THE BIG ONE

Dismantle, assemble, M. I. Rifle!

Sure, it was important!

When there was nothing else to do

In training department.

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M.I. Rifle used in World War II,

No wood, all metal, no screws.

Dismantle by hand then reassemble,

Get back together, good news!

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Did this, at least, once everyday

Practice makes perfect and pray.

We were encouraged to worship that piece

What more is there to say?

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Plenty for sure!  Yes, the perfect weapon!

And I made a perfect score!

Expert the title, Bulls Eye each time,

Oh, wait up, sure there’s more.

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Platoon at attention!  Called me up front,

Captain pinned medal on me!

Expert medal and how it did shine!

Solid silver!  Sure, for free!

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Store bought replicas I proudly sent home

No, not of the Silver kind,

Plated or whatever but who could tell?

Served my peace of mind.

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Field Day races, I came in first!

Sarge had been first for years!

I beat him, I think, he hid in his room

So no one could see his tears.

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What matters “First shall be last!”

I had lost it spiritually.

I stood up last, where it counted most

Up there at the judgment seat.

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Then again, first in the combat zone

1st Scout leading Patrol.

“First shall be last,” I heard it again

At last, who had control?

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But God had not left this boy!

Deep down!  I know it was true.

Someday I would preach and live for Him!

And nothing else would do!

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They plated, ‘Rev’ and ‘Sky Pilot’ on me

‘Padre,’ whatever have you,

Oh yes, and ‘Preach’ not derogatory,

They seemed proud, yes, it is true!

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This tough outfit, and bad, so very bad!

Cursing had all but ceased! (*)

New and lasting benefit, respect, I received

As though I had already preached!

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(*) Sure, it stopped when I was around!

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Simple Sam became ‘preacher man’

Me 01.30.12

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You might know, in combat, they replaced my expert rifle with a “Tommy Gun”

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