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Poems, Songs, "Quotes" that mean something to "us"

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by RussP, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. RussP

    RussP Moderator

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    Do you have any?

    I mentioned the Air Force PJs in another thread. Here is a poem about them. It was written in all caps and that's the way it is found on the web.

    You can read it with music here: http://www.lakelandvietnow.org/yourpages2.html

    ;?
     
  2. Gunboat1

    Gunboat1 A.F.A.M.

    I've always thought that Rudyard Kipling's "Tommy Atkins" expresses the soldier's uneasy relationship with society extremely well. Except for brief blips of patriotism, they are often looked down upon by the civilian masses. Support for the troops should be an abiding constant.

    "I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
    The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
    The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
    O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
    But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
    But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
    But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
    The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
    O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

    Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
    An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
    Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
    But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

    We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
    Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
    While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
    But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
    There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
    O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

    You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
    We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
    But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
    An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
    An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!

    -- Rudyard Kipling
     


  3. J. Parker

    J. Parker

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    I know it ain't much but here's what I remember from Phan Rang AB, RVN. Korean, Phillipino, Vietnamese bands etc would come to the clubs and sing..........we gotta get outta this place, if it's the last thing we ever do.........etc, etc.......I forget the actual song.:)
     
  4. found it:

    "We Got To Get Outta This Place"

    In this dirty old part of the city,
    where the sun refused to shine
    people tell me there ain't no use in tryin'.

    My girl you're so young and pretty,
    And one thing I know is true,
    You'll be dead before your time is due!

    We gotta get out of this place
    If it's the last thing we ever do
    We gotta get out of this place
    'cause girl, there's a better life for me and you

    My girl you're so young and pretty,
    And one thing I know is true,
    You'll be dead before your time is due!

    See my daddy in bed a-dyin'.
    See his hair been turnin' grey.
    He's been workin' and slavin' his life away.

    We gotta get out of this place,
    If it's the last thing we ever do.
    We gotta get out of this place,
    'cause girl, there's a better life for me and you.

    In this dirty old part of the city,
    where the sun refused to shine
    people tell me there ain't no use in tryin'.

    We gotta get out of this place,
    If it's the last thing we ever do.
    We gotta get out of this place,
    'cause girl, there's a better life for me and you.

    Better life for me and you [x8]
     
  5. Central Texan

    Central Texan AmericanSoldier

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    we are specwar sailors,we're sailors of the night,we're dirty mutha f@#$% ers we'd rather F@#$ en fight, we've drank beer in milwaukee, we've drank beer in LA, the best beer we ever drank was brewed in subic bay, hooyah hooyah hooyahhhhhhh...
     
  7. CarlosDJackal

    CarlosDJackal

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    I heard a variation of this on a commercial recently (kids were singing it) and it reminded me of Basic Training from 20 years ago!! ;P

    Everywhere we go.
    People want to know.
    Who we are.
    Where we come from.

    So we tell them.
    We are Delta.
    Mighty-mighty Delta.
    Mighty, mighty, mighty-mighty Delta....
     
  8. RussP

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    This may be too unit specific, and it was written in a bar...

    Shortly after this was written call signs out of NKP changed to "Nail" and the O2-A became the plane-du-jour.

    Yeh, pilots were still staying out too long and bringing back dry birds when I got there. Had a couple of Jolly escorts back across the fence myself.
     
  9. DMF

    DMF P33

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    "There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but,
    boys, it is all hell." - General William Tecumseh Sherman
     
  10. Ravenn

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    Buffalo Springfield.."For What it's Worth"
    Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit"
    Crosby Stills and Nash.."Judy Blue Eyes"

    nothing patriotic..just memories of "the day"
     
  11. red442joe

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    "There are some of us who are too young to remember, but we'll never forget. Thank You". me
     
  12. RussP

    RussP Moderator

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    Found another one....

    [​IMG]
     
  13. dlupini

    dlupini Capt

    These are a few quotes that I like.. and they made me memorize at the Zoo..

    "War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." ~ john stuart mill..

    also,


    “It is the soldier, not the reporter,
    Who has given us freedom of the press.

    It is the soldier, not the poet,
    Who has given us freedom of speech.

    It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
    Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

    It is the soldier,
    Who salutes the flag,
    Who serves beneath the flag,
    And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
    Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

    Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, Sergeant USMC
     
  14. pt945

    pt945 GLOCK 17

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    Americas freedom is worth only what you are willing to give for it.

    ;?
     
  15. GlockinHood

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    one of my favorites.........

    "Those who expect to reap the blessings of Freedom, must, like men, undergoe the fatigue of supporting it." -Thomas Paine

    Ian
     
  16. F14Scott

    F14Scott Luggage CLM

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    HIGH FLIGHT
    by
    John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bounds of earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds - and done a thousand things
    You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along , and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
    I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark or even eagle flew.
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
     
  17. RussP

    RussP Moderator

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    Some times, when I read or remember "High Flight", memories of certain flights fill me with that unique excitement born of being "There".

    Other times the tears come, brought on by memories of those who have truly "slipped the surly bounds of earth".

    Richard Bach, in Stranger to the Ground wrote, “For a pilot, flying is never dangerous, for a man must be a little bit insane or under the press of duty to willingly remain in a position that he truly considers dangerous. Airplanes occasionally crash, pilots are occasionally killed, but flying is not dangerous, it is interesting.” This I consider an understatement.;f

    Here are some quotes from a textbook:
    ;?
     
  18. KNEESINTHEBREEZ

    KNEESINTHEBREEZ Got Silk?

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    The Airborne Creed

    I volunteered as a parachutist, fully realizing the hazard of my chosen service and by my thoughts and actions will always uphold the prestige, honor and high esprit-de-corps of parachute troops.

    I realize that a parachutist is not merely a soldier who arrives by parachute to fight, but is an elite shock trooper and that his country expects him to march farther and faster, to fight harder, to be more self-reliant than any other soldier. Parachutists of all allied armies belong to this great brotherhood.

    I shall never fail my fellow comrades by shirking any duty or training, but will always keep myself mentally and physically fit and shoulder my full share of the task, whatever it may be.

    I shall always accord my superiors fullest loyalty and I will always bear in mind the sacred trust I have in the lives of the men I will accompany in to battle.

    I shall show other soldiers by my military courtesy, neatness of dress and care of my weapons and equipment that I am a picked and well trained soldier.

    I shall endeavor always to reflect the high standards of training and morale of parachute troops.

    I shall respect the abilities of my enemies, I will fight fairly and with all my might, surrender is not in my creed.

    I shall display a high degree of initiative and will fight on to my objective and mission, though I be the lone survivor.

    I shall prove my ability as a fighting man against the enemy on the field of battle, not by quarreling with my comrades in arms or by bragging about my deeds.

    I shall always realize that battles are won by an army fighting as a team, that I fight first and blaze the path into battle for others to follow and carry the battle on.

    I belong to the finest unit in the world. By my actions and deeds alone, I speak for my fighting ability. I will strive to uphold the honor and prestige of my outfit, making my country proud of me and the unit to which I belong.