Roger Hallberg and Somerset Studio

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Published Works | 12 comments

This month one of my pieces of art is featured in Somerset Studio, the “Fearless” issue.

 

This is the outside of the box that I made to hold the POW bracelet I wore as a teenage (you’ll have to buy the magazine to see the wonders inside!) The name on my bracelet was Roger Cobb Hallberg.

Roger was newly married and 22 years old when he disappeared in the jungle maze of Vietnam. He is one of 1689 service people who have not been accounted for in that conflict.

Here is a photo of his brother Bruce, sister Anne, and Roger. Sweet faces of youth.

In July my kids and I will meet the Hallbergs, who I connected with here on my blog. The story is in the magazine, so I will not retell it here, you have to get out there and buy it!

You can support the efforts of the these families who need closure. the National League of POW/MIA families is actively trying to account for every last person who served in the Vietnam conflict. Donate your time and/or money to help them find the stories of their loved ones.

There is no injury greater than the burden of not knowing what happened to someone you love. It is a pain no family should have to endure. That is motivated me to create this “place” for Roger, so his spirit can be visited there.

Here is song for the Hallberg family. Blessings and love to all of you.

 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. Hi Jill. This is so wonderful to see what you’ve done. It has that great feeling of reaching into the deepest ache to help the healing. Your work is always beautiful. 🙂

  2. You made a beautiful box to hold your bracelet. I still have the bracelet I wore as a teen and your post was a reminder.

  3. What a beautiful object and a just cause. Well done, Jill.

  4. I was in the Philippines during the war (stationed with my dad) and I met so many of these boys at the hospital-where they had the worst injuries. This brings back the memories-Thank you so much for your work Jill-It touches me deeply

  5. Hi Jill,
    Thank you for the song. One of the real regrets my Brother Bruce and I have is that we did not find out what really happened to Roger before our beautiful Mother passed away 2 months ago. She now knows where Roger is and what happened but for us on earth it is still unanswered. Don’t let those “sweet faces of youth” fool you. Both Bruce and I are relentless with the government and super involved with the League of families of the POW MIA’s LOL.
    The entire family is looking forward to meeting you and yours in July.

    I cannot express in words how much it means to have someone really care about our brother. As I have mentioned before I think this issue is being swept under the rug and Bruce & I and Roger’s Green Beret buddies will not allow it. The league of families is an exceptional group of determined, dedicated family members
    http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/League/Home.html

    When Mom passed away we requested donations instead of flowers to the league. Since I love flowers, Bruce & I filled the church up with Mom’s favorite white flowers that way our friends would know that their kind thoughtfulness was going to a good cause and not just to flowers. We both felt it was a living memory for our Mom and would help us and other families get answers.

    You have become a part of our family.

    It is such an honor to have our family expand we have a US Coast Guard ship named after our Grandfather, George Cobb and consider the fine men and woman serving aboard the ship as family. They have a plaque dedicated to our brother Roger with his silver star that was awarded to Mom aboard our Grandfather’s CG ship and it is right next to our Grandfathers silver star he received in 1896.
    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?132773-Special-Forces-MIA-awarded-Silver-Star

    With all that said and our families love for America and serving our country we still have one question that goes unanswered and Bruce & I will get answers but not without loving, caring good American’s such as yourself.
    Much love to you and yours,
    From the entire Hallberg family.

  6. Jill,
    It gave me goosebumps the first time I heard this story and each time since. It is not only the art but the stories behind them that are important. This is your gift as an artist!

    Blessings to the Hallberg family and all families who have unanswered questions on the whereabouts of their loved ones!

  7. Jill:

    I too have a connection with Roger. I have had a bracelet since the early 70’s. I have visited the Viet Nam wall to visit Roger many times. I taught my grandsons to sing God Bless American when they were 5 and 3 and they sang it to Roger and left him a flag the last time were were in DC.

    I have etchings from the wall in DC and the traveling wall that I keep with his bracelet. I am so proud for Roger and his family that you have made such a beautiful memorial for him and it gives my heart joy to see his face. I have wondered for many years what he looked like and now I know. Thank you from a friend of Roger’s that hopes he comes home someday.

  8. Hi Jill,
    I recently found the POW bracelet I wore in the early 70’s with S/SGT. Roger Hallberg’s name on it. I decided to search on the internet to see the status of Roger and found your memorial.

    My Girl Scout troop all received POW bracelets. I picked Roger’s because the month and day under his name is my birthday. Your creation of this wonderful memorial and the support it brings to Roger’s family is wonderful.

    • Cindy, you are the fifth person by this blog to wear Roger’s name. It has been such a interesting journey, since the first time I posted this. Welcome to the family!

  9. Last night I came upon my bracelet that I wore in the 70’s and decided to try and find out what happened. I, too, wore a bracelet with the name “S/Sgt. Roger Hallberg 3/24/67”. I am overwhelmed by everything I’ve learned. I will continue to keep him in my heart and pray for his return.

  10. I just received an email from another lady named Debbie that too wears my Brother Roger’s bracelet. I have directed her to our blog because I want her to see your beautiful tribute to Roger and see the information. I am still working and Colorado is part of my area (actually I have the whole nation) I will plan a trip so I can get up to Boulder and visit you. My other Brother Bruce and I will be in Washington DC in June for the League meeting and government briefings and I will report any new information. I love reading your blog about Roger and seeing all of your beautiful art. Thank you again for caring. You put a smile on my heart

  11. Loved meeting you in person. Sorry to just show up while I was at work in Denver area, I thought it was your studio. You are such a fantastic person. It was a very special time for me. Thanks again

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