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Charlie Company Last Mission

Six months in six months to go
an army discharge than homeward bound
retired a civilian see after the kiddies and Mrs.
get on with life business as usual
is in the back of most grunts minds'

Charlie Company first Marine battalion
just received orders
mop-up the city of Falluja

Then And Now In Nightmare Baghdad

The sun set no moon or stars in the sky
electricity cuts not one light was on
streets abandoned dark and desolate
only a couple of wild dogs and feral cats
hide in back alleyway corners cowering
coalition imposed 10 to 4A.M. curfew
shoot to maim or kill anything
with two legs walking

Not a candle glowed behind the black drapes
where desperate people huddle shivering in terror
fearful of letting on the coalition forces
know their morbid dwelling inhabited
thus subjected to break-in house ransacked
humiliation roughed up punishment
shot or swept away...

Convoy Crosses Thin Red Line Lone Resistance Fighter Mission Destroy

It was Thursday the twelve two thousand-three
in the twilight stretch of day
on the long lonely remote desert highway
smack in the middle of the Sunni triangle
a landscape littered with rusted army junk
depleted uranium fragments sizes dust to chunk
strewn all over was poison and death
circa 1991 first gulf conflict...