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AMERICA CALLED

A statue of three searching soldiers guards those lost in the Vietnam War.
Bearing flowers, flags, and candles, they came to honor once more.
And I thought as I read all those thousands of names on that shiny black granite Wall,
It's good that at last we remembered that they died because America called.

Wearing jungle fatigues and a boony hat he pushed his wheelchair to the Wall.
Talking to himself he read off the names of the men that he'd seen fall.
Friendships he found only in war, while facing death each day.
Where the value of life was endeared by the price of watching it slip away.
Remembering the explosion that took his legs and fears too long concealed,
Said, "As I sit by this Wall I feel one of my wounds is finally beginning to heal."

As she placed a rose beside the Wall, once again I heard a Mother cry.
After tears of pain and years of shame at last her tears flowed with pride.
Knowing he died believing he was doing what was right, what his country had asked him to do.
She was proud that he'd given the best that he had for the good old "Red, White and Blue."

And I thought as I read all those thousands of names on that shiny black granite Wall,
It's good that at last we remembered that they died because America called.

© 1982

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My Vietnam Related Websites:
button Women in Vietnam ~ Read about ALL the women who served . . .
button Dusty's Home Page ~ Poetry and prose by a woman who was a nurse in Vietnam
The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
button Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet

button Emily's Poetry ~ By a Red Cross Donut Dolly
button Shrapnel in the Heart ~ The most moving book you will read on Vietnam
button All About Vietnam    ~ An annotated bibliography of books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!
button Battle Dressing ~ The Journey of a Nurse in Vietnam
button Project Hearts and Minds ~ Help put Viet Nam back together
button Photos from a Holts' Military History Tour ~ My trip to Vietnam, February 1998

My Other Websites:
Maybe Later . . . ~ My Creative Nonfiction
Irish in Korea ~ Irish men and women who gave their lives in the Korean War
Literature of the Korean War ~ Don't let the literature be forgotten
Samuel Pepys ~ One of my favorite authors
Chicago Theatre Z - A ~ This is the best theater town in the country!
Soccer Literature ~ I'm a fan and I read
O'Leary Lantern ~ Fire! Fire! Fire!
Gil Thorp ~ THE Coach (apologies to The General!)
Poetry of the First World War ~ Owen, Hardy and others
Chi-COW-go ~ Cowz plus Commentary (this used to be a cow town)
Graham Fulton, Scottish Poet ~ Charles Manson Auditions for the Monkees

Other Important Websites:
The Truth About Caroline ~ a  really good Young Adult book by my niece, Stacey M. Lane Grosh
Remember Oklahoma City ~  The
Civil Service and Military will NEVER forget!

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