Captain Calvin Maxwell Remembered

October 10, 1969 – October 10, 2009

Capt. Calvin Maxwell, MIA

Capt. Calvin Maxwell, MIA

Today marks 40 years that Captain Calvin Maxwell went missing in Vietnam.  I was 21 when I ordered a POW/MIA bracelet to wear for a soldier who needed prayer for a safe return.  That was 37 years ago, and today I sit here wearing that same bracelet acknowledging what this day means and, offering a pray for his family who for the past 40 years have been denied closure or knowing with any certainty the final fate of their loved one.

Over the years when I have cleaned things out or given items away, I could never part with the bracelet.  I felt that if I threw it away, it would be like giving up hope that he did make it home or worse if there was no one to remember this soldier, he would be forgotten. I wear the bracelet randomly, but always on days that are acknowledgments of the freedoms we are afforded in this country and for those who pay the price by their sacrifice to defend us.

By stark contrast this time last week, I was in Miami attending my 40th HS reunion reconnecting with friends and classmates I have known for most of my life.  It was an amazing weekend full of laughter and reminiscing of our youth and the adventures of growing up in a much simpler time.

It struck me the difference between two 40th year events separated by only a weekend and how dramatically different they are from one another.

In honor of my soldier who in fact did not make it home – you have not been forgotten for your name is etched into this bracelet and for all the years I have hoped and prayed for you, it has been etched into my heart.

Name:

Calvin Walter Maxwell

Rank/Branch:

Major/US Army

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Battery
6th Battalion, 14th Artillery
52nd Artillery Group,
1st Field Force Vietnam Artillery

DOB: 06 November 1943 (Atlantic City, NJ)

Eddy, NM

10 October 1969

South Vietnam

Missing in Action

2

O1G “Bird Dog”

Franklin L. Weisner (missing)

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS:  The Cessna O1 Bird Dog was primarily used by the Army as a liaison and observation aircraft. It brought not only an aerial method of locating targets, but the rudiments of a system of strike coordination between different types of aircraft used in the air war as well as with the different branches of the service who were operating in the same area. The Bird Dog was also used very successfully as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) since it could fly low and slow carrying marker rounds of ammunition to identify enemy positions for the attack aircraft.

On 10 October 1969, 1st Lt. Franklin L. Weisner, pilot assigned to the 219th Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade; and then Capt. Calvin W. Maxwell, observer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 6th Battalion, 14th Artillery; comprised the crew of an O1G Bird Dog (serial #51-11942). Their assignment was to fly as the “high aircraft” in a flight of two Bird Dogs on a high/low search mission. A high/low search involved a “low” aircraft moving slower and closer to the ground looking for targets while the “high” aircraft confirmed the location and identification of the target.

The low aircraft made radio contact with 1st Lt. Weisner as they were proceeding down a valley about 6 miles northeast of the city of Dak Pek and 30 miles north of Dak To, Kontum Province, South Vietnam. About 10 or 15 seconds after this radio contact with 1st Lt. Weisner, the crew of the low aircraft received a radio transmission in which they heard screams and moans. No further contact could be established with the crew of the high aircraft. Immediately a search and rescue (SAR) operation was initiated.

On 13 October, search aircraft found the wreckage of the Bird Dog lying inverted in a fast-flowing river running through the hotly contested and extremely rugged jungle covered mountains approximately 4 miles south of a primary east/west road and 5 miles east of a primary north/south road that branched off of the first road northwest of the crashsite. Roughly 6 miles east of the crashsite, the east/west road made a 90-degree turn to the south. This location was also 12 miles east of the South Vietnamese/Lao border and 33 miles northeast of the tri-border area where South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia joined.

Ground search teams were brought into the area by helicopter the next day and confirmed the tail number as being that of 1st Lt. Weisner’s and Capt. Maxwell’s aircraft. By examining the crash site, the search team established the aircraft hit a cliff above the river and slid into its present position. They also found barefoot tracks of four people in the area, but no bodies of the missing crew were located in or around the crashsite or downstream.

