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By Robert "Cody" Griffith || Poem Categories

In The Death of Combatcountry as flag
The author was wounded August 17, 1967. Quang Tri Providence of Vietnam - Operation Beacon Gate with B. Co - 1st.Blt - 3rd Mar - 3rdMarDiv

During Vietnam, the author sustained head injures from a grenade blast and was shot twice in a fire fight. He was pronounced clinically dead for about three minutes (his heart stopped). One evening in 1996, he awoke from sleep and saw himself going through the transition to death that he had experienced.

He writes: “These are the words that came to me at that time and… I felt that these same words must have come to many who have had the same near death or death experience as I had that early morning on 17 Aug. '67.”

In the death of combat the only light to be seen is that of the glistening moon, and the silences of all life in the night are almost deafening.

As the chill of ones soul cools the hot night, the feel of hell's eternity covers one with the fear of blackness and loneliness, and the cries and screams make no sound to those in the night of deaths life.

As life ends the death, the touch of an unknown to carry back, and awake to life in a different light, but not to be forgotten.
By Robert "Cody" Griffith, Vietnam War Veteran
Copyright 1996
Listed July 12, 2012

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