in subs, and I have daughter on Enterprise today. He will never be forgotten as long as I live.|
Monday, June 28, 2010
To Keep Bowe Bergdahl in My Heart and Prayers
Saturday, June 26, 2010
For Cotto, an Incredible Leader and Friend
|The reason I wear this particular Memorial Bracelet is because this man was my team leader for a time while I was stationed in Okinawa as a Marine TOW gunner. Cotto was an incredible leader and friend. We heard of his death while we were on the front lines in Kuwait, and it was as if we had been hit too. Semper Fi Cotto!|
Friday, June 25, 2010
In Memory of a Classmate
Sunday, June 20, 2010
For Sgt Donald J. Lamar II
Thursday, June 17, 2010
For the Love of My Life
|I received my pewter dog tag today and it is perfect. I wear this for Lt Richard Homuth, a US Navy pilot missing since 5/23/67, over water in NV. He was the love of my life, never got over him and I shall wear this forever. Thank you so very much.|
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
For Col.Charles E. Shelton USAF 29 Apr 1965 Laos
Thursday, June 10, 2010
To Celebrate My Husband
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
For Vietnam MIA CPO Michael J. Kustigan
on November 7th, 1989, I picked a thin, red, aluminum band from a box of other red and silver bands. The name on it was CPO Michael J. Kustigan. He was a missing soldier from Viet Nam and would be my constant companion for over 20 years.
The simple band I picked out of the box was easy to take off, but it would be worn day and night, every day, rarely taken off. It would only be taken off for two operations and my wedding. I wore it so much that the red stain rubbed off unil it was silver and the letters had almost worn away. I wore it so much, that it broke.
The aluminum finally gave way after 20 years, 6 months and 6 days of constant wear. I couldn't bear to be without it. It had been a part of me for so long, I had to get a replacement. That's when I found your site, found his name, and got a much stronger, stainless steel one that I will hopefully wear for another 20+ years.
My Friend Andres H. Perez
Flechsig Adam L.
Monday, June 07, 2010
For my friend Kevin Cahill
Saturday, June 05, 2010
To Memorialize a Marine
Thursday, June 03, 2010
For SGT Dale Griffin
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
For Someone My Husband Served with in Desert Storm
Thank you for offering this service to those of us who support the troops.
For SPC Russell Hercules, Jr.
Monday, May 31, 2010
For Willard D. "Dale" Marshall
I wore one of the original Viet Nam POW/MIA bracelets back in the 1960s, but had no idea they were being sold now until I saw your site on FaceBook. Thank you so much for offering these items.
Sara Joiner E.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
In Honor of My Nephew PFC Aaron J. Ward
PFC Aaron J. Ward. He had only served in the Army just under a year
and had already decided he was going to be a career soldier. He was
young and loved the uniform, the Army and most of all his country.
Aaron was born on 4/29/89 and was Killed In Action on 5/6/08 which was
a week after his 19th birthday. He was a fantastic kid that everyone
that knew him loved him and for such a short period here with us he
sure touch so many people. I learned from a fellow soldier the
following "All Soldiers are Heros and Heros never die, they just
muster at a separate rally point and move on to the next objective! So
5/6/08 will forever be remembered as "Aaron's Heroism" to me, his
uncle, the family and his friends that still visit and call his mom.
You are thought of often and loved even more, Forever Young Kid.
In Honor of:
PFC Aaron J. Ward
Al Anbar Province, Iraq
For My Beautiful Fiance 2LT Peter Burks
For My Brother from Hanson, MA
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
To Show My Pride For My Brave Son
Monday, May 24, 2010
For My Friend Ronnie Fegan
For 1LT Brian Bradshaw
I never met 1LT Brian Bradshaw and I do not know his family. I wear his Memorial Bracelet because he was the first officer to die shortly after I arrived in Afghanistan last year. When I read his story and discovered that he grew up near my home town and did similar things growing up as I did, I was deeply touched! Also, Michael Jackson died the same day 1LT Bradshaw was killed and the pop star was all over the news and not a mention about this American hero was anywhere to be found. This was upsetting to me so I decided to purchase 1LT Bradshaw's bracelet to honor him in a way Michael Jackson will never be honored.
Additionally, 1LT Bradshaw is buried in the same National Cemetery as my father. When I go home this summer to visit family and attend my daughter's high school graduation, I am going to go visit 1LT Bradshaw when I go to spend time with my Dad at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery.
