Thursday, December 23, 2010

For My Great Uncle CBM James M. Deer

I wear my Memorial Bracelet everyday. My great uncle: CBM James M. Deer USN KIA April 2 ,1945 Asiatic Area USS Dickerson (DD-157) KIA by JAPANESE KAMIKAZES.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

For POW Returnee Colonel Arthur Ballard

This is perhaps the most important photograph I have ever made. When my father was serving in the Vietnam War in 1967, my mother obtained a POW bracelet which bore the name of Arthur Ballard. Earlier this year, mom and I found the bracelet in a box.

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.

Christopher B
Youngstown, Ohio

For an MIA from Oklahoma

I am a veteran of Korea (52-53) and Vietnam (67-68) and I have worn a bracelet since the
late 70's.  It is important that we remember those who have served and the many who have
given their all for our country.  Recently, I misplaced my original bracelet and thought it
appropriate that I order a new one from an MIA from my home state, Oklahoma.  I have had
many, over the years, ask me what and why I wear a bracelet.  That gives me the opportunity
to explain what millions of Americans have done for the USA.  Thank you for your program and
you render a great service to  America and our service people.  Bill Douglas, CMSgt, USAF,Ret.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

For Vietnam Veterans

As a fellow Vietnam Veteran I have a lot of respect and wear a bracelet for these fallen brothers.  I came home,  they didn't.  What a price to pay for our freedom.  I'm not sure Vietnam was worth the price.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

To Honor 3 Great Soldiers

My name is Jonathan Lugo, The reason I purchased these Memorial Bracelets is to honor and remember the lost of 3 great soldiers whom I had the honor to serve with, two of them during OEF 09-11 and one during OIF 07-09. 

SGT Simpson was a great guy who would touch anyone with his can do attitude. He was a great soldier anyone could come to whenever one needed an advice or tips to get the mission acomplished. I met SGT Simpson back in 08 upon my arrival to the 20th Engineers Battalion. I used to be the S6 NCOIC and he used to work on S3. While deployed here in Afghanistan SGT Simpson served with the 20th Engineer Battalion under HHC and then was moved to the 584th MAC. He got sent home for some illness and he fough with everything he could and re-united with us out here on Fob Frontenac, Kandahar City. I still remember that very day he came back he mentioned to my room mate "I'm finally home". Before his last mission I had the oportunity to sit with him on the dinning facility to eat dinner and I remember we were making jokes and laughing. The day of his mission, he called me to fill his radios since I'm a communications specialist and he told me "Lugo, I want you to fill my radios, I trust you and I know you will ensure I'm taken care of". The night of the attack I was working on the Tactial Operations Center when we received a message notifying us of the attack. I automatically got flashbacks from Iraq and I couldnt believe it. I ran up and down across the FOB to coordinate a recovery accets that can go out there and recover the striked vehicle. When I returned to the toc, I was informed that we had a soldier KIA. When I looked up to the board and saw his name, I couldn't hold my tears. 

SPC Morrison was a soldier who by just talking to you, your day will go smoother. He was a soldier that no matter what was the mission at hand, he never said no. I remember days when I used to work on his vehicle's radio he will sit outside the back door and just talk to me and ask me questions about Iraq and always telling me "Lugo, when are you coming out with us to missions". SPC Morrison was a great soldier and me being a former NCO, I knew he would had become one of the best NCO's I've met. 

My other bracelet was in honor to PFC Hall. I met PFC Hall not too long after finishing with my advance individual training and getting attached to a unit I didn't knew to support them in their deployment to Iraq. Upon my arrival to the 479th Engineers, PFC Hall greeted me and started joking with me for "being a puertorican on a battalion full of gringos". While at Ft. Mc Coy Winsconsin, PFC Hall and I became close friends. He had the ability to make me laugh and make me forget about my fears of my first deployment and allowed me to cope with being a total stranger in a new unit. While in Baghdad, PFC Hall's ability to make everyone laugh and make random jokes even to superiors, allowed me to made it back home alive. There was times when I though that was the end for me but here he came with one of his jokes like "SGT Lugo, why the long face... ohh no SGT you gonna have to do some push ups for me if you going to be so serious" among others. Thanks to him I can say I'm where I am today. To my fallen soldiers from the Nov 5th shooting at Ft Hood, SPC Morrison, SGT Simpson and PFC Hall, you guys will always be in my mind and in my heart. I'm proud of being able to serve with you guys and I will never foget you guys. Thanks for the times we had together.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

