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MEMORIAL DAY: In Flanders Fields
May 27th, 2007 at 12:18pm
 
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Re: MEMORIAL DAY: In Flanders Fields
Reply #1 - May 27th, 2007 at 4:05pm
 
May we never wake up on some terrible dawn to realize with the most profound regret that through neglect and dissension our kennels are now empty and we no longer have any leashes to let slip:


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The Sheepdogs


Most humans truly are like sheep
Wanting nothing more than peace to keep
To graze, grow fat and raise their young,
Sweet taste of clover on the tongue.
Their lives serene upon Life's farm,
They sense no threat nor fear no harm.
On verdant meadows, they forage free
With naught to fear, with naught to flee.
They pay their sheepdogs little heed
For there is no threat; there is no need.

To the flock, sheepdog's are mysteries,
Roaming watchful round the peripheries.
These fang-toothed creatures bark, they roar
With the fetid reek of the carnivore,
Too like the wolf of legends told,
To be amongst our docile fold.
Who needs sheepdogs? What good are they?
They have no use, not in this day.
Lock them away, out of our sight
We have no need of their fierce might.

But sudden in their midst a beast
Has come to kill, has come to feast
The wolves attack; they give no warning
Upon that calm September morning
They slash and kill with frenzied glee
Their passive helpless enemy
Who had no clue the wolves were there
Far roaming from their Eastern lair.
Then from the carnage, from the rout,
Comes the cry, “Turn the sheepdogs out!”

Thus is our nature but too our plight
To keep our dogs on leashes tight
And live a life of illusive bliss
Hearing not the beast, his growl, his hiss.
Until he has us by the throat,
We pay no heed; we take no note.
Not until he strikes us at our core
Will we unleash the Dogs of War
Only having felt the wolf pack's wrath
Do we loose the sheepdogs on its path.
And the wolves will learn what we've shown before;
We love our sheep, we Dogs of War.


Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

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Re: MEMORIAL DAY: In Flanders Fields
Reply #2 - May 27th, 2007 at 8:19pm
 
Thanks.  I remember as a child having to memorize and recite Flanders Fields in school.

Let's not forget our Aussie and Kiwi friends (as well as other countries) this weekend, and their similar tribute which occurs on Anzac Day,  25 April.

http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/index.htm
ANZAC Day National Ceremony 2007
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http://www.anzac.govt.nz/index.html
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Reply #3 - May 31st, 2007 at 5:21pm
 
great photos.

here's to all the submariners who sacrificed.
 
 
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Re: MEMORIAL DAY: In Flanders Fields
Reply #4 - May 31st, 2007 at 7:55pm
 
Amish. wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 5:21pm:
"... here's to all the submariners who sacrificed..."

ETN2 James Frank 'Jimmy' Tindol, III was a childhood friend and schoolmate who lived down the street where we were both raised in Shreveport, Louisiana.  We went to school together, we went fishing together and we hunted gamebirds together.

I was serving at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Laboratory on Grand Terre Island (adjacent to Fort Livingston which is across Barataria Pass from the USCG station on the eastern tip of Grand Isle) when we received word that Jimmy was aboard the USS Scorpion (SSN 589) when she went down.  Still hurts.

http://www.csp.navy.mil/othboats/589.htm

http://www.txoilgas.com/589-1.html

http://www.oldsubsplace.com/USS%20Scorpion%202.htm

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Re: MEMORIAL DAY: In Flanders Fields
Reply #5 - May 31st, 2007 at 11:52pm
 
yeah, all submariners know of the scorpion.
 
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