Radio Episode 98: Inside ‘The Long Return’
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In August 1968, USMC first Lieutenant Barry Jones was shot on numerous occasions as his detachment battled their way through the wilderness during the pinnacle of the Vietnam War. A shot pierced his wrist and avoided off the Tudor Submariner he was wearing, fundamentally harming the watch all the while. As USN third Hospital Corpsman Lorrie McLaughlin stacked Jones onto a helicopter for clinical clearing, Jones gave him the watch. It would stay with him for quite a long time. On August 25, 2018, Jones got the watch back from McLaughlin, precisely denoting the 50th commemoration of that extraordinary day.
We were very lucky to get some answers concerning this story only a couple months after the fact and to have the chance to advise it to every one of you in the unimaginable two-section video highlight The Long Return. Our video creation group had the option to recount not just the tale of Jones and McLaughlin’s set of experiences and gathering, yet in addition the narrative of that unimaginable Tudor’s reclamation and its way back to ticking away on Jones’ wrist. On the off chance that you haven’t just observed Part 1 and Part 2 , quit perusing at this moment and go do that. Seriously.
Barry Jones (left) and Lorrie McLaughlin (right) in Oregon in mid 2020.
The watch, back on Jones’ wrist.
The Tudor Submariner as it was given to McLaughlin in 1968.
While the combined 24 minutes of video recount an amazing story all alone, there’s much more to this story. In this way, I plunked down with the group of HODINKEE makers, shooters, and editors who brought The Long Return to life over almost two years, expecting to get somewhat more knowledge into how our generally goal-oriented and human story was delivered. This discussion incorporates Will Holloway (head of video and leader maker), Greyson Korhonen (maker and overseer of photography), David Aujero (maker and video editorial manager), and James Stacey (proofreader and writer), and they didn’t frustrate. Our discussion is a general glance at this epic excursion with a lot of giggles and in the background stories blended in with the feelings that unavoidably come with an element like this. This is, undoubtedly, one of my #1 HODINKEE Radio scenes to date, and it was a genuine honor to converse with these folks about what is, as I would like to think, the most inconceivable story we’ve at any point told here at HODINKEE. I’ll allow them to take it from here.
We trust you appreciate Episode 98 of HODINKEE Radio. Look at the show notes beneath, and let us understand your opinion in the comments.
The Long Return, Pt. 1
The Long Return, Pt. 2
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