James Lott

Corporal Jim Lott was a New Zealander whose father had been a US Marine during WWII stationed in New Zealand. Jim and his brother Gary, and a friend Mike Golaboski (also a Kiwi and the son of a WWII Marine), joined the US Marines together and served in Vietnam at the same time: Gary as a Grunt at Khe Sahn, Mike as a Mechanic with an A4 Skyhawk Squadron (VMA 311, VMA 121, VMA 211) at Chu-Lai; and Jim as an Air Controller; also at Chu-Lai.

Mike Golaboski now lives on Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf, and Gary lives in Auckland. Jim Lott was killed-in-action on the 8th May 1968 when the control tower received a direct hit. He was posthumously awarded the US Navy Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart.

From: ‘The Vietnam Scrapbook’ by Mike Subritzky


The sun rose golden bright
Reflecting upon
The turquoise blue China Sea
Washing upon
The sand red-tinted white
Vandalised by barbed wire, sunken trenches, and
stark bunkers.

Written in 1967 by James Lott