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Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass

He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass

Step forward now, you soldier
How shall I deal with you

Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
No, Lord, I guess I aint

Because those of us who carry guns
Cant always be a saint.

Ive had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes Ive been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasnt mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,
Ive wept unmanly tears.

I know I dont deserve a place
Among the people here,

They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

If youve a place for me here,
Lord, It neednt be so grand,

I never expected or had too much,
But if you dont, Ill understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod

As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God,

Step forward now, you soldier,
Youve borne your burdens well,

Walk peacefully on Heavens streets,
Youve done your time in Hell.

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Comment by Dave Gettman on April 26, 2009 at 6:48am
Nice, Elliott. Never seen this one before, and I've seen a lot in my time.
Comment by Elliott Fitchett on April 26, 2009 at 2:06am
I really like this.
It reminds me of the "Cavalrymans' prayer that I learned a long time ago and prayed with sincerity.

"I come before you Jesus Christ with a heavy heart. I see my people destroyed and I come before you, beseeching you to give me the things that no one else prays for. Lord, give me trouble and strife, give me warfare and privation. Show me our enemies so that my people will not have to see them. I pray Lord God that when you give these things to me once, give them to me always, for I may not have the courage to ask this again. Fortify my heart Oh Lord. Make me a shield for my people and a scourge to my enemies. I pray that you fill me with the Wrath of Yaweh, The vengeful desert God of my ancestors. Through you we will live. Through you I will provide my people with security and peace, until you return."
Comment by Jesse Kelley on February 6, 2009 at 11:55pm
Well Mac,
I am sorry, I already have it posted in two places. In this blog and in "Passing of a Trooper' in the general Forum. Thomas Reinle and James Paris, need to copy their remembrances to Fiddlers Green.
Comment by MAC on February 6, 2009 at 6:59pm
FINAL INSPECTION NEEDS FORWARD TO FIDDLERS GREEN ! HOW COPY? OVER:

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9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891

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This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.

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