Archive for 8 Mar 2011

This is incredible. She showed that people still care about our POW/MIA from Vietnam.

What a feat.

Kathy Strong was 12 years old when she put on a bracelet to keep vigil for a solider missing in Vietnam — now it’s time for her to take it off.

(CBS News)

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – While the war raged in Vietnam, POW/MIA bracelets were all the rage. The metal bracelets, sold by the millions, each bore the name of a soldier who was either still a prisoner in Vietnam, or missing in action.

CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports the idea was to wear the bracelet and only take it off your wrist when your Veteran came home.

They were very popular with kids. In 1972, when she was 12-years-old, Kathy Strong got a bracelet in her Christmas stocking.

“I was really excited,” Strong said. “I read the paper that came with it. And I just thought. I’m going to keep it on until he comes home.”

Strong, now 50, still remembers the name: James Moreland. Moreland was a Green Beret who’d been stationed in Lang Vei.

Moreland went missing in the winter of 1968 after the enemy over took his position. At the time, no one knew much more than that – so Kathy remained optimistic.

She deserves praise for her dedication to this Soldier and his family.