Military scuba divers were brought in to examine the wreckage for remains.

The team reported that both seat belts and shoulder harnesses were still hooked together in the cockpit, but no seat pads remained in the aircraft. One seat pad and an aviator’s helmet were located approximately 100 meters downstream of the crash. Further, two 30-caliber holes were found in the aircraft, but because of their location, neither one would have caused the aircraft to go down nor would the bullets have hit either crewman. For unknown reasons those individuals who visited the crash site before the Americans arrived carried an 8-inch thick tree to the site and left it there.

All searches were terminated on 18 October. At the time the military believed there was a reasonable chance both men could have been swept out of their seats and the aircraft by the swift current without unbuckling their straps, Franklin Weisner and Calvin Maxwell were listed Missing in Action.

If Franklin Weisner and Calvin Maxwell died in the loss of their aircraft, each man has a right to have his remains returned to his family, friends and country. However, if they survived, they most certainly would have been captured and their fate, like that of other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, could be quite different. Either way there is little question that the Vietnamese could return them or their remains any time they had the desire to do so.

Since the end of the Vietnam War well over 21,000 reports of American prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for have been received by our government. Many of these reports document LIVE American Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia TODAY.

Pilots and aircrews in Vietnam were called upon to fly in many dangerous circumstances, and they were prepared to be wounded, killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country they so proudly served.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Greg Agee

    Calvin was my cousin. Thank you so much for keeping the faith. It means the world to us. His parents were Uncle Calvin and Aunt Ruth. Sweetest peoople you ever met. Thank you so much my friend !!

    • Posted September 12, 2011

      Debbie

      Greg,

      You have given me such a gift with your contact. I am so thankful to know his parent’s names and I hope they found some peace with their loss as well as yourself.

      I am honored to have worn his bracelet, and I am sorry that he did not make it home.

      Thank you for taking the time to write me and to let me know my rememberance makes a difference for you.

      Warmest regards,
      Debbie
      D

    • Posted March 8, 2012

      Ann Merrill

      I too have a Calvin W. Maxwell bracelet. I am wondering if you would like to have it?

    • Posted December 8, 2012

      Ftrank Finnerty

      Greg I was Calvin’s best friend from about 4 years old to 18 years old We played with each other eveyday as we grew up in Atlantic City We were inseparable and traveled to the beach boardwalk and the neihborhood He lived on Drexel and Mulloch terrace in the inlet section of Atlantic City He was a gentlemen and a best friend. His father ,Calvin, was an Atlantic City policeman. Ruth was a sweet lady that often invited me for dinner. Ruth’s mother was a Carroll and she also lived in the Inlet of AC Calvin and I spent many hours with her talking many thing

      Prior to High School the family moved to Carlsbad New Mexico and during High School Calvin would come back to Atlantic City and we always got together. He loved Atlantic City

      About 30 years ago I went to the telephone directory and called the family in Carlsbad I believe at that time Ruth was ill I called again and I believe Ruth had passed away The next time I called Calvin’s father had passed

      I spoke to one of Calvins brothers I remember there was a John and a Scott I cannot remember the other brothers name

      A few days ago I was talking to another one of our friends and he told me that Calvin was in AC right before he was going to be sent to Vietnam and he mention that Calvin thought he was going to be promoted to Major

      I still think about Calvin and miss the fun we had as kids

      Frank Finnerty

      • Posted November 13, 2013

        Scott Maxwell

        Frank,

        I am Calvin’s brother Scott. The other brothers are Don who is deceased and Roger. Roger was not born in NJ. He was 13 years younger than I was. Calvin, John, Don and myself all moved from Atlantic City back in about 1958.

        Calvin’s wife Kay has since married and finally had kids. Calvin and Kay never had their own children.

        I still stay in contact with Washington and the MIA families groups. I have been very disappointed that the government has given up on Calvin. Many of the other families had a very thick packet but our packet contained a redacted version of the events that you talked about above concerning the few days after the event. The government will not recognize the events involving the foot prints and the possibilities that he might have been taken by the locals and then moved into Laos.

