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Vietnam Vets Use Web to Reunite

Boot Camp feature for Friday, May 26, 2000

An ambush in Vietnam. A young soldier disappears. And the chain of events leads to a Web site bringing veterans together thirty years later. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a ThirdAge.com report on computers and technology. His name was Richard Lacey. A 21 year old Spec 5 from just outside Pittsburgh... .stationed at the Phu Lam communications compound. In Thomasville, Pennsylvania... 49 year old Connie Chronister, in a sense adopted Spec 5 Lacey through the local VFW so he wouldn't be forgotten. The mother and grandmother began contacting other soldiers who had been stationed at Phu Lam... and wound up, as unlikely as all of this sounds, running a Web site for the men and women who were there.

"I'd say right now we have between 295 and 305. The last I counted, and I've added some since then, I think it was 290."

The veterans join in a chat room every evening. They've posted photographs and found long lost buddies. Mike Scherfen of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey found the Phu Lam Web site just a few weeks ago...

"A lot of memories started floating back about the site and how it was built and when it was built and the people that built it."

Phu Lam was the hub for nearly all of the military communications in South Vietnam. Connie Chronister smiles when she hears stories about buddies being reunited...

"They're one great bunch of guys. And I love them all."

And if someone were to ask you why you did this?

"Because I love the vets."

You can find a link to the Phu Lam Site from our base on the Web at ThirdAge.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.