Please respond to Chris Brigman, contact info below:
I am in possession of an ID bracelet that belonged to Major Donald Joseph Reilly, KIA Vietnam 65/12/09. I would like to return this bracelet to Major Reillyís family, if they can be located.
Information about Donald Reilly is currently posted at the USMC /Vietnam
Helicopter Pilot Association Web site:
Here is some background: Major Reilly gave me the bracelet as a gift when I was a young child. His family and mine were neighbors in California in the early 60s. My
father, an Army Major, and Don were friends. My dad left for Vietnam several months
before Don did, and in his absence, Don became kind of father figure to many of the kids who lived in the neighborhood. I remember him helping me fly a toy wooden airplane.
Prior to leaving for Vietnam, Don gave me his silver ID bracelet, the kind with chain links and a clasp for a name inscription. Don Reilly, Lt. USMC is written on the inside, and brass aviatorís wings are attached to the outside. I donít think it had much monetary value, but Don knew how impressive the wings were, especially in the eyes of a kid like me, who in all senses looked up to him.
My father returned from combat, while Don did not. By this time our respective families had fallen out of touch.
My parents have since passed away, and I have adult children of my own.
Recently, Iíve thought about Donís children and even grand children.
Having his bracelet might represent some small connection to him and their own heritage. If so, Iíd like to return it to them in some appropriate way.
The last thing I want to do is intrude on the lives of people who have already lost so much.
If the helicopter association could help establish contact with Major Reillyís family, possibly through a third party, I would be grateful.
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