        Daily I pray that he didn’t suffer. With his age at the time of the event, I don’t see that he could be alive today. I just don’t know if he was held in some of the cave imprisonment camps in Laos.

        I thank all of those who have added comments to this section of this great website. Mom and dad dies with a heavy heart due to the lack of information about Calvin’s condition. I retained all of the information that she had kept and continue to this day to hold the government accountable for more information.

      • Posted September 13, 2014

        Joe Schienholz

        Hi there Frankie I really enjoyed your comments about our friend Calvin….wow it brings back all kinds of fun memories of Atlantic City…the Beach and the Ocean. Wouldn’t it be nice just to go back to that time and place if even for a few moments…Wow. Hope all is well with you and God Bless you and your family. Joe

    • Posted November 11, 2013

      Richard Lunt

      Calvin Maxwell and I met in July 1969 in Nha Trang, Viet Nam, at First Field Force Headquarters. We were both Artillery Captains and were assigned to the 52nd Artillery Group, Pleiku, Central Highlands. We flew together to Pleiku and reported to the Commander, who assigned us both to the 6th Battalion 14th Artillery. known as the Big Guns of the Central Highlands (8″, 175mm.. For more background go to http://www.614arty.org.) The Battalion Commander, LTC Bailey, had just returned from the siege of Ben Het, and he assigned Capt. Maxwell to be S2 (Intelligence Officer), and myself to be Battalion Motor Officer. We had bunked together for about a week but now Maxwell went to Kontum with a special intelligence unit and I stayed in Pleiku. At a staff meeting in October we learned that his plane had been shot down and he was missing. I left the Army and Viet Nam in February 1970. As the years went by I wondered if he had ever come back. I am glad that his name is now on the Viet Nam Memorial. Master Sergeant John Lamerson was Assistant S2 with Calvin Maxwell and wrote a book about his experiences entitled The Phantom Of Ben Het. In the book he also writes about when Capt. Maxwell went missing. I have one picture that shows a group of us including Capt. Maxwell, taken shortly before . All these years I have kept him in my thoughts and prayers.

      • Posted November 11, 2013

        Debbie

        Richard,

        Thank you so very much for sharing this. A total stranger has been carried in my heart for many years. I went to the Viet Nam Wall for a Reading of the Names Ceremony that I was honored to participate in. I have a picture that I took in front of the wall with Calvin’s name engraved. I will have to look for this book and I would love to see the picture you have of him.

        Today is Veterans’ Day, and it is my honor to say to you “Thank-you” for your service to our country and the sacrifice you made.

    • Posted August 31, 2014

      Dale Craddock

      I was going through my stuff and found a Capt. Calvin Maxwell Braclet. 10-10-69.

      Googled his name just see if I could find him or a relative to return it to.

      Please contact me dfc89509@nvbell.net

      Are you related Gen, Sam Agee??-Knew him. NMMI 1971

  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Ann Reilly

    My husband recently died and I found a bracelet with Capt Maxwell’s name on it. My husband wore this bracelet many times. He was also in the Army and stationed in Vietnam. Fortunately he returned but not in very good condition. His name was Daniel C. Reilly. He was in the 1st Infantry Division in the Reputblic of Viet Nam.

    • Posted September 12, 2011

      Debbie

      Ann,

      Thank you for sharing this with me.

      I’m sorry for your recent loss, and sorry that your husband had so much to deal with as a result of his service to our country.

      Warmest regards,
      Debbie

  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Robert Walton

    Thank you!. For many years I wore a bracelet with Capt. Maxwell’s name on it and never knew his story. I was looking in a jewelry box today and found the bracelet and thought I would look online to see if I could find anything about him. Thank you again for providing this valuable service.

    • Posted October 14, 2011

      Debbie

      Robert,
      Glad that my post provided insights for you as to who he was, and his story. Only wish that our support and prayers would have brought him home safely to his family and loved ones.

