Skip was a true Hero.
Remembering an American Hero
Dear SGT Paul Henderson Lawing Jr, sir
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
From across the seas, in another time.
I never knew you; in fact, I'm not even American. I never met you; in fact, I was born nearly 30yrs after your passing. Yet I will never forget your story, your life, and your valour. You were the bravest of the brave, sacrificing everything to save those who now live today. You and my father served together - he considered you as one of his closest lifetime friends; he has never gotten over your death, less than two months after he came home from duty. Dad and I made a pilgrimage half way across the world to your resting place, and left an Australian flag at your grave, to remind Lincolnton NC that you are remembered 10,000 miles away. I can never let your memory fade, as my middle name is named in your honour. Rest in Peace Paul, for a part of me is always in Lincolnton and a part of you is in Australia.