June 2006 Archives

June 16, 2006

Larry Lail helps inspire book

Order Swift Boat Down From Amazon A new book about the sinking of Navy Swift Boat PCF-19 off the coast of Vietnam was inspired in part by Vietnam veteran Larry Lail, its author says.

Author Jim Steffes said he began looking into what happened in June 1968 after speaking to fellow Vietnam veteran Larry Lail in 1995. Lail, who had the task of gathering the bodies from the wreckage, was still haunted by nightmares nearly 30 years after the incident, Steffes told the Macon Telegraph.

Together the two Vietnam vets began trying to locate the families of the deceased sailors, starting with the only information they had, their names and hometowns. "We just started calling phone numbers," Steffes said.

-- Macon.com

The book is called "Switch Boat Down." The official version of the sinking is it was hit by friendly fire from the Air Force, but Steffes believes it was hit by a North Vietnamese crew in a Russian-made helicopter. He says the military didn't want to accuse the Vietnamese of the sinking because of ongoing peace talks at the time.

I haven't read the book, but it sounds like an interesting tale.

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Volunteers honored, including Shirleymae Lail

On Monday, May 15, Colony House of Abington presented awards of volunteer service to the 143 individuals and organizations who have donated 1,587 hours over the past year.

-- Abington Mariner (MA.)


June 9, 2006

Sapona Plastics buys assets of Whit Corp.

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The plastics company managed by my dad (Jack C. Lail) and brother (Dean) has made an acquisition:

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June 7, 2006

Rebuilding a legacy

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A very informative piece on Robin Lail, who grew up on the Inglenook Vineyards and now runs Lail Vineyards, was posted June 7, 2006, on the Californai Farm Bureau Web site. The full article is posted in this entry. She has a remarkable story.

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June 3, 2006

Flickr fun with Lail

LailJust for fun. Flickr photos with a "Lail" tag

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June 2, 2006

Leroy Lail named president of Furniture Hall

Leroy Lail, chairman of retailer Hickory Furniture Mart, Hickory, N.C., has been elected president of the American Furniture Hall of Fame for 2006-07.

-- FurnitureToday

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