Larry “Doc” Stanberry

Larry is the Chaplain of The National Association of Medics and Corpsmen (NAMC)

IN VIETNAM

You tried to save your buddies
As best you could.
You did your best with what you had
And cursed the heavens
When it wasn’t enough
Because in your arms they died anyway.
You cried inside
At the loss of a friend.
But you had to move on
IN VIETNAM

Next guy was lucky, or so you thought.
You patched him up
And sent him off,
But sometimes never knew
If he really made it.
A buddy saved.
But lost all the same
IN VIETNAM

A lot of men died but you survived,
Or so they said,
When you came back.
But you’ll never forget the ones you lost
Or left behind.
They are there
upon the Wall.
Their bodies long buried but their souls still roam
IN VIETNAM

In your heart
You still mourn.
Your heart still aches
For those long lost friends.
But you suffer still
From a greater loss.
For you now search for that part of you
That also died.
IN VIETNAM

Published in “Mercy Warriors, Saving Lives Under Fire” page 29