To keep a close friend near my heart (SPC Matthew George)

I ordered a Memorial Bracelet for a very specific person and a very specific reason. I know most people order them for relatives, but I did it for somebody even more important. There are very few people who would consider Matt important or a big part of their lives, but even if I don't deserve to, I want to be one of them. Matt was killed in action on August 31, 2010 at the age of 22. I had known him since he was 17 (I was 21 at the time) and we were both working together at Kmart. He very quickly became the person that you could talk to. Even after I got promoted to his boss, he was still somebody I could lean on and be myself around. He'd helped me move, spent time with me during the holidays when I was all alone, and been a major support system in my life. Matt and I had a strange relationship. We were close friends. Almost like brother and sister at times (when he was married, I was the only one he talked to about it). Later it turned out that he, at least, was interested in more. After I moved back to MN we rarely talked, but when we did it was baring our souls. He came to visit me for his 21st birthday. While he was up here, he declared his love for me to everybody at the local bar. Think he could have told me first? He witnessed (and was instrumental in) my baby sister (2 days younger than him) meeting her now husband. I regret that he never knew that they were married.

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

I wear the pow/mia bracelet of my brother, Capt. Harley H. Hall, the
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.

My uncle was a huey pilot during the Vietnam War. He got shot down and was held in captivity for two years. I wear this P.O.W Bracelet to remember what he gave for his country.

Monday, September 20, 2010

For my Lifelong Friend 1SGT Michael Barnhill

I ordered a Memorial Bracelet for my lifelong friend, Michael Barnhill. We grew up together in a very small town, so when I heard he was killed in Iraq, it was like losing a member of my family. I will wear this Memorial Bracelet to honor him as a hero and his sacrifice for this country, to remember him as a friend and good man that he was and to never forget what this country has gone through and sacrificed since September 11. Always Remember!. "All gave some, some gave all".


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 , hoping they also will order and wear them.

Pat D.
Atlanta, Georgia

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In Honor of SSGT Matt Maupin

My name is Malcolm and I have had the honour to wear several of your Memorial Bracelets in recent times. I bought one in honor of SSGT Matt Maupin whose Aunt attended a church my family was also attenting in Cincinnati. I was priveledged to give it personally to his mother on the day that his remains were returned to her.

Also, I had another bracelet custom made by your company with the names of the last two Australian servicemen listed as MIA from Vietnam. They were the crew members of a B57 Canberra bomber that was lost after a close support mission and never heard from again. After many years of pressuring the Australian and Vietnamese governments by several organizations search and recovery missions were commenced and these two airmen and the other Diggers who where unaccounted for were all finally located and their remains returned to their families in Australia. I had previously worn another bracelet with the names of these two men for a number of years until it finally wore out and broke. At which time a replacement was ordered from Memorial Bracelets. No sooner had this new one arrived than I learned that the remains of the two men named on it had been located and itentified, thus closing the long, sad and proud story of Australians' service in the Republic of Vietnam. At this time I felt very strongly that I should do something to honor these men and their sacrifice. Since returning the bracelet to their families was not feasible (both names were on it so who would receive it) I decided to send it to the current commanding officer of their squadron; No.2 Squadron, RAAF based at RAAF Williamtown about 100 miles north of Sydney. Some time after sending the bracelet I received a very kind letter from the Officer commanding No.2 Sqn in which he said that he was very appreciative of the gesture and that I could be assured that my bracelet would be placed in a position of honour on the squadron's officers' mess where it could be seen by all and would be appreciated by all as well.

I thought that you might want to know that your work does not only honor this country's service personnel but has had an impact on the other side of the Pacific as well. Keep up the fine work!


Malcolm H.

PS I plan th order another bracelet shortly in honor of my Uncle who was lost in 1944 off the south coast of Norway while serving with the RAF and whose body was never recovered.

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

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.

Steve B.

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.