It is a shame that we have young men and women dying every day in combat and they barely make the news anymore. But, when a celebrity dies they are immortalized forever.
Rest in Peace 1LT Brian Bradshaw. God Bless your family!
XO, FORSCOM DEPUTY G3/5/7
Thursday, May 20, 2010
For Those Who Gave Their Lives so Others Would Not Lose Theirs
43rd anniversary of the death of Cpl. Robert Katavolos
Sunday, May 16, 2010
In Memory of our Son Jesse
Thursday, May 13, 2010
To Remember Those That Have Sacrificed Before Me
St. Louis, MO
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
For our Brother in Blue
No one that day (especially his wife and my best friend and partner) ever expected the unexpected. Sergeant Paul Starzyk was a hero that day. He saved the lives of the occupants in that home that day. The suspect was shot and killed at the scene when he continued to fire upon all the officers there that horrible dark day.
Paul left behind a beautiful family. His best friend and wife whom herself was a Deputy Sheriff, two son's and a daughter, all under the age of ten. The suspect and murderer that day left so many devastated friends and loved ones asking that awful question ... " why ?! ". Why her best friend and husband ??? Why Daddy ??? Why our friend ??? Why our Brother and Partner ??? We that knew Paul, will continue to hold him dear in our hearts and think of him every single day. We wear our Memorial Bracelets to keep some special part of him with us each and every day.
Please never forget our Fallen Officer's. We put our uniforms and gear on every day to go to work to keep
our communities safe. We pray at the start of our shift that we will be able to return to our loved ones
after our shift. Some of us are lucky and make it home to our families ... some not so lucky. Sometimes Our father, God, calls his children home unexpectedly. Leaving those of us here and asking "Why ?"
Never forget !!!
God Bless us all
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
For My Old Squad Leader
For SGT BRANDON SCOTT RICHARD
Monday, May 10, 2010
For Mom's Stolen Vietnam Bracelet
Friday, May 07, 2010
For Vietnam MIA Cpl Bobby Neeld
This is the first time, since serving there, that I have seen my husband show a little pride at having been a part of it. I remember even some of our friends looked down on him when he returned. Anyway, I wore Bobby Neeld's bracelet as a young woman. When the Vietnam MIA Bracelet broke many years ago, I kept it in my jewelry box until I heard a friend was going to Washington DC as a school chaperon, I asked him to find Cpl. Neeld's name on the Memorial Wall and asked him to leave the bracelet there, which he did.
My husband and I will be working computers, helping people find their friends, loved ones and relatives names on the traveling Memorial Wall, and I will be wearing Cpl. Neeld's MIA bracelet and a POW/MIA t-shirt. I am so proud to be wearing his name again, after all these years...even though I am not so young a woman anymore. I have never forgotten him....we should never forget him.
Sturgeon Bay, WI
Thursday, May 06, 2010
For My friend Tim Thomas
|I ordered a Vietnam KIA Bracelet because Tim and I both went to Nam. He went in 68 and I went in 69. He didn't make it home, but I got lucky and did. Not a day goes by that I don't think about Vietnam and Tim. I've seen the moving wall several times and it makes me feel closer to him. I feel by doing this I'll always be close. RIP Tim and all my brothers.|
Sunday, May 02, 2010
For Our Son Jesse
Saturday, May 01, 2010
To Keep My Son's Memory Alive
I order these items to wear in keeping my son memory alive and close to my heart. Losing
a child is one of the hardest things in life, but the memory is a joy and bride to have. I thank God for a wonderful guy who gave his life for the ultimate sacifice to our country.
Friday, April 30, 2010
For SGT ATANASIO HARO MARIN JR.
Sgt US Army
C 3/16 FA 4th ID
Saturday, April 17, 2010
For My Relatives Interned at Santo Tomas
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
To Remember 3 from 775th Civil Engineer Squadron
When I was active duty USAF, I was a First Sergeant assigned to the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hill AFB in Utah. The Explosive Ordinance Disposal flight was assigned to the squadron. The three personnel on my Memorial Bracelet lost their lives as a result of a roadside bomb in Iraq. These young military members were bright, intelligent and had their whole lives ahead of them. I left the 775th for another squadron after being their First Sergeant for almost 1.5 years and shortly afterwards was notified of their deaths. As much as it could hit home, it hit home. I remember their departure and how Elizabeth Locke was smiling and simply looking forward to “another” TDY completely unaware she would never make it home. The EOD flight is a family like I’ve never seen before and remembering the memorial service for these three put a dent in my heart. The war they fight and the danger they voluntarily put themselves in is an example of selflessness and a genuine desire to keep America free from terrorism.
