June 1, 2017
The MilitaryWives.com Staff will be on vacation from 19 June 2017 until 27 June 2017.  We will resume normal operations on 28 June 2017.

BJ 'n Cindy

Poetry

Riverine Assault Flotilla



 Riverine Assault Flotilla

Born in Hudson, 18 years, my flag was too long furled
 When Lyndon Johnson offered me a chance to see the world
 
Should be fun, I’ll have some laughs, and wear a sailor suit
 No danger for them Navy boys, won’t even have to shoot!
 
Go "River Boats?" Yeah, sure, why not? (Thank you, Uncle Sam)
 But I was thinking Tennessee, not Southern Vietnam
 
The Mekong Delta hated me, it laughed at my mistake
 This wasn’t like the painter’s Hudson, back in New York state
 
I aged ten years in one spent there, my hair turned quickly white
 Bleached from sun but more from fear, patrolling in the night
 
On 9/15 of ’67, the war would end for me
 I lost so much I wanted kept, except for memories:
 
A spleen, a neck, oh what the heck, an eye, a jaw, an ear
 Bits and pieces left behind in Vietnam a year
 


contributed by Dwight Jenkins [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]