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Joined: October 10th, 2005, 8:42 pm

May 30th, 2011, 3:33 pm #1


This Memorial Day

Five thousand miles I've sailed from my home
To a place called Normandy, and I am not alone
An Indiana farm boy left home and family
To sail bravely off to war on a Navy LST

I hit the sand running from a bouncing Higgins Boat
With bullet holes in the sides, a miracle she could still float.
Then they turned around to go away from shore,
A direct hit, a loud explosion, and they are not there any more.

Flat on my stomach, with ear piercing sounds
Of bullets and explosions near, I crawl to higher ground.
Hell is coming from everywhere; I dare not raise my head
Scattered all around me are the dying and the dead

A machine gun has my men pinned down
We dare not move from behind this hill
If I could just take it out
It could no longer kill.

I charge the pill box, throwing hand grenades
Firing my rifle and . . . .I suddenly can't feel my legs
The pill box is silent, my men are charging up the hill
A medic says take it easy soldier, you got to lie real still

Then all around is silence, is the battle finally won?
I hear a familiar voice saying, is that really you my son?
Before me stand my father and my grandfather by his side
It slowly finally came to me that I had finally died.

Both had served our country, fighting terrible wars of the past
Each one hoping bravely that this time would be the last
I told them of my story and listened to their plights
I met many others like them who had died in other fights

They wondered if we made a difference, or if anyone still cared
About those of us who fought and died, so that others could be spared
I told them of Memorial Day, when people stop to think and pray
And remember those of us who died in lands so far away

Please take time from your busy world to reflect on days gone past
Pray that the present conflicts of the world will finally be the last.
Thank a man or woman serving in the Military today
And take time to remember the fallen, on this Memorial Day

Bob Pointer
BP/HLP
2011
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Joined: April 28th, 2011, 3:00 am

May 30th, 2011, 5:12 pm #2

Great job.
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

May 30th, 2011, 8:27 pm #3


This Memorial Day

Five thousand miles I've sailed from my home
To a place called Normandy, and I am not alone
An Indiana farm boy left home and family
To sail bravely off to war on a Navy LST

I hit the sand running from a bouncing Higgins Boat
With bullet holes in the sides, a miracle she could still float.
Then they turned around to go away from shore,
A direct hit, a loud explosion, and they are not there any more.

Flat on my stomach, with ear piercing sounds
Of bullets and explosions near, I crawl to higher ground.
Hell is coming from everywhere; I dare not raise my head
Scattered all around me are the dying and the dead

A machine gun has my men pinned down
We dare not move from behind this hill
If I could just take it out
It could no longer kill.

I charge the pill box, throwing hand grenades
Firing my rifle and . . . .I suddenly can't feel my legs
The pill box is silent, my men are charging up the hill
A medic says take it easy soldier, you got to lie real still

Then all around is silence, is the battle finally won?
I hear a familiar voice saying, is that really you my son?
Before me stand my father and my grandfather by his side
It slowly finally came to me that I had finally died.

Both had served our country, fighting terrible wars of the past
Each one hoping bravely that this time would be the last
I told them of my story and listened to their plights
I met many others like them who had died in other fights

They wondered if we made a difference, or if anyone still cared
About those of us who fought and died, so that others could be spared
I told them of Memorial Day, when people stop to think and pray
And remember those of us who died in lands so far away

Please take time from your busy world to reflect on days gone past
Pray that the present conflicts of the world will finally be the last.
Thank a man or woman serving in the Military today
And take time to remember the fallen, on this Memorial Day

Bob Pointer
BP/HLP
2011
and we do remember. God bless their souls and give them peace.




Sandy is right... awesome writing, Bob...

Thank you to those who serve or served... remembering you all and those fallen.
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Joined: April 29th, 2011, 1:52 am

May 30th, 2011, 10:15 pm #4


This Memorial Day

Five thousand miles I've sailed from my home
To a place called Normandy, and I am not alone
An Indiana farm boy left home and family
To sail bravely off to war on a Navy LST

I hit the sand running from a bouncing Higgins Boat
With bullet holes in the sides, a miracle she could still float.
Then they turned around to go away from shore,
A direct hit, a loud explosion, and they are not there any more.

