The Price That They Paid - A Veterans Memorial Poem By S

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The soldiers battled with all of their might

They fought for their country, wrong or right

They fought through one of the worst of hells

When they strove to take Hamburger Hill

All of ten times, some had gone

Watching young men perish while they soldiered on

Worn and exhausted with spirit threadbare

Those of their country did not care

They had no pity nor time to feel

For those who gave their lives at Hamburger Hill

So many hills and trails fought for, their memories lost

Mens names on memorial walls at such a cost

To be put down by their own country

The country they fought so valiantly to keep free

I wonder if the soldiers who came back to America could tell

That they even left Hamburger Hell...


- S.


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Jani 4 years ago

Interesting and intelligent written article! What is hamburger hell?


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is beautiful and true. I remember when some returned they were spit on, what a shame. God bless all veterans.


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Christopher Dapo 4 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

Thank you for your comment, Jani. Hamburger Hill was one of the many turfs fought over by the American soldiers over in Vietnam. A movie was made of the same name that helped inspire me to write this poem.

- S.


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Christopher Dapo 4 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

Very true, thank you always exploring. It was a shame to hear how some who returned home and had to experience the mistreatment decided to go back to Vietnam because of the distance imposed by their friends and families.

These men are heros.

- S.


007 4 years ago

Great poem, sad but true in many cases.


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Christopher Dapo 4 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

Thank you, 007. This was one of my harder ones to write. I must have gone through several rough drafts, but then I finally found the right words.

- S.


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jenb0128 4 years ago from Michigan

I was in D.C. a few years ago on Memorial Day, so I went to visit the Wall. Your poem really brings back the memory of that incredibly emotional experience. Well done!


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Christopher Dapo 4 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

I've never been to see the wall but I would be proud to visit someday. I'm glad you got to see it on Memorial Day. I'm glad you liked the poem, thank you for reading!

- S.

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