Adapted from Shakespeare
As the battle smoke cleared and the enemy had slithered back into the foliage,
weary soldier comments, "Oh if we had just one man in ten thousand that
against us in America today."
The Commander responses to his men "No, if we are marked to die, we are enough
to do our
nation proud, and if we live, the fewer men the greater the share of honor, I
pray to God's
will, not one man more!"
"Sargent Major, spread the word that any man that has no stomach for this fight,
leave, orders will be made and a helicopter will be called. We will not die in
company, which fears his fellowship to die with us."
We are called American Soldiers by our enemies and friends alike, and he that
tour and comes safely home will be aroused and stand tall when our title is
that shall fight through Vietnam and live to and old age will yearly on Veterans
his neighbors and will strip to show his scars saying, "These wounds I had in
the defense of
Freedom & Liberty".
Old men forget and all shall be forgotten, but those who banded together will
with advantages the feats he did serving as an American Soldier in Vietnam, and
familiar in our mouths as household words like, Walt, McCain, Westmoreland and
Kerrey.Freshly remembered this story shall a good man teach his son, and Vietnam
never go by from this time till the end of the world, but we shall be
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers for he that sheds his blood shall be
brother.Be any man vile, for his bravery and faithfulness shall from that time
ennobled.Gentlemen in America, that turned their backs upon our nation, shall be
upon as cursed that they were not a Vietnam Veteran", and hold their Manhood
we who speak that fought as an ďAmerican Soldier in Vietnam"
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