Tribute To Tommy Boy


Tommy was such a good boy, he minded his parents well.

Raised their son, a job well done, so proud, all could tell.

Gave a hand to all in need, helped friends when he could,

A fine example he did set, to respect others as he should.



Refrain:

Tommy boy, we miss you so, best friend we ever had,

Your life you lost in that old war, it made us all so sad.

Republic of Vietnam, 2nd January, 1968. We'll miss you lad,

There'll Always be a place in our hearts for you, lad.





He played football on that field, Tommy and his friends,

Showed his courage from the start, where it all begins.

Took his licks with the rest, always gave his best, his all,

Got back up, when he went down, answered every call.


Refrain:

Tommy boy, we miss you so, best friend we ever had,

Your life you lost in that old war, it made us all so sad.

Republic of Vietnam, 2nd. January, 1968, we'll miss you lad,

There'll always be a place in our hearts for you, lad.


We graduated, went on our way, some to work, back to school,

Asia's war heated up, our cards all signed, was now the rule.

One minute there on that bus, the next one, some were gone,

College was tough and if you failed, were in left field, all alone.


Refrain:

Tommy boy, we miss you so, best friend we ever had,

Your life you lost in that old war, it made us all so sad.

Republic of Vietnam, 2nd. January, 1968, We'll miss you lad,

There'll always be a place in our hearts, for you, lad.


When we all got the sad news, that your life was lost,

We were stunned, each so shocked, at this war, its cost.

Other friends soon gone, so tragic, perished, all alone,

Many left in unmarked graves, no marker, or no stone.


Refrain:

Tommy boy, we miss you so, best friend we ever had,

Your life you lost in that old war, it made us all so sad.

Republic of Vietnam, 2nd, January, 1968, we'll miss you lad,

There'll always be a place in our hearts for you, lad.

A place in our hearts for you.

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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

My back was broken on the football field. "Uncle Sam don't want spoiled goods" the old chief told me as I was turned away from joining up... and after four college degrees and 25 years of teaching Special Needs kids, I still feel the guilt of not going to serve with my friends. I lost three good buddies in that Asian war. People still have not honored those lost, even today.What does it take to show the country how much you care? A residence in Chicago has allowed many veteran's corpses to rot on shelves, not bothering to have them buried. Is there no shame?


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threekeys 3 months ago from Australia

I can't imagine how deep your pain and loss must be. But all those special needs children that you empowered and gave hope to not to forget how enriched your friends in college came to be through knowing you, you are a HUGE plus being here and alive. Not only to others but to yourself. Im sorry for your best three friends whom you lost at war but let them go. You cannot change the past. Maybe just sing their praises as heros when you think of them? I know that will sound trite as you probably have already tired but....We love your poetry


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Ericdierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Whonu this was wonderful. So hard to put such a tragic event into words. Vietnam is now my second home. All my in-laws now thrive as capitalist entrepreneurs. Does winning a civil war mean that it must be done with a glorious parade down a boulevard. Or does it mean that decades later a "winner" adopts the precepts of the "loser"? As it was a terrible waste of life, it also did stop communism.


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

My thanks to Eric and threekeys for your wonderful comments and support. You always show the true meaning of being friends. whonu


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

I can imagine the sense of guilt you have felt, whonu. But it was no fault of your own you didn't serve. In fact your life was probably spared by God to do the work he had in store for you. I am sure you still miss your friend. So many innocent lives were lost in a pointless war, and so it continues with Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria etc. Great song lyrics.


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

Thanks Jodah. There's not been enough done for our returning vets. They still suffer from the effects of war and little is done to compensate many of those who have served. Recently read of a morgue in Chicago that left remains of vets unattended for weeks and lay rotting on shelves. This country has got to do better than this. whonu


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MsDora 3 months ago from The Caribbean

Loss feels unbearable especially when it is a friend, and still more special when he died in war. Thanks for allowing us to share in your loss, and I think its great that you can pen such a tribute. "A place in our hearts for you." Precious!


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

Thank you MsDora. Sometimes when we share a loss of importance in our lives we are able to accept it better and move on. Blessings. whonu


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 months ago from North America

@whonu - I agree that veterans need better care and concern overall.

Interesting and bad about Chicago vets left in the morgue - I recall that 500 senior citizens (some of them veterans) died in a govt-run high rise during the hot Summer 1994 or -5, because windows were permanently sealed at construction, elevators did not work during a power outage, many residents could not walk, and the staff on the first floor simply left.

You would have served well, had you been able to do so in Vietnam.

Many of my friends died there, having grown up fast in the service. A few who could not go died in odd accidents and we thought a couple of them were suicides out of guilt - so I'm glad you're not one of those.


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

Thank you so much for your kind remarks my friend. Bless you for supporting the vets. We can never do enough to repay their dedication and service. whonu


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Faith Reaper 3 months ago from southern USA

Oh, whonu, this is so sad and hard when we lose one of our precious friends. This is a heartrending tribute to all who serve(d) and especially your friend, who paid the ultimate sacrifice. My dad came back with terrible PTSD which was so hard when you are a child and do not understand. Well, back then they did not talk about it and I'm not sure they knew what it was. I'm glad they are now at least identifying it and attempting to help the vets in this area of PTSD at least.

Peace and blessings


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BlossomSB 3 months ago from Victoria, Australia

A lovely tribute, and while it's for Tommy, it's also for all those who served, and if they survived, many are still suffering from the traumatic experiences they had there, Australians, too. When will we learn that diplomacy will work much better for everyone?


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

Thank you Blossom and may our god bless us all in the days ahead. whonu


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bravewarrior 3 months ago from Central Florida

So sad that so many lives were lost - and continue to be lost.


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

Yes my friend and there can never be enough respect and acclaim to what our vets and those who lost lives have done for this country. whonu


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bravewarrior 3 months ago from Central Florida

I'm with you, my friend. I come from a military family who chose to make it a career, not just the obligatory four years. It takes a very special person to risk his/her life for others.


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LadyFiddler 3 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Oh lush so very sad, but nice to remember your friend. I've lost loved ones and its a very heavy hearted feeling.

Even if you believe that they are somewhere better. Missing their physical presence aches.


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

Thank you my friend and bless you for your kind comments. whonu


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States Author

Bravewarrior thank you for your nice comments today. We will always miss our heroes and heroins and be proud of their great service and sacrifices. Many blessings on this fine Autumn day. whonu

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