Jewel A.
Proud Marine Mom

For the Troops, Lost Buddy and Brother

My son bought me my Memorial Bracelet when the war first started. It says "In memory of lost troops, operation iraqi freedom." He lost a buddy in Iraq & wears his name on his Memorial Bracelet. He is on his second bracelet, due to it fading from wearing everyday. He is on his third tour overseas. First to Iraq, then to Afghanistan twice. He is presently overseas. My youngest son, a senior in high school, wears his Memorial Bracelet in honor of his brother overseas. "Keep my brother safe" We love the bracelets. Thank you for honoring the soldiers. We wear them everyday & will continue to until the war is over. My soldier is a SFC, E-7 recon platoon sergeant serving @ FOB Connolly, Afghanistan.

Thank you,

Pam P.

For Angel Juarbe Jr.

Almost 7 years ago or so I ordered a 9/11 Memorial Bracelet from you guys for a firefighter I knew who passed away on Sept 11th 2001. I wore that bracelet ever day. It never came off of my wrist no matter what I was doing. I would go thru metal detectors at the airport and refuse to take it off and took the wanding treatment instead. I wore it thru the fire academy to remind me that some gave everything so I should give my all. It was like my own little cheerleader telling me to keep going when the academy got hard. The bracelet of Angel Juarbe Jr rode on my right hand until I lost an even closer friend in Iraq in 2007. I then moved Angels bracelet to my fire helmet where it remained until someone stole it from my helmet. But long story short, it was a great reminder as to never forget the ones we love and never forget what they gave up for us. Thank you to your company for such a great product. It held up to everything I put it thru at the fire house. I hope to never HAVE to order another bracelet, but if I do it will definitely be from you guys!

Thanks again,
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 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.
Thank you,
Patty L.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

To Remember My Firefighting Father-in-law

I ordered a Memorial Bracelet for my sister-in-law as a birthday present. My father-in-law was and Assistant Chief of a Fire Dept in the State of Ohio, he served for over 20 years and in that time was a great roll model for many in the Fire Service, as well as being Eagle Scout and a Troop Leader in the Boys Scout. He truly was a man to be respected.

His two children followed in his footsteps and went into the Fire Service respectfully as an EMT-Basic, and his son (my husband) as a Paramedic/Firefighter. His greatest joy was his children. He sadly and suddenly passed away in February of 2009. My father in law was my sister in laws hero, best friend, and there is never a day that goes by that she does not miss him being a part of her everyday life. I ordered this bracelet as a way for her to have him by her side at all times, as well as for the donation it would make to other families.

Thank You for your creation.
Kristin McK

Friday, August 13, 2010

For All My Uncles that Served in WWII

I wear my Memorial Bracelet for all my uncles that served during World War II. Only one didn't return after his P-47D had engines problems upon return to his base in Italy. He was a young man who had a promising future after the war, a similar statement about many who served. Researching his history I found a listing of so many other young men who went to war to only last a few weeks before dying. Tragic stories each of them. For me I have to remember those stories, I value my freedom greatly and today our nation is stuck in the muck of hoplessness and war. I believe it is our duty to remind others that there are success stories and the possiblities of what we can do as a nation is tremendous. My Memorial Bracelet is to add value to my uncles and their service and to remind me, that my freedom wasn't free.

Claude A.

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.


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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

For my Cousin and Good Friend

I ordered two Memorial Bracelets. A Vietnam MIA bracelet is for my cousin, Marshall F. Kipina who was shot down over Laos in 1966. I never met him, but was told he was a great human being and a true patriot. The second one I ordered was a KIA bracelet for a good friend who was the platoon leader of Thomas Vitagliano who was killed in action in January 2005 during Operation Enduring Freedom. I will never forget.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

For My Son's Friend, Classmate and Teammate

I ordered a Memorial Bracelet for my son to wear in memory of his friend, classmate and teammate LCPL. Joshua Davis. He's our hometown hero who gave his all!

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

I wear my bracelet for my cousin Michael Dunn, who was KIA in Vietnam in 1969. I was only 12 but I remember. I figure that as long as one person who remembers his is alive he is not forgotten.
Kevin D.

For My Son Dustin

My son Dustin was serving proudly in the USAF when we lost him unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident on December 28, 2006. Dustin had a long time goal for military service and committed himself to make that goal happen. He was serving in AFTAC at Patrick AFB, a highly technical post that has been described as the best and brightest.