These three followed the directions of their commander and chief, no matter what their personal opinions were and died doing so. I will never forget these three and the impact their deaths had on so many people.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
For John Lost in Nam
Saturday, March 20, 2010
To Remember Uncle Donnie
Friday, March 19, 2010
For Someone Special Serving in Afghanistan
Monday, March 15, 2010
For Vietnam Pfc Albert Erskine
Where I work in Connecticut, Back in 2007 I have met a Marine Patrick Brill who had served in Vietnam in the late 60's. I had shown him the web page I had created and on the site I had put a link to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Page where I showed him that you can look up any casualty of Vietnam, see when and where they were killed and where they are on The Wall.
He had asked me to look up Pfc Albert Erskine, this was a fellow Marine he had went through Boot camp with and eventually served in Nam with. On 21 February 69 while in Vietnam, they had drawn straws to see who would go to a line Company. Patrick had drawn the shortest straw but Albert offered to take his place and go to the line Company. Five days later Pfc Albert Erskine was killed in Quang Nam by small arms fire.
For 38 years Patrick has been feeling a heavy burden of guilt, feeling he was responsible for the death of his friend. He asked me to print out the info off the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site for Albert that I had shown him from my Blackjack phone, which I was pleased to do for him and I told him I do everything I can for our veterans. I not only printed out the info but arranged it on a 8 ½ x 11 piece of cardstock to be framed.
With this printout I gave him other info I found on Albert's info page such as comments posted by people to include one listed by a buddy from NY who had put in his address and email. Through this info, Patrick had been put in contact with Albert's father, and Patrick had drove to NY to meet. Patrick had told me his father was a very nice man and he told him he was sorry and expressed how he felt for the past 38 years. Alberts father had assured him it was not his fault.
In February 2010 after following the link on the Veterans Memorial page, I had told Patrick about Memorial Bracelets and that you can get anyone that was on the wall on a bracelet, I thought he would want one with Albert Erskine on it for the sacrifice he had made, and I was right, Pat asked me to get him one. One day after working 1st shift, I went to the Post office to check my mail and found it had arrived. With Patrick on 3rd shift and I wanted to get this to him right away, I waited until 9 pm I went to work to give it to him. He was very pleased with the bracelet and after reading it he put it on and said, "You know, your not supposed to take these off once you put them on." I'm sure whether your supposed to or not, I don't think he would ever take the bracelet off. This is why I have purchased a bracelet and I am very pleased with the quality of it. Thank You.
Friday, March 12, 2010
In honor of Seig
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
For Justin Swanson, LCpl USMC
I wear my Memorial Bracelet because Justin was the one who put me into the life
I love. He helped me become the best. I wear it because I don't want
people to forget the horrible things that are going on over there. I
just don't want to forget my friend. I wear my bracelet to remember my
Friend and peer LCpl Justin Swanson. RIP Devil Dog, You're guarding
St. Peter's Gates now.
James, Orange County, California
Thursday, March 04, 2010
It’s hard to imagine how after 41 years you could miss a friend so much. But I do.
Monday, March 01, 2010
For My Active Duty Son
I'll wear this Active Duty Bracelet in honor of my son until he is safe/back home. Then I'll give it to him to stash away for his children in honor of his service.
For Ricky Killed in VetNam
Sunday, February 28, 2010
As a Way for Soldiers to Commemorate their Colleagues
Thursday, February 25, 2010
For SGT. Daniel Sesker
Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
-George W Bush
Monday, February 22, 2010
For the Military I Love
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
To Remember 9/11 and Honor My Nephew
Monday, February 15, 2010
In Honor of My Son Spc Ryan C. King
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sgt. Trevor Blumberg
Friday, February 05, 2010
Why I ordered
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Story of Cpt. John Teal
I recently made a Memorial Bracelet in memory of Captain John R. Teal, KIA Oct 23 2003, Baquaba Iraq. Here is one story of a man I knew for a short period of time, but admired greatly.
