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