As a father, I have no problem acknowledging that Dustin is my hero. He exemplified what a Airman is and he was a son that a family could be proud of. It is for him that I will be honored to wear my Memorial Bracelet.

Bill P.
New Palestine Indiana

Friday, July 09, 2010

To Honor PFC Wayne Bibbs Sacrifice

My husband is active duty Army, and a veteran of 3 wars; the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. We have two teenagers at home. If one of our kids decided to join the Army and follow in Dad's footsteps and, God Forbid, something like this happened to them....I would appreciate strangers honoring their memory in this way. The MIA I chose was 17 year old PFC Wayne Bibbs. I would like to honor this young man's name and sacrifice. I will proudly display his name.

Athena M.
Fort Hood TX.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

For My Cousin Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

My cousin was killed in Iraq in 2006. Wearing my Memorial Bracelet serves as a daily reminder that freedom isn't free and soldiers like my cousin pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country. He and soldiers just like him are the true definition of heroes.


Monday, July 05, 2010

For Capt. Michael S. Haskell

Capt. Michael S. Haskell, KIA, Beirut, was known to me as SDI, SSGT. Haskell, PLT 1004, 18DEC72. He molded me into a MARINE. Thank you and RIP SSGT. Haskell.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

To Never Let a Snipers Bullet Silence the Memory of Donnie Dixon

The day I got my Memorial Bracelet I went into my office and cried when I opened it. I met Donnie through SSG Brooks. We were in Ba'Qubah, Iraq during the surge in 2007. Donnie was part of the PSD team for the BDE Cdr and I was on the PSD/LRT for the DCO. Casualties where very heavy that summer. We lost so many to IED's, Suicide bombers, and small arms fire. I went to more Hero flights than I want to remember. Out of all of the folks we lost Donnie was one I could put a voice to a face and face to the litter that was carried to the chopper. We had a few conversations over dinner in the DFAC and even though I didn't know him as well as I wish I could have, I swore after his death that I would never let the snipers bullet silence his memory. Rest in Peace Donnie D. Dixon.
SSG Jimmy Ray H.
Live the Legend
Be the Legend
OIF 06-08

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.

John O.

Monday, June 28, 2010

To Keep Bowe Bergdahl in My Heart and Prayers

I bought the POW Bracelet to keep Bowe Bergdahl and his family in my heart and prayers until he comes home alive and well.

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

The Vietnam Bracelet I purchased is in memory of a classmate of mine who was KIA in Vietnam just before I arrived "in-country". Doug is the only person I knew personally who was killed in Vietnam. I purchased another bracelet from a "commercial" website & it occurs to me that money merely went in somebody's pocket as profits. None of it went to anywhere else. Further, I had to provide the seller all the information to be put on the bracelet. I ordered this one (which I intend to wear proudly) because the site was connected to the Memorial and a percentage of the profits go where they'll do some good.

David B.
2118010 USMC

Sunday, June 20, 2010

For Sgt Donald J. Lamar II

I ordered my Memorial Bracelet to honor a dear friend, Sgt Donald J. Lamar II who was killed in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on May 12. To myself, our friends and the rest of the community Donald is a true American Hero and will live on in our hearts forever, and now not only will he be in my heart forever, but I'm able to celebrate his life and his sacrifice each day with this bracelet on my wrist! :)

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

The idea of me of wearing my bracelet originally came from my uncle, who is still on active duty with the Army for over 20 years. He has worn his bracelet for over 8 years. I have always had a great respect for anyone that has served in any armed forces, that allows me to live my life without fear in our great country. I wanted to wear a name that is from my home state of Kentucky, and I came across Col Charles E. Shelton. After ordering my bracelet, I began to research Col. Shelton and began to find a man with an amazing story. I studied all I could about him so I may pass on his story and educate anyone that asks about my bracelet. I love the fact that I can speak about him and honor his name and family on a daily basis.

