Poetry

You Bet Your Life!

You Bet Your Life!

Homegrown boy from Washington
joined the Corps seventeen years young.
Jungle training in No Man's Land
they said, "Kid you're good, you're going to Nam!"
Landed in I Corps with Mike 3/5,
fearless fighters, Marine Corps style!

He was just a kid but he became a man
weaned in the jungle of Vietnam.
He lost his youth, but he found his pride
Would he do it again?
"You Bet Your Life!"

'67 was tough, spent Christmas in the bush.
Enemy geared up for one helluva push.
It all started at once, the worst fighting yet,
in the jungles and the streets they called it TET.
Hit twice in one day, he went back for more,
till a Bouncing Betty bounced him out of that war.

The Kid came home, but he's now a man
weaned in the jungles of Vietnam.
He lost his youth, but he found his pride
Would he do it again?
"You Bet Your Life!"

Twenty years later VA sends him to school,
kids in the class think he's just an old fool.
He just shakes his head while they have their fun,
they got no respect for their Freedom.
Journalism student stops him in the hall,
"Can I interview you for a paper this Fall?"

"I was just a Kid, but I became a man
weaned in the jungles of Vietnam.
I lost my youth, but I walk with pride.
Would I do it again?
YOU BET YOUR LIFE!"
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For my Marine
Debbe R eynolds

contributed by ~Debbe
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