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Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene

You Were Our “Doc”

Photo by Olga Guryanova on Unsplash

Reprinted with permission from “Veterans’ Voices” Summer 2022 Vol. 70, No. 2, page 7


You were lean and green,

Fresh to our unit,

Brash, bold and bragging,

Pushing yourself to the limit.


We were Marines

With our own swagger.

You were FMF,

New to our banter.


You were against the war

And refused a weapon to carry.

Once we understood,

We knew you weren’t Navy.


You carried more med bags

And knew what to do.

We carried more ammo

To help get us all through.


You were with us

In the darkness of a firefight.

We were under siege,

Hoping our reactions were right.


You were injured more than once

With no one to render you aid.

We kept trying to kill,

While you continued to save.


You did the best you could;

Words won’t erase your pain.

A few marines didn’t make it

But you weren’t to blame.


Thanks, “Doc.”


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