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Date Posted: Tue, July 26 2011, 14:24:49
Author: Don Poss
Author Host/IP: cpe-76-166-233-185.socal.res.rr.com / 76.166.233.185
Subject: Re: KIA*MIA Spec5, Juan Jacquez
In reply to: Carolyn Weaver 's message, "KIA*MIA Spec5, Juan Jacquez" on Tue, July 26 2011, 14:16:37

Carolyn,

Over the years I have heard from many friends and family members of those Killed In Action or listed as POW/MIA. Most often, they were never told details or facts about what actually happened. It has been a personal honor to have been contacted by friends and relatives of many of these men who died those decades ago, or perhaps were simply declared missing. Nevertheless, those who knew them not still wore their braclets, having at least known their names. We also know those 'names' once lived, hoped, loved, and served honorably a country that was not always grateful at that time.

Your wearing Juan Jacquez’s bracelet has been a genuine gift to his memory. Some who have worn bracelets for years have contacted me, and said they feel guilty about not continuing to wear it. I think it is okay to place the bracelet in safe keeping, as a memory of the service and sacrifice he freely gave. It is not possible for you to ever forget his name or service, and there is no safer place of honor than your heart for his name to reside.

I believe the words from poet John Milton’s poem expresses the sentiment best: “They also serve who only stand and wait...."

Thank you for your service,

Don Poss,
Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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