A POW bracelet story.
My father served, proudly, in the Navy for 28 years. Means that I grew up with a deep respect for our country and those who serve to protect it. When I graduated high school in 1985 we moved from Italy back to the US - to Tampa, Florida. They have air shows on MacDill Air Force base every year where they sell tons of military memorabilia. I came across a bin of POW bracelets and dug through to pick a name by branch of service and date they were put on record as MIA/POW - pretty simple, huh?
The name on the bracelet is Capt. Charles L. Putnam. I've learned a little about him. He was a pilot and went down with his plane trying to draw fire away from others - keeping them safe. He was originally on the MIA list, but later changed to POW and now has his name inscribed on the wall in DC.
I wore the bracelet faithfully until 2002 when my daughter used it as a teething ring at a restaurant and it was lost. Thankfully, I came across the herobracelet site and was able to re-order the bracelet with Capt. Charles Putnam's name on it. Since then it has not left my wrist. It's nice to know that a site is out there to order specific bracelets with very personal names on them. Everyone should know about it!