Thursday, December 5, 2013

Not Forgotten


James was a just teenager when he went to serve in the Vietnam War. In 1968, he was captured in Cambodia and taken prisoner.

Forty five years later, S/SGT James Michael Ray is still a POW/MIA. As of May 2013, 1649 Americans were still unaccounted for in Vietnam. 

They continue to be missed by loved ones here at home. May they never be forgotten.  




24 comments:

  1. Sad stories of those who fought the war there. ...

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    1. It never ends for those left behind and their families. It haunts all who served.

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  2. This must be unbearable for the families and so sad. What madness that makes people be so cruel.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  3. Amen! For those of us who came of age during the Vietnam Era, the tragedy of that war and stories such as this one, families who will never have closure on the loss of their loved ones. Thank you for the reminder, excellent post!

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    1. I was in touch with Jimmy's family, and have his bracelet, still. In fact, I have a second one that his uncle made. It never ends for those left behind and their families, and even many that did come home.

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  4. I will never forget James or the rest of those brave souls that are still MIA!

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  5. This is horribly sad and I am glad you posted this to remind us some brave soldiers are still MIA. From everything I have read and learned, their conditions are horrible and there is torture. Unthinkable. His loved ones must agonize, not knowing if he is still alive and suffering. Thank you for this important reminder. He was just a boy. So sad.

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    1. Yes, there were horrific acts of torture, including to James. He tried to escape and was caught. That was the last sighting of him, by a member of his Unit.

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  6. I had a pen pal from the sixth grade, a Vietnam soldier. He was MIA until two years ago, and I wore his bracelet all those years. Also I hang with a lot of vets, especially from the Vietnam conflict, who are still suffering PTSD and have all sorts of mental disorders.

    Our government ("of the people") should stand by them, and keep up the search for our MIAs. I will never forget Paul King's death at Dong Ha.

    Peace, Amy

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    1. I still have Jimmy's bracelets, too. I have information his mother sent me, too. My other vet friends have issues such as PTSD, and one was exposed to Agent Orange. He has suffered a variety of cancers. It haunts them all.

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  7. It's so hard. Even if you know what happened to them, you don't forget. How much worse for those who don't know the whole story.

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  8. How sad, the not knowing is forever haunting and painful. Agony. The poem you read on Tues. (thanks for your comment...I haven't gotten back there yet) was about my partner who went missing in Tibet two years ago. Its hell not to know where he is ... I don't want to have to do that for 45 years. My heart goes out to these people. Thanks for telling this story. I believe Ive seen him elsewhere in your blog. true?

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  9. It has to be so hard on the families. I would think it would be better to know, even if it was bad news.

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  10. The uncertainty is bad but the imaginings are worse. This happened in WW2 as well where uncles were not accounted for years.

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  11. These are the very sad stories that are all too real...he should have been here...watching his family grow...getting old with loved ones...

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  12. Thank you for reminding us. To think so many are still missing is very heartbreaking. Janet

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  13. This is a telling post and a photo that grieves my heart probably some of which is brought about as I have three sons although thank Heaven all are here and accounted for. Xo

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  14. How sad. I hope they do find him alive. I feel there is always hope. Keeping his memory alive is a good start.

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  15. Wonderful tribute and, indeed, may they never be forgotten ~ thanks for visiting ~ carol, xxx

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  16. This is your POW that you carry with your, I assume. How sad ... I saw many of my friends go there and not come back, but we know where they are. Wonderful post, McGuffy ... we need to be reminded.

    Andrea

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  17. Oh that is so sad. why to keep them this long - makes no sense. what a horrible thing to do. worse than death, keeping them from their families.

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