A TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND
The Vietnam war is just a vague memory now,
And most of us who fought it were never even asked
to take a bow.
We simply came home, picked up the pieces and went
The American public doesn't have a clue,
As to what some of their U.S. Marines were asked to
But I know, and I'm writing this to show my respect
The battlefield has always been the Corpsman's domain.
He's there for us no matter how harsh the weather or
how rough the terrain.
He brings comfort, and just by being there he eases
Being wounded in battle is a terrifying plight.
Somehow it's worse yet in the middle of the night,
But having a Corpsman there helps us to overcome our
The call "HELP!! CORPSMAN, I'M HIT" always
comes at the worst possible time.
There is no cover, the hillside is always steep and
hard to climb.
It's either rocky shale or covered with slime.
War is hell!! It's the scourge of the earth,
And combat is the "acid test" of a man's
He's not a coward or a hero just by virtue of his birth.
He takes on his values from his family, his leaders
and his friends.
He's no saint! That he never pretends.
But, we can see his true character by the message he
He's a gentle soul, but his body is hard and lean.
He may be frightened but his voice sounds out calm,
firm and serene,
"COVER ME BOYS, I'M GOING OUT TO HELP THAT WOUNDED
He dresses our wounds, then as he looks into our face,
He prays to God for strength, wisdom and grace,
Wondering if any of us will ever get out of this terrible
We are far from the comforts of home, and death is
When we are about to lose our life, it becomes even
We bond closely together as we try to overcome our
But we wouldn't even consider trading places with the
guys in the rear.
When there is a trouble spot in the world and tempers
begin to flare,
You can bet that the Marine Corps will soon be there,
Whether it be on land, at sea or in the air.
We Marines are a proud bunch and our motto is "Semper
We train hard and we shoot for the X in the bullseye!!
We look sharp in our dress blues and we make the ladies
But when the chips are down and we watch our comrades
bleed and die,
Every one of us is man enough to break down and cry.
When the battle is over and the dust has had a chance
We try to pay tribute to those who have truly shown
We praise the pilots, the tankers, and the gunners.
We pin ribbons on everyone from the generals to their
But it's the Corpsman who has cradled a bloodied head
to his chest,
That will be remembered with kindness when we have
forgotten the rest.
You proved that you had the right stuff when put to
the test, so...
STAND TALL MARINE, YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST!!!
SEMPER FI !!