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Corporal Jones

Updated on May 26, 2013

Cpl. Jones was a young man of no FEAR.

He stared death in the face knowing at any second it was NEAR.

We fought together on the BATTLEFIELD.

Witnessed bloodshed, saw men, women, and children KILLED.

Brothers in combat a year or so had gone BY.

Everyday was a mystery, never knowing if we would live or DIE.

Serving his country had always been his greatest DESIRE.

It was no surprise to see courage in his eyes, as we were ambushed by enemy FIRE.

A band of brothers, we fought like wild dogs that's what the mission DEMANDED.

While locked in battle about 10 feet away a small olive green explosive LANDED.

Without as much of a blink Cpl Jones' decision was MADE.

Running as fast as he could, like any Marine would, he hurled himself on top of the GRENADE!

Cpl. Jones was only 21 when he so valiantly gave his LIFE.

I cry all these years later because he never made it home to be reunited his WIFE.

Cpl. Jones will forever be a hero, he gave all he could GIVE.

Bless his soul, it's because of him I LIVE.

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      Sunny River 4 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Beautiful and touching. Thank you for this piece.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      You're welcome. Thanks for reading it.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for a poem on a subject dear to my heart. (our Heroes)

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      Shannon Anders 4 years ago from Port Huron, Michigan

      Aboslutely beautiful. My husband and most of the men in my family are marines, so very touching for me. Wonderful job

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful tribute to brave Americans who secure our Freedom and keep us safe.

      Thanks for a beautiful heartfelt poem.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Thanks for reading. As I much as I love sports, athletes are not our heroes. These brave men and women are.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      I was a Marine as well. To all the Marines in your family I say, Semper Fi.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Thank you so much for reading it. Our servicemen are the bravest of the brave.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Man of Strength,

      Wow... this is beautiful; if I'd have read this on Memorial Day, with the mood I was in... I'd have been in tears for sure, I'm close enough now! :D

      I know 'war' is yet another controversial topic and frankly, I wish it didn't exist... but for all you soldiers do for the rest of us, I will forever be grateful. You're all truly heroes!

      Voted up and a bunch more, Pinning to my Heroes board and Sharing!

      Cat

      Oh... by the way, I did a hub 'In Honor of Our Soldiers ~ I Thank You' on or around Memorial Day myself, because I think you guys and gals are worth at least one hub!

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Cat,

      Thank you as always. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. You're so kind to us Hubbers, you make it worth continuing. I'm ready for a new hub from you, young lady.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      MOS,

      Aw... you're so sweet, I really appreciate that and I have to say, I'm so very impressed with the HP community. I hope it's been as good to you as it's been to me. I wouldn't know what to do if you didn't keep making hubs! I don't come over out of obligation, but for sheer pleasure :D

      A new hub? I published one almost 24 hours ago... I believe... lol. I'm lost, is it Sunday yet? Wow... it's been a looong weekend!

      You're due for a new hub too, aren't you? You're good for pounding these puppies out :D

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      ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

      We have lost so many ... the names and faces sof those who are connected to the military family stay with us. Cpl Jones will be remembered, by friends and family, and now thanks to you man of Strength, we Hubbers too

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Yes. I have another one of my all time lists coming out. I have a poem I'm working on as well. They both should be published by tomorrow, if not tonight.

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi ziyena,

      Thanks for stopping by. Cpl Jones, did not exist as an actual person. He's a character I created for the men and women we lost in combat. It's my form of a tribute to them.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Wooohoo! I'm looking forward to both! Have an awesome day!

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