Video Feature The Long Return: Two Men, Fifty Years, And The Tudor That Took A Bullet In Vietnam
Producer’s note: Stories like this don’t come along frequently, and today we are lowered and respected to have the option to impart it to you. “The Long Return” is the tale of a watch, sure, on the whole and principal it is the tale of two men who are everlastingly associated by that watch. The characters are three: first Lieutenant, USMC, Barry Jones; third Hospital Corpsman, USN, Lorrie McLaughlin; and a 1960s Tudor Submariner 7928 – which first Lt. Jones was wearing in August 1968 when he, and it, were shot in a firefight in Vietnam. Recently, nearly 50 years after the fact, Gray Korhonen, David Aujero, and I were sufficiently fortunate to have first column seats, cameras moving, as Mr. Jones and Mr. McLaughlin related their story to our James Stacey. When they were done, there could conceivably have been a couple of sodden eyes in the room. – Will Holloway
There are minutes when a watch can rise above its absolutely useful characteristics, and become something substantially more extraordinary – something that associates us to a specific time, and to specific individuals. Sometimes, a watch can interface removed crossroads in our set of experiences to the present time and place – a charm of shared experience that is an enduring connect to a vital turning point from quite a while ago, the guarantee of our future, and a token of our common humanity.
1st Lt. Barry Jones (left), corpsman Lorrie McLaughlin, and Jones’ Tudor Submariner ref. 7928.
Today, I’m extremely glad to acquaint you with two amazing men and one life-changing watch. It’s the extraordinary story of how a Tudor Submariner had an influence in manufacturing an enduring connection between first Lieutenant, USMC, Barry Jones, and third Hospital Corpsman, USN, Lorrie McLaughlin, crossing over a 50-year hole between the combat zone in Vietnam and their lives today.
1st Lt. Jones (stooping at right) in Vietnam in 1968, wearing his Tudor Sub.
The Tudor Submariner today, showing the harm from a slug in August 1968: the base left drag is marked from sway; the case is deformed; the precious stone and bezel are a distant memory; and the hands are apparently intertwined to the dial.
It’s a story where we discover a watch assuming an essential part, in assisting us with understanding the set of experiences between these two troopers – one of commitment, fellowship, and the strong bonds framed through the common experience of war. Fortunately, this is a difficulty that a considerable lot of us (myself included) won’t ever need to suffer, and I’m appreciative that we had the chance to share Jones and McLaughlin’s tale about how this unassuming plunge watch came to not just address what they experienced together, and aided re-interface them, yet additionally turned into the impetus that carried their story to a more extensive audience.
This is an exceptional, and on occasion, nerve racking story; however luckily, the two men endure Vietnam and proceeded to make lives for themselves back home. While absolutely worn out, this Tudor Submariner ref. 7928 – bent and broken – likewise has a day to day existence past Vietnam, as an emblem of their bond, and an impetus for their gathering, 50 years on.
Most of the watches that we talk about and own won’t ever have a story as spellbinding, and intriguing, as this Tudor Submariner. However, this watch isn’t most watches. Also, first Lt. Jones and corpsman McLaughlin are not most men.
“The Long Return” was shot by Gray Korhonen, David Aujero, and Will Holloway; it was altered by David Aujero.