By Richard Morgan
Artwork by Pat Morgan

Overloaded landing crafts, all in a row,
standing room only
for lionhearted Marines
not thinking of tomorrow.

Marine warriors, all in a row,
assaulting the beach,
take it before dark,
or die trying.

Marine tents, all in a row,
days of discipline and routine.
Morning sick call, treating all,
all except broken hearts.

Marines standing, all in a row,
Sunday services,
so many faiths, only one prayer.
Get us home.

Five Marines plus one, all in a row,
raising the American flag
over an Pacific island
called Iwo Jima.

Six thousand Marine graves, all in a row,
crosses standing,
silently declaring,
I am here. Never give up.

Semper Fi

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