Details For Comment No: 86

12/5/2002

Jim Machin

we are invoved in the years 64 to 72.. but there would be a seat of honor for your father at our reunion.. please pass this on...

My name is Jim Machin (Tree) I served in "C" company 2/5th, 1st Cav Division from Nov. 68 to Nov. 69, Second Platoon(2/6) Second Squad, and have been working on a project to find the men of this company for a few years now. At this point I have talked with and have addresses for over 170 guys, and have a data base of some 600 names of guys that served with this company from early 1965 to the middle of 1972.

If you would like to find and “old buddy”, perhaps I can help! I found your address by a long list of ways, but for the most part its from the guys that were in C-2/5. If you have some old scraps of paper with a name or address on it I would be happy to add that to the database so others can share the information.

This project of mine is NOT a profit deal, services are FREE to you. Everything I do is out of my own pocket and do not expect any monetary gain from all of this.

With the help of fellow C-2/5 Vets, we have put together two reunions. I am truly sorry that I didn’t find you in time to let you know about this event. The reunion was a great time and everyone agreed that we should do it again. The theme of the reunion was “ “Understanding because we were there”. We certainly did a great deal of understanding. A strong brotherhood was formed among the guys like I have never seen before. There was no animosity of enlisted men towards officers as some 10 officers were present. First name basis was established right away. This was clearly not the forum to “bury an old hatchet”, but one to unite us in brotherhood. The men poured over the research information, and photographs that the guys brought with them. Conversation was lively to say the least, as everyone got so much from the seeing there old buddies.

Letters after the reunion have been touching, as men have been telling me of there personal benefits from the unity that was formed. The men suffering with PTSD were some of the guys that obtained the most from our meeting

I would like to keep you informed of such events but I need to know if I have your correct address, phone, E mail if you have it, Date of Service, platoon, and to have any information on other guys in C-2/5 (even if its just a name and state) please respond to me in some fashion. I would be open to just a causal chat if you would like, call anytime.

If by any chance you would not like me to bother you with future letters or information I will respect your wishes. Please drop me a note and let me know that you really don’t want me to communicate with you again.

We are going to have yet another runion the First weekend in May 2003 and would love to have you in attendence. Please respond with your FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE, DATE OF SERVICE , PLATOON and I will send you infomation on the Runion.

James (Tree) Machin
40 W.374Winchester Way
St.Charles, IL.60175
630-587-4058
Burgertogo@aol.com

Your buddy.. Jim Machin (Tree)