Anthony W. Pahl

RAAF Medevac Chopper: Vietnam 1969
9 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) slick landing at Vampire Pad, 1st Australian Field Hospital, Vung Tau with Australian casualties. Late 1969

Cutting into acrid smoke filled air
on wings of angels, they hover there
Threads connecting earth and sky above
raise wounded heroes with caring love.
Nose dips, tail lifts to salute the brave
and the angels depart without a wave
as the wounded are tended by the best;
are comforted, hands held to breast
as if to transmit the gift of life
to heroes who’ve succumbed to strife.
When the screams stop, the tears begin
as another soul is passed to Him!