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21 July 2008 @ 09:04 pm
Can anyone tell me what battalion/platoon etc Joe Dawson served with in Vietnam? Was he a marine or army? I probably should know this, but I don't! (And yes I could probably watch Brothers in Arms to check, but this is quite urgent). Also, any ideas when Richie...well that thing that some of us don't like to talk about happened. I know it was 97, and I think sometime in May? But beyond that I don't know and it doesn't say on his headstone.  
major_strifemajor_strife on July 21st, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
According to this helpful timeline website,(http://users.erols.com/darkpanther/HL%20Timeline/HLTimeline.htm) Joe joined the Marines in 1967 and lost his legs in June of the following year. I'm afraid I can't find the platoon name anywhere, not sure if it was actually mentioned.

The incident in the episode which never happened was set on 19 May 1007.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: dinobaitidontlikegravy on July 21st, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Thank you, you've helped me out of a major pickle :)

I thought it was the marines, but suddenly was unsure. And I knew the date from somewhere but then couldn't remember where I'd got it. (she says frantically trying to re-establish cred as a fount of all highlander knowledge *grin*)

*offers copious amounts of virtual snack food of your choice in reward*
major_strifemajor_strife on July 22nd, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Pickle baiting
*grins and dives into a copious bowl of virtual Mac'n'cheese*

I had a quick look in my copy of 'an evening at Joe's' and Jim Byrnes' entry is two letters to his family, the one to his mother is signed as Lance/Cpl. Joseph P. Dawson, dated 17 Sept 1969. Which is a year later than in the timeline. Personally I'd say Jim knows best.... :)

If you're interested Stan's story (my entire reason for buying the book in the first place) 'From the Grave' are letters to Amanda, Joe, Methos and Mac.
Dragonsinger: Richie curls - Beanariedragonsinger on July 21st, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
It allegedly happened in May 1997. I remember because it was my sophomore year of college...and I cried.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pretty boyidontlikegravy on July 26th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
See I never saw it until two years ago when I got the complete DVD for my birthday, so it's not a date ingrained in my memory. So I was 27 when I saw it.

Still I cried :) (And I actually haven't watched it since)
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on July 27th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
I don't think I could ever bring myself to watch it again. That episode and the one where Tessa dies.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: the shadowidontlikegravy on July 27th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Weirdly that's one of my favourite eps, I watch it and An Eye for an Eye quite often, because they're Richie's entry to Immortality. It is intensely sad, especially that bit where he's thinking of her and 'Dust in the Wind' plays, but I quite like watching sad stuff sometimes, find it cathartic. But I think that the bit that got cut - that they used later when Richie found the shooter - is so sad, I find it quite hard to watch that.
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on July 27th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I think it really affected me because I didn't see it coming. Duncan had saved the day; everything was going to be all right, and then bam! I was scarred.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: richie bikeidontlikegravy on July 27th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
I get that. I think I would have been too if I hadn't been a little more prepared for it. I started watching during Series 2 when it aired here (I think it was actually An Eye for an Eye funnily enough), and then caught the series 1 & 2 reruns much later so I knew it was coming.