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A Patriot's Prayer Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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This was my response to my service in Vietnam. It was written over a period of years and the US Army final verse was amended to honor those who served with me as soldiers after my son, wife and daughter decided to offer their military talents to our country through that channel.

The Marine Version

A PATRIOT'S PRAYER

WHO AM I? A CHILD OF WAR, A VIETNAM HERO, OR AN AMERICAN WHORE?

WAS I A FOOLISH, SUCKERED SOUL, OR AN AMERICAN PATRIOT, PROUD AND BOLD?

WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT FROM YOU, OR YOU? AM I NOT LIKE YOU, OF YOU, YOU?

SURE I KILLED. FOR A CAUSE I THOUGHT WAS JUST. BUT VICTOR OR VICTIM, ALL TURN TO DUST.

WHO DIED BY MY HAND? NVA, VIETCONG, ALL HARDCORE. BUT NO INNOCENT BEINGS, AND NO SPOILS OF WAR.

REMEMBER THE BLAST, THE ARTILLERY'S ROAR? GRENADES, AND RIFLES, AND THOSE DEADLY CLAYMORES?

REMEMBER THE CHILDREN BORN UNTO WAR? ONCE THEIR INNOCENCE LOST, JUST TROPHIES OF WAR.

OFT' BAPTIZED IN GORE, WHEN MADNESS REIGNED, STILL, WE CRIED OUT FOR MORE, WHILE BEARING THE PAIN.

THEY PINNED SOME MEDALS ON OUR CHESTS, WITH A CARELESS NOD, NO MORE, NO LESS.

ALONE WE STOOD, APART FROM THE REST, WERE WE THE WORST, OR WERE WE THE BEST?

WAIT! DO YOU HEAR THE JUNGLE, THE ROCKETS, THE RAIN, REMEMBER DEATHS EVIL MASK, ETCHED WITH PAIN?

SPEAK TO ME SOFTLY, AND DO NOT STARE, AND SAVE YOUR JUDGEMENT, YOUR PITY, YOUR PRAYER.

FOR EVERY TIME MAN TRIES TO RISE, ABOVE EVIL'S STRONG AND BINDING TIES

ANOTHER PATRIOT WILL GO, AND LEAD THE FIGHT, TO SPREAD THE HOLY GLOW, OF FREEDOMS LIGHT.

HE'LL SEND FREEDOMS EAGLE, SOARING HIGH, 'CROSS THE HALLOWED BREADTH, OF HEAVEN'S SKIES.

AND HERE AT HOME, WE'LL SIT AND WAIT, AS AMERICAN PATRIOTS MEET THEIR FATE.

SOME WILL LIVE, AND SOME WILL DIE, AS FREEDOM'S EAGLE, MOURNS AND CRIES.

BUT THOSE WHO SHED THEIR BLOOD AND TEARS, WILL EARN THEIR PLACE ON HEAVEN'S TIERS.

FROM OPPRESSION'S CRIES, THESE MEN WON'T HIDE, BUT FACE EACH CHALLENGE, FILLED WITH PRIDE.

WHO ARE THESE PATRIOTS? THEIR NAMES I MEAN. THE EAGLE'S GUARDIANS ARE CALLED "MARINES".

(Terminal Verse: U.S. Army version )

WHO ARE THESE PATRIOTS? WHO STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER. THEY'RE SIMPLY CALLED "AMERICAN SOLDIERS".


CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 4 RAY R. FAIRMAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
1963-1996
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Do You Practice Or Preach? Print E-mail
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Just how difficult is it for you to follow instructions? By that I mean your own advice.
As leaders, we expect everyone to follow the instructions, orders and advice we give them. However we often have quite a bit of trouble following our own advice, or at least I do. Clik Read More to follow along with my rambling.
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Arrows From The Chaplain's Quiver Print E-mail
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Just a few, "5 second", thoughts on life and how it should be lived by those of professing to be Christian law enforcement officers.
Take time to see how many are being displayed in your life. Just click on the "Read More" link to the right.


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Leadership Is Where You Find It Print E-mail
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When discussing leadership I have heard too many folks say, “But that isn’t directed at me because I’m not a leader, I’m just a parent, a Sunday school Teacher, a Nursery Worker or a Deacon.

People I have some news for you, you are every bit as important a leader as those that Paul wrote this book to from his prison cell a long time ago.

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Our Greatest Asset Or Our Greatest Liability? Print E-mail
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A great many people think that they understand the military and law enforcement professions without ever having experienced either. Neither of these professions is ever going to make a person rich, so why would anyone want to be among the brotherhood of arms. Well I am going to take a moment to tell you why I joined the Marines back in "63". A great many of the reasons I will touch on also led me into law enforcement after my 10 years of active duty and also kept me in the USMCR for another 23 years. When it comes right down to it, I refused to retire from battle even after it became time to stop drawing a paycheck. Hence my new career as a sworn reserve police officer and a my assignment as a law enforcement chaplain who comes "armed with a Bible and a Glock."  To see how I feel about this issue, click on Read More.
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My Memorial Day Thoughts Print E-mail
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You know sometimes I get a bit frustrated with our country. Oh I love it all right, but it discourages me when I think about our history and freedoms and how much they really cost and then realize that we allow congress and the greeting card industry to tell us we only have one day a year to remember our deceased veterans, one day to remember our living veterans, one day to remember our mothers, one day to remember our country's birthday, one day to remember our fathers, (Many of whom fought for the freedoms we experience today) and God help us if we forget the three day Memorial day New and Used Car Sale! Enough of my ranting and raving let me get down to my message. I think I'll call it: A Week Full Of Sundays.  Click Read More to follow along.
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