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Thread: God Forbid
11-09-02, 05:02 PM #1
BY: RED DOG
Come here boy and take a seat.
Let me get this off my mind.
I heard you call your dad insane,
and he's nothing of the kind
Have you ever asked your dad,
where in the world has he been?
He might say "Nowhere Son",
or to "Hell and back again!"
I've known your dad most of his life
and I call him my friend.
But once your dad had brothers son,
who would go to the ends of earth with him.
You see, your dad was a Grunt son,
that's infantry so you know.
And he was sent away to fight,
in a war, far away and long ago.
At a place called Mutter Ridge
by Vietnam's D.M.Z.
The air was damp and it was hot,
jungle so thick you couldn't see.
It was noon on the sixteenth,
when the enemy opened fire.
Twenty seven men died on the spot,
take it for truth son, I'm no liar.
With no way out but straight ahead,
your dad fought hand to hand.
He gathered men and found a spot,
where they could die or make a stand.
They fought side by side both day and night,
wounded and bleeding bad.
And they fought for each other son,
because each other was all they had.
You see, his mind is filled with ghosts,
and he visits them from time to time.
They are the brothers that he misses most,
and in return, they march across his mind.
If he cracks a smile, and tears roll down his face,
or his eyes seem to fix a stare,
he's on a ridge in Vietnam,
and yes, all his brothers are there.
Men of war will form a bond
that others can't understand.
And they will do some things that don't seem right,
but it makes them no less a man.
No, I think not.
Your dad can never forget,
what most of us forgot.
To him the war is just as real
As it was when he was eighteen.
And the boys that he was with,
the likes, the world has not since seen.
So listen to his stories son
and try to hear them all.
You'll only wish your half the man,
if you ever get the call...
IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY LATE HUSBAND, SSgt Roger A. Alfano, USMC
ONE PROUD MARINE
Once a Marine...Always a Marine
11-09-02, 05:11 PM #2
BEAUTIFUL, HEARTFELT, THANK YOU FOR SHARING IT.
11-21-02, 05:24 PM #3
Brother, thanks for sharing that with us Welcome home Marine!!!!
Sgt G.A. Blake
Marine! the title says it all
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