SURE NOT ‘PRO TEM’!

I dodged the draft  by enlisting!

Then taking a discharge contained,

Never to be drafted again!

So a 4-F I sustained.

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Then a wee bit tired of the freedom thing,

Living on a banana a day.

I got hungry, sure, the Army took me,

Not particular that way.

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Sure I had fun while my rung,

Starving, like, most of the time.

Army chow, sure, very thought assailed!

At least the three-meals on the line.

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A bum for sure!  No free meals!

I would rather die than beg!

Almost did!  What!  Enlisted again?

So the army found a ‘Reg’, regular.

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Not too bad!  Final, the Philippines.

Took First Scout, 2nd Squad!

For 6 non-stop months trudged Negros Isle,

Lived on bullion while trod!

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Long weary miles a man or two everyday,

From our squad of 12 whittled down!

Settled for 11, what else after that?

Could not care less, did not frown!

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Not a care.  So why First Scout?  First killed!

First to get shot.  Did not last!

Scout leading, Squad Leader next,

So how did those leaders last?

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First in front took the shot, of course!

How come I did not get hit?

Walked too fast!  Or God’s protection,

I realized bit by bit!

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God protected.  Had plans for this man.

This no-a-count Paratrooper,

Knew that I would not turn Him down!

Got me out of that soup!

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I then enlisted in God’s Army!

Some  preparation then,

Needy churches clear across U-S of A,

Pastored not ‘Pro-tem’.

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Sam (Wesley) Cox  09.28.11

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