Our Patriot’s Journey


Received November 22, 2011

I'm writing you from Pittsburgh Pa. and would like to extend my deepest sympathies for your terrible loss. Veterans are special people and as they pass, the soul of this great country is diminished. I spent some time in J'ville (as we called it) when I was stationed at Camp Lejeune. I came into possession of Robert's picture in the parking lot of my employer -- laying on the hood of a car. He is tucked away in the corner of a print called "REFLECTIONS" in my 'PATRIOT ROOM' along with mine and my dad's service memorabilia.

I would like to send you a poem worth reading -- it tears me up each time I read it:


Note: Name and author are unknown

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 once fought in

and the deeds he had done.

In his exploits with his buddies

they were heroes, everyone.


And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors

his tales became a joke

all his buddies listened quietly

for they knew where of he spoke.


But we'll hear his tales no longer,

for ol' Bob has passed away,

and the world's a little poorer

for a Solider died today.


He won't be mourned by many,

just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary

very quiet sort of life.


He held a job and raised a family,

going quietly on his way;

and the world won't note his passing

'tho 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 of their life stories

from the time that they were young,

but the passing of a Soldier

goes unnoticied and unsung.


Is the greatest contribution

to the welfare of our land

some jerk who breaks his promise

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?

The politician's stipend

and the style in which he lives

are often disproportionate,

to the service that he gives.


While the ordinary Soldier

who offered up his all

is pair off with a medal

and perhaps a pension, small.


It is 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 really want some cop-out

with his ever waffling stand?


Or would you want a Soldier

his home, his country, his kin

Just a common Soldier

who would fight until the end.


He was just a common Soldier,

and his ranks are growing thin

but his presence should remind us

we may need his like again.


For when countries are in conflict

we find the Soldier's part

is to clean up all the troubles

that the politicians start.


If we cannot do him honour

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 the paper that might say:



May God bless you and all the families who have lost a veteran--past, present, and future.

Thomas Glass

USMC '69--'71

“Reflections” by Lee Teter


Other cards have also made their way to Pittsburg ... Click here and here

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