If you are able, save for them a place inside of you
And save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go
Be not ashamed to say you loved them,
Though you may or may not have always.
Take what they have left and taught you with their dying,
And keep it with your own.
And in time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane,
Take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes
You left behind...
Major Michael O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Major O’Donnell was shot down over Cambodia on March 24, 1970 while attempting to recover some soldiers in a firefight. He was declared MIA for 20+ years. His remains were found & recovered April 12, 1995.