President Reagan once said "A country that forgets is fighting men, is a country that in itself will be forgotten." And I find this holds true every day, especially for all the men and women who gave thier lives for our freedom. I wear my bracelt to never forget and to spread the awareness to whom might take thier liberties for granted. I am honored and priviledged to wear my bracelet everyday and to never let anyone ever forget Col. Charles E. Shelton Owensboro, Ky.
Greg C.
Louisville, Ky

Thursday, June 10, 2010

To Celebrate My Husband

I will proudly wear my bracelet not in memorial of anyone, but in celebration of what my husband does every day. He is such a brave man and is in the fire service to make a difference in the community and for our family. Mine reads "Keith A. Bryan FF/EMT, Forest Hill Fire Rescue, 'Lord, please protect my man in blue'". I admire him so much for the sacrifices he makes with his time and his life, and I want to honor him every day and show the world how proud I am of him. He's worked hard and will forever be learning and furthering his career. To all those men & women in ANY kind of service......THANK YOU. You are appreciated in a quiet way every day.
Ashley Bryan
Proud wife of a Firefighter/EMT

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.

Arlene G.

My Friend Andres H. Perez

Andres H. Perez was a wonderful young man. We became friends our freshman year of high school back in 1997. We played football and had many classes together through out school. A great student and awesome lineman on the field and in the weight room, serious when needed and happy as hell the rest of the time! He was my "brown buddy" and I his "white buddy". Such a happy, smart, caring person that made an impact on many lives.

In 2001 right out of high school, Andres enlisted and began his journey with the Marines and went and fought the fight in OIF. He was unfortunately killed in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on November 14, 2004 due to a IED. He was laid to rest back in our home town of Santa Cruz, Ca where he is not forgotten, You can go there anytime of the year and find the flowers or flags left behind for one of our American heroes. His memory will never be erased from my memory and as I do my time in the Army I do it for him and this great nation.
Flechsig Adam L.
US Army

Monday, June 07, 2010

For my friend Kevin Cahill

The reason I chose Kevin Cahill is because I knew him. He was a neighbor and friend during my years during elementary school. I worked with his Uncle and was saddened to learn of his death in Vietnam. I will wear the bracelet to preserve his memory.

Robert W.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

To Memorialize a Marine

I chose to purchase a Memorial Bracelet for a Marine that was killed in Afghanistan. I served in the Marines from 1993-1997. I was moved by a PBS special about the War on Terror and how it affected military members coming home. I already know about the affects, but to hear the stories of the two wars going on right now and the PTSd that a lot of military personnel are coming home with is staggering. I wish I could do more and help every family who has lost someone in the war going on right now. I will remember the Marine that I chose to memoralize on my arm and remember him every time someone asks me what my bracelet is. Maybe that will encourage someone else to donate money or time to help out in their own way.
Semper Fi
Bob C.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

For SGT Dale Griffin

I wear a Memorial Bracelet for SGT Dale Griffin, KIA 27 OCT 2009 in AFG. I wear it because I was there when he and six other Soldiers were killed by an IED. It is a constant reminder to me on a big level of why we fight, and a reminder to always try to be the kind of stand up guy Dale was. There are lessons we learn from all the friends we have and all the friends we loose. It falls on those of us who are still here to make sure that those we have lost are not forgotten.

C 1-6

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

For Someone My Husband Served with in Desert Storm

I ordered this Memorial Bracelet for my husband for Father's Day. The name on the bracelet was someone he served with in Desert Storm who was KIA by an IED in Iraq. I know he will never take it off.

Thank you for offering this service to those of us who support the troops.

For SPC Russell Hercules, Jr.

One of my best friends was killed on October 1st, 2009. SPC Russell Hercules, Jr. He was a great person and always knew how to make someone laugh. When he was around, there was never a dull moment. I wish everyone would have had the chance to meet him. It's especially a hard thing for me to deal with because my husband and I welcomed our first baby at 6:03 am on October 1st and I got the devastating phone call at 9pm that same night. But he died doing something he loved and believed in. The Memorial Necklace will remind me of that and it is something I will wear everyday.
Nicky W.

Monday, May 31, 2010

For Willard D. "Dale" Marshall

I ordered the Memorial Bracelet for me to wear in memory of my husband's best friend, Willard D. "Dale" Marshall, who was killed in Viet Nam in 1968. The dog tag is for my husband to place with the Memorial Wall rubbing of Dale's name.

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.
Maggie's Valley

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In Honor of My Nephew PFC Aaron J. Ward

I will wear my Memorial Bracelet forever in honor of my hero, my nephew
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.

