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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE FOR OUR COUNTRY

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I never served, one of my regrets in life.

I try to make up for it by supporting those that have and do, Wounded Warriors and just reaching out on certain occasions like today.

My Bride and I are in Florida for a few days, near where my Uncle used to live.

He was a POW in WW II, I used to call him and thank him on Veteran's Day.

My Dad also served during WW II, was wounded and never spoke about it.

I also work with a lot of these men and women. Take the time to thank them.

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JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

(A SOLDIER DIED TODAY)


He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he had 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 Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,

And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.

Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,

And the world won’t note his passing, though 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 their whole 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

A guy who breaks his promises 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?

A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives

Are sometimes 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 was so long ago,

That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know

It was 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 want a politician, with his ever-shifting stand?

Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend

His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us that we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part

Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians 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 simple headline in a paper that would say,

Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.


By A. Lawrence Vaincourt


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Submariner Pics For Veterans Day

 

 

 

The brass on the pier at Pearl Harbor sometime in the early 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

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Recommissioning ceremony U.S.S. Perch 313 sometime in the early 1960s. (?)

 

My friend is standing in the middle of the rear rank.

 

 

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Here he is, an EM 1 (SS), years later in ~ 1970 aboard U.S.S. Salmon 573.

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