Richard D. Preston

LEGACY

In the Vietnam War
We did as we were told,
Hell most of us
Weren’t very old

We fought as one
Some died alone
But the living fought on
As our dead flew home

We could defend and fight
That which we could see
All except that toxic mist
That floated above the trees

Yeah it killed the trees
And the jungle was clear
For us at the time
It calmed our fears

We trusted our country
Returned to live our lives
We settled down
Loved our kids and wives

Without any warning
Veterans fell ill
Our country denied
The Dioxin from the hills

Young men were dying
As their loved ones cried:
Never thinking for a moment
Their government had lied

But the sad truth is
Back in the Vietnam days
Our troops were sprayed
And today betrayed

For you see,

We could defend and fight
That which we could see
All except that toxic mist
That floated above the trees