Kathy continued to wear the bracelet everywhere she went including at least 3 cross country trips between the San Fransicsco, CA area and Buffalo, New York. Her family took different routes through many states until the only states she had not visited were states north of New York, Florida and Louisiana. Kathy made trips to those states and finished the 50 state journey in Lousiana in 1987 at the age of 27. She continued to carry the spirit of James Moreland with her by wearing the bracelet on more trips, overseas this time, to over 21 countries.
Kathy Strong connected with the family of James Moreland and has stayed in touch throughout the years. The family notified her in 2011 when they received the call that his remains had been identified. They had been recovered during an excavation of the battle area and returned to the U.S. in 1999 but the DNA identification was not made until 2011. Kathy attended the funeral in Alabama and laid the bracelet on James's uniform as he was laid to rest.
James was listed as missing for 43 years and Kathy wore the bracelet for 38 years. She kept her promise to wear the bracelet until he eventually came home. She also vowed that his name and ultimate sacrifice would never be forgotten so she is now on a mission of placing a memorial brick with his name on it in each state. If you are aware of a memorial opportunity in your state, please let us know.
State Favorite: Home - San Francisco area California. However, Alabama made quite the impression when she attended James Moreland's funeral. Kathy was blown away by the warm welcome and support of the people of Alabama.
World Favorite: Budapest
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Kathy Strong photo from Contra Costa Times.
listed as missing from the Vietnam War.