Published Aug. 7, 2014
By David Tuma
In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, bracelets were made with the names of soldiers labeled Missing in Action or Prisoners of War. The bracelets were then sold to raise funds for DNA testing in an effort to bring those soldiers home.
One of those bracelets was found this week at the Scott and White Hospice Thrift Shop in Belton engraved with SSG Larry Keir.
The bracelet was brought to the attention of the Hospice store manager Susan Robinson because of its uniqueness. Robinson and Sharon Sifferd began to try to track down the missing soldier’s family.
“We were able to find the relatives,” Robinson said. “Sifferd did the research. She is very good at that type of thing. We e-mailed the VFW and started trying to track down the relatives. We finally were able to contact Larry’s brother Vern Keir.”
Keir’s body was found 30 years after he was killed in Vietnam. He was buried in Kentucky in 2002. He died defending an ammunition storage site.
“From time to time we have returned cash saved in shoes. This is the first time we have had something like this happen,” Robinson said.