From then, to today..we remember and give thanks

A Tin Can
Sailor

By: MMC Joseph
Early, USN (Ret.)
USS Vammen (DE-644)
USS Gregory (DD-802)
USS Furse
(DD-882)

A tin can sailor
Is a friend, indeed
He’ll come to your
aid
In a time of need

He’ll laugh at your jokes,
Agree with your
lies
And happy being
Just one of the guys.

After some lengthy
Maneuvers at sea
His mind
is focused
On a good liberty

When he first sets foot
On the ship yard
docks
You know where he’s from
By the way he walks.

And he walks quite fast
To his watering
hole
Where he becomes prey
For some one to roll.

If he should get rolled
He shows no
regrets
If they left him change
For some cigarettes

then on the way back
To his ship once more
He
walks funnier
Than he did before

Like all good sailors
After they unwind
Rolls
up his sleeves, and
Gets back to the grind

There’s the heat from steam
And many long
hours
Little fresh water
For taking showers

But he doesn’t mind
Any part of this
He’s a
tin can man
And that’s how it is

When his ship departs
And enters harms way
He
will state with pride
“Just earning my pay.”

And as they proceed
Through the jowls of
hell
He’s pleased with himself
For performing well

When the ship returns
To home port once
more
He takes the credit
For winning the war

Then in later years
In civilian life
He will
settle down
With a lovely wife

While at his bedside
And on bended knee
He
will pray for those
Who were lost at sea

After drifting off
Into a deep dream
He’s
back aboard ship
And cranking up steam

His mind often dwells
On his old
shipmates
Cherishing his years
With those reprobates

At ships reunions
He’s first to arrive
With
his sea stories
The past comes alive

And the bond that formed
While part of the
crew
Becomes stronger still
With their past on review

That same bond they share
No one can
sever
All tin can sailors
Are shipmates forever

http://www.destroyers.org/other%20information/poets%20corner/poem-a%20tin%20can%20sailor-2.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5T0fBcDu5U

 

From the Minute Men in the birth of our country and those who served around the world,  to our service men and women of today, those who have stood to protect and defend our Constitiution, our Country and her people, thank you.

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“God Bless the Mothers”

National Day of Prayer (since 1775) “Warriors Prayer”

The Psalms
91

Abiding in the Shadow of the Almighty
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD,

He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,

and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,

and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;

nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 nor for the pestilence thatwalketh in darkness;

nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side,

and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold

and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which ismy refuge,

even the Most High, thy habitation;
10 there shall no evil befall thee,

neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.10

to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in theirhands,

lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.11
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:

the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Lk. 10.19
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:

I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:

I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him,

and show him my salvation.

http://nationaldayofprayer.org/outreach/military-ministry/

BZ! and THANK YOU.

“Now I lay me down to sleep…one less terrorist this world does keep…with all my heart I give my thanks…to those in uniform regardless of ranks…you serve our country and serve it well…with humble hearts your stories tell…so as I rest my weary eyes…while freedom rings our flag still flies…you give your all, do what you must…with God we live and God we trust….Amen”

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