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POW/MIA bracelet
Vietnam veteran U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Arthur Ballard holds a POW/MIA bracelet that was worn in his memory for six and a half years while he was a prisoner of war in the infamous Hoa Lo prison, aka the "Hanoi Hilton". More than five million of the bracelets were distributed in the early 1970's as part of a campaign to keep the memories alive of those missing in action in Vietnam. When the POW's finally returned home, people would mail them the bracelets that had been worn in their honor. "When we came home, it was one of the most emotional things that happened," said Ballard. Ballard, an F-105 fighter pilot, was shot down and captured on Sept. 26, 1966. After Hines posted his interview with Ballard on the Clemson website, a supporter viewed it online, realized they were still holding one of Ballard’s bracelets, and sent it to him. (Photo by Ken Scar)