MEMORIAL DAY 2019

Luxembourg American Cemetery

Just a Common Soldier (A Soldier Died Today)

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

Michael, my son.

For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land

Smitty, my father

A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

James J. O’Leary, my uncle

It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,

Arthur Mulroy, my cousin, now deceased

But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

© 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

 

THESE TROOPS TOOK THE TIME TO FIGHT FOR YOU AND ME.  PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO HONOR THEM.

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Not your usual Military Humor today….     

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Farewell Salutes – 

Vernon Bishop – Santa Rosa, FL; US Army, WWII, ETO, 1st Army Group

David Bond – Tampa, FL; USMC, Major (Ret.22 y.)

Tim Conway – Cleveland, OH; US Army / comedian

Eugene Galella – Memphis, TN; US Navy, WWII, ETO/ETO, pilot / USNR, Lt. Commander (Ret.)

Charles Holland – Aberdeen, NC; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, Co. C/187/11th Airborne Division

Don Jesperson – Idaho Falls, ID; US Army, Korea, Co. B/187th RCT

Kaylie Ludwig – IL; US Navy, Lt., Medical Corps, 6th Fleet, USS Arlington

Ralph Manley – Springfield, MO; US Army, WWII, ETO, 101st Airborne Division, demolitions

I.M. Pei – brn. Canton, CHI; Civilian, WWII, bomb fuse creator / architect

Herman Wouk – NYC, NY; US Navy, WWII, destroyer minesweeper / author

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About GP Cox

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 May 27, 2019, in Current News, Home Front, Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 195 Comments.

  1. Our modern day soldiers are often like knights of yore. They protect and defend, and we owe them so very much. Thank you for this sweet poem, GP. ❤ xoxox

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  2. Glad I read the poem, though it made me teary. Thanks.

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  3. Those poetic words always bring a lump to my throat gp, it summarizes the heart of a Soldier, unfortunately those words do not resonate in the minds of Politicians or those who have not served.

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  4. Great tribute GP, and the humour also poignant.

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  5. absolutely well deserved, we have no idea what you guys went through, as well as a time for celebration its a time for thanks.. great post.

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  6. I love the contrastings and modeled tribute. This is a treasure! So sweet and inspiring this is GP.

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  7. i had no idea you have lost your son. my heart hurts with you. we remember.

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tribute to our country’s true heroes, GP…. Must share!

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  9. Wonderful tribute. I am just curious if you have Hulu and watched the series Catch-22? It was brilliantly done and is basically a great metaphor for the senselessness of war and the insane bureaucracy of the military.

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  10. We both prefer to focus on the Pacific theater; however, this video from The Tactical Hermit is apropos. I like Sam Elliot.

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  11. Such a profoundly beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing it with us, GP. S

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  12. Beautiful tribute to the fallen.

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  13. Lovely tribute to the fallen. *A salute to the brave and I bow with respect* 💕

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  14. I cannot tell you how much I love this post. You put tears in my eyes.

    Home of the free
    Because of the brave.
    Never Forget.

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  15. So poignant, my friend

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  16. Thank you for a wonderful post and thank you for your service, dear friend!

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  17. Those words just as true today as they were in 1987, perhaps even more so. Thanks GP

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  18. The poem by Mr. Vaincourt said it all.

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  19. Thank you, GP. We can always count on you to post a Memorial Day remembrance, honoring of our brave soldiers. 🇺🇸 Christine

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