John F. McCullagh

Gold Star - 5,508 Points (09/28/1954 / Flushing)

Woodstock Generation/Memorial Day - Poem by John F. McCullagh

For every aging boomer
there are one or two they've known:
Heroes of the battlefield
Who never made it home.

Some classmate who was butchered
in a fire fight in “Nam.
A sibling who had perished
in the standoff at Khe Sanh.

Perhaps the Tet offensive
left some friend's blood spilled and spent.
Politicians speak of glory-
It’s the grunts who pay the rent

From the walls of Hue to Can Ranh Bay
from Tonkin to Saigon.
there is a wall in Washington
with their names inscribed thereon.

The lucky ones who did come home
recall the name and face
of some heroic eighteen year old
who perished in their place.

(dedicated to Corporal Frank Evangelista, Jr. and 58000 others who never made it to woodstock)

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 30, 2011

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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