They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


Dwell in Hope

by Ben Hawkins

Poem


Answer to Our Youth

by Dennis O’Brien

Poem


Dance Little Children

by Dennis O’Brien

Poem


Possessions

by James Janssen

Prose


An Affinity With Acronyms (OTUS and OTY)

by CJ Reeves

Poem


LAST REQUEST

By Fidel Ramos, Army

Writing Type: Poem

I carried him across my back, never knew his name.
Struggled two miles, across enemy-held terrain.
So weary, finally we had to stop and rest.
I leaned him against a tree, in this rainy, muddy mess.
I offered him a smoke, he murmured,
""Soon I'm going to die.""
Saw his blood-soaked clothes, closed his eyes and began to cry.
He refused to let me move him, begged me not to leave.
Told him I had no choice.
In desperation he grabbed and held my sleeve.
He'd taken massive wounds in this lousy, living hell.
Seeping from his body was death's sweet sickening smell.
His fading eyes sent a message and a plea.
Sadly, I understood what he was asking me.
I didn't want to think, just to get this last job done.
Slammed in the clip, raised my rifle, fired -
For him peace at last had come.

Notes: Pat Kranzow

Sergeant Mackey

by Dwight Jenkins

Poem


Dance Little Children

by Dennis O’Brien

Poem


Combat Nursing

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Prose


That Look

by David Marchant

Poem


The Light Bulb Man

by Sean Parrish

Prose


Just for Today

by Michele Johnson

Poem