Friday, May 27, 2016

From a Vietnam Vet to Dodging Donald

From a Vietnam Vet to Dodging Donald
By Robert A. Hall

Born with a silver spoon
Forged in grandpa's brothel rooms,
You leveraged that beyond all dreams
From fools who bought into your schemes.

You cheated on your wives before
With married women by the score,
Then bragged and didn't give a damn,
Said sex was just like Vietnam.

You never served a single day,
A Rear Rank Ranger on your way,
To CIC of all our troops,
There is no low where you won't stoop.

And now my comrades fade away,
They served when Donald ran away.
Our eyes tell you we've not forgot
That we were there--and you were not.

For sex or school is not like war,
Though politics rewards the whore.
And could we now, we'd serve again.
We know who were the better men.

Robert A. Hall volunteered for the Marines on his 18th birthday in 1964. In 1966 he was part of an artillery battery at Camp Lejeune scheduled for a six month cruise in the Caribbean. Instead he volunteered for Vietnam. He led a Radio Replay Team at Khe Sanh in 1967, including a month with the Combined Action Company in Khe Sanh Village, and was fortunate that the area was relatively quiet then. After the Corps, he graduated from U-Mass in 1972 with a BA in Government and was elected to the state senate. He served five terms, and reenlisted in the Marine Reserves, where he served from 1977 to 1983, when a career change meant he had to work weekends. Permission granted to forward, post or reprint.

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