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  A Soldier Died Today
by Patrick A Granfors
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.

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This is NOT my work (author unknown). My thanks to reviewer Michael Hollingsworth who provided the name of the author, Lawrence Vaincort, as well as the original title, "Just a common soldier". It was forwarded to me via email from a friend with the standard "pass it on" request. I am since it has both national and personal relevance. I have an uncle with just weeks to live, a soldier who served in Korea.


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He was getting old and paunchy

And his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion,

Telling stories of the past.


Of a war that he once fought in

And the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies;

They were heroes, every one.


And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors

His tales became a joke,

All his buddies listened quietly

For they knew whereof he spoke.


But we'll hear his tales no longer,

For old Bob has passed away,

And the world's a little poorer

For a Soldier died today.


He won't be mourned by many,

Just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary,

Very quiet sort of life.


He held a job and raised a family,

Going quietly on his way;

And the world won't note his passing,

'Tho a Soldier died today.


When politicians leave this earth,

Their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing,

And proclaim that they were great.


Papers tell of their life stories

From the time that they were young

But the passing of a Soldier

Goes unnoticed, and unsung.


Is the greatest contribution

To the welfare of our land,

Someone who breaks his promise

And cons his fellow man?


Or the ordinary fellow

Who in times of war and strife,

Goes off to serve his country

And offers up his life?


The politician's stipend

And the style in which he lives,

Are often disproportionate,

To the service that he gives.


While the ordinary Soldier,

Who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal

And perhaps a pension, small.


It is not the politicians

With their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom

That our country now enjoys.


Should you find yourself in danger,

With your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop-out,

With his ever waffling stand?


Or would you want a Soldier--

His home, his country, his kin,

Just a common Soldier,

Who would fight until the end?


He was just a common Soldier,

And his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us

We may need his like again.


For when countries are in conflict,

We find the Soldier's part

Is to clean up all the troubles

That the politicians start.


If we cannot do him honor

While he's here to hear the praise,

Then at least let's give him homage

At the ending of his days.


Perhaps just a simple headline

In the paper that might say:







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Reviewed by Michael Hollingsworth 12/8/2011
Great poem. It was originally Titled, "JUST A COMMON SOLDIER" by A. Lawrence Vaincourt.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 12/3/2011
A beautiful, touching poem. I will pass it on to my uncle who served in World War II. However, as you know, I've grown quite cynical about the elevation of the common man as some sort of hero because he or she blindly believed the politicians of his or her day and went off to a great adventure, called war.

I was watching Secrets of the Dead the other day about the decision that Churchill made to attack the French fleet in North Africa to keep it from falling into Hitler's hands. The French admiral was too vain to let his ships sail to England and serve the Allied cause. He felt that he could keep his Navy out of Hitler's hands and scuttle it if necessary (he did in the South of France at a great waste to the Allies and the French people).

The result was that ordinary English sailors were ordered to fire on ordinary French sailors trapped in port and many died because everyone was following orders and hated it. All this because two great men were too focused on their own country's sovereignty.

I like old men in their stories–I always have–but they don't have to be soldiers to be honored for the accomplishments of their lives.

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 12/2/2011
Coming from my families representing
all branches of our military, and now
having my Marine grandson on his second
tour in Afghanistan, I welcomed your posting!!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Richard King 12/2/2011
Thanks for posting this Patrick, I copied it and sent it to my address book.

All my best to your uncle. Both my brother and my son also served in Korea. Dick
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/2/2011
It is not the politicians

With their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom

That our country now enjoys.

I still believe that Thomas Jefferson was right when he said that every citizen should be required to be a soldier. Most of our Founding Fathers were, and today, most of our politicians are not, have never donned an active duty uniform.

If we had listened to Jefferson, you just might see that headline in the paper, as it should be.

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 12/1/2011
Lovely! Deeply touching write!

Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 12/1/2011
Wonderful. And so true.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/1/2011
Thanks for sharing this, Patrick. God bless.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 12/1/2011
Spot on!
Best wishes for your uncle.

That Korean war was a close call in many ways.

The forces do a good job when the papers are signed. Though WW2 was very much won by Churchill and his secret code breakers and other intelligence he designed. RADAR!...

One day we may is the futility of most wars.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 12/1/2011
So compelling, so true ~ Thank you for passing this on.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 12/1/2011
Even worse on those that lose the war..... bless ya for remembering.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 12/1/2011
Very emotionally heartfelt and sadly so true. Thank you for passing this on, Patrick.
Tis a bit windy out your way today, huh?
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