Klandasan July 1st 1945

From Dennis O’Brien, a talented writer and devoted son – he remembers!


From Syria to Milne Bay,
At Shaggy ridge, the fall of Lae,
Two men had seen each other right,
Now one last battle left to fight.

From landing craft they hit the sand;
At Klandasan the diggers land.
The Alligators roll ahead,
But quiet and still, a man lies dead.

He thought the end within his reach,
But now he sleeps upon this beach.
His blankets are the tropic sands
And at his head his rifle stands

With slouch hat for a digger’s cross,
For those to come, to mark the loss,
As by the grave there stands his mate;
For some the war will end too late.

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About GP

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

Posted on October 14, 2018, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. I”ve never been able to relate or understand poetry, but this I can. Short, to the point and no unnecessary verbiage.
    It’s a fair dinkum story told in the old Aussie way.
    Thanks GP, and thanks Dennis.

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  2. Thank you for the repost GP – have been reading Dennis’ poems for quite some time now. Good of you to share his poem with your readers.

    Good day,

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  3. Thanks for introducing me to his work, GP. It’s a fine poem, and certainly captures an aspect of war that statistics never can.

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  4. Wonderful poem and it’s true .for someone war is ending to late

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  5. A moving poem. Thanks for the reblog, GP


  6. It’s a very good poem. “Alligators” threw me for a second, but I looked it up, and realize it’s a LVT “Amtrac” landing vehicle.

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  7. Thanks for sharing his well-written message.

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  8. I feel it. So well done. RT.

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  9. Thank you for sharing, GP! Best wishes Michael


  10. That’s a great re-blog, GP. Such evocative words, that tell the story so succinctly.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. Very moving. In a bit less than a month, the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI will be on us. The French countryside where the war was fought still shows the scars of the pointless skirmishes, with live rounds still buried in the soil, waiting to be found by farmers plowing their fields so the specially trained bomb squads still cleaning up the artillary shells of 100 years ago can “neutralizie” them….

    The Smithsonian Magaine for this month has an extended article on the WWI battlefields as they are today. I highly recommend it.

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  12. Kinda in the vane of the WW1 poem…”In Flanders Fields”….a good poem chuq

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