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Lunch Break

Posted on October 12 2009 11:02 am
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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To Wear the Green Again

Do you recall when we were young

And wore the Forest Green,

The oddest thing we had to do

To earn the name Marine?

Do you recall our old D.I.

And P.T. in the pit?

Or how you killed his pet sand flea

And had to bury it?

Do you recall those vanished days

When we were in the Corps?

We’d swab the deck, field day the head—

Then do it all once more.

Do you recall the duty list

And how we tried to skate?

Or how our outfit seemed to thrive

On “Hurry up and wait?”

Do you recall, “It’s BROWN side out!!”

And how the word would change,

Or “snapping in” ‘til muscles ached

When we were on the range?

Do you recall that curious day

When we went off to war?

Or how we bragged we’d be the best

That ever served the Corps?

Do you recall how hard we prayed—

When first we ducked a round—

To not disgrace our uniform,

Or let our buddies down?

Do you recall our sergeant who

Was killed the second day?

Or how we cried like children when

They carried him away?

Do you recall how glad we were

The day they let us out?

Or how you told the Gunny off

And made him swear and shout?

And did you watch the evening news

The day it hit the fan,

And wish, like me, with all your heart

You wore the Green again?

Robert A. Hall

Former SSgt, USMC

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