MY POW/MIA Bracelet, Springsteen's "The Wall" and American HeroesPosted on 5/31/14 - by HazyDavyI came here today due to Bruce Springsteen's song, "The Wall," that he did several times recently on his 2014 tour and he dedicated to 2 Vietnam soldiers that he knew as teenagers in bands back in Freehold, NJ in 1967.MORE
One was LCPL Barton E. Haynes, who died in Quang Tri province on 10/22/67. Both he and Springsteen were in the band, The Castiles, before Haynes went to Vietnam.
The other was SSGT Walter A. Cichon, who was in the band, The Motifs, and who schooled Bruce on playing guitar, before Cichon went to Vietnam and went MIA on 3/30/68 in Kontum province.
Watching Springsteen's official YouTube video of "The Wall" done in Charlotte on 4/19/04, where he talks about those 2 but goes more universal about that war and its effects that linger still, got me thinking back to when, as a young middle school student i got and wore a POW/MIA bracelet, as so many other students did then. I forget how one got them back then - in the mail back? - but it meant something big
Anyway, that got me intrigued as to whether I still had it. Sp, today I checked in an old box of kid stuff I've kept all these years and there it was -> "LT COL W.N. "NEWK' GRUBB - USAF 26 JAN 1966".
So, I came here today to find out more about LTC Grubb and it's certainly been an honor to learn about him and to have got his bracelet 40 some years ago and to still have it.
I was also greatly surprised to see so many others who also had his bracelet.
As someone else said, I too would be happy to return it to a family descendant if they contact me via email.
Until then, I will now proudly wear it again to honor the life of LTCOL Grubb and to commerate his service and ultimate sacrifice to his country on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Next time I go to The Wall, I will definitely have to find him on there and think about all that.
40 years ago todayPosted on 4/4/14 - by Kevyn S.Col Grubb, 40 years today your long journey home finally came with your burial in ANC.MORE
Your wife, Evelyn, helped bring the POW/MIA issue to highest levels of domestic and international concerns, to make sure that those that served and were captured or missing weren't forgotten.
Thank you both for your service to this country.
Two heroesPosted on 12/20/13 - by Angela OcchialiniI have had this hero's bracelet for over 40 years and have prayed for him and his family since. About 10 years ago, I did a net search and found out sadly that he had died in captivity and his remains returned. Today I found more of his story on the Arlington site and also just learned of the heroic work his wife did on behalf of POW/MIA's. I continue to pray for your family. I will never forget your sacrifice!MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/19/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear LTC Wilmer Newlin Grubb, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
To a hero. Lt Colonel Newk Grubb.Posted on 11/11/13 - by Mrs. Harriet CannellaI have Lt Colonel Newk Grubbs bracelet for over 35 years now. I just found out now he did not come home. I feel so bad to hear this sad news. I prayed for over 35 years for him and had his bracelet. R.I.P. My hero. God Bless your family.MORE
We RememberPosted on 9/22/13 - by Roland GrubbI want to thank all of you that have taken the time in your life's to wear the POW bracelets with my dads name on It. I also want to thank your for all the prayers and thoughts that were given to my father and know now that he rest in peace with my mother in Arlington national cemetery home and in AmericaMORE
LTC Wilmer N. Grubb Laid to RestPosted on 1/18/13 - by email@example.com
Mrs. Evelyn Grubb, of Colonial Heights, Va., left, follows her husband Wilmer’s coffin at Arlington National Cemetery, Thursday, April 4, 1974, Washington, D.C. Col. Grubb's name was released by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam as one of the prisoners of war who died in captivity. Mrs. Grubb holds the hands of two of her sons, Roy, 7, right, and Stephen, 10. The rest of the group is unidentified. [Image from kichbu.multiply.com]
PhotoPosted on 4/5/12 MORE
We RememberPosted on 4/20/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgWilmer is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Thank You For Your ServicePosted on 11/12/10 - by Tucker email@example.comJust yesterday, Veteran's Day, I was thinking about the POWMIA bracelet I had worn forever in high school and college. I checked the internet for Lt. Col. W.N. 'Newk' Grubb and happened upon this site. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that others have worn the same bracelet.MORE
I also came across a very nice article (url below) written by one of his childhood friends. His story is heartwarming, and made me very proud to have worn his bracelet. I felt like I had finally met Col. Grubb, or 'Nugie' as his friend called him.
I was also quite impressed by his Mother's fierce passion to discover the truth, and her activism in pushing the government for answers. She seemed quite a spirited lady.
My Dad was USAF, a pilot, and spent three tours over SE Asia. He gave me your bracelet, and every night I prayed for his and your safe return. Dad lost his battle with cancer in 2003; I imagine that you and my Dad, Col. Lewis U. Green, have some stories to share.
'Since the first fallen Minuteman stained Lexington Green with patriot's blood 235 years ago, hundreds of thousands have followed in service. Over the centuries, their uniforms and names have changed but their patriotism and bravery have remained the envy of kings and the scourge of our enemies.' We deeply appreciate your courage and service to our country. God bless you all.
