MAKE THE BOND Many American servicemen returned home from war in Vietnam wearing plain brass bracelets given to them by the Montagnard hill tribesman they had fought beside in Vietnam. The "Montagnard bracelet" stood for comradeship. The Americans wore it as a special bond with a far away friend who was still in danger.
In the late 1960's, Americans concerned with the inhumane treatment American prisoners of war were receiving at the hands of their Vietnamese captors used the idea of the "Montagnard bracelet" and created the POW-MIA arm bracelet.
Today, Americans are continuing to "keep the faith" with American servicemen serving away from home by wearing arm bracelets engraved with the name of a serviceperson.
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