America’s Hero’s and Times Quiescence
Poem by Herbert G. Renner, Jr.,
Master Chief, Hospital Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Photos by Gerald F. Merna
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Former Members of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Korea
(Note: Except for George C. Merna’s memorial stone, all pictures were randomly taken at monuments depicted on May 25, 2002).
Grassy fields of Crosses, Stars and Crescents,
Stand the staves in all of times quiescence
Gone the agony, the suffering, the pain,
Of wounds that leave the warrior’s stain
Along the rows we search and wonder
If we shall find, after the battle’s thunder,
The graves of those we’re here to seek,
So that the words we came to speak,
Will signify our sorrow, the Nation’s loss,
Together the indications of Freedom’s cost.
Standing, kneeling, weeping, broken hearted,
Feeling loneliness never charted, now imparted.
Their souls abiding in the hands of God,
Who surely gave them a smile and nod,
After leaving this world in desperate straits,
When they marched thru the Heavenly Gates.