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TeufelHunden
07-15-02, 06:45 PM
...Saw these posted on the Web a few months back & I thought I'd post it here - So you know - I echo the sentiments.

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A POEM BY ROGER HEARD

Upon this honored wall of stone,
You're together again and not alone
Together you laughed, together you cried,
Together you fought, together you died

Together you stand in history,
Upon this wall for all to see

Each name evokes a young man's face,
A warrior that stood to take his place

To fight and die for liberty,
So others could live a life that's free

If there's a place where heroes stand,
Surely you've gone to join their band

You've left the horrors of war behind,
And crossed death's bridge to hopefully find

The peace denied you in this life,
Of endless wars and constant strife

Together you walk with head held high,
No storm clouds gather to darken your sky

The black man, red man, brown and white,
Will walk as one, no more to fight

You are not forgotten and will never be,
This stone bears witness for all to see

Each one of you made the sacrifice,
And paid with life, the ultimate price

Each one that died left a few of us here,
To show the world with a fallen tear

We'll never forget and always stand true,
To the memory of each one of you

As long as there's life within my breast,
I'll take my place and stand with the rest

And when it's my time to leave this land,
I hope you'll welcome me to your hero's band.

Roger Heard Sgt USMC 1966-70

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A LETTER FROM AMERICA

Dear Vietnam Veteran,

I know I should have written much sooner.

I can't say why I did not. Out of fear of admitting to myself, you were there, fighting a war. Or maybe ashamed. Ashamed that I never accepted the things you felt you had to do.

Whatever it is, I know how it must hurt. Believe me when I say it hurts me more. I have the burden of your hurt plus that of my own. The pain of not being able to show my true feeling towards you.

I am not writing this for the months you served in Vietnam, but for the many years, you were left alone with only your brother Veterans. You served proudly and it went unmentioned.

For a long time, I've wanted to express the words. The words an honorable Veteran needs to hear. For a long time, I've wanted to hold you during your times of pain.

God knows I wanted to. And only He knows why I never found the courage. I do not remember what I use to say; maybe I do not want to remember.

All I know is I hope that it is not too late to give you those things now.

For years you tried to be part of my world. Doing everything to please me, just to be noticed and given a little time and understanding...

I look back and see the demands I placed on your shoulders when you were young. "Fight your weakness, and always show strength to others around you."

Who was I to make such a demand? I sit here with tears in my heart; finally admitting to myself the one weakness you must have seen in me and never questioned. My inability to say the words that I know would have meant so much to you.

"Welcome Home." You served your country honorably.

Please hear these words now, from my heart. Please give me a chance to be part of your world now. The world I should have been part of long ago.

Love,
America

USMC0311
07-15-02, 07:04 PM
Gee TY America.. Soooo yer sayin I'm OK now..Golly Gee Look at Me! Only been waitin for yer approval since 65.
Ain't but a thing!!! used to it..learned to live with it.. 2 late 2 change whats been dun.
Do believe Our Country is Behind this one (War)..We all know what don't work.. We got another turn in the Barrel..
Lets Make a GOOD Impression on our Enemy ;).."chew'em Up and Spit'em Out"

If ya didn't notice, I was bein sarcastic in 1st Paragraph..
Don't want the Women Marines To mis-understand what I'm sayin:)
Hope this don't pee off Lady Leatherneck, I know she a sensitive Marine!!

Semper Fi, ALL U Nam Muthers, ain't NO 2 days alike !!

NamGrunt68
07-15-02, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by USMC0311
Gee TY America.. Soooo yer sayin I'm OK now..Golly Gee Look at Me! Only been waitin for yer approval since 65.
Ain't but a thing!!! used to it..learned to live with it.. 2 late 2 change whats been dun.
Do believe Our Country is Behind this one (War)..We all know what don't work.. We got another turn in the Barrel..
Lets Make a GOOD Impression on our Enemy ;).."chew'em Up and Spit'em Out"

If ya didn't notice, I was bein sarcastic in 1st Paragraph..
Don't want the Women Marines To mis-understand what I'm sayin:)
Hope this don't pee off Lady Leatherneck, I know she a sensitive Marine!!

Semper Fi, ALL U Nam Muthers, ain't NO 2 days alike !!

