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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 8/27/2001 4:11:26 PM EST
Awhile back, there was a thread about those POW/MIA bracelets. I ordered one for myself. I was talking about it to one of my regular customers who said he had one he wore regularly since he first joined the USN. He said he didn't know the status of the guy on his bracelet and assumed he had never come home. I said I could look in to it. So, I ran to the computer in the back and searched it out(using the info obtained right here) and found that his guy had not only returned in '73,but had remained in the Army to retire in 1996. You should have seen the look on his face.It was a great feeling to have helped bring him some closure( and with a happy ending!). Now the unknown man he had worn on his wrist was no longer, in his mind, somewhere in SouthEast Asia. He was alive and well( in 96 at least). So, thanks to all the great guys here, some good has come from the internet. Now, how does one go about returning a bracelet to a former POW?
Link Posted: 8/27/2001 4:20:23 PM EST
Things like this make it all worth while to have this site for all to enjoy! Glad to hear his buddy came back and doing fine.
Link Posted: 8/27/2001 4:34:08 PM EST
I remember when I was a kid and the POW's were coming home that it was customary to give these bracelets to the returning veterans. It might be a nice gesture for your buddy to track this guy down and give it to him.
Link Posted: 8/27/2001 5:11:51 PM EST
Go to Military.com and you can probably look the guy up.
Link Posted: 8/27/2001 9:27:05 PM EST
Thanks for the lead to military.com. Holy crap! 29 Robert Tabbs to sift through!" Hi, are you RobertTabb, former VietNam era POW? No, sorry to bother you." Damn, I'm gonna be busy.
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