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A Soldier's Song

Updated on August 11, 2012
They called us the Kill Team. It sounds harsh today but at the time it was a badge of honor.
They called us the Kill Team. It sounds harsh today but at the time it was a badge of honor. | Source
The author with a case of enemy Chi Com 82mm mortar rounds I found in the jungle. We must have scared them off and they left them behind.
The author with a case of enemy Chi Com 82mm mortar rounds I found in the jungle. We must have scared them off and they left them behind. | Source

At Last There is Forgiveness


Alone at times each day I stand

Melancholy and remorse

I’m set apart the world abides

Along it’s reckless course

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Nameless faces trip my gaze

As fear comes back again

From a war fought long ago

Dare not become a friend

_______________________

There are so many like me

Restless and confused

Who fought a war in Vietnam

Heartbroken and misused

__________________________

Some have lived to middle age

Yet long ago have died

To all the joys America knows

And happiness and pride

_______________________

As we alone in sorrow wept

The wretched tears of war

The land we loved for which we fought

Just turned and closed the door

__________________________

Today some dare to breach the gap

A glimpse to gain inside

But where were they when we came home

Pleading to confide

______________________

Life rushes on its hurried way

We’re moving much to fast

We’re left behind unable to

Resolve the tempest past

__________________________

Scars unhealing in its wake

A war that knows no end

Broken hearts and shattered dreams

Only God can mend.


© Scott Adie 1986-2012

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @sradie...You're welcome, and me, too! You might like my "A Soldier's Neighborhood".

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      sradie 5 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Thank you for reading and commenting Barbsbitsnpieces. Glad you came by.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @sradie...So truly written of the many heroes time and America forgot. Bless you for your service!!

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      sradie 5 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Thanks BLACKANDGOLDJACK. I was with the 1st Cav Tay Ninh mostly, 68-69 Infantry, carried the M-60. Welcome Home. The Drug Testing hub was audited because I quoted content that was somewhere else on the web. I edited it. It should reappear soon.

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      Jack Hazen 5 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      Hey, that was righteous.

      I served in the 173d Airborne Brigade in the Qui Nhon area way back when and then.

      What happened to your "Drug Testing for Welfare" hub? I was just getting warmed up.

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      sradie 5 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Thank you Patty Kenyon and Alex Drinkwater for stopping by to read this hub and leave your comments. I appreciate it very much.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      From a Vietnam vet - thank you.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted UP, Awesome, and Beautiful!!! Very tragic but you captured the essence of how unfortunately things were!! I support our troops!!!

      Awesome Job!!!

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      sradie 5 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      I wrote this some time back, when I was 'middle age'. I have found America's treatment of our current returning veterans, way better than what we went through at the personal, one-on-one level. I am a thankful benefactor of our country's changing attitudes about veterans. God has healed most of my brokenness and what remains I am resigned to being what He has left to motivate me to serve others with their brokenness. Thanks for commenting justsilvie.

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      Justsilvie 5 years ago

      Beautiful and very sad. As a wife and and daughter of a Vietnam Vet I remember! It brought tears to my eyes then and it does again reading your poem. I remember the boys coming back sad and broken or not at all. America should be ashamed for the treatment of all its Vets, but especially the Vietnam Vets. Hope you have found peace and Happiness.