      • Posted November 13, 2013

        Scott Maxwell

        Debbie,

        Carlsbad had made a new memorial for all veteran of all war include the Spanish American War. I have a picture of that monument and would be willing to send a copy for your use with this website. I didn’t find a method for sending pictures in the section.

        Calvin was declared PKIA and ended up with the rank of Major.

        Scott

  • Posted November 6, 2011

    junebaby59@comcast.net

    I just randomly google Capt Calvin Maxwell and found this site. I too have a Calvin Maxwell p.o.w bracelet that I was given in the sixth grade in 1971. A teacher purchased one for me since I always was commenting on hers. I wore it constantly for years and still on occasion wear it. I too have prayed for the young soldier and his family. It goes to show that those lost are not forgotten. My own brother who has since past served in Viet Nam. It is an honor it wear it.
    Donna

  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Shirley

    In October of 2010 I took my father (WWII veteran) to Washington DC for the American Supports You Texas flight. I was so moved by all that I learned and had a whole new respect for ALL who have served our country! I got to wondering if I still had my POW bracelet from middle school. We had recently moved and was going thru some boxes when I found it. “Capt Calvin Maxwell” 10-10-69. Thank you for serving our country, and it will also be an honor to wear it.

  • Posted January 30, 2012

    denise

    I, too, had a pow/mia bracelet with Capt. Maxwell’s name. I have often wondered about him. I just finished reading a book about JPAC and that got me wondering about him again. I googled his name and found this information. I no longer have my bracelet. I left it at the Vietnam Vet’s Memorial. Didn’t know what to do and wanted to honor Capt. Maxwell somehow. It seems a little silly but it was a very somber moment and I cried for the man I never knew who made the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Joy Morgan

    I lived in Carlsbad NM one of my school years.
    There was a handsome ROTC student named Calvin Maxwell
    I always wondered about his life knowing he would be in the service
    of his country.
    I am so sad to hear this may be him. A very striking young man that I could never get up the courage to speak to.
    So sorry his family has had to go through this hardest of all things to bear.

  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Joy Morgan

    Sorry for this loss to his family a nd our country.

  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Janet Berl Burman

    I also wore a bracelet for Captain Calvin Maxwell. When the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial was unveiled, I went there, hoping that Captain Maxwell’s name was not engraved there. Sadly, I found him listed in the index listed as MIA.

    As I went to the memorial panel and counted down to the line where his name was engraved, I wished I knew more about him. Every visit I have made to “The Wall” since then, I find his name again and wonder about him.

    Today, as I watched the Memorial Day Ceremonies on TV, it occurred to me to try and google his name and I found your website. Thank you for creating this on-line memorial to him.

    I was not aware that his name had been worn on other wrists. It is comforting to know that there were so many of us wearing the POW/MIA bracelets during the time when it seemed that so much of the country was preoccupied with protesting both the war and it’s participants.

    Yesterday, I had the honor of participating in Rolling Thunder. Now in its 25th year, this motorcycle ride was begun by Viet Nam Veterans who wanted to raise awareness about the service members who were left behind in Viet Nam. My husband and our two sons rode yesterday in honor and remembrance of men like Captain Calvin Maxwell.

    Our sincere condolences to his family and to all you wore the bracelet for, especially on this Memorial Day. We pray for Captain Calvin Maxwell’s return.

  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Bob Clarke

    Lee Wiesner and his wife, Barbara Schwartz, were great friends of mine in college a million years ago. Neither deserved their fate. Not a week goes by that I don’t think of them.

    • Posted November 13, 2013

      Scott Maxwell

      Bob,

      I just thought that I would pass some information since you know Admiral Wisner. Carlsbad placed a ring of freedom trees at the beach area in a dedicated location. In the center of all of those who were MIA or KIA, is a place that represents Calvin. Also on that very placement with Calvin, Capt. Wisner is also honor with Calvin.

      He too was honored in Carlsbad. I just thought you would like to know.

      • Posted November 15, 2013

        Debbie

        I have been overwhelmed with learning so much more about Calvin. I have done another piece that I trust offers a more complete picture of who he was, and what he meant to so many. http://www.veteranaid.org/blog.php

        Thank you to family members who were gracious in allowing me to do this, and to Captain Richard Lunt who provided the picture of Calvin.

