Dog Face Doc 11th LIB Americal Infantry Division RVN
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What was once boyish laughter, 


A permanent psycho social disaster, 

Smiles and laughter

Transformed into unending manly tears, 

As seconds turn into years,   

Ordered chaos, 

The smell of sulfur is in the air, 

Heroic fears, 

More battle lies ahead, 

Women, babies... 

Civilian casualties lie dead,   

He tires 

As it rains liquid orange fire, 

Black smoke plumes 

And diesel fumes 

Causing some to choke, 

Ranks scatter, 

Death's rattle, 

Uniform muddy and tatterd, 

Tree branches like birds

Fly through the air, 

Slow motion scenes 

As though from 

A nightmarish dream, 

Hearing muffled 

From the fire-fight's reality, 

Haven't washed in days, 

Duty's deception... 

The soldier's life 

A story of death and pain unending,


No one can ever flip the page... 

Bombs blast, duty, honor 

And death's memory etched in future rage.   




Habib Abu Lateef 



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