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A Letter ( In the mist of war )
By Paul Berube
Thursday, December 28, 2006

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July 4th 1970

It was July 4th 1970

Been In this God forsaken country for eight months.
Spent the day on perimeter setting out claymores
and trip flares. Can't be too careful with Charlie around.
Thinking and needing you as the night wears on and
sounds of mortars explode in the distance.

I'm remembering last 4th of July and wondering if there'll be others. Who would have thought I'd be dodging rockets red glare instead of singing about them ; Just a little humor. There's just so little that's funny these days.

Man, how I ache to hold you. I'd give my life to feel your warmth upon me once more but for now the memories
will have to do. I wrote a small poem yesterday while
taking ten.

Morning comes, I thank The Lord
for each and every day.
If this is to be my last
for mercy God, I pray.

Should You decide it's not my time
then help me do what's right.
Hold me close within Your Palm
protect me in this fight.

If tomorrow isn't meant to be
please take my soul I plea.
Grant Your Peace to those I love
in their hour of need.

Our time on earth is very short,
live every day with worth
For who knows when The Stranger comes,
to cast His final dearth.

Hon, give our son a big kiss for me and always remember, you are in my heart. Can't wait to see and hold you both again. Your my reason to be.

Love Always,

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Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr. 1/18/2009
I thank God, I found this piece.

Reviewed by Melissa Rives 8/2/2008
This was spectacular, I could feel the loneliness and pain of separation and the not knowing if this day would be the last.
Reviewed by Jill curry 7/27/2008
beautifully thought out paul...very moving
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/26/2008
A surreal moving write. Very thoughtful indeed!

Reviewed by Barbara Terry 4/19/2008
This IS very touching, and so endearing. The Vietnam Conflict (War) was another land we had no business in. I don't know how true it is, but I was told that when Harry S. Truman was President, and the Korean Conflict was going on, there were French forces in what was then French Indochina (Vietnam), and that French president Charles deGaulle asked President Truman for help. I had also heard that once our forces were there, deGaulle pulled his forces out, leaving us holding the bag. I don't know how true that is, but that is what I was told.

This letter to your loved ones stirs the heart, and makes a person smile at the gentleness with which a soldier on the front lines can write. Thank you Paul, for sharing this.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you lovve, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With my love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & many sisterly hugs, Barbie.
Reviewed by Amelie Shields 4/9/2008
Really like this story...especially the poem...'faith, hope and love'...
Reviewed by Anita Sie 2/27/2008
Very touching!
Reviewed by S D 2/14/2008
This was a wonderful, heart stirring read. Thank you for sharing that with us. I could only but imagine having to live under such conditions. I have endured quite a bit in my lifetime.... thank God I did not have to endure that. Thank again, SyD
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/30/2007
I agree with Sheila. This letter is ever relevant (unfortunately). A touching piece, my friend. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/5/2007
A letter written in 1970 is still relevant today in these times. This is a realistic glimpse into a soldier's life. A beautiful poem, too!

Reviewed by Barb McClatchy 9/28/2007
This is a beautiful piece, with the poem so cleverly embedded...Very moving, Paul.
Reviewed by o Lady_Desdinova 5/26/2007
you had me right there with you, nicely done...
Reviewed by Jean Pike 5/1/2007
Very powerful writing, Paul. Loved the poem.
Reviewed by Theresa curnow 4/25/2007
This actually brought tears to my eyes because it is so simple but very powerful and moving and so apt for todays world. It really did move me and is so well written. Theresa.
Reviewed by Shannon Phoenix 4/9/2007
Reviewed by Stan Grimes 4/3/2007
Brave and sincere write. Great one!
Reviewed by Denise Contreras 2/1/2007
Very touching. My husband was in Viet Nam
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 1/22/2007
Dear Paul, What a heartfelt letter that touches the very core of my being. Thank you for sharing this with us. Its a keeper!...M
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 1/4/2007
Paul, I share that war with you--not in battle--but from the homefront of your countrymen who struggled emotionally with fear and worry for a young sons, husbands, and fathers. God bless you for what you must have gone through.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/28/2006
Heartfelt offering Paul!!

Good to read you again!!

Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 12/28/2006
Oh wow! This brought tears to my eyes, Vietnam...remember bits and pieces of it. Had family that served, I recall them leaving, I was but a very young child...however, I studied it in depth and interviewed vets that made it home. I love history...this was a paticularly sad time in our nation, as is today. I don't protest war, as I don't always agree either...I know it is a part of life and a fullfillment of the bible, but still sad nevertheless. Great write my friend, so glad I stopped by this early Thursday morning...great reminder to pray for our troops, families, nation, and government.
Joyce Bowling

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