The price of your freedom is very dear.  The check that paid for it is chiseled in stone in thousands of graveyards and signed in blood on battlefields around the world.  Cherish your freedom and remember the supreme sacrafice of those who gave it to you.

Remember that only two defining forces ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul the other died for your freedom.

It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves under the flag, And whose coffin is draped in the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag. ©Copyright by Charles M. Province

For the fact that you are reading this, thank a teacher.

For the fact that you are reading this in English, thank a soldier. 


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend







This page is dedicated to the people I knew who died in Viet Nam.  Some were people I served with others were just acquaintances and some were dear friends.  As long as I live, none of them will be forgotten.  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.  Amen


SGT Robert Lee Dorsey

Killed in Action 


SSG Ray Fordyce

Killed in Action


PFC Preston Polk

Killed in Action


CPT Richard Glidden

Brain hemorrhage


PFC Roger Eckstein

Killed in Action


PFC Bill Miller

Killed in Action


SP4  Larry Barger

Killed in Action


SGT Fred Vickery

Killed in Action


SP4 John Petrie

Killed in Action


SP5 Mike Jodrey

Killed in Action



"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.   Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.   And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind." 


The above was written by Major Michael Davis O'Donnell  1 January 1970  Dak To, Vietnam   Listed as KIA February 7, 1978. it was copied from the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall Site.


There is a moment so pristine, so quiet and pure it must be like the very first moment after the creation.  There is no sound, or movement of any sort.  It seems to last forever, but is just the fleeting instant between the time the echo of the last shot of the battle has faded and the time the wounded start to scream.  It is like everyone and everything is frozen, afraid that even the slightest movement or sound will start the madness again.  I pray that you never have to experience that moment. 


From border to border I have traveled, from sea to sea I have roamed, though I left Viet Nam many years ago, Viet Nam will never let me go home.


We live in the land of the free because of the BRAVE