We were all deployed in March of 2003, during the invasion, for 13 months. Our outfit was a Civil Affairs Battalion attached to the 4ID, 2BCT. Other CA teams in our battalion were split up amongst the whole Division spread out across the area they were assigned too; we didn't see our own Battalion as a whole, until we redeployed back to the States once we left Kuwait in March 2003. Upon taking the airfield which was Camp Warhorse (Camp Freedom now), after entering Baquaba, it became readily apparent we would need to move closer to the populace in order to be more affective. Shortly there after convincing the commanders, we did move to a blown out government building in the middle of Baquaba with a population of 450,000+. However with this responsibility came extra personnel to help, the 2BCT sent military intelligence folks, Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), some infantry folks for guard-post on the roof, PYSOP, and some extra officers, just to name a few. It was also a place were SF and sniper teams would come in between night missions to change-up, adjust gear, brief us on enemies, get a bite, etc. This where we all met John.
At first many of us NCO's were a little skeptical of another officer coming to live with us not being from one of the other outfits mentioned above, as we thought he might be there to "keep eyes on us". We didn't do anything wrong, but our community was a tight-knit band of soldiers, from many different backgrounds, charged with many responsibilities, and a commander from the 2BCT that expected results yesterday. Our team alone had 1.3 million American dollars funneled through our hands for various projects to get this city back on its feet, and there were multiple teams at the CMOC. Baquaba held elections a full year before the highly publicized ones of 2005, all because of this great group of professionals we worked with. John was right there all along in the thick of it; facilitating, coordinating, adjusting, showing us he was one of the best at this business.
One night I was walking down the hallway and I heard a sound all grandchildren of Italian immigrants growing up in the 70's and 80's knew all to well, Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. It was coming from Cpt.Teal's room, I walked in with a big smile on my face, and we yapped about him, from then on we connected very well. He had many DVD's and CD's that we exchanged and listened too, as well as all the goodies that somehow officers' always seem to have, snacks, hot plates, etc. You couldn't help to notice when walking into his room, a big cardboard cut-out of this gorgeous chick, the kind you see at liquor stores, or bars, smack dab in the middle of his room. After a while I asked, "Sir who sent that to you?", he told me "My girlfriend" I told him it must be a pretty special woman, he replied "You are looking at her." I laughed taking it as joke but he was serious, and showed me a picture of them two. John had that "it", that ability, attitude, looks, a smooth cat that loved sunglasses with all the combinations in life to be a success and he knew how to use all of them to his advantage. We worked out on the roof at night all of us, after daily missions, late so no enemies could see us, John had his mountain bike on a trainer, and let us all use it, a 1000 dollar mountain bike being used by multiple people, John was generous. I'll never forget one night we got mortared, and when the flash went off before the blast, I saw a silhouette of John pedaling his ass off amongst the darkness, I couldn't help but laugh as I took cover. Funny thing how you just laugh when you get attacked sometimes.
The day of October 23, 2003 was a day I know none of us will ever forget, it started with an attack at the back gate, that Cpt. Teal was pulling security on. Attacks on our compound were common place, you have a compound in the middle of a 450,000+ city, even if you take say 1% of people that don't like us and attack us, that is still 4500 people. After the attack people geared up to go on missions, at the last second we got pulled off our mission, and placed on another one. Cpt. Teal and two others; Sgt Jared Myers, and Sgt Charles "Chuck" Bartles took our place on that mission. I don't know the details about the blast as I wasn't there but I do know that Jared Myers is a hero, John died instantly, and Chuck, who was the gunner up top, on top of being cut up pretty badly, lost his arm. Jared several miles from the CMOC with a broken leg, lacerations, and in obvious shock drove the damaged vehicle back to safety. Jared do not ever forget your efforts that day, and certainly don not discredit them, what you did in the face of adversity is simply mind blogging brother. I only aspire to be 1/8 the man that Jared, Chuck, and Cpt. Teal are. When we came back later in the day from our mission, and saw the vehicle sitting there on the grounds of the compound and found what happened, to this day I can't describe the feeling I had, I was numb.
Not many days go by that I don't think of John, and all the other guys on OIF 1 with me, and it truly scares me to think it was my teams' mission they were on. I am extremely lucky, but at the same time guilty. There are times when I look at my daughter (who was born when I was in Iraq) playing, and laughing and think of John, Jared, and Chuck and think how close man, how close. To the family, I truly am sorry for your loss, may God bless you, and watch our you with love and care, as John most certainly is as well.
Sgt Michael R. M.