Uncle Gary
In Honor of:
PFC Aaron J. Ward
4/28/89-5/6/08 (KIA)
Al Anbar Province, Iraq

For My Beautiful Fiance 2LT Peter Burks

I wear a Memorial Bracelet for my beautiful fiancé, Army 2LT Peter Burks, who was killed November 14, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq. I wear it to keep him close to my heart, and to share his story with people that ask me what the bracelet stands for. I wear it to spark awareness with fellow Americans who might forget that we're still fighting this war, and to support the soldiers defending us downrange. I wear it as a link to Pete's unit, 4/2 SCR, and as a tribute to all veterans. I wear it as a reminder that "we are under the control of a good God, no matter what the circumstances," as Pete once said. I wear it to remain vigilant in daily life, and to show gratitude for the reasons our flag flies proudly in the American sky. I wear it as a link to the Army of Angels who paid the ultimate price for people that might never even know their names. Most of all, I wear my Memorial Bracelet as a representation of Heavenly love wrapped up in the 26 short years Pete shared here on earth.
"Toujours Pret."
Melissa H.
Fiancee of 2LT Peter Burks, U.S. Army

For My Brother from Hanson, MA

I ordered the Memorial Bracelets with my brothers name on it as he was killed in action in Viet Nam 10/02/1966. My home town of Hanson, Massachusetts will be honoring him by dedicating a square in town to him on June 5th. He has a son which he never got the pleasure of meeting cause he got killed before he was born so one of the braclets is for him to wear.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

To Show My Pride For My Brave Son

I wore an "Until You Come Home" Bracelet. My Son and I, 1ST. LT.Gary Laughlin on his return home 2009. To show my pride for my brave son and all the brave Men and Women serving this Country. I continue to wear Memorial Bracelets in respect to all who lost their lives protecting my freedom.

Gary L.

Monday, May 24, 2010

For My Friend Ronnie Fegan

I wear the KIA Bracelet every day for my best friend from the U.S. Naval Pre-Flight School in Pensacola, FL, Ronnie Fegan.

Robert D.
Sonoma, CA

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!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

For Those Who Gave Their Lives so Others Would Not Lose Theirs

I orderd this Memorial Bracelet because these people gave their lives so others would not lose theirs, and I think they need to be remerbered for that and never forgotten. What they did was a very dangerous, commendable and very brave, and they deserve more recognition.

God Bless those who lost their lives and comfort for their families.

43rd anniversary of the death of Cpl. Robert Katavolos

21 May 2010, is the 43rd anniversary of the death of Cpl. Robert Katavolos USMC.
A member of Mike Co. / 3rd BN / 9th Marines. Their "TAOR" Tactical Area of Responsibility was Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Where on 21 May 67, he gave his life for his country.

We went to grade school together, hung out as teenagers together and joined the US Marine Corps together on the same day. We both served in South Vietnam in 1967 but in different units and were both "Grunts" 0311 Riflemen.

Marines never forget our fallen brothers and Cpl. Robert Katavolos was more like part of my family. I will wear his KIA Bracelet proudly, to me it means much more than a simple bar of Stainless Steel with a name.

Please take a minute of silence in his memory and if you ever go to "The Wall" in Washington, DC. His name can be found on (Panel-20-East/Line 76). May he be resting in peace and remain in our hearts.

Semper Fi

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In Memory of our Son Jesse

I ordered a Memorial Bracelet and will wear it every single day in memory of our son Jesse A. Mellott. Jesse took his life at age 21 on August 29, 2007. I will never ever get over this, and my loss and grief go so deep. I want him with me always and this is a way I feel I can do that.

Thank you,

Thursday, May 13, 2010

To Remember Those That Have Sacrificed Before Me

I received my POW/MIA Bracelet for Capt. David L. Leet - USMC, who went MIA on April 13, 1972. On that very day, I was born. I plan to wear this bracelet as a reminder that my life is possible as a result of the sacrafices of people like Capt. Leet. I only hope I can do his life justice with mine.

Amy M.
St. Louis, MO

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

For our Brother in Blue

On September 6, 2008 our dear friend and Brother in Blue was shot and killed in the line of duty when he responded to a domestic violence call.

