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You went to war,
at seventeen,
boarding a Navy ship
to unknown waters,
tearful and fearful,
yet brave for all that,
knowing not
what to expect,
but ready
– you prayed –
for what lay ahead.
You spoke only once
of the horror you saw,
but you lived it
in moments quiet,
when you withdrew
to think about
what you’d been through.
Grieving and baffled,
by innocence lost,
you served with pride,
to keep freedom alive.

In tribute to my father, Tommy Conkle, who proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

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  1. These beautiful heartfelt comments struck emotional chords with me . My Dad was a Brother in Arms. He served on the USS Vincenne Cruiser 122 in the Pacific Theatre, WWII. He grieved all the rest of his years. I was only 17 when he took me to the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor. Later that day we went to the Punch Bowl Memorial Cemetary. I fully understood his grief, as I watched him search for names on the hallowed engraved granite. As he got older, he eventually shared some of his stories. We attended many Memorial Day Cermonies at Veteran’s Park , Las Vegas. After he passed, I prayed for his peace at the WWII Memorial on Dec 7. It was a fabulous service . Every state in the Union was represented and displayed the most gorgeous wreaths in the round Rotunda of the memorial. The Sec of the Navy ( a woman) spoke to us. It is an incredible memory.


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