John Wayne had 2 significant bracelets, both of which came out of the war in Vietnam.. They were symbols of remembrance, loyalty and patriotism. This is the story of Duke's bracelets.
John Wayne wore Capt. Hanson's POW/MIA bracelet. John Wayne kept in touch through out his life with Capt.Hanson's wife and son. One letter Duke wrote to Hanson's boy when he was older said, "I wish you wonderful life. Just don't expect too much out of it and you'll have some wonderful years. That's my sermon from the mount this year, Todd. Give 'em hell."
John Wayne always supported the men in uniform. Due to a football injury he was never able to serve in the military, even though he made a special tip to Washington to ask to be able to serve. When they declined, John Wayne turned his energies to ways in which he could help. He made films for the War dept. during WW2. The Duke was very active with the USO visiting the troops from WW2 to Vietnam. His film, "The Green Berets" was Duke's tribute to those who served. He once told his wife, "Honey, someone has to stand up for those guys."
Wayne went on several moral boosting tours to Vietnam. He never shied
away from "hot zones" and instead of having separate quarters,
he ate and stayed with the troops. During one trip Duke spent 6 weeks
in Vietnam visiting the troops, encouraging the soldiers and signing helmets.
During this visit he was given a "Yard" bracelet by the Montagnard
People of Vietnam. The silver bracelet was presented to him by a Montagnard
Strike Force led by a U.S. Special Forces A-Team. The Montagnard bracelet
is a symbol of friendship and respect.
If you are interested in learning more about the Montagnard People who presented John Wayne with his "Yard" bracelet please click on the banner below. A letter from Duke regarding the bracelet is posted on their website, on the Bracelet page. Funds from the sales of these silver bracelets go to help save these hill tribes, who were our allies in Vietnam. "Save The Montagnard People" was founded in 1986 by U.S. Special Forces veterans of the Vietnam War.
Information comes from the National Archives,
recording was performed by the legendary John Wayne. It's finally available
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Wayne - Patriot