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Author Name: Freeoldguy 3 Comments
Date Added: May 18, 2011 21:05:11 Average Score: (Needs 1)
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Type: Rhyming
Category: Horror Add To Favorites | Text Only
Adult Eyes

After graduating high school my youthful mind did know

it was time for me to move along, a time for me to blow.
My childish dreams, my childish desires ... these I soon forsook
I turned to the United States' Army and its camouflaged Chinook.

Omnipotent is the immortal soldier  he will never die.

Hes a U.S. Military, "Government Issue" the almighty, young G.I.
Not the U.S. Navy, the elite Air Force, nor the Marine pugnacious Corps
was to present the swear-in oath I took, the oath to which I swore.

When I graduated Army basics, my Mom was in the crowd

standing with the other mothers, looking scared, tall, and proud.
As I turned and left for Vietnam,  Mons fears I could perceive.
The tears flowing from within her heart she wiped upon her sleeves.

Off to Vietnam I went.  ... I had freedom to restore.

Honor was the reward I sought the oath to which I swore.
  War opened my eyes to all the horrors to which I had been blind.
  I missed my childhood sweetheart, the one I left behind.

I took a look around myself.  With a new attitude I took my breath.

  My glory, fame, and honor ... had somehow turned to death.
When did my childish dreams abscond?  Where do they now dwell?
This soldier "owns his spot in Heaven, for hes served his time in hell.

Author's Notes:

"I own a spot in Heaven, for I've served my time in hell.
Probably the most famous of all quotations I've ever heard spoken by our soldiers.
Single to Vietnam? ... probably not.  All wars are hell.
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Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on May 19, 2011 10:05:38 AM Report
 As I read a Story Book in its self..... My brother was in the Marines and it changed him for ever..... Vietnam was hell he said!!
Comment By: FreeHenry M. on May 19, 2011 07:29:51 AM Report
All wars are hell Gene, but the Vietnam war took a horrible toll out upon all who served there and what did they get for it? They were scorned by their own government as some POW's were left there. And if that wasn't bad enough, when they returned home from war they were spat upon by their own people! No war was worth that, it's a black eye that is still and always will be visible in American history.   Henry
Comment By: FreeSteven Cooper on May 19, 2011 12:04:07 AM Report
I to was in the Army at the end of Vietnam. 
I did not have to go to Vietnam but I saw many who came back. 

It was so sad to see the ones who lost so much and never got it back.


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