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Old 04-27-2004, 13:22   #1
RussP
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Poems, Songs, "Quotes" that mean something to "us"

Do you have any?

I mentioned the Air Force PJs in another thread. Here is a poem about them. It was written in all caps and that's the way it is found on the web.

You can read it with music here: http://www.lakelandvietnow.org/yourpages2.html

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"P.J." is the nickname for the Air Force Special Operations Air-Sea Rescue Men - Para-Medics/Forward Air Control who are the ones who actually leave the aircraft to locate and retrieve downed pilots and crew, and call in support air power for the rescue in all environments.
The "Jolly Green Giant" is the helicopter used during the Viet Nam War Era that was large and strong enough to carry out a rescue mission in hostile areas.
The McDonal Phantom F4-D two-seater fighter plane is the operational aircraft for a select group of pilots who are referred to as he "Wild Weasels."
They fly in to seek out radar sites and Surface to Air Missile launch sites to clear the way for other aircraft to be able to do their mission.
To "dance with a SAM" is a specific maneuver an aircraft must execute in order not to be shot down by the missile. A "MIG" is a fighter aircraft built by the Russians and used against American forces over Viet Nam.

This is dedicated to those who put it all on the line for others.
It's for those who didn't beat the odds through no fault of their own, and gave full measure to the meaning of the motto "So that others may live."

Here's to you Bill Pitsenbarger and the other 18 Viet Nam era P.J.'s; here's to all of the 65 P.J.'s who gave their lives since 1947...
So That Others May Live...

And here's to those who returned having also put it all on the line when it counted.
*****************************
Ed Rech (Started 1970/Completed 1999)


"HOO-YA, P.J.!...OF FRIENDS WHEN IN NEED, "PASSED & PRESENT"

THEY DOWNED A "MIG", "DANCED WITH A SAM",
TRYING HARD TO MAKE IT HOME,
BUT IN THE FREY, THEIR BIRD OF PREY
LOST FEATHERS OF HER OWN.
LEAKIN' FUEL SO FAST, IT WON'T BE LONG
TILL THEY'LL BE FALLING LIKE A STONE,
ONE LAST CALL TO BASE AND PULL THAT RING,
THE GLASS BUBBLE IT IS BLOWN,
SOMEWHERE NORTH ALONG THAT MUDDY MEKONG RIVER.

FEET FOLLOW NOSE, LIKE A "HAIL MARY" PASS,
THEY'RE JUST FOOTBALLS ON THE SAIL,
DON'T REMEMBER MUCH, ALL THAT NOISE AND WIND,
THANK GOD THE CHUTES ARE FULL,
PLEASE DON'T LET THIS BE THE END OF A JUST AND VALIANT DUEL,
HANGIN' IN THE TREES, ONE WITH A BROKEN ARM,
BUT IT COULD BE WORSE,
DOWN IN THAT MUDDY POOL,
SOMEWHERE NORTH ABOVE THAT MUDDY MEKONG RIVER.

NOW THE WORD GOES OUT, "UP NORTH THERE'S A PHANTOM DOWN!"
AND P.J. KNOWS THERE'S TWO OF THEM, ONE OF MCDONALD PEDIGREE,
THE OTHER SELDOM SEEN, YET ALWAYS THERE,
AND REFERRED TO AS "CHARLIE,"
THE "JOLLY GREEN GIANT'S" UP, AND QUICKLY ON ITS WAY,
SOMEWHERE ALONG THAT MUDDY MEKONG RIVER.

AS YOU FLY ALONG FOR ONE BRIEF MOMENT,
YOUR THOUGHTS GO BACK TO THE DAY WHEN THE OTHERS AFTER WORK,
WERE OVER AT THE CLUB, BUT YOU RAN AND SWAM THOSE LAPS,
FOR YOU KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME,
WHEN SOMEONE WOULD BE IN NEED PERHAPS,
OF WHAT YOU TRAINED TO BE.
"HOOO-YA, P.J.!" THE MISSION CRY REMAINS
"HOOO-YA, P.J.!" AND THE MOTTO IS SUSTAINED,
"SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE,"
SOMEWHERE ALONG THAT MUDDY MEKONG RIVER.

PILOT "HOLD YOUR HOVER," P.J.'S STANDING IN THE DOOR,
PILOT "HOLD YOUR HOVER," IT'S TIME TO GO ONCE MORE,
SO YOU RIDE THE BALL ON THAT THREAD OF STEEL,
THROUGH THAT CANOPY OF GREEN TO THE FOREST FLOOR BELOW,
YOU KNOW THERE'S NOT MUCH TIME TO FIND THE CREW AND GO,
BEFORE "CHARLIE" COMES, YES "CHARLIE'S" IN THE KNOW,
GOD KNOWS YOU'RE GIVING ALL YOU HAVE TO GIVE,
"SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE,"
SOMEWHERE NORTH ALONG THAT MUDDY MEKONG RIVER.

IT'S GETTING LATE, THE ENEMY IS NEAR, IN DISTANCE AND IN TIME,
LIFE'S 150 FEET ABOVE, DEATH'S JUST 50 YARDS BEHIND,
"FIRST IN - LAST OUT," FOR YOU, BUT YOU'VE KNOWN THAT ALL ALONG,
"PILOT HOLD YOUR HOVER," P.J.'S COMIN' OFF THE FLOOR,
"PILOT FLY FOR COVER," P.J.'S STANDIN' IN THE DOOR,
SOME SAY YOU CHEATED DEATH,
THEY SAY YOU BEAT THE ODDS ONCE MORE,
SOMEWHERE NORTH ALONG THAT MIGHTY MEKONG RIVER,
SOMEWHERE NORTH ALONG THAT MUDDY MEKONG SHORE.

NOW, YOUR HAIR IS GONE, YOUR WEIGHT HAS GROWN,
AND YOU KNOW YOU'LL NEVER DO,
ALL THOSE THINGS THAT YOU ONCE DID, NOW AT 52,
BUT TODAY A THOUSAND TRY TO BE JUST ONE,
WHO STANDS UP WITH THE REST,
TO TOTAL 272, THEY HAVE TO BE THE BEST,
ACROSS A WORLD-WIDE SCENE,
THEY ARE THE LEGACY OF THE SONS OF THE "JOLLY GREEN,"
YES, THEY STILL FLY, AND IT STILL TAKES ALL THEY HAVE TO GIVE...
AND MORE,

"HOOO-YA, P.J.!" "SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE,"
SOMEWHERE ON LAND OR SEA, OR ALONG SOME MIGHTY RIVER,
DOWN ON SOME FOREIGN SHORE.
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