Sergeant Paul Henderson Lawing Jr was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SGT Lawing served our country until June 14th, 1972 in Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was not married. It was reported that Paul died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. Paul was born on May 14th, 1950 in Lincolnton, North Carolina. SGT Lawing is on panel 01W, line 042 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
We were Georgia Military College Classmates, Information about PAUL HENDERSON LAWING JR: I was Paul's, Lincolnton, NC 1-2-72 / 6-14-72) Cadet Company Commander at Georgia Military College (GMC) in the fall of 1969. Paul was my 1st Platoon Leader. After Christmas (1969) Paul returned to school and said he was leaving but did not know what he was going to do. The next time I saw Paul was December 1971 in Myrtle Beach, SC down at the Big Roller Coaster (Family Kingdom). The park had closed & he and several other members of his Special Forces group were enjoying a couple days of leave - they had just received their orders for Vietnam. I had orders for Vietnam in September 1972. We said we would look each other up. Never got the chance. Does anyone know what Paul did after college, when he enlisted, how long he had been in or what happened the last day? Paul, you were a good person, a wonderful friend, always had a smile & really enjoyed life. We experienced a lot together, the 6:03AM inspections, early morning formations to the late night break down room checks & trips in your gold 442 Olds. We had plans, we had dreams. It seems just like yesterday. Paul, I will see you again, so until our next formation, may God Bless you always. Dennis Rickman, PO Box 1573 Candler NC 28715, firstname.lastname@example.org
The following article appeared in the Lincoln Times News (NC)on 19 June 1972: Sgt Paul Lawing, Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lawing of 504 East Hoke Street, was killed in military action Wednesday in Vietnam. His family was notified of his death Saturday. Details of his death were not immediately available. He was a member of the Special Forces (Green Berets) and had received extensive training at Ft. Bragg, NC; Ft. Benning, Ga; and Ft. Polk, La. He was a 1968 graduate of Lincolnton High School, where he was an all conference basketball player and football player. He later attended Georgia Military Academy for one year. He left the military academy to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. He is survived by his parents; one sister, Mrs. Jan Harris of Charlotte, his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Puett Lawing of Lincolnton; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Boring of Crouse. Funeral arrangements will be made at a later time.
21 June 1972: Sgt. Lawing Rites Set Thursday, Army Sergeant Paul Henderson Jr., 22, died last week as the result of hostile action in Vietnam. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Hollybrook Cemetery with military escort. Comments by columnist Smack Proctor on Sports Page: The tragedy and futility of the controversial war in faraway Vietnam again has struck close to home--Lincolnton--bringing grief and heartbreak to family, relatives and friends, in the news that 22 year old Sgt. Paul Lawing, Jr., U.S. Special Forces, had been killed in action..There can be no real consolable words conveyed to the next of kin when news of this kind reaches them...Only a greater divine power and faith can comfort and sustain...
I shared the same hometown: I learned to know Paul Jr. during his student-athlete days at Lincolnton High School. His modest, quiet personality earned him many friends--in the classroom and in athletic competition. He played the football and basketball sports, being particularly outstanding in basketball, serving as team co-captain his senior year and was All-SWC selection. He was a dedicated athlete, an all out hustler, and ever trying to improve upon his skills and contribute to his team's success. His death, while serving his country in military service, is shocking and numbing news locally. Especially when you think of his young age, 22, with his future and potential still ahead. Paul Lawing, Jr.'s sacrifice will not soon be forgotten--neither will his memory here in his hometown. Arnold M. Huskins, email@example.com.
I will never forget the day I met Paul at the Army recruiters office in Lincolnton. My uncle, Frank Hull was the Army recruiting officer in December, 1971. Paul had received his orders to go to Vietnam. He met with my uncle to review his orders on that December day in 1971. Paul was excited about the prospects of being a part of the war effort and proud to serve his country. It goes without saying that I was shocked and upset to learn of his death a few months later. Paul was not only a great athlete, he was a great person. I feel priviliged to have known him. Dan Ledbetter.
The little town you left behind has not forgotten you. I was just a child when you were killed. I told your father before he passed away, "I have told my children about Skip's sacrifice for them. I will continue to tell them and my children's children all the days of my life." I always visit your memorial when I'm in D.C. On one trip, with locals from our home town, I was moved that so many knew exactly which panel to go to in order to pay their respects to you. You will always be remembered. D.K.Drum.
Paul and his family were dear friends of my wife and myself. Skip, you are not forgotten Son. Jonell and I think of you often. I am still trying to get information on your dog that was sent home to your family from Vietnam. I have had no luck yet but I will keep trying until I am successful on your behalf. There will be a moment of silence for you at one of the dog handlers reunions on July 4th. There will be a name place for you at the table of honor. Rest in peace Skip. You are not forgotten. Ron Harris, 319 North Laurel Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
High School Friend: Thanks Paul for what you did for America. Skip, we miss you pal and know that you gave it your all, you were so excited to be a Green Beret and to go to NAM. I attended the recieving and your funeral, your dog was there also. We spoke many times about VN prior to you leaving in January 1972, we talked about it all. You always gave 110 percent and I am sure you did in VN. Just wanted to say, a lot of people miss you Skip. Its hard to drive up Skip Lawing Drive or go past it without thinking of you. Till Later Pal, Mick Caskey, 1518 Robin Rd, Newton, NC 28658.
I was a Buddy: I was in training group with "Paul". You called him "Skip". I called him "Hot Rod" because he used to talk all kind of NASCAR stuff and seemed to know his way around a Chrysler engine. I remember eating lunch with him the day he got his levy orders. He was psyched. Another friend, Willie Parker, asked him, "What if you get killed?" Hot Rod said, "Guess I won't know it will I?" Seemed logical at the time. we all laughed. For Paul and Skip and Hot Rod and all the other young Dudes wasted for no reason whatsoever, Damn all those responsible for this national tragedy. Hoop, another Buck Sergeant that lived through this whole nightmare. Hoop Nusbaum, firstname.lastname@example.org.