SIDNEY W. JOHNSTON
Biography of SIDNEY W. JOHNSTON
Born in my grand mother's store in Ward, Colorado
where my father worked the coal mines.At the age
of six our family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico.
He started his own blacksmith shop.
I joined the U.S.Navy in 1956 through 1959.
Served on to air craft carriers.
The USS ORISKANY CVA 34 and the USS HANCOCK CVA 19.
I bumbed around visiting different cities around
the United States.
I went back in the U.S.Navy.January 1965.I was sent to
Vietnam later that year.Serving 7 campaign's through
April 1970. During my time in Vietnam I was awarded
the medals, ribbons, citations, & commendations.
Bronze Star Medal.
Silver Star Medal.
Navy Good Conduct Medal 1 bronze star.
National Defense Medal 1 bronze star.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
Vietnam Campiagn Medal 1 silver star 2 bronze stars.
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with 1 bronze star.
Combat Action Ribbon.
Navy Battle 'E' Ribbon.
Expert Pistol & Rifle Ribbons
Cross of Gallantry Meritorious Unit Citation of
Vietnam with palm limb.
I went to college marjoring in Art
and Drafting. I became a Map Maker using the computer
I did this untill I Retired when I was 68.
I have been writing poetry for a number years plus
I am a Distinguished Member International Poets Socity
SIDNEY W. JOHNSTON Poems
A Vietnam Veteran With P. T. S. D.
I am a Vietnam Veteran with P. T. S. D. Who has survived a bloody war 37 years ago, And now with help I am being able to share Of what I have learned and saw.
A Far Journey
I met a man who journeyed far, And he talked of the things he had done, Of the places that he has been, And how he had so much fun.
Fix And A Prayer
I cross myself, n' pass the church, Then I'm off to buy a fix. I ask my god to protect me first, Then I'm off to buy a fix.
My life revolves around your sight, In my dreams I hold you tight. I'm in ecstasy when the night is right, So why am I cautious?
I'Ii Just Wing It
If I just wing It and some mistakes, Please forgive me and I'll do all it takes. For when I awake and know that you still with me,
It Was Best
I know it was best for you and me, I know that measured my love and you set me free. For we still have our great illusion yet,
Wellcome Home Soldier
We buried another veteran to day, He went ti his god, from us, he went away, He was yuong, in the prime of his life, He left three children and a gourageous wife.
Some Of My Thoughts To Live By
1. If I love you because you love me, that is merly a trade, like a thing bought in matket, It is not love, To be in love in not ask any thing in return, Not even to feel that you are giving something.
One Last Question? ?
I went to the party, And I remembered what you said You told me not to drink, So I drank soda instead I really felt proud inside, The way you said I would I didn't drink and drive, Although the others said I should
I tossed a prayer out into the breeze There it caught by the rustling of leaves Then it continued on, To and Fro And Here and There.
I got the drinking blues, Feel like I been used, Your on a great high Crash Landing....
The cold hard reality.... Occures in the heat of the truth, As when fall turns to winter.... There is fine wine on same
Shadows.... A semblance of what we think we are Changing from moment to moment, Depending on the direction one walks
If I Knew
If I knew it would the last time that I'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
A Far Journey
I met a man who journeyed far,
And he talked of the things he had done,
Of the places that he has been,
And how he had so much fun.
The buildings so tall, Oh the mighty walls,
The momuments to honor someone,
Such sights to see...
Such wonders under the sun!