Bro, somebody sent me that letter from America about 6 months ago and I only had one reply and it was real quick....."TO LITTLE, TOO LATE".........

Here's a lil thing I wrote a couple years ago after I had been up to DC......Gonna put it on my next cd if'n I ever git off my azz and do it !!! Aint quite as eleoquent as the other bro's poem.....

" CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE WALL"

THAT COLD BLACK PIECE O STONE, JUST STARED BOLDLY AT ME
I SHOOK, AND NERVOUSLY STEADIED MYSELF, TRYIN TO STAND REAL TALL,
THE SIDEWALK THAT I'D BEEN STANDING ON, WAS A SOLID SHEET OF ICE
FROM THE WINTER'S FIRST REAL BAD SNOWFALL,

" YOU BRO'S WARM INSIDE O THERE?," I FAINTLY ASKED
NEVER REALLY EXPECTIN ANY KIND O REPLY,
"HELL YEAH WE'RE COLD AZZHOLE !!", SOUNDED A GRIZZLY VOICE
DAMN, I NEARLY SH!T MYSELF, AND LOOKED UP TOWARD THE SKY,

"HEY, WE AIN'T UP THERE MARINE
WE'RE ALL STILL STUCK INSIDE OF HERE,
MOVE ON OVER HERE A LIL CLOSER BRO
GOT SOMTHIN TO WHISPER IN YER EAR,"

THIS BRO BESIDE ME TO MY RIGHT, THEY CALLED HIM "MR JACK"
WAS A GRUNT, YOU KNOW, A MUD MARINE, HE GOT IT OUTSIDE OF HUE,
WAS KNOWN TO BE A REAL STAND UP BRO,
AND HE NEVER HAD MUCH O NOTHIN TO SAY

OLE BILL HERE, HE'S ASLEEP NOW, RIGHT HERE ON MY LEFT
WELL, THE POOR DUMB AZZ STEPPED ON A MINE,
HE WAS WALKIN POINT A FEW CLICKS OUTTA DANANG,
THINK IT WAS BACK IN SIXTY NINE,

NOW THE SH!TBIRD RIGHT ABOVE ME
WELL, HE WAS KILLED ON KHE SANH HILL,
AND OLE SERGEANT JONES RIGHT DOWN BELOW
MAN, WE ALL HEARD HE WAS HARD AS HELL TO KILL,

YOU SEE BRO, WE'RE ALL STUCK INSIDE THIS WALL
AND WE'RE PRETTY LONESOME MOST O THE TIME,
HELL, WE BEEN BULLSH!TTIN WITH EACH OTHER FOR SO LONG
IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME OLE LINE,

SO WHEN A NEW GUY COMES ALONG
AND WE CAN TELL FER SURE THAT IT'S A BRO,
WE LIKE TO SHOOT THE SH!T WITH HIM FER AWHILE
UNTIL HE HAS TO GO,

WELL BRO, IT'S BEEN GREAT YAKKIN AT CHA
SPECIALLY HERE ON CHRISTMAS DAY,
SURE YOU'D RATHER BE HOME WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
WATCHIN YER GRANDKIDS PLAY,

NOW MOVE ALONG MARINE, AND HEAD ON DOWN THE WALL
SOME O THE OTHER BRO'S MIGHT HAVE SOMTHING TO SAY,
WE'RE ALL EXCITED AND GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE
WE DON'T USUALLY HAVE MUCH COMPANY ON CHRISTMAS DAY,

BY THE WAY, EACH YEAR WE ALL HAVE THE SAME CHRISTMAS WISH
DON'T LET OUR COUNTRY FORGET US, CAUSE WE ALL FOUGHT FOR WHAT WAS RIGHT,
AND TELL ALL OUR BRO'S THAT WE ALL SAID MERRY CHRISTMAS,
AND TO THINK AND PRAY FOR US TONIGHT !!!!

LATER BRO.......PSSSST....."DON'T LEAVE THEM CIGARETTES HERE YA DUMB AZZ, AIN'T NOBODY GONNA SMOKE EM !!!!"

USMC0311
07-15-02, 09:00 PM
Roger that Dane..no cut from me on the Boys on the Wall. my Bros 2 Marine .. Semper Fi, Zippo!!