Vietnam TSgt 1967

THE MISSING MAN

His heart still beats.
… Never will we give up his memory,
… while we wait, between life and death.

While our hearts beat
… they shall hold him in reverie,
… once our partner while we trod life’s path.

We salute you,
… whereever you are, remembered all time through,
… our country’s honor compels us to do what’s right.

This tribute, too,
… our hearts now give, is the least one can do
… to keep Hope alive; your last battle, is our constant fight.

You are not left alone;
… like you fought beside us, side-by-side,
… we still hold the ranks, the vigil constant!

We will bring you home!
… We accept the mission! Forward! Forever!
… Relentless our quest, our thanks, our intent.

The best of us
… is what we became, in service, bound together!
… Brother and sister together we shall stand.

The rest of us,
… but for the grace of the God of our land,
…… know that any one of us
………… could well have been
…………… The Missing Man.

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