Lowe Mill workers reunite, talk Vietnam War

Lowe Mill workers reunite and talk Vietnam War

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The original workers from Huntsville's Lowe Mill met at an annual reunion hosted at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment on Saturday.

A dozen workers and loved ones caught up and got a chance to look at old mill artifacts.

Lowe Mill operated as a factory from the 1930s to 1978. In the 2000s, it became a center for the arts.

During the Vietnam War, Lowe Mill workers made boots for the army and its campaign in the Vietnamese jungle.

The jungle floor presented hazards for soldiers. Wet conditions had been eroding previous boot models and North Vietnamese spikes were leaving soldiers in the hospital.

The boots, made at Lowe Mill, resisted erosion and had a metal base to prevent spike injuries.

Former plant manager Stanley Keith said he is proud of the mill's contribution to the war effort, but it was just another day on the job.

"That was just something that was needed and just like anything when you find a need, somebody will develop a way to take care of it and that's what we did," he said.

Keith said his coworkers were family and former engineer Bill Pendergraft said he agrees.

"These people worked for me here in the engineering office, and so there just like family," he said.

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