Five Hundred Days

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    (8/3/01 3:57:16 pm)
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    A friend sent me this… I've told him about all of you here and recommended that he join in the talks/fun/stories, etc. Hope he takes me up on that someday! In the meantime, I thought I would share this with all of you.

    "Five Hundred Days"
    “Five Hundred Days of VO-67”

    Time may erase all that know the story
    Of what Sky Sailors did in Laos, with untold glory
    VC gunners found it easy to send some to heaven
    Twenty were lost from VO-Sixty Seven

    The Screaming Green Neptune’s flew steadily on
    In search of the trucks and supplies for the Cong
    Laying their buoys in a perfect straight line
    Making history in warfare, the first of it’s kind

    Tracers looked like ribbons, ablaze in the sky
    But not one brave crewmember thought he would die
    Alas, fate is the hunter, and to some made a call
    They gave as much as they could, some gave it all

    Remember the Phantoms, how they stood on their tails
    They tried to protect us with the help of the Nails
    Sandys and Jollys were scattered about
    In case they were needed to get our butts out

    The buzz of the mini guns expending their load
    Jets roaring, wings flexing, were bugging the road
    Red earth below us, bad guys running round
    The buoys are talking, what a beautiful sound

    For five hundred days VO-Sixty Seven made history
    Why their tale was not told still remains a big mystery
    Just memories and brotherhood is all that remains
    When we faced the guns in those Screaming Green planes

    Those Special Green Neptune’s are all gone from this earth
    But the men who flew in them are aware of their worth
    They took us to places that young boys do dream
    But the realties of war aren’t as clear as they seem

    Old men together after all the long years
    Laughing and hugging and shedding some tears
    Was it all worth it, did we do any good
    Did some die for nothing, we did the best that we could

    We honor our heroes in those screaming green planes
    Etched in our memory and souls are their names
    I know it was worth it, the things that we did
    It saved many soldiers, to come home to there kids

    Bob Reynolds –2001
    In Memory of “ The Crew-5 Roadrunners” of VO-67, lost in combat 2-17-68, Laos.

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    (8/7/01 10:11:44 am)
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    Beautiful, Winter. Thanks for sharing your friend's poem with us.
    Hope he will join us soon!


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    (8/7/01 11:00:26 am)
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    Winter, please pass to Bob that I enjoyed that very much.
    Their jobs were critical to those aspects of the war.!