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OT - Remembering our servicemen and women this holiday season

Post by Mike Davi » Sat, 14 Dec 2002 01:05:09



My son, a Marine enlisted man stationed far from home this holiday season,
shared this with me last evening via email and I'll pass it on to the
readers here. Another Marine is the author, and it does makes one think...
MD

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan.
The following is his request. I think it is reasonable...

PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as
many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit
is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate
these festivities.

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for
us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

--
Michael Davis

 
 
 

OT - Remembering our servicemen and women this holiday season

Post by N. Zitne » Sun, 15 Dec 2002 22:42:59


I get teary everytime I read this.  I too have a son in the military, he
just returned from 6 mos in Okinawa to Hawaii, his home base.  He has the
leave over Christmas, but will not be home.  Plane tickets were going to be
$ 1700.  I know it's a long way from HI to the east coast, but jeez,
shouldn't there be some discount?  The 'Military discount' the airlines give
is based on 1st class seats, and is a joke, and the raises Congress gives
themselves is an outrage!!

Quote:
> My son, a Marine enlisted man stationed far from home this holiday season,
> shared this with me last evening via email and I'll pass it on to the
> readers here. Another Marine is the author, and it does makes one think...
> MD

> TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
> HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
> IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
> PLASTER AND STONE.

> I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
> WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
> AND TO SEE JUST WHO
> IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

> I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
> A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
> NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
> NOT EVEN A TREE.

> NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
> JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
> ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
> OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

> WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
> AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
> A SOBER THOUGHT
> CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

> FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
> IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
> I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
> ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

> THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
> SILENT, ALONE,
> CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
> IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

> THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
> THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
> NOT HOW I PICTURED
> A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

> WAS THIS THE HERO
> OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
> CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
> THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

> I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
> THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
> OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
> WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

> SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
> THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
> AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
> A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

> THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
> EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
> BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
> LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

> I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
> HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
> ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
> IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

> THE VERY THOUGHT
> BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
> I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
> AND STARTED TO CRY.

> THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
> AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
> "SANTA DON'T CRY,
> THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

> I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
> I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
> MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
> MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

> THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
> AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
> I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
> I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

> I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
> SO SILENT AND STILL
> AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
> FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

> I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
> ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
> THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
> SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

> THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
> WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
> WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
> IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

> ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
> AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
> "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
> AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

> |-----------------------------------------------------------------|
> This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan.
> The following is his request. I think it is reasonable...

> PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as
> many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit
> is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate
> these festivities.

> Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
> stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves
for
> us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

> --
> Michael Davis


 
 
 

OT - Remembering our servicemen and women this holiday season

Post by Bonnie Espenshad » Sun, 15 Dec 2002 23:27:21


Quote:

> I get teary everytime I read this.  I too have a son in the military, he
> just returned from 6 mos in Okinawa to Hawaii, his home base.  He has the
> leave over Christmas, but will not be home.  Plane tickets were going to be
> $ 1700.  I know it's a long way from HI to the east coast, but jeez,
> shouldn't there be some discount?  The 'Military discount' the airlines give
> is based on 1st class seats, and is a joke, and the raises Congress gives
> themselves is an outrage!!



I remember one year I tried to get home for Christmas.
I caught a Air Force flight to Anderson (DC).  We flew to
Wright-Patterson (Ohio) because Anderson was fogged in.
The next morning we took off for Anderson and it was still
fogged in so we landed at McGuire (NJ).  I spent a hour
talking to my Mom and then flew back to Maxwell.

--
Bonnie
NJ
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OT - Remembering our servicemen and women this holiday season

Post by John Rut » Mon, 16 Dec 2002 01:32:52


Quote:

> I get teary everytime I read this.  I too have a son in the military, he
> just returned from 6 mos in Okinawa to Hawaii, his home base.  He has the
> leave over Christmas, but will not be home.  Plane tickets were going to be
> $ 1700.  I know it's a long way from HI to the east coast, but jeez,
> shouldn't there be some discount?  The 'Military discount' the airlines give
> is based on 1st class seats, and is a joke, and the raises Congress gives
> themselves is an outrage!!



while i was in the military and in Viet Nam and getting the annual 2-3
percent cost of living raises,(on a salary of less than 1000 a month)
and then would read that congress had increased thier salaries by
150,000  a year, plus perks that amounted to another 100,000   I always
wondered what kind of raise they would go for   if  thier job required
being shot at on a daily basis?

--
John Rutz

the cost of living hasn't afected its popularity
see my pond at:
http://www.fuerjefe.com

 
 
 

OT - Remembering our servicemen and women this holiday season

Post by Kyle » Mon, 16 Dec 2002 04:54:57


Quote:
> My son, a Marine enlisted man stationed far from home this holiday season,
> shared this with me last evening via email and I'll pass it on to the
> readers here. Another Marine is the author, and it does makes one think...

My Dad was in Vietnam before I was born.  He was scheduled to come back
from Vietnam for the holidays and the route the plane would take would
fly over Antartica/Alaska or something coming back.

He had the ticket and everything.  But for some reason that morning
he didn't take the flight.  Just had a bad feeling about it he says.

That plane crashed in Alaska killing all aboard. I think he still has
the plane ticket, not redeemed.   I wouldn't be here without it.

I really dislike war.

 
 
 

OT - Remembering our servicemen and women this holiday season

Post by mad » Mon, 16 Dec 2002 07:09:47


during the viet nam war, my DH was on patrol in a still unrevealed place
(may have been cambodia--he has a copy of his military records and every
other word is blacked out) and the fellow in front of him stepped on a land
mine. he was killed and my sweetie woke up a week-to-10 days later in the
hospital at ft sam houston. he still has shrapnel in his head with all it's
attendant problems. he and i don't much like war, either. i always thought
there was a freedom of information act that would allow a person to find out
stuff like that. but evidently not...
mad
--
"What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork".
                                                Pearl Bailey

Quote:

> Newsgroups: rec.ponds
> Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 14:54:57 -0500
> Subject: Re: OT - Remembering our servicemen and women this holiday season

>> My son, a Marine enlisted man stationed far from home this holiday season,
>> shared this with me last evening via email and I'll pass it on to the
>> readers here. Another Marine is the author, and it does makes one think...

> My Dad was in Vietnam before I was born.  He was scheduled to come back
> from Vietnam for the holidays and the route the plane would take would
> fly over Antartica/Alaska or something coming back.

> He had the ticket and everything.  But for some reason that morning
> he didn't take the flight.  Just had a bad feeling about it he says.

> That plane crashed in Alaska killing all aboard. I think he still has
> the plane ticket, not redeemed.   I wouldn't be here without it.

> I really dislike war.

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OT - Remembering our servicemen and women this holiday season

Post by Kyle » Mon, 16 Dec 2002 10:51:56


I guess the truth is... I really don't have much to complain about compared
to other people.


Quote:
> during the viet nam war, my DH was on patrol in a still unrevealed place
> (may have been cambodia--he has a copy of his military records and every
> other word is blacked out) and the fellow in front of him stepped on a
land
> mine. he was killed and my sweetie woke up a week-to-10 days later in the
> hospital at ft sam houston. he still has shrapnel in his head with all
it's
> attendant problems. he and i don't much like war, either. i always thought
> there was a freedom of information act that would allow a person to find
out
> stuff like that. but evidently not...