I WAS THAT WHICH OTHERS DID NOT WANT TO BE. 
I WENT WHERE OTHERS FEARED TO GO, 
AND DID WHAT OTHERS FAILED TO DO. 
I ASKED NOTHING FROM THOSE WHO GAVE NOTHING, 
AND RELUCTANTLY ACCEPTED THE FACT OF ETERNAL  
LONELINESS. . .SHOULD I FAIL. 
I HAVE SEEN THE FACE OF TERROR, 
FELT THE STINGING COLD OF FEAR, 
AND ENJOYED THE SWEET TASTE OF A MOMENT'S LOVE. 
I HAVE CRIED, PAINED, AND HOPED. . .BUT MOST OF ALL, 
I HAVE LIVED TIMES OTHERS WERE TO SAY  
WERE "BEST FORGOTTEN". 
AT LEAST SOME DAY I WILL BE ABLE TO SAY 
THAT I WAS PROUD OF WHAT I WAS. . . 
  
  
  
  
  
  
A 
UNITED 
STATES 
MARINE