Christina A. Sharik

ALL FOR THE ROAD, THE BURMA ROAD

The Burma Road during WWII
The Burma Road during WWII

Yunnan
Tetang
Kunming

Dad wrote in his journal:
“the wholedamnthing”

They fought to cross the Salween,
To cross the River’s Gorge
Yanks, Brits, and Chinese Soldiers
Struggling to forge
Their way across each bridge
Up and down each mountain ridge.
Pilots crossed the Hump
to drop their precious loads ~
Supplies for the men and mules
Who held the Ledo and the Burma Roads

We might have to hit
The Empire of the Sun
From Chinese soil.
The River’s currents flowed
as they had always done.
Through steamy jungles and
muddy water these men would toil…
Young men, turned old
Before their time,
Young men who
Used to fish the rivers
At home ~
Young men lost before
Their prime ~
Young men whose
souls would forever bear
A nightmarish load
because
Of the Burma Road
All for a Road

‘Twas all for the Road……
It was all for The Burma Road.

Crossing the Salween River Gorge: WWII
Crossing the Salween River Gorge during WWII

Building The Burma Road: WWII
The Burma Road Today

The bridge that the Y Forces and Chinese used to cross the river to the Burma Road
The bridge that the Y Forces and Chinese used to get across the river to the Burma Road
It was blown up and re-built several times: Photo by Barbara McMurrey Hyde