V-J Day/ Paratrooper Padre poem

V-J Day postcard

V-J Day postcard

PARATROOPER PADRE

by: Peter S. Griffin

copied in full from Paratroopers of the 50’s, http://home.hiwaay.net/~magro/poemsww2.html

In loving memory of Monsignor Francis L. Sampson, Major General (Ret.) U.S. Army (2/29/12 – 1/28/96)

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Father Francis L. Sampson,a man of the cloth
The PARATROOPER PADRE, his mission, not a soul lost…!
An elite soldier, who jumped from the sky,
A faithful companion, for one who might die…
 
The Paratrooper’s greatest fear,
The Angel of Death, oh so near…!
“Praise the Lord, pass the ammunition,”
An accurate description of the combat condition…!
 
Hungry, tired, dirty, pushed to the edge,
Praying to God, dodging bullets of lead…
Facing death at every turn,
God’s saving grace, the soldier does yearn…!
 
But there’ one comfort, he surely does know,
By his side, the PARATROOPER PADRE, wherever he goes…
Offering encouragement, dispelling confusion,
Comforting the wounded, granting absolution…
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V-J Day headlines

 
A shining example, for all who are near,
This servant of God, showing no fear…
Bursting shells, agonizing yells,
Death’s horrible smell, the panic he quells…
 
The peace of God, he spreads to all,
Saving body and soul, was his call…
His comforting words, his caring touch,
No mortal man could care as much…!
 
To dying men, he gave much comfort,
A Christian death, a prayerful tear…
God’s embrace, relieved the fear,
All the troopers knew he cared…
 
Braving the hardships, of many a war,
The sacraments of God, he gave to all…
Soldiers lose their fear of death,
Last Rights given, all is forgiven…!
 
This is the greatest gift, Paratrooper Padres can give,
The keys to Heaven, is for the forgiven…!
He patched their bodies, to make them whole,
He risked his life to save their souls…!
C-47s of the 54th Troop Carrier Wing  1945

C-47s of the 54th Troop Carrier Wing 1945

 
Enduring all that war could give,
To prisoners of war he gave the will to live…!
Deprived of all, but their faith,
Father Sampson spread God’s saving grace…
 
Hearing confessions, saying Mass,
Tortured souls, pains that last…
Near starvation, dying of thirst,
Facing atrocities, all the worst…!
 
Bringing aid and comfort to soldiers in need,
The sacred Last Rights, the blessed last deed…
To many dying troopers, he put minds at ease,
Father Sampson turned death to blessed victory…!
 
Our PARATROOPER PADRE, a man we could kiss,
Served in three wars, no ordinary accomplishment…!
WWII, Korea and Viet Nam,
To so many lives, he restored the calm…
 
Now is the time to say HOORAY…!
To Father Sampson, our PARATROOPER PADRE…!
Thank you sir, for all you’ve done,
In three wars, OUR HEARTS YOU HAVE WON…!
 
 
 

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Farewell Salutes –

Edward McPherson – Iselin, PA & Aliso Viejo, CA; U.S. Navy, ship welder, WWII

N. Burton Wilkins – Santa Monica, CA; U.S. Army Signal Corps ’43-’46, Philippines

Michael Diesel – Hicksville, NY & Lake Worth, FL; U.S. Navy, WWII USS McCook

Michael Guerrisi – Queens, NY; USMC, Korea

Hilga Swanson – (93) Born in Norway, East Hampton, NY; Pres. of Salvation Army’s Auxillary

John Pfau – Chicago, IL & Plantation Gardens, FL; U.S. Navy, WWII

Charles Lefkowitz – Livingston, NJ & Boynton Beach, FL; U.S. Army, WWII, Battle of the Bulge

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 14, 2013, in WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. Paratroopers are/were very very brave men (and women?). How amazing were they? Were you a paratrooper yourself?

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  2. Reblogged this on don mulcare and commented:
    gpcox is sure to please with careful research and dedication to those who served so that we might lie in peace. Check out the many essays delivered by this champion blogger.

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  3. Thanks for sharing.

    The reality of war is that it separates bodies from their immortal souls. The Padre could stay in a chapel and pray for those who are about to die, but when the Padre jumps, comforts the afflicted and maybe dies with them, we see the depth of the love of God for we mortals. At the moment of death, the Padre hands us to the care of the Lord and makes sure we don’t get lost in the transfer.

    God Bless,

    Don

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  4. gpcox – Did I misunderstand, or did some – or all – of the Paratrooper Padres actually jump with their unit? On second thought, how else could they stay with their men? I am awed by their selflessness. Thank you for this beautiful poem with us.

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    • If they weren’t with an airborne unit, they’d be just Padres. Paratrooper Padres jumped into combat unarmed – if that isn’t above and beyond, I don’t know what is!!!

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  5. Wow. The “Greatest Generation’ for sure. Loved this.

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Take a look for a history lesion and for a job well done. All of this is worth more and necessary to remember!!!! TY for the post …..

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  7. Awesome information as always!!!! Educational … Reblog:http://hrexach.wordpress.com/ 🙂

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  8. …and a very timely post indeed. 🙂

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  9. What an endearing poem in tribute to our unarmed soldiers who bring words of comfort… Thank you, gpcox.

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  10. Our media tends to report most often about the negative, but there are so many brave and selfless men and women quietly doing good. Thanks for this tribute to a man who exemplified these qualities without expectation of recognition.

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  11. What a great calling from God these chaplains had/have, regardless of religion. They have led many man or woman to Christ’s saving grace. Praise God for all of them!

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  12. This poem was beautiful !!

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  14. Pierre Lagacé

    A reblogué ceci sur Lest We Forget and commented:
    Paratrooper Padre poem

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  15. A brave and honorable man who served his country with distinction. Thanks for a great post.

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  16. Lovely tribute to the Padre.

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