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    Capt. James A Wheeler

    Hi all, did a few adjustments on my new equinox 800 thanks to tips from members and had a good hunt. The 100 pesos coin had me going for a second, this is the same spot I found a 1900 barber dime a few weeks ago...
    But I also found this bracelet that says Capt James A. Wheeler, USAF 4-18-65 SVN, which was saddening after looking up this pilot.
    He died serving his country in South Vietnam 4-18-65. They didn't find his body until 2001. I would like to give it back to a family member, I just need to find them. He was from Arizona, I found this in California. Here is more of James Wheeler's story, please read:
    https://www.pownetwork.org/bios/w/w382.htm
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Sad but great find. I remember my sister wearing a pow bracelet for a boyfriend who eventually made it home. He was lucky, his scars were all on the outside. He continued to serve his country until retirement.

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    Thank you for doing this and posting this.
    It's easy to forget.

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    Thank you for your efforts, Nick! I wish you great success in finding the family!

    Nice batch of goodies, too!
    “It is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.”

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    Nick

    Nice Find, I did some research and posted on your other thread and posted contact info for a relative on Facebook. The relative recently posted about James who I believe was his uncle (best guess)
    HH
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    Interesting , is there a way to tell how old the bracelet is ?
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    I would rather see an authentic broken scraper posted than a G-10 Artifake!

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    Thank you for sharing!
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    Randy

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    Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eman1000 View Post
    Nick

    Nice Find, I did some research and posted on your other thread and posted contact info for a relative on Facebook. The relative recently posted about James who I believe was his uncle (best guess)
    HH
    Eman
    Thank you! I'll reach out to him
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    dan

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    nick...i return military items to families...my funnest was a pilot usa,who flew seaplanes in france in ww1..i found a box of letters to his sweetheart in fon dulac wisconsin...were also pics of his plane...i have a lady francheska cumero...she has helped me track down these families...her email is dogtag73@gmail.com!!!
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    Congrats on the hunt & saves, hope all goes well with the return
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    Any day of hunting, whether good or bad is better than not hunting at all

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    Just dig it

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    Update: made contact, mailing POW bracelet to grandson

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    I mailed it out to the Grandson and son for the pilot. Just in time for Memorial Day!Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick79 View Post
    I mailed it out to the Grandson and son for the pilot. Just in time for Memorial Day!Click image for larger version. 

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    An honourable mention vote coming your way.
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