Flat on my stomach, with ear piercing sounds
Of bullets and explosions near, I crawl to higher ground.
Hell is coming from everywhere; I dare not raise my head
Scattered all around me are the dying and the dead

A machine gun has my men pinned down
We dare not move from behind this hill
If I could just take it out
It could no longer kill.

I charge the pill box, throwing hand grenades
Firing my rifle and . . . .I suddenly can't feel my legs
The pill box is silent, my men are charging up the hill
A medic says take it easy soldier, you got to lie real still

Then all around is silence, is the battle finally won?
I hear a familiar voice saying, is that really you my son?
Before me stand my father and my grandfather by his side
It slowly finally came to me that I had finally died.

Both had served our country, fighting terrible wars of the past
Each one hoping bravely that this time would be the last
I told them of my story and listened to their plights
I met many others like them who had died in other fights

They wondered if we made a difference, or if anyone still cared
About those of us who fought and died, so that others could be spared
I told them of Memorial Day, when people stop to think and pray
And remember those of us who died in lands so far away

Please take time from your busy world to reflect on days gone past
Pray that the present conflicts of the world will finally be the last.
Thank a man or woman serving in the Military today
And take time to remember the fallen, on this Memorial Day

Bob Pointer
BP/HLP
2011
Attention. Hand Salute
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Joined: September 9th, 2010, 4:32 pm

June 1st, 2011, 4:11 am #5


This Memorial Day

Five thousand miles I've sailed from my home
To a place called Normandy, and I am not alone
An Indiana farm boy left home and family
To sail bravely off to war on a Navy LST

I hit the sand running from a bouncing Higgins Boat
With bullet holes in the sides, a miracle she could still float.
Then they turned around to go away from shore,
A direct hit, a loud explosion, and they are not there any more.

Flat on my stomach, with ear piercing sounds
Of bullets and explosions near, I crawl to higher ground.
Hell is coming from everywhere; I dare not raise my head
Scattered all around me are the dying and the dead

A machine gun has my men pinned down
We dare not move from behind this hill
If I could just take it out
It could no longer kill.

I charge the pill box, throwing hand grenades
Firing my rifle and . . . .I suddenly can't feel my legs
The pill box is silent, my men are charging up the hill
A medic says take it easy soldier, you got to lie real still

Then all around is silence, is the battle finally won?
I hear a familiar voice saying, is that really you my son?
Before me stand my father and my grandfather by his side
It slowly finally came to me that I had finally died.

Both had served our country, fighting terrible wars of the past
Each one hoping bravely that this time would be the last
I told them of my story and listened to their plights
I met many others like them who had died in other fights

They wondered if we made a difference, or if anyone still cared
About those of us who fought and died, so that others could be spared
I told them of Memorial Day, when people stop to think and pray
And remember those of us who died in lands so far away

Please take time from your busy world to reflect on days gone past
Pray that the present conflicts of the world will finally be the last.
Thank a man or woman serving in the Military today
And take time to remember the fallen, on this Memorial Day

Bob Pointer
BP/HLP
2011
This that was written; a most powerful selection,is something I wish I could've. I was a visitor to this cemetery at this time of the year 6 years ago. I had a most difficult time viewing everything.I could not see clearly. At first I thought there was water on my glasses. Another hand salute.
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Joined: April 21st, 2011, 1:28 pm

June 1st, 2011, 5:33 pm #6

I know exactly what you mean. I have the same problem when viewing the grave sites in Arlington or the walls for Korean and Vietnam veterans.
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Joined: April 29th, 2011, 1:52 am

June 5th, 2011, 3:43 am #7

Attention. Hand Salute
To the Men of the Greatest Generation,

I wish to express my appreciation to those of you who protected our country, its freedoms and values during WWII. Because of you and your efforts we still have our own government, Constitution and we speak English.

To all who gave their all and to all who participated I am eternally grateful.

Remember your shipmates who paid the ultimate price, Remember them always.

I SALUTE you all.

Jim Craven

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