a poem in your pocket
Carried since 1964
We in Viet Nam
Well here we are in v.c. land.
We came to fight in the heat, rain, and sand
They tell us we must fight and kill
to make the world freer still
The nights are dark and lonely,
especially on patrol.
But, our hearts are full of bravery,
our minds are mean and cold.
We're all men here - some big, some small,
but in this land we all walk tall.
We think of home and our loved ones there
and we know that they really care.
At first this place was deathly hot.
Now the rains have come, with it's jungle rot.
Into our hootches we crawl and kneel-
made from bamboo, wire and scraps we steal.
They're built with heart and imagination.
There is no frivolous exageration.
Our hopes are up, morale is high
Many v.c. will surely die.
When we go out the people say
The Americans are here, night and day.
We are Marines, the best for sure.
Why? espirit de corps!
The others are here, there is no doubt
Each one is needed to win this bout.
We'll be home, sometime, someday -
until then, we'll fight and pray
© rel 1964