Hero Stories for September 2008

My Hero, My Son. Lt. Johnny Craver

I would like to tell you about the Hero on my bracelet. On a humid day in June 1969, I gave birth to a beautiful 6lb 2 oz boy in McKinney Texas. I named him Johnny Keith Craver. As the young boy grew up he was a little skinny boy with glasses with a big smile and even bigger heart. He got picked on because of his small frame and being afraid to defend himself. A bad car accident nearly ended his life and was told it would be a miracle if he survived, I got that miracle. Then the big blow came...

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My Hero, SGT James Daniel Faulkner

Born in the small town of Clarksville, Indiana on April 28, 1981, James Daniel Faulkner was the fourth of six children and the first of three sons born to James and Pamela Faulkner. Growing up, Daniel was a shy and quiet child, most often content to watch television, read comic books and otherwise find ways to entertain and amuse himself. Like his sisters before him and many other children in Clarksville, Daniel attended the Green Acres Elementary and Clarksville Middle Schools prior to atte...

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My many Heroes.

I have not lost anyone personally, however, I have three Hero Bracelets of soldiers who were KIA, I also have several sets of the dog tags.  The soldiers I chose were men that were killed during the time (or from the unit of the soldier) I was writing to a soldier that I had adopted.  In the past, I have adopted three soldiers through the Adopt-A-Platoon organization  and I am currently still supporting a soldier through them.  As I followed Sgt. R through his deployment, I was often saddened...

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Our Heroes.

My husband and I wear our bracelets in honor of two of the Soldiers that served with him on his previous rotation.  SFC Bryant Herlem and SGT Jose Gomez were killed in April 2006.  We feel it is important to remember the legacy they left behind.  The Army is all about change, we all move forward, we feel it is so important that while we move into the future, we need to remember those who helped to establish the path to get there.  Everyday these simple black bands help us honor those who hon...

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My Hero, My Son. Sgt. Joshua Barr

Over the last few years, I have purchased 11 deployment bracelets for my hero son, Sgt. Joshua Barr - 2 for myself, the rest for family.  I've also purchased a deployment tag in his honor.  And I purchased 6 memorial tags for local soldiers whose funeral services I attended with the Patriot Guard Riders.  I wanted something to remember them by, something tangible.  I never wanted to forget their names or anything about them.  I also have a memorial bracelet for the son of one of my online Arm...

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My Hero, My Father.

My HeroBracelet is a tribute to my father.  He will be deploying to Iraq for 13 months in February 2009 with the MN National Guard 34th Infantry Division.  He has been in the military almost continuously since 1968, and this will be his first deployment to a combat area.  He will be 59 years old at the time of his deployment. He joined the Navy in 1968 and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence in the Mediterranean.  After he left the Navy, he joined the "Red Bull" Band in the MN...

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My Heroes.

My bracelets are for four random soldiers whose names were chosen by Herobracelets when I placed my order.  All were strangers to me then.  After wearing a POW bracelet for over a decade during and after the Vietnam war, this current project was instantly something I wanted to do as soon as I heard about them.  It is not much, but it is some small way of honoring the soldiers who volunteer to go into harm's way to protect our freedom. My family can and has traced our genealogy through many ge...

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My Hero, Sgt. Bradley J. Harper.

My name is Andrew Kilgore. I am a junior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Hero on my bracelet is Sgt. Bradley J. Harper, KIA Iraq, August 3, 2005. I indirectly knew Brad through his dad teaching at my middle school and his family attending my church. I knew who he was, but never had direct contact with him outside of a handshake and hello on Sunday mornings. I knew that he was in Marine Force Reserve and that he was living in Virgina Beach as a police officer. I also knew when Brad wa...

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My Hero, SPC Michael L. Gonzalez.

My Story.. I do not know where to start.. I have so much to say.. I am the Proud Mother of Spc. Michael L Gonzalez. We received our hero bracelets from a family memeber. Then I needed to get more for all of my family and friends. When I seen where the donations go to I even wanted to donate more.  How do I tell the world  how proud I am of my son.  That I do not blame United States of America, Michael or God.. it was Michael's destiny to be in Iraq fighting for his country.. for peace on eart...

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My Hero, 1LT Samuel Wanderi

I proudly wear my Hero Bracelet each and every day.  It reads: 1LT Samuel Wanderi My soldier, My hero, My love Sam has been the love of my life for years and living without him has been difficult.  He has been deployed with the Ohio National Guard for close to a year and should be home within three months.  I wear my Hero Bracelet as a testament to our love and my commitment to him.  It helps me to feel as though he's really with me everywhere I go.  It also catches folks' eyes and I'm able ...

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