Happy 100th, Big John (a poem)

Russ Vaughn
All these years, come and gone,

Too many since we lost Big John.

No other gave so much to me,

Or made me be what now I be.

A sense of honor, sense of right,

Sense to know you sometimes fight,

To face the odds, accept the pain,

Lessons I learned from John Wayne.


Hey, Big John, rest in peace; some still your lessons heed;

The warriors fighting for us all, uphold the John Wayne creed.


Happy Birthday,


Russ Vaughn

All these years, come and gone,

Too many since we lost Big John.

No other gave so much to me,

Or made me be what now I be.

A sense of honor, sense of right,

Sense to know you sometimes fight,

To face the odds, accept the pain,

Lessons I learned from John Wayne.


Hey, Big John, rest in peace; some still your lessons heed;

The warriors fighting for us all, uphold the John Wayne creed.


Happy Birthday,


Russ Vaughn