Brian Hawkins, originally from Lincolnton, visited Vietnam during an around the world tour. While there he befriended a young girl and eventually bought a hat from her. A 1991 graduate of Lincolnton High School, he reside in Moran, Wyo. where he works with troubled youth in a Wilderness Camp. He is the grandson of Albert and Mary Lois Hawkins and son of Donnie Hawkins and Myrtle Newton, all of Lincolnton.