Semper I (a poem)

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"Semper I" is an old Marine Corps term applied to those selfish careerists who place their own success ahead of their men and the  wellbeing of  the Corps. Congressman John Murtha is a living example of that disgraceful term.
 
A bugle blows in Arlington,

Lilting notes fill still sad air,

An eagle's tears a globe fall on,

Trail an anchor with despair,

For a man we'd wish had not to die,

Brave youth among the best,

A Marine, he lived for Semper Fi,

And with Semper Fi he'll rest.

 

So sadly is the contrast,

Between those who talk and fight;

Fat Pols for whom their war's past,

But now can't see the light,

Accusing brave young fighting men,

Of crimes they can't defend,

Disgraceful fat old congressmen,

Who've lost the will to win.

 

Yes there we see the difference,

Between those who fight to win,

And a congressman with no sense,

Who's committed grievous sin;

He's turned against his Corps,

And no one knows quite why,

Except he loves himself much more:

Classic case of Semper I.

 

Semper Fi to all Marines everywhere from an old paratrooper who holds Murtha in as much contempt as you do.

 

Russ Vaughn
327th Parachute Infantry Regiment

101st Airborne Division

Vietnam 65—66

"Semper I" is an old Marine Corps term applied to those selfish careerists who place their own success ahead of their men and the  wellbeing of  the Corps. Congressman John Murtha is a living example of that disgraceful term.
 
A bugle blows in Arlington,

Lilting notes fill still sad air,

An eagle's tears a globe fall on,

Trail an anchor with despair,

For a man we'd wish had not to die,

Brave youth among the best,

A Marine, he lived for Semper Fi,

And with Semper Fi he'll rest.

 

So sadly is the contrast,

Between those who talk and fight;

Fat Pols for whom their war's past,

But now can't see the light,

Accusing brave young fighting men,

Of crimes they can't defend,

Disgraceful fat old congressmen,

Who've lost the will to win.

 

Yes there we see the difference,

Between those who fight to win,

And a congressman with no sense,

Who's committed grievous sin;

He's turned against his Corps,

And no one knows quite why,

Except he loves himself much more:

Classic case of Semper I.

 

Semper Fi to all Marines everywhere from an old paratrooper who holds Murtha in as much contempt as you do.

 

Russ Vaughn
327th Parachute Infantry Regiment

101st Airborne Division

Vietnam 65—66