Monday, June 29, 2009

Remember These?

When I was in high school, my mom gave me her Vietnam POW memorial bracelet. (Or did I take it from her jewelry chest?) I used to wear it all the time. The black engraved letters eventually wore down and I remember taking a sharpie and filling them in. I looked up the name on the bracelet back then and couldn't find any information on him- just that he was MIA.

After six years of not thinking of the bracelet, for some reason it just hit me. I could remember the name on the bracelet so clearly- Lieutenant Colonel Peter J. Frederick. So I asked my mom if the name "Peter J. Frederick" meant anything to her. Her response- "Yes. That was the name on my bracelet!" Even after several decades, she too remembers his name.

So I decided to Google Lt. Col. Frederick to see if I could find anymore updated information.
Lt. Col. Frederick of the United States Air Force went missing on March 15, 1967 (the date on the bracelet). He had a wife and an infant daughter.

In 2004, after 37 years, he was finally brought home and laid to rest.


Deb said...

my Mom had one of those bracelets also...I'm glad you found out the information

janis said...

I wore one too! My whole family did! I have no idea what happen to them or why I stopped wearing it. There's a conversation for my family at the next get together.

Dani said...

Deb- I am glad I was able to find the info too!

Janis- Definitely sounds like a great family convo. Did you all have the same person on your bracelet?

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

That was so smart of you to google for information on the missing soldier. I'm sure your mom appreciates knowing he was finally brought home & laid to rest.
You are very sensitive...