War and History Non-Fiction posted August 11, 2020

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My dad was in WW11, and I remember him talking about it.

My Dad, the Army Guy

by Becky Kern-Taylor

My father was an Army man..he served in world war two.
His boss back then was Eisenhower..and General Patton too.
He spent some time in Italy..but wouldn't share a lot.
He said they'd march for many hours..and never fire a shot.

Yet all the infantry was scared..they didn't want to die.
They knew that they could be attacked..on land or from the sky.
Their mission was protecting towns..they knew the enemy.
Had taken over villages..their job was "set them free".

So one by one they drove them out..the Nazi's kept retreating.
And every town they freed..the people had a special greeting.
My dad said that they fed the troupes..and treated them so well.
The guys said they would not forget..the had a tale to tell.

Then finally they got the word..that Germany conceded.
That meant that France was finally free..and no more war was needed.
So everyone was going home..but all the soldiers knew.
Not everyone was going home..'cause there were quite a few.

Who gave their lives to save some people..they had never met.
You wonder if enlisting..was something they'd regret?
My dad thought he was lucky..he shared that with us all.
He felt like it was not his time..he didn't get the call.

But he did not regret the fact..he actually volunteered.
So many men were drafted..and some thought that was weird.
But dad believed in pride of country..some thought that was odd.
But also dad believed in duty..and believed in God.

And I'm so glad dad made it home..we had a lovely life.
He built a house like many did..for his daughter and his wife.
There were many times I'd catch him..staring off in space.
Mom and I knew he was thinking..of another place.

All the men that he watched die..but he couldn't share it.
We could never comprehend..how those men could bear it.
I think all those heroes..went to heaven as deserved
And they're all together..in a spot that God reserved.
God bless the military.

In Their Memory writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a poem, any type, about the members of the military present and past.

All the men who made it through the wars were effected. Death was common in heavy combat, and many died. When they got home they had another take on life, understandably.
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