Gregory Jerome Vandewalle
GREGORY JEROME VANDEWALLE
LCPL – E3 – Marine Corps – Regular
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Nov 22, 1946
From SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Casualty was on May 14, 1967
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Panel 19E – – Line 123
WORLD’S BEST WAR MACHINE
You sit at home and watch TV,
And sip a glass of icy tea.
The news comes on and then you hear
The All-Star game is drawing near.
Then you see a far-off land
Where men are dying in the sand.
Forget the guy across the sea,
He’s far away and doesn’t concern me.
He’s waging a war
To keep the fight from your door.
Do you realize what he’ll do?
Like giving up his life for you.
Yet he asks nothing in return,
So you can stay in school and learn.
The college crowd thinks he is a fool,
That’s what makes him hard and cruel.
Some will be heroes because they’re brave;
Others will earn an earthen grave.
You’ll spot him as he passes by;
There is a sad, but proud look in his eye.
He’s the world’s best war machine – –
He’s a United States Marine.
©Copyright May 13, 1967 by Gregory J. Vandewalle