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Two Brothers Went off to War
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By Quentin Clingerman
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Two Brothers Went off to War

My two older brothers
Enlisted to do their patriotic duty
Went off to war

The younger in the Navy
Nearly blown out of the water
Off Tokyo, Japan

His story in the local paper
A home town hero!

The older who because he was colorblind
Couldn't become a pilot, so became a foot soldier
And did his time in Europe after the German surrender

Came home more quietly, but
A hero to his family

They had done their patriotic duty

A younger brother went to Vietnam
He too enlisted
Came home injured in body and soul

No hero's welcome
Except from his closest family

Two bothers went off to war.
Now in the grave awaiting the resurrection

The third brother, active in the VFW
Marches in the Memorial Day parades
He sees himself as a patriot too!


Two Brothers Went off to War(c)2005 Quentin Clingerman


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Submitted: Monday, May 30, 2005

Last Updated: Monday, May 30, 2005

About the Poet
I am a retired educator. Now 85 years of age. I live in Maryland. I am the father of three ladies and thirteen grandchildren. Four grandchildren now married. I have two great grandsons, Koi Jon and Quinn Manu and a great granddaughter,Sephira Jade. Poems are an expression of how I think and feel. Variety in either case! I am the founder of WordChimes.com WC originated in February, 2000.


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