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Thoughts, Memories And Tears
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Publisher:  Joye Enterprise ISBN-10:  0967404908 Type: 


Copyright:  1999

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"Thoughts, Memories And Tears", An Anthology of War, Death and Remembrance was written for healing purposes... for myself, for all who suffer from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and those who love and care about them. It was also written to honor all who picked up arms, fought and were willing to lay down their lives for their friends, ideals and country. For all those who faced the beast in hellish war... those who perished and those who survived... those poor, troubled souls who came home alive but were dead inside, those brave warriors who developed and are tormented constantly by PTSD.

This heartfelt, compelling anthology contains over ninety poems, art, articles and pictures. This collection presents several poems that are hard hitting, no holds barred, accounts of the affects intense combat has on the individual soldier. The book reveals the mystique of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the dirt level perspectives of a battle hardened infantryman and his trials and tribulations, afterwards.

Thoughts, Memories And Tears is a rare, heartfelt, poignant salute to those who went to war and to those who never returned... It is a must read for all who want to understand Hell on earth, its aftermath and how it changed their brave GI. You will find it most interesting, enlightening, well worth reading and rewarding.

The human mind and heart are complex, indeed. I do not profess to be an authority in psychology or sociology. I'm simply trying to better understand behaviors resulting from traumatic experiences. This anthology is an attempt to accomplish that end.

War affects all participants in so many profound ways. It has a great impact on how one interprets his world. It affects how one thinks, works, plays, worships, loves and behaves. It affects virtually every aspect of human life for the survivor.

It would be impossible to express all the feelings of a combat soldier or war survivor. Likewise, to describe the many things they have seen and experienced. It is enough to say that war and its horrors are not easily forgotten. Its scars are deep and its wounds are not easily healed.

War should never be glorified. It causes irreparable harm, not only to man, but also, to every aspect of his world. Its survivors are never left as they once were. The loss of life and its sufferings is immeasurable.

Unfortunately, war can not always be avoided. We must pray for our leaders and that all heads of governments, strive for peace in our world. If only we would obey God's commandments and live in harmony as He directs. When war is unavoidable, citizens should not blame their soldiers. War and its many horrors result from flawed politics and failed diplomacy. It is not caused by protectors of the peace. Always support your soldiers, they are truly, "America's native sons."

War is a circumstance beyond the common soldiers control. All soldiers provide national defense and will lay down their lives for their God, family, friends and country. Do not despise them for their duties and beliefs.

"Gold Star Parents" should always be honored. They would lay down their lives, gladly, if only their child, their soldier, could survive. They, too, made a supreme sacrifice.

I firmly believe we should remember, always, those who lost their life to battle. They truly did lay down their life for their friends.

Please pray for the survivors of war, the civilian victims, the veterans and most of all the children, the poor children. "Life became their nightmare, never to outgrow!"

After sharing many Thoughts, Memories And Tears I  hope all of us find a better tomorrow. It is my most fervent wish that this publication helps all of us better understand war and its terrible consequences. God bless you all, peace be with you, always.

Corporal John T. Griffin


"A Soldier is No More"

By Peter S. Griffin
Dedicated to his brother,
CPL John T. Griffin - "G" Co, 187th ARCT - KIA, Korea - 25 March, 1951

Death, my friend, comes to everyone,
If one is old, it is not so shunned....
But to lose one's life, before it's begun,
Is a loss, that leaves all stunned....

For a young man to go to war,
To love his country, enough to die for....
Is a noble thing indeed,
To give up all, for his friends in need....

Politics do not play a part,
The soldier's love is from the heart....
To toil and suffer all day long,
To give his all, to right a wrong....

To ease the suffering of those in need,
Is, my friend, a noble deed....
For he was hungry, cold and wet,
But still he fought, and his eyes wept....

For you see, before death came,
He laid his eyes, upon the lame....
He saw the evil that men can do,
He saw the hatred, as it grew....

War is hell upon our earth,
A curse we fight, from it's birth....
For when men can't get along,
Battle lines are often drawn....

Death was caused, by an act of war....
He suffered much, in his pain,
He gave his life, for our gain....

We owe him a debt, we can't pay,
He sacrificed, all his days....
He lost his love and child dear,
So we could live without the fear....

We are obliged to carry on,
He would want us to be strong.....
For us to live our whole life free,
We turn his death - to victory.....

"A SOLDIER IS NO MORE", or less,
Than our country's very best.....
For one to martyr his own life,
The ultimate sacrifice, for our plight.....

He gave his life for you and me,
Never forget, it was willingly....
For my friend, his death will never be,
Just a fading memory....

They say, "Old Soldiers Just Fade Away,"
That's not true, they risked their days....
There is no better thing to do,
To serve your flag, your whole life through....

A soldier's life is always condensed,
A life of service, to be spent.....
They know when they take up arms,
To love and serve, in spite of harm.....

"A SOLDIER IS NO MORE", than this,
The winds most silent, loving kiss.....
The bright sun, lighting all our days,
The tears shed, upon his grave.....

Rest in peace, my brother gone,
I 'll think of you, not forlorned....
For I know your spirit soars,
Tis' Heaven's gain, " A SOLDIER IS NO MORE "....

Peter S. Griffin
Co.A, 2/502 Infantry
101st Airborne Division
Viet Nam, 1965-66

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