THE CIVIL WAR TO WWI AND BEYOND BY Robert Hewett Sr.

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THE FRUITS OF WAR

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Robert Hewett Sr.

They huddled in their bunkers overlooking the big river

Across the Mississippi the other side hunkered in the rain.

Sometimes they talked to each other through shouting

or through messages brought to No Man’s Land.

Other times they shelled and shot each other.

Finally the battle is over, Vicksburg had fallen

Now white crosses fill many acres with

each State having its own section.

Brothers from opposite sides lay buried there

The sick and wounded longed for life.

The American GI’s went to Europe to fight the Germans

They were now in Germany and pushing to Berlin.

In the Argonne Forest the 36th Infantry Division was there.

An explosion nearby and a mist gathers over the soldiers.

Mustard gas was being used by the desperate enemy.

A new shell burst and a soldier giving a helping hand

was himself injured by shrapnel and mustard gas.

It was 1918 and that soldier was my father.

Flanders Field is filled with white crosses

for American soldiers fighting for others.

Only twenty years later WWII erupted in Europe and Asia

American soldiers went around the globe to fight for freedom.

Four years later victory was won with America in the lead.

Only five years later America was in Korea to protect

South Koreans whose land was being invaded.

The dead and wounded were numbered in the thousands.

Then came Viet Nam, again Americans were there for others.

Now, for several years we are in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Again, we are there for others as well as for ourselves.

The wounded struggle to regain health and self respect.

No matter how futuristic the weapons and the tactics

The dead and injured soldiers take the burden.

Let us explore our hearts and give our utmost

in time, prayer, money and influence

to assure that our dead soldiers are not forgotten

and that our wounded soldiers are healed with respect.

Let us take time to visit them in the medical facilities

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Margaret 4 years ago

Thanks for the History lesson, interesting and very helpful. Shall share with my Nephew in high school. Not certain they teach History truth in many of our schools today.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

I agree with you Margaret. I appreciate your comment and I hope your Nephew finds it useful.


Joeythegrreat 4 years ago

wow interesting!!!


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you Joe and welcome to Hubpages.com. I am following you and will be over to read for you. Robert


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bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Nice tribute for Memorial Day. I remember. I just sent a donation to the Travis Manion Foundation yesterday.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks for remembering Bankscottage and thanks for stopping by my page.


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ChristysWorld 4 years ago from The Deep South

Big fan here. My family goes back to revolutionary war. Thanks so much for this.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you Christy I will be in touch with you about publisihing your children's book. Send me your email in a message on Faacebook and I will be able to give you some leads.

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