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.

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