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

Deputy Sheriff, California

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

For My Old Squad Leader

I wear my Memorial Bracelet for my old squad leader (second from left with acu shorts). He was an outstanding example of how you lead from the front. He was like a brother to me. We miss you Ragin Red.


Brandon was in the army from the 9th grade he spent one year in IRAQ he lost his best friend there and he had a Memorial Bracelet that he never took off. We lost Brandon in a car wreck on March 24, 2010.

We never found his bracelet. Me and Brandon together had two daughters and two sons. The boys were not his blood sons, but you would not have known that by the way he loved them. My boys are 14 year old twins and they really want to have his bracelet, but the next best thing to me is to give them one so that they will always have something of him with them.

Monday, May 10, 2010

For Mom's Stolen Vietnam Bracelet

I ordered a Vietnam Bracelet for Mother's Day this year. As a young girl, my mom wore her bracelet full time and cried when she had to take it off due to a broken wrist. In recent years, her house was broken into and her jewelry box was stolen and along with it, her bracelet. I searched the alleys close to her house and even local pawn shops, but was not able to recover any of the items. The one thing she has talked most about losing was her bracelet. So I have ordered her a replacement so that she can continue to wear it until her soldier is returned. Col GILBERT S. PALMER JR USAF 27 FEB 68 Laos MIA AL
Sarah L. G.-L.
St. Louis, MO

Friday, May 07, 2010

For Vietnam MIA Cpl Bobby Neeld

I will be attending LZ Lambeau on May 23rd, 2010 in Green Bay, WI. A welcome home to the Vietnam Vets....finally.

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.

Linda N.
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.

Dennis C.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

For Our Son Jesse

I ordered this Memorial Bracelet because our son Jesse A. Mellott took his life on August 29, 2007. Our lives will never ever be the same again! I want to wear this every moment of my life while I am asleep and awake. Lord knows how badly I miss him.

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.
His Mom
Anginette M.

Friday, April 30, 2010


I served with nacho Atanasio Haro-Marin in Iraq. I was one of four soldiers who pulled him off the streets of Balad when he was KIA. A lot of people got medals for that night, but a lot of us just lost a good friend and brutha..

Patrick H.
Sgt US Army
C 3/16 FA 4th ID

Saturday, April 17, 2010

For My Relatives Interned at Santo Tomas

I ordered this bracelet because my mom, 2 aunts, an uncle and grandparents were interned at Santo Tomas Internment Camp during WWII. I wore a Vietnam POW/MIA bracelet for many years. It broke a few years ago and I decided I needed to wear another Memorial Bracelet.
Pat H.

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

I found your site looking at Vietnam death numbers. He was a friend of mine from school. We were in Nam at the same time when I got home I found out he didn't make it. He's been on my mine lately. I had a bad experence in Nigeria. I was taken hostage last year. My driver and security were killed. I was looking back on my life and John came back to me. Thanks

Saturday, March 20, 2010

To Remember Uncle Donnie

My uncle Donald was killed in Vietnam before I was born. My dad never talked about him very much because it was to painful. I knew he was killed in Vietnam but didn't know much else about him except that he was very young, 19. My dad told the story about one time when Donnie got to come home for a short time because he was wounded he was bringing him back to the airport to go back to Vietnam, Donnie told my dad that he wouldn't be coming home and to take care of mom and brother. My uncle Donnie was killed in June and his funeral was on my brothers 4th birthday. I found some letters he had written while he was in vietnam that my mom and dad kept in their safety deposit box. Some of them were written while he was in a foxhole so they are dirty and very hard to read because he was writing them in the dark. They are very sad to read. I had a baby last February and I named him after my uncle Donnie. I am making a scrapbook about my uncle Donnie to give to my son when he is older so he knows who and why he is named after this person. I thought this Memorial Gracelet would be a nice addition to go along with his scrapbook. Thank you very much. I am so happy I found this website.

Friday, March 19, 2010

For Someone Special Serving in Afghanistan

I know how important the men and woman of our Armed Forces are... How they strive and give up so much of their personal lives to serve, protect and love Our Country... I have someone special to me serving in Afghanistan and He is the Love of my Life... Im am Proud to have him in my life and i only hope as i do for all Our Soldiers, that they will be brought home safe to the arms and love of their family, friends and loved ones... Their Job is so Important to the American Public.

