Archive for May 31st, 2012

The POW-MIA Bracelet

May 31, 2012

All dressed up and no place to go.

I found this photo of myself taken in 1974.  I noticed that I was wearing my senior class ring and my POW-MIA bracelet.

I don’t remember what happened to my bracelet.  I suppose after I graduated from high school, I took it off and put it away.  I might have even thrown it away, because I certainly don’t have it now.  

That started me wondering more about the man’s name on my bracelet, and what happened to him.  I remembered his name was made of names I’d never heard before.  Berman Ganoe, Jr.  I didn’t know how to pronounce his last name.  Did it rhyme with canoe?  Or was it Guh-NO?  How was I to know? So I, making sure to cover all bases, said his name in my head “Guh-NU Guh-NO.” 

I was looking at this photo this morning, and I felt a bit guilty that I hadn’t thought of Berman Guh-NU Guh-NO in years.  So I went to see my friend Mr. Computer, and I checked ancestry.com.  There was a boatload of stuff about Berman.  Then I checked findagrave.com and there were actual photos of him along with what happened to him. One of the commenters provided a link to this site.

I’m glad to know the final disposition, although I’m sad for this man and his family.

Rest well, Berman Ganoe, Jr.