Gavin M. Campbell


Private Smith was killed
He was the 6012 killed
The news spoke of ambush
They showed his picture
Called him “Another Casualty,
from the 101st Airborne:
The 53rd American death,
in this the bloodiest month.”
He is merely another GI dead.
101st has one less trigger puller

I never met Private Smith
I never had to meet to know
He’s like 6011 others.

Private Smith’s mom is Mary
Mary lost her youngest son, Jeff
Private Smith’s niece, Jenny,
Was waiting for “Uncle Jeff,
He is in a bad place,
but when he gets back,
we are going for ice cream.”
Private Smith had a fiancé
The last letter she wrote him
Would have told him
about Jenny’s new cousin.