  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Julie

    I, too, wore a POW bracelet for Capt. Maxwell. At the time, I was of middle school age and in a Catholic school in Kalamazoo, Mich. I wore the bracelet at all times until it finally wore out and broke sometime in the late ’70s. But I’ve never forgotten Capt. Maxwell’s name. I’ve since been to the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. & both times looked up his name on the wall and made an etching. Collectively, many hours of prayer I dedicated to this man and his family, especially praying of the rosary. That he’s never been found, and other things in my life, make me doubt the efficacy of prayer, unfortunately. I’m glad this forum is here. I would like to someday meet a member of Capt. Maxwell’s family.

  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Julie

    Does anyone know if Capt. Maxwell had/has any siblings?

    • Posted May 29, 2013

      Shelly Maxwell

      Yes he had four, three of which are still here. John who also served in Vietnam, Scott, Donald & Roger. My father is John.

  • Posted May 3, 2013

    SHARON

    RIGHT NOW MY HANDS ARE SHAKING I WAS CLEANING OUT MY HOPE CHEST AND I FOUND MY METAL BRACELET FROM VIET NAM WAR ERA I BOUGHT THE NAME IS CAPT CALVIN MAXWELL 10-10-1969
    SHARON

  • Posted May 29, 2013

    Scott

    Interesting to read all the comments on here. Calvin was my father’s oldest brother. Both of his parents passed away and as a young child I remember my grandfather’s greatest wish was to have his son home. Calvin was married but had no children. He has three brothers that are still alive. It is great that the motto ” Gone but not forgotten” stays true.

  • Posted September 26, 2013

    Mick McNenny

    I lived down the street from the Maxwell family as a young child on Drexel Ave .I went to school at Madison Ave school . Johnny Maxwell was a friend of mine . I remember being unhappy when his family moved to New Mexico . I was in the U S Navy from 1964 to 1967 . I live in Canyon Country Ca now and this weekend a replica of The Vietnam wall will be in Santa Clarita . I will visit and locate Calvins name .

  • Posted October 11, 2013

    lwhitaker6@plateautel.net

    I went to school with Calvin at Carlsbad High. I can remember him in his ROTC uniform. He wore it with pride. I went to the traveling Memorial and seen his name on the list

  • Posted October 20, 2013

    Marcy

    Another one with a Capt. Calvin Maxwell bracelet. I still have it in a drawer all these years later. I was in junior high in Albuquerque when I got mine for about three dollars — a lot more then than it is now! I seem to recall being told that you got bracelets for missing soldiers in your state and somehow I knew Calvin was from eastern NM. (I don’t my information was right, but there was no internet to look stuff like that up at the time.) Even though I got a terrible rash from the nickel plating, I figured out how to put masking tape on the inside of the band as a buffer — while never taking the bracelet off. That’s how skinny I was then. I still think of him.

  • Posted May 26, 2014

    Beverly Boone

    I have worn and kept Capt. Calvin Maxwell’s bracelet for 38 years. Every Vetern’s and Memoral Day I think of all those who gave their lives for this country and I especially remember my fallen hero, Capt. Maxwell. Please know that he will never be forgotten. I have explained to my children, now grown,how importabt it is to keep the memory alive until he comes home. They will carry on when I am gone. Be blessed.

  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Ben

    I have worn my Maj Calvin W Maxwell bracelet every day since I received it as a freshman ROTC cadet in 2001. It was on my wrist through 2 tours of Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan and rests there even as I write this. I am often approached and asked what it says. Up to this point I have only been able to say that it is a daily reminder of the courage displayed by few and an encouragement to honor those not yet brought home through our prayer and actions. Now, thanks to Debbie’s post, I can tell people that it represents more than just an idea, but a husband, brother and son whom we must remember until he is returned. I have lost friends to war, the 9th anniversary of one of their passing was just yesterday. There are no words that can bring solace to the loved ones of the lost and left behind, but only the solemn vow that we will never give up searching and that they will never be forgotten.
    Thank you, Debbie, for compiling all of this information and to the friends and family of Major Maxwell. Until he comes home or I am gone, I will remember him and what he has done for me.

