Poems

I think it’s time we had a lighthearted break….

Cletus O’Toole’s Navy Career

Cletus joined the Navy on a fool whim

And was told he needed to learn to swim

He was launched off the dock

And he sank like a rock

The Navy straightaway got rid of him!

A FRIEND, YOUR AMERICAN M.P.

 When soldiers go out and have some fun,

 They always forget about some other one.

 That someone’s on duty every day,

 To see that these soldiers are safe at play.

 They call him names that we can’t print,

 But they should sit down and try to think.

 These men are detailed for this tough job,

 So why go around and call him a snob?

 When a guy’s in trouble, and things look bad,

 They call on this fellow, and then he’s not bad.

 At the end they will say, “this fellow took up for me.”

 And the fellow that did it was your American M.P.

 One thing to remember fellows when you’re down and out,

 There’s a fellow that will help you if he hears you shout.

 He will stand beside you and fight like hell.

 So do the right thing, and treat him well.

 Just remember fellows on your holiday,

 One of your buddies can’t go out and play.

 You call him an outcast, and other names,

 But he’s your buddy, just the same.

 We envy no one, try never to do harm.

 We’re here to keep you safe, in every form.

 So if you see us on duty, please don’t get mad.

 Remember we’re here for you, and that M.P.’s aren’t bad.

     – S/Sgt. GODFREY J. DARBY

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Military Humor – 

Sometimes all you need are a few words of encouragement!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Robert R. Auer – Chicago, IL; US Army, Korea, company clerk

Erwin H. Boyer – Edmonds, WA; USMC, Korea  /  US Army, Korea, 101st Airborne Division (Ret. 26 y.)

Russell F. Chapman – Milford, CT; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division

Sanford I. Finger – NYC, NY; US Army, Vietnam, SSgt. # 261646170, HQ Area Command, KIA (offshore Nha Trang, SK)

John H. Givens – Oelwein, IA; US Army, 82nd Airborne Division

Steve Magro – Rochester, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Hubert Pensinger – Fort Wayne, IN; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Purple Heart

Roger W. Schmitz Sr. – Raymore, MO; US Army, WWII

Larry J. Tillman – Drumright, OK; Vietnam, 173rd Airborne Division

James Vandiver Jr. – Gainsville, GA; US Army, WWII, ETO, Pvt., 42nd Rainbow Division

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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 November 7, 2022, in Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 113 Comments.

  1. I enjoyed the poems, GP! 🙂

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  2. And they do great work for the country

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  3. Kinda cool, liked it so, not afraid of the Sgt. Yelling at the trainee! MP TOO!

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  4. Got to look at it, CP, and isn’t that poem about MPs the truth. apologies, between about four different things I do these days, I don’t have the time I use to. feel free to Yell at me if I miss something you think I’d like.

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    • I certainly understand the lack of free time. (I thought retirement would give me more – hah, silly me!)
      Sure think, Richard! When I was putting this post together, I was thinking of you and my uncle.

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  5. Fun Fact GP: since we are talking about Literary subjects. Did you know the writer/director Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame was a member of the 11th Airborne, 511 PIR and served in the Philippines in the Battle of Leyte, Tagaytay Ridge and the taking of Manila.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Serling

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  6. Love the poems. Matt used to recite poems all the time, but I was terrible at remembering any of them. I told him to write them down, but he never did. I missed those moments when I could not stop laughing. Thanks for the break.
    Stay safe with Nicole coming your way!

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  7. I love this humor. The Gunny one cracked me up!

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  8. This is wonderful and very interesting poetry, GP! Honestly i never had thought soldiers would have sense for writing poems. 😉 I am surprised! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy a beautiful week! xx Michael

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  9. My maternal uncle was an M.P. When Dad visited her family home for a “sneaky weekend”, my mother had to look out for her brother and make sure he was unaware.

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  10. Just beautiful lines GP!💐

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  11. Such a lovely lovely post thank you.

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  12. Enjoyed your lighthearted break. Especially interesting how the M.P.s were the ones on duty when everyone else was taking a little break. But all of those in the service deserve a round of applause.

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  13. A wonderful plea to love your local MP, but somehow, I don’t think most men would have bought into it!

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  14. Great fun, GP. I especially enjoyed the limerick. 🙂 🙂

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  15. My own limerick contribution:

    There once was a wrinkled old gunny
    Whose disposition wasn’t too sunny.
    When said, “Let’s go!’
    And the privates were slow
    He thought kicking ass was so funny.😁

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  16. Cletus O’Toole is quite a name!

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  17. Thank you, GP. These poems were terrific and what made them special is they were written by folks in the service.

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  18. My husband’s father was and Army MP. I never met him (he died before I met my husband when we were in our 40s), but according to Husband, he was a good, but strict, father.

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  19. These are wonderful! Thanks.

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  20. Cletus sounds like me the first day I was being taught how to swim. Sank like a rock. Great laughs here, GP!

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  21. One of his friends from his army days told me that when in action and things were getting unpleasant, father would say to those present ‘If you can’t take a joke you shouldn’t have joined.’
    Nice to have a cheery post…thanks!

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  22. I know my father felt this whole experience was the most powerful event in his life. Soldiers – Brothers in Arms – forged lifelong friendships – and lived as high as they could. Tomorrow you could be dead – so there was no holding back. This brotherhood was a fraternity that you can’t buy into. It was built on the blood of only those who have experienced such a thing. And it transferred to those of equal kin. When my dad would bump into a former soldier on the street, it didn’t matter if he was a Brit, a Canuck, a Yank, a Kraut, Polish, Aussie … you name it ?? They were instant brothers of that unique fraternity and could talk for hours.
    I could stand back and wonder. But I don’t anymore.

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  23. Thanks, GP, for the comic relief. I always thought the biggest difference between a GI and an officer is GIs laugh.

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  24. Delightful post to brighten my morning,GP.

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  25. I suppose you must know how to swim to be in the Navy. 🙂 Ah, the MPs. I had good experiences with them, and just one bad one. For the most part, they’re doing a good thing.

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  26. I know I’ve never come across a poem celebrating MPs before, and in truth, I probably never would have imagined one. These are great: amusing, and a different way of understanding the troops’ experiences.

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  27. Good to see the MPs getting a mention in those verses. I’m guessing that was rare. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  28. Love the ‘toons and memes. I’ve been trying to find the lyrics to what I think is a Hope/Crosby songs about about “It’s great to be a real MP… A steady man, a rugged man, the only man in the world who can tell the U.S. Army where to go.” Do you know that song?

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  29. Humor helps get us through difficult times.

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  30. Finding laughter in the worst of situations can save lives. Thank you for sharing GP.

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  31. GIs find humor even in the worst of circumstances.

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  32. My dad was an Army MP. I know he would have enjoyed these verses.

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  33. Thank you, Ned.

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