In the previous post, entitled "The Thundering Herd", there is a video that includes a poem written in 1970 by a US Army Helicopter pilot, Major Michael Davis O'Donnell. As it is a bit difficult to read in the video, I thought I would post it here in toto. It's a good piece, and worthy of repetition.
Major O'Donnell was killed in action, 24 March, 1970, in Cambodia along with all 8 members of Recon Team Pennsylvania and his co-pilot and 2 gunners. He had just extracted the recon team, under heavy NVA fire, when his helicopter was hit and exploded.
If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and one
backward glance when you are leaving, for the places they can no longer
Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not
always have. Take what they have left and what they have taught you
with their dying and keep it with your own.
And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war
insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
Written January 1, 1970 by Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
Dak To, South Vietnam