In Memory

James Mathews

Died in a helicopter crash while serving with C Co, 1st. BN, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, US Army.  May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

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02/11/18 05:16 PM #1    

Kimio (James) Kitchen

Killed in Vietnam Nam July 27 1948-July 5 1967 Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery Remembered by his friend  

Kimio (James) Kitchen

02/14/18 11:37 PM #2    

Kimio (James) Kitchen

I knew James all the back to Garner Junior High School.  We had shop class with Mr Benati together. Some classmates had threatened to stomp us after class so James and I got 2 huge machine bolts and told Mr Benati we wanted to make really really big rings to wear, so he helped us draw up plans to reduce metal here enlarge hole to fit finger here. And when finished Mr Benati had helped us make some equalizers for that rumble. Turned out to be a good deterrent because no rumble ever happened. Then in late 1967 he was drafted into the Army. After arriving in Veit Nam he was dead in less than three months. When I heard he had been killed I waited about a year and went to Sam Houston National Cemetery to see his headstone.  It wasn’t like it is now with an electronic kiosk that you put name in and location appears. Back then there was a human cemetery caretaker who would pull out the file of the person you are wanting to find. They told me his name which I had given them but they proceed to tell me his wife’s name and daughters name. I knew he had to get married but the daughter was born after his death. Another friend of his said when you look at that little girls eyes you see James. He was the first of many friends I had that met that same horrible end. The draft how it hung over my head and my friends heads. Flowers Girls Husbands Soldiers Graveyards Flowers. When will it ever end?

05/19/18 10:47 PM #3    

Robert Turner

Was a good friend of mine. 

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