by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Veteran’s Day means different things for different people. For Eldon Lawless of Wellington it is a reminder that you’re never too old to reunite with military friends.
Lawless served Vietnam for a year in 1970— partially in Saigon and six months at Phu Bai, South Vietnam at Firebase Sally. And 44 years later, thanks to the magic of Internet, he reunited with his friends, who were so much part of his life for more than six months.
After graduating from Kansas State University, Lawless enlisted in the military and would eventually become part of a battalion whose missions were aiming large guns at prearranged targets. While they weren’t in direct battle conflict much like those who crawled through rice patties or spent months in the wet humid jungle, they most certainly saw their fair share of warfare.
And in those six months, these six men would share the bunker, engage in battle together, eat together, go to sleep together, drink beer together. Their lives were intertwined 24-7.