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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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