James Casey

Rookie - 56 Points (11June 1940 / Binghamton, New York)

The Commissioned Warrant Officer - Poem by James Casey

The Commissioned Warrant Officer


' The line will part, ' the 1st class said
' Doc get behind the wench and duck your head'
' That's nylon ', the CWO said,
' There's no need to duck bonehead
That's nylon it'll never shread '
Behind the wench we did hide
Cept the CWO who stood alone with pride
The line parted with a snap
Legs were gone, it did decap
' Hey Doc, he needs some help'
Tourniquets applied
' It doesn't hurt ', he barely felt
' Idiot ' the Bos'n said
' He's damn lucky, he ain't dead'
A helicopter took the CWO away
In two stretchers on that day
Blood Blood Everywhere
Legs are gone, I know, I was there



Casey HM3 1964


Poet's Notes about The Poem

While aboard a ship while in the Navy, This actually happened when the ship first got Nylon Ropes to replace the old heavy hemp ones.Rope was to help pull the ship to the dock. The Nylon broke and took off both the mans legs. A helicopter took him to a hospital in England.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 25, 2012



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