Some times we say a little saying, “What a small world this is” and then we go on thinking about just what an impact that “small world” had on us when “it” happens to us. Well, this small world happened from the previous post I wrote about titled the 40th anniversary of the POW/MIA bracelets.
A short background first so you’ll understand the “small world” in the story. (Names changed to respect their privacy.)
George, the contact representative for the Georgia Patriot Guard Riders contacted me shortly after the press release of my brother’s identification in 2006. My brother was MIA for 37 years in Vietnam
. Remains were ID’d and he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, May 25, 2007. George, and his wife Martha came to visit mom, my husband and me to ask permission to guard the line so that no protestor’s would harm our funeral in honor of a great hero. That’s what the Patriot Guard Riders
do, they guard the line between the funeral mourners and the protestors. [Isn’t it a shame that we even need this, that people would want to disrepect the United States of America soldiers who sacrificed all to keep them (the protestors) free.]
Well, our family was honored to have the Patriot Guard a part of my brother’s funeral. They came from many states of our great country to protect our family and guests from protesters. It was truly an honor to meet and now know personally many of these men and women.
I sent out an email to all my family, friends, and veteran friends about the anniversary of the bracelets. One of these veterans (Rick) read the article and it truly touched home for him. Here is what he wrote back to me:
Now, I have a story to share with you….
I came home today thinking about the MIA bracelets. I was able to read your email at work but the computer there does not allow me to go to certain websites or links.
Anyway, I took out a bracelet that I have had for years. I have checked periodically over the years to see if his status has been changed. So far, he is still listed as KIA, remains not recovered.
The name on my bracelet is LCDR Lee Nordahl. I went to your website and started reading. I quickly noticed that you had a pilot’s name, Guy Johnson, from the KittyHawk. He went MIA 12/20/65.
The bracelet that I have had all these years belongs to Guy Johnson’s co-pilot!
Small world. I found a bracelet that my father had with Guy Johnson’s name on it and my posting of it directed a link to his story which in turn led Rick to find out who the name on his bracelet was. We all helped each other and we all had a connection. It was just a matter of time before it all came to be. Another Divine Appointment I’d say. I’m so happy that now Rick knows a little more about the name on his bracelet.
Small world isn’t it? Never forget our fallen heroes, and never give up hope. Some day a large world will turn out to be such a small beautiful world of love.