Tears

You know the saying “every Marine is a rifleman,” well I am proof of it. I was stationed at Canp Pend. in Feb 1968 as a truck mechanic (3516), Tet was in full bloom. When the 27th Marines were sent to Viet Nam, I went along, as a grunt. From a mechanic to a grunt in a couple of hours. What a lot of people didn’t know was that the men of the 3rd Bn 27th Marines in Nam were mostly of non-grunt MOS’s. But that didn’t stop us from doing our jobs. One of our Marines was awarded the MOH, his name was Robert Burke(I believe he is the youngest person to win the MOH in Viet Nam)

God Bless him and all Marines.

Tears
by Chuck Spencer

I think of bygone days, wondering why I’m here and not in a grave.

In the beginning we thought WAR was a glorious game to play,
Look out, John Wayne, we’re on our way!

We were full of vim & vigor, ready to spit in your eye,
We had no idea what it meant to die.

We found out that death could be found in two locations,
The physical sends and the emotion.

We were taught that MARINES were tough, we knew no fear,
That meant there could be no tears.

Soon, alot of death we did see,
Feeling guilty for thinking “better him than me”.

What’s that rolling down your cheek?
Everyone knows your a tough MARINE,
So keep those tears unseen.

Look into their eyes and hold them tight,
LIE to them because you know they won’t last the night.

What’s that rolling down your cheek?
Everyone knows your a tough MARINE,
So keep those tears unseen.

Go Noi, Booby Trap Alley, Desert, Riviera, the Leper VII,
Areas we did walk.

Seeing and doing death and destruction of such magnitude,
That in the WORLD we couldn’t talk.

What’s that rolling down your cheek?
Everyone knows your a tough MARINE,
So keep those tears unseen.

In August we separated and went on our own ways,
Talking of how all of us will get together one day.

What’s that rolling down your cheek?
Everyone knows your a tough MARINE,
So keep those tears unseen.

The yeras have come and gone, but those days are always near,
What’s that rolling down your cheek?

IT’S A TOUGH MARINE’S TEARS, HELD BACK ALL THESE YEARS!!!!!!!

Chuck Spencer
Lima Co., 3rd Plt., 3rd Bn., 27th Marines

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