    • Posted June 19, 2014

      Debbie

      Thank you for your kind words, and Thank- you for your service to our country It means so much to me to know you too have carried his memory. i never expected that my bracelet would have such a story to tell, and that it would provide insights, and in some cases closure. This has truly been a gift to me.

  • Posted August 27, 2014

    ROBERT T HORSBURGH

    I FOUND THIS TODAY AND I HAVE HAD IT FOR 43 YEARS AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY TO THIS MANS FAMILY THANKS FOR THIS MANS SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY .WE WILL NEVER FOR GET HIS BROTHER RIDE TO TO THE WALL AND I ALWAYS LOOK HIM UP 3

  • Posted August 31, 2014

    Dale Craddock

    Any one that knows how I can return a Capt. Calvin Maxwell Braclet. 10-10-69 to one of his relatives please contact me.

    Dale Craddock, Reno, NV dfc89509@nvbell.net

  • Posted September 13, 2014

    Joe Schienholz

    Calvin was a good friend of mine and my twin brother Nate (he is now deceased). We grew up in the Inlet of Atlantic City and attended Madison Ave School. It was a wonderful time in my life…we lived one block from the beach and we spent every day there and often we went to the Breakers Beach for the waves etc. We went with Frankie, Wayne, Stevie, and others…..sometimes we got into trouble but it was always innocent fun and lots of it. I often think of Calvin and his Brothers Scott who was the youngest at the time and John and Donny. I wish we could all one day share once again some of those fun time in A.C. Calvin…God Bless You Your Friend always Joe (I live in Palm Springs California now)

  • Posted April 2, 2015

    Linda Pedoli

    I also have a memory bracelet with Capt. Calvin Maxwell’s name on it & wear it on those special days of rememberance. I just thought I would “google” his name, never thinking I would see his picture & read all the wonderful comments about him. God bless his family & friends & God bless his memory. I have never forgotten him.

    • Posted April 2, 2015

      Debbie

      I’m glad that you found this post.

      Like you, I never anticipated I would know so much about his life.

      This has been a blessing for many who were given his bracelet to wear with hope and prayers.

  • Posted April 3, 2015

    Angela Colteaux

    Amazing. I don’t know what made me think about it after all these years but my sister and I used to babysit for the Maxwells. I’m thinking it must have been Roger. Lovely people. I lost a brother over 30 years ago so I understand the importance of knowing that people remember…we have not forgotten your loved one.

  • Posted April 6, 2015

    Bryan

    All,

    For no particular reason, my wife and I decided to google Calvin’s name. For years, she has heard stories of Calvin… and as it turns out, my mother in law. Their first house, how they met, Kay never giving up hope, etc. I don’t have much to offer to the forum except for this — Whoever Calvin Maxwell was back then is what we can only hope the sons of this nation grow to be… for he had an impression that stuck.
    Kay (Maxwell) many years later, had a daughter, Brandy – my wife, and a son, James. It is hard for me to think that they would be who they are without the impression that Calvin left on Kay. Fortitude was a necessity in their early years. And, Kay (somehow) prevailed.
    Nearly alone, Kay raised two great kids (I may be slightly biased here) and is expecting her second grandchild. We had a daughter Jenna Mae and James and his wife are expecting this month.
    I understand that this family line is not a direct decent of Calvin, but for what it is worth, he mattered.
    As I have been typing this Brandy has been on the phone with Kay… they were both in tears. If anyone who had ties to Kay would like to get in contact, I can do my best as messenger. Feel free to send correspondence to ovenell@gmail.com.
    As a parting note, I read once that you die twice. First, when you take your last breath… and again when the last person you touched speaks your name. A sincere thank you.

    To the best in all of us,

    Bryan Austin Ovenell

    • Posted April 6, 2015

      Debbie

      Bryan,

      Thank you so very much for sharing your insights, additional information on Calvin, and the impact he had.

