|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1944, Germany|
|Death: ||Apr., 1966, Vietnam|
Linda Lorenz received a phone call in late February from a friend, telling her that her son would indeed be on the Wall. Within weeks, Linda Lorenz would be flying to Washington, accompanied by a friend who helped her get around for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ceremony. She is 83 years old, and while she looks 10 years younger, she is increasingly frail. For 40 years, the Lorenz family has been just her. Her husband died close to 50 years ago, and she never remarried. Together, they had only Hans. So when she is gone, so too is her family. He was an only child. His mother and father were only childen. His father fought for the Germans in World War II, and his grandfather in World War I. Military service goes back four generations.
Born in Neuenburg, Hans and his mother immigrated to Ontario, Canada, in 1957, because she wanted get Hans away from all the troubles in Europe. He fit a German stereotype: 6 foot 3, square jaw, blond hair, blue eyes, athletic build. He loved ships and joined the Canadian Navy after high school, but he really wanted to be in the U.S. Marines.
His mother argued with him, pleaded with him, not to join. She saw the war brewing in Southeast Asia and had had enough of war in her family. But he wouldn't be talked out of it.
He enlisted in 1965. Hans landed in Vietnam on Jan. 31, 1966. Just two and a half months later, at 7 p.m. on April 11, Hans was disposing of contaminated gasoline when it blew up. He was evacuated 45 minutes later, according to his unit's log book for that day. At her house in Midland, Ontario, his mother knew something bad had happened. No one had to call her. She received a telegram two days later at work. That night, she took a phone call from Hans, who called from a field hospital. It's a small injury he told her not to worry about it, that he would be OK. But she knew he was lying. On April 15, she and Hans' girlfriend flew to Oakland, Calif., to meet him. She spent 11 days with him before he died.
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Apr 30, 2006
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