Im Proud and Honored to have them on my side as well to be an American... God Bless My Love and All of his Kind..

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

Our daughter and Seig served in Iraq together, one night a mortar attack on the base 50 meters from our daughters barricks and Seig died in the attack. Our daughter was friends with Seig and it was devastating. It is so sad, he was just a young soldier serving his country. There is not a day that goes by I think of him, he is in our thoughts and prayers.

Amy V proud parent of an American soldier.

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

For McArthur

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

My son is attached to the 101st Airborne Div. Air Assault Rakkasans Brigade in Afghanistan. He is directly involved with Col. Luong's Protection Unit (Head of Operations with the 101st). I am very proud of his sacrifice and achievements.

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.


Mark M.

For Ricky Killed in VetNam

Ricky and I were Air Force brats. In 1956 we sailed from SF to Yokohama together. Although our fathers were stationed on different bases, we stayed close. He and I learned to rollerskate together at the outdoor rink at Grant Heights (Yokota). Before we left Japan for Okinawa, his family climbed Mt Fuji one more time. This time my mom, sister, brother and I went along. Our birthdays were only 2 days apart. He was killed in VietNam just after his 19th birthday. Our parents NEVER lost touch! Next month my family goes to Arlington to place my father's ashes. This is the first time I will visit The Memorial.

Had I known of this program, I'd have been wearing this KIA Bracelet years ago.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

As a Way for Soldiers to Commemorate their Colleagues

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Van Forbes, from Decatur, AL, of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, left, and U.S. Staff Sgt. Christopher Wootton, 25, from Richmond, VA, of the 422 Civil Affairs Battalion, wear Memorial Bracelets as they sit during a meeting in the Badula Qulp area, West of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. Memorial Bracelets containing the engraved names of soldiers killed in the field are often worn by soldiers as a way to commemorate their colleagues. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

For SGT. Daniel Sesker

I was blessed to have served with SGT. Daniel Sesker with C Troop 1-113th Cavalry in support of OIF 05-06. He was one of the most selfless people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. By wearing a Memorial Bracelet I get the opportunity to tell everyone that asks about it what a wonderful person he was and how much he will always be missed. It's my little way of making sure that his sacrifice wasn't in vain.
Rob D.

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

I'm a person that is a true believer in our military and what they do. My husband was in the Air Force for 22 years and I was very proud of him and what he did. The troops don't have a say in where they're deployed. They follow the orders of their superiors who, in return, brief and then follow the orders of the Commander-In-Chief, the President of the United States.
People should be proud of our troops and support them. Let them know we appreciate what they are doing for us - trying to keep us safe from terrorists who want to kill us. They are dying for us to keep us safe and free. God love them, I know I do.
Deborah B.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

To Remember 9/11 and Honor My Nephew

I purchased a Memorial Bracelet right after 9/11. It was one of the generic ones. I wore it all the time. I took it off while I was on the computer and some how misplaced it. I thought I would find it when I moved, but did not. I ordered a new one (and different style) to replace that one. I also ordered one in honor of my nephew who is on his 5th tour to Afghanistan/Iraq.

Monday, February 15, 2010

In Honor of My Son Spc Ryan C. King

I wear my Memorial Bracelet in honor of my son, Spc Ryan C. King who was killed in Afghanistan May 1, 2009. He was a wonderful son and proud soldier who will never be forgotten.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sgt. Trevor Blumberg

I never knew Trevor, and I know that I'm much poorer because of that. I know his father, and I know what he's doing in Trevor's memory to help wounded service members and their families will leave a legacy that as big and important as it is, will always fall just short of the things Trevor would have achieved. RIP Sgt Trevor "Blum" Blumberg.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Why I ordered

I ordered an Active Duty Bracelet because I care. I grew up in a military family and currently have a niece serving in Iraq and my nephew just returned from his second tour in Afgahanistan (where he was wounded by an IED). I am so grateful for these brave women and men who sacrifice for me. They give everything-even their lives. I can only give my gratitude and support. I will wear my bracelet as proudly as I wore the one for my Viet-Nam POW (who returned!). Thank you for all you do.

Allyson D.

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.
418th CABN