We never realized the extent of a name on a bracelet worn so many years ago would have on so many lives.
Our family received many, many bracelets. Some were brought to the funeral by their owners who laid them on the coffin to be buried with Herby’s remains.
The stories from the people who wore a bracelet were touching to the heart, to say the very least. I’ll share some of these stories here so you will see how lives came together from across the country, all from a name on a bracelet worn 40 years ago, along with one who wore it continuously never taking it off all those years. Amazing stories.
If you have a bracelet with Capt. Crosby’s name on it and would like to return it send us an email. If you have one and would like to keep it, also please send us an email so we can thank you for caring all these many years. We’d love to hear your story and why you wanted a bracelet.
ABOUT THE BRACELETS and IF YOU HAVE ONE.
VIVA (Voices in Vital America) distributed nearly five million bracelets and raised enough money to produce untold millions of bumper stickers, buttons, brochures, matchbooks, newspaper ads, etc., to draw attention to the missing men. In 1976, VIVA closed its doors. By then the American public was tired of hearing about Vietnam and sadly showed little to no interest in the POW/MIA issue. Times have changed though.
If you would like to purchase a bracelet, I recommend you visit the National League of Families of Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia (the “League”): http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/powmia-bracelets/
Bracelets are now available from a decades-long strong issue-supporter, the nonprofit, Ohio Chapter MIA-POW (see address below) which donates 100% of all proceeds to help sustain the League’s efforts. Demand for the bracelets continues, as is evidenced by the frequent inquiries to the League office. The original stainless steel or similar silver bracelet is the most in demand and signals continuity of concern by the American people.
The National League of Families is the only national organization comprised solely of the close relatives of U.S. servicemen and civilians still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Their threefold goal is the return of live prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing, and the repatriation of all recoverable remains of those who died while serving our Nation in Southeast Asia.
POW/MIA Bracelets: Bracelets are stainless steel, ½ inch wide, bearing name, rank, service branch, country, and date of loss. Please note that data is engraved on bracelets, not filled in black. Names on hand with the Ohio Chapter are made with permission of the families, and most come with a short bio of the missing man. Special names may be requested, but no bio is then available.
100% of all proceeds go to the National League of Families!
Cost is $15.00 each and includes shipping.
Please send check or money order (The OH Chapter does not accept credit cards) to:
Ohio Chapter MIA/POW
P.O. Box 14853
Columbus, OH 43214
If you have a bracelet and would like to get information on the man whose name is on the bracelet, send a letter to and visit their DOD office. Also, just do an internet search of the name as that’s how some people learned of my brother’s return.