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A Soldier died today.........

by Mac McMullen / November 30, 2004 7:48 AM PST

He was getting old and paunchy, And his hair was falling fast,
As he sat around the Legion, Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in, And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies, They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors, His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly , For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer, For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing, 'Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing, And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories, From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier, Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution, To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise, And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow, Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country, And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend, And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier, Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal, And perhaps a pension, small..

It's so easy to forget them, For it is so many times
That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys , Went to battle, but we know,

It is not the politicians, With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom, That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier--, His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier, Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier, And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us, We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict, We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles, That the politician? s start.

If we cannot do him honor , While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage, At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simply headline in the paper that might say:


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Re: Exceptional.
by MKay / November 30, 2004 8:09 AM PST

Plan to save this for memorial Day

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Re: Exceptional.
by Roger NC / November 30, 2004 8:55 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Exceptional.

Not a bad idea. Maybe all of us who like it should save a hardcopy and/or file copy and mail it to their local papers about a week before Memorial Day? and perhaps to a few other media too?


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Re: A Soldier died today.........
by John Robie / November 30, 2004 8:43 AM PST

Thanks Del, and so true. One of my uncles a true hero who survived horrific combat landing on islands in the South Pacific during WWII died 4 years ago. My last surviving Uncle of WWII is 85 yrs old and still around but only talks of the good times, not the bad.

I was at at family party Saturday night some 150 miles from home and there were several young relatives and non-relatives in college or going to post law school in attendance. We all had a great time, even doing some small dice gambling, but when the wife and I left, one of the young college students going to law school, who was not a relative, shook my hand very hard and long saying "Thank you so much for saving us and the world during WWII for us to be able to do what we do today". I don't know where he heard this, but I replied, " Gee, do look a little older than I am, thanks, my uncles would like to hear that, but I only served for the Korean and Nam wars".

Some people, and am happy to see young ones, do appreciate that our military did save all of us during WWII. It is good to remind.

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(NT) (NT) Thx Del.
by Roger NC / November 30, 2004 8:53 AM PST
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