Thank You... Lt. Col. Newk GrubbPosted on 11/11/10 - by MaryAnn firstname.lastname@example.orgI decided to search for Lt. Col. Newk Grubb. I wore his MIAPOW bracelet in the mid seventies for many years and was never removed it until the day of my wedding in 1980. I wore it with a pride for my country and for him and our solders. I always wondered about him and his family. I wanted you to know I thought about him many many times over the years and especially on Veterans Day. My heart goes out to every family and veteran on this Veterans Day 2010.MORE
BraceletPosted on 9/26/10 - by Jane E. Byrne email@example.comI too had his bracelet and for many years wondered what had become of him. A true American hero.
BraceletPosted on 11/25/08 - by Mary Staton firstname.lastname@example.orgI would be happy to donate my own gently worn bracelet bearing Lt. Col. Grubb's name to a direct descendant. Please provide proof if interested.MORE
EVELYN FOWLER GRUBB - LEADER OF A GROUP SUPPORTING POW's DIES AT AGE 74Posted on 1/5/06 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
EVELYN FOWLER GRUBB
LEADER OF A GROUP SUPPORTING
PRISONERS OF WAR
DIES AT AGE 74
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
4 January 2006
MELBOURNE, Florida, 3 January 2005 (AP) -
Evelyn Fowler Grubb, who worked to gain recognition for prisoners of war after her husband, a United States Air Force pilot, was shot down and captured in North Vietnam in 1966, died on 28 December at her home here. She was 74.
The cause was breast cancer, her family said.
Ms. Grubb initially received little information from federal officials after her husband, Captain Wilmer Newlin Grubb, disappeared.
She then approached other wives facing similar situations, forming groups that eventually became the National League of P.O.W. / M.I.A. Families.
Ms. Grubb was the league's national coordinator in Washington in 1971 and 1972.
"She went from being a stay-at-home mom who was growing increasingly frustrated over the lack of publicity about P.O.W.s to becoming a dynamo who headed a national organization and had regular meetings with presidents and heads of state," said her oldest son, Jeffrey.
A photograph of Ms. Grubb's husband was released by his captors as an example of "humane" treatment of American prisoners of war.
After eight years of hoping to be reunited with her husband, Ms. Grubb learned that he had died shortly after his capture. The North Vietnamese said he died from injuries suffered while being shot down, but Ms. Grubb believed he was probably tortured to death.
Ms. Grubb and her organization also urged that the bodies of prisoners who died in captivity be returned to their families.
Her husband's remains were finally returned to the United States in 1974 and interred in Arlington National Cemetery.
A native of Pittsburgh, Ms. Grubb moved to Melbourne in 1977.
She recently completed work on a book with the writer Carol Jose about her experiences with the organization for P.O.W. families.
Ms. Grubb is survived by four sons and several grandchildren.
Wilmer Newlin Grubb was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the time he was carried as being Missing In Action / Prisoner Of War.
Who Shall We SendPosted on 12/31/05 - by Dave Avery email@example.com"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."MORE
Facta Non Verba
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 12/1/05 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weep.MORE
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932
An American heroPosted on 10/18/04 - by Arnold M. Huskins MORE
POW braceletPosted on 11/10/03 - by Katie Kirk firstname.lastname@example.orgI too, wore a bracelet for Lt. Col. Grubb for many years. Here is an article and pictures by his buddy Frank Farrell. http://www.lansdownecivic.com/Pages/hometownstories/photoscaptions/7p1_plane.htmlMORE
I would like to hear from others who wore the bracelet of this fine soldier. Katie
RemembrancePosted on 3/5/03 - by Terri LewisHave kept his POW/MIA bracelet all these years. Will return it to his sister, Bevery, and will continue his memory in sharing his story with my family.MORE
I Will Remember YouPosted on 4/19/02 - by Carol DavisI live in CA and I received your POW bracelet when I was in the 8th grade. Now I'm 42 and my daughter is in the 8th grade and will be visiting the Wall on her school DC trip. She will touch your name for me. Today your bracelet is kept in a special place and at Christmas time, placed on our tree in remembrance of you. I wish I could have met you, but you are always in my heart. God bless you "Newk".MORE
In Memory of Lt Col.Wilmer Newlin Grubb
Earth Day 2002
If I should die...remembrances for LTCOL. Wilmer Newlin GRUBB, USAF...who died so that freedom and justice may live!!!!!!!!....HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Posted on 11/3/01If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
RememberancePosted on 5/12/00 - by Genie Engels email@example.comThank you "Newk" for being the man you were and serving our country. Your time served and the dedication you gave are admired. I will personally say "Thank You", to you, at the Wall and return your bracelet to the archieves. Knowing the history of your service, I can only shed tears not knowing all that you endured. May your wife be reassured you are not forgotten! THANK YOU!MORE
Plaque DedicationPosted on 9/29/99 - by Nathaniel Evans firstname.lastname@example.orgWilmer Gubb was a Cadet in AFROTC when he attended Penn State University. A plaque will be dedicated in his honor along with all of the other Penn State AFROTC graduats.MORE
RemembrancePosted on 5/29/99 - by Bob Gleason email@example.comI wore his POW wrist bracelet and still keep it. His nickname, as indicated on the bracelet, was "Newk" - probably given to him by his crewmates.MORE
Robert E. Gleason
Memorial Day 1999
The Wall of Faces
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