Bruce R. Bogart


What is fear and what does it do to man?
Can it destroy us or make us do strange things?
Does it really rule our life or is it part of that “great plan”?
Maybe it holds us all, each by separate strings.
But don’t let it get to you; don’t let it eat your soul.
For if you do, “Fear” will take its toll.

This poem was written by HN Bruce Robert Bogart, a Navy Corpsman serving with me in Delta Co., 1st. Bn., 4th Marines, and given to me as a memento of a fellow Corpsman, HM3 Richard Rhine who had been recently KIA in Vietnam. It is dated 17 March 1967, Vietnam, and was written while D/1/4 was operating as a Special Landing Force (SLF) in Quang Tri Province, near the DMZ.

HMC James A. Greenough, USNR, Ret.