Lennon as a Browncoat

Lennon was given the rank of Lieutenant when he enlisted in the Independents army. Though he was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility and leadership in the 42nd Overlanders’ field hospital during the war, his rank never changed. This was because Lennon was an excellent doctor and an okay officer, but he was never a great administrator.

He may have been a fine leader in the field, with men who were loyal to him, and his hospital may have saved a lot of lives, but it was clear to his superior officers that Lennon didn’t have much of a command future. (In other words, occasional insubordination and poor administrative decision making along with Lennon's sketchy core world origins meant he was passed up for promotion.)

Lennon was completely content with this arrangement since it kept him where he wanted to be doing what he wanted to do. Part of the reason it worked was because Lennon was not in charge of the entire 42nd, only the field hospital. (To put it in perspective, Sata was a great officer.)

Lennon’s “Browncoat Medal”
The Independent Army, being the losing side, didn’t award any medals to its soldiers other than battle scars. Most of them were earned for things like bravery and valor. Lennon has only one and it was for stupidity.

Every war movie ever made has the classic scene where the company doctor runs out into battle to save someone and is shot for his efforts, but I really wanted to avoid the cliché heroics. Lennon did run out into battle to tend to wounded quite a bit, but he never got injured doing it. Perhaps he was just smart about it, or perhaps he presented a very tall and skinny target, or maybe he was just lucky. He was however, injured fairly late in the war during what should have been a routine extraction of the 42nd from Persphone to Hera just after his final promotion to Chief Medical Officer.

Lennon was supposed to be supervising the movement of the 42nd's mobile hospital equipment onto the rocket shuttle with Captain ‘Sata even though his medics had done this so many times that they didn’t really need him. Since he wasn’t actually necessary to the operation, he was wearing his headphones and hardly paying attention. Wilks was also there, patrolling with a small security detail. They were on low ground, surrounded by rock in a position picked as strategically protective (ie. hidden). At the same time an Alliance advance team was positioning snipers up above in anticipation of moving an entire unit in to engage the 42nd while they were in a state in which their medical non-combatant status did not apply.

(This is of course assuming that there was some kind of code of conduct in which medics in the field were not targets as long as they were working. Because then another reason Lennon never got shot at was because he was marked as a doctor in some way.)

The first shots fired by the advance team hit some of Wilks’ enlisted men. Both Wilks and Sata saw the direction the shots came from and ordered everyone to get down and move to safety. Lennon, still standing, heard neither the shot nor the order, but did turn to see why everyone was leaving so fast. He was the snipers’ next target.

Lennon’s injury was the kind that might have been lethal had he not been so close to medical care. Sata initially called for Lennon to assist with the wounded until he realized the situation. Wilks provided first aid using Lennon’s equipment until another medical team arrived. Sata was able to oversee the hasty final load up and evacuate the 42nd out under heavy fire as the Alliance patrol moved in. So things could have been way worse for everyone.

Lennon did his best to convince everyone he was just fine even though he obviously wasn’t - staying conscious and trying to talk about the Beatles with his men like he always did during a good trauma. The team humored him and played along even though he wasn’t making a whole lot of sense. He was treated by the surgeons under his command in one of his own ORs. (They even played the Beatles during the surgery figuring if there was anyone who could hear the Beatles while under anesthesia, it was Lennon.)

The 42nd made its move and Lennon stayed behind at a larger military hospital to recover for a few weeks. This, for him, was the worst part of being injured. He was overjoyed when Sata arrived to shuttle him back to re-join the 42nd (even more so were his doctors).

Lennon liked Sata because, since the shuttle was empty, he let him ride in the cockpit and let him play his squakbox through the ship’s PA. Lennon was very happy to have a new audience for both his music and his analysis of the band. Sata was a little confused by the fact that Lennon wanted to play music and then proceeded to talk over it the entire time.

Afterwards Lennon requested that Sata always be the 42nd’s pilot, not realizing that Sata had already been flying the company around for several years.

Former Londinium Army
Lennon has a lot of time invested into military life. When Lennon was around 11 or 12, he was given the standard battery of aptitude tests that all Londinium children receive and they determined that he would do well in the military. His parents enrolled him as a cadet in a high school military academy which led to him continuing in an officer training program in university and finally admittance into Londinium’s military medical academy where he was a junior officer.

Lennon was very patriotic to the Londinium army until changes made by the new Sino-Anglo Alliance established that Londinium’s military would be absorbed into the new Army of the Allied Planets. As enlistment in the Alliance military was voluntary, officer cadets like Lennon were discharged from their respective commissions and expected to re-enlist where they would be appropriately commissioned as Alliance Army officers.

It was after his discharge from the Londinium army, that Lennon chose to leave the core and fight for the Independents rather than join the Alliance.

After the Battle of Serenity, since Lennon failed to "surrender properly" there is no record of whether or not he survived. Surgeon Lt. Wu Shen Ang was listed “missing in action” after the war and his discharge papers were sent to his family on Londinium. Until Lennon appeared on the Cortex as one of the Senator Baron Von Alksburg's rescuers, nearly 12 years after his departure, his family had no idea of his whereabouts.