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ARLINGTON, Va. ó Diane Flanagan cannot remember why she decided to purchase an MIA bracelet with Douglas Dahillís name on it. However, the Lima woman knows why she kept it in a jewelry box for 36 years.

Dahill had been missing in action in Vietnam for six years when Flanagan came across the bracelet in 1975 at a booth at the Allen County Fair. She purchased the bracelet, but it was too large for her wrists so she tucked it away in her jewelry box.

"It took on new meaning three years later when my own brother passed away at age 24. Whenever I would see the bracelet, I wondered if Doug had a sister missing him as much as I miss my brother," said Flanagan, now 52 and a resident of Elida.

Flanagan brought the bracelet to The Lima News, which presented it to Carol Dahill Long on Tuesday during the visitation hours for her brother at the Robert J. Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington, Va.

Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Dahill will be buried with full military honors this morning at Arlington National Cemetery, the most prestigious military cemetery in the nation. The burial will take place more than 42 years after his death on April 17, 1969. He had been listed as missing in action in Vietnam for nearly 10 years before his status was changed to presumed dead on Sept. 11, 1978. He was never positively identified until this past year.

The POW/MIA bracelets became popular during the 1970s after being started by two college students as a way to remember American prisoners of war suffering in captivity in Southeast Asia. They carried the name, rank and date of loss of the servicemen.

Mary Stauffer-Genthert ó a Pennsylvania woman who contacted The Lima News ó said she was 13 years old when she began wearing a bracelet with Dahillís name on it. She wore it for nearly 40 years and plans to turn it over to Dougís brother, John Dahill, who lives in Lima.

"Itís my understanding the bracelet will go to his son, who is named after Doug," Genthert said this week.

MIA bracelet given to family of fallen hero

MIA bracelet given to family of fallen hero

MIA bracelet given to family of fallen hero
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