      I could never have imagined when I wrote the first blog on him in 2009 that so many would come forward sharing stories that would allow me to write again in 2013 offering a more complete picture of him from a small child through just days before he would go missing.

      It is an honor to have been able to share his story, and my hope is that if Kay were to read both blog posts that she would find some comfort in knowing that others were praying along with her, and that via the internet, his story will continue to touch so many other lives.

      I have cried along with Kay, and your wife, Brandy this evening.

      Debbie

    • Posted May 25, 2015

      Cheryl Allen Scott

      Wow, Bryan, you filled my heart to overflowing. I probably met Kay at some point as my brother Donn and Calvin were very close. I was 10 years younger, but always knew their story. So romantic and very sad. Their love touched my brother’s heart and through him, mine. Love to you all.

    • Posted June 25, 2015

      George Allen

      All, and especially Bryan and Kay,
      Calvin and Kay were friends of my brother Donn Allen in the same class at Carlsbad High School, as a hunting and camping partner and at NM State Univ. Donn has a Calvin Maxwell bracelet. I was in the same class as his brother John and knew Calvin as an upperclassman in ROTC. I remember him going with and camping with our family on the annual deer hunt near Captain NM. My brother Jim was ahead of Calvin in ROTC, my brother Donn was his classmate in ROTC and I followed a couple years after in ROTC.
      Calvin was a serious military student in high school ROTC and college ROTC and I think he was an Army officer while getting his Masters at NMSU. Calvin and my brothers Jim and Donn gave back after graduation helping with our high school ROTC field training exercises. Unusually nice to his friend’s little brother he inspired me when I was an ROTC upperclassman/officer.
      If I recall correctly, Kay and Calvin were together from high school on. I am glad she was able to move on and have a good life and family.
      Calvin was a great guy and his loss hit my brother Donn very hard. Btw, Jim (AF), Donn (Army), myself (Army) and little brother Charlie (Navy) are also vets.
      So glad to have found so many touched by Calvin.

      • Posted June 25, 2015

        Debbie

        George,

        Thank you for sharing this additional information on Calvin.

        I am so honored how his story has touched so many, and that many have found comfort here in knowing him on a more personal level.

  • Posted May 25, 2015

    Ray Galloway

    Calvin was a good friend of mine in high school and I had the awesome privilege of taking him back and forth from college (NMSU) to Carlsbad on many weekends so he could see Kay until they married. Kay’s brother was in our high school class (Larry). I got to see them a few years back when Larry & Kay’s Mother passed. I think of my good friend often. Calvin’s parents were great and I saw his Dad often as he would come to our place of business on a regular basis. I took a photo of Calvin’s name on the DC Memorial with my reflection in it. I treasure it. I couldn’t speak for quite some time after going there. He was really special.
    Ray

    • Posted May 25, 2015

      Debbie

      Ray,

      On this day of all days, thank you for sharing your memories of Calvin. I love how his story continues to grow.

  • Posted May 25, 2015

    Cheryl Allen Scott

    My brother Donn Allen was best man at Kay & Calvin’s wedding. His heart was broken at losing Calvin. He never got over it and never married. He only began to speak about it about 10 years ago. He loved him like a brother and misses him to this day. I remember him and he was really fun to be around and a nice guy. Love to all his family and especially to Kay.

  • Posted June 26, 2015

    Debi

    I, too, wore Capt. Calvin Maxwell’s bracelet in my younger years. Even though my bracelet is worn out and I no longer wear it, I have kept it in my jewelry box all these years. I never forgot about him. I am grateful to have access to this information on “my guy.” I didn’t realize so many of us had his bracelet. It is comforting to know that he was in the hearts and prayers of so many.
    Capt. Calvin Maxwell
    10-10-69

  • Posted July 3, 2015

    Donna Schultz

    While searching through some items in my jewelry box today I came across the old POW bracelet that I wore so many years ago for Capt. Calvin Maxwell. Bless his memory.

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