This is our second story about the bracelet. You can see the first story -here.
We started wearing our KIA (Killed in Action) bracelet back in 2003. Our bracelet, with Cpl William M. Amundson Jr’s name, will stay on our wrist until the war is over. It has come off only for x-rays, MRIs and TSA screenings since we put it on.
Bracelet Story #2:
Many years ago (2003 or 2004) we were at an airport waiting for a shuttle bus to take us from the long-term parking lot to the terminal. It was busy. We stood in a crowd and when the bus arrived, it too was crowded. I was able to get a seat but the bus filled with standing passengers at later stops. Nobody was talking. The only noise was the diesel engine.
A blond lady about our age was seated across from me, barely visible with all the standing passengers between us. We had gotten on at the same stop.
I felt like I was being watched. After a few moments I hear, “Excuse me, what is that bracelet?”
Now the only conversation in the bus, everybody else listened in.
I explained that it is a Killed in Action bracelet. It commemorates the ultimate sacrifice of one of our lost soldiers. It has the soldier’s name, unit, date of death, and the war zone where they died.
She asked if I knew the person named on the bracelet. This is a common question.
I explained that the bracelets are ordered at Ranger Joe’s and that the soldier’s name is random unless you specify otherwise. I did not know the guy.
She asked why I wear it.