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dixicritter
2009-12-21, 09:27
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Rock and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010.

D'Artagnan
2009-12-21, 09:29
And to you, too. I bet it'll be nice having the ol' guy around the house this Christmas instead of playing in the sandbox.

SGT Rock
2009-12-21, 14:54
Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.

I had come down the chimney with presents to give
And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind
A sober thought came through my mind.

For this house was different, so dark and dreary,
I knew I had found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.

I heard stories about them, I had to see more
So I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.

And there he lay sleeping silent alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one bedroom home.

His face so gentle, his room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured a United States soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean shaven, his weathered face tan,
I soon understood this was more then a man.

For I realized the families that I saw that night
Owed their lives to these men who were willing to fight.

Soon ‘round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom each month of the day,
Because of soldiers like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone
On a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.

Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The solder awakened and I heard a rough voice,
“Santa don’t cry, this life is my choice;

I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,
My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”

With that he rolled over and drifted off into sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I watched him for hours, so silent and still,
I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.

So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
And I covered this Soldier from his toes to his head.

And I put on his T-shirt of gray and black,
With an eagle and an Army patch embroidered on back.

And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
And for a shining moment, I was United States Army deep inside.

I didn’t want to leave him on that cold dark night,
This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over, whispered with a voice so clean and pure,
“Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch, and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night!

saimyoji
2009-12-21, 15:07
somewhere in the middle i thought the soldier was gonna wake up and blow santa away.....:ahhhhh:

...your ending is much better. :bandit:

Merry Christmas guys.

warraghiyagey
2009-12-21, 15:08
Dixi and Rock, thanks so much for this site. Merry Christmas to you and your family. . . . you are greatly appreciated from this corner. . . . .

Lugnut
2009-12-21, 15:32
This corner too!!! Merry Christmas. :angel:

Kanga
2009-12-21, 16:39
merry christmas y'all! love you guys and everything you do for us!!

The Weasel
2009-12-21, 16:55
Joy to all of you.

The Weasel

Big Mac
2009-12-21, 17:01
Merry Christmas Dixi and Rock. Thanks for all you do!

Big Mac

warraghiyagey
2009-12-21, 19:39
Joy to all of you.

The Weasel

It's great to see you posting over hear Weasel. . . . Welcome again. . . .:beer:

Kanga
2009-12-21, 19:53
It's great to see you posting over hear Weasel. . . . Welcome again. . . .:beer:

here, you tard. here.

warraghiyagey
2009-12-21, 20:43
Woops. . . sorry Weasel. . . good to see you posting heer. . .

The Weasel
2009-12-21, 21:06
Rock:

If you would PLEASE put a "(c) Sgt Rock's Hiking HQ" at the end of that (you can do the edit) that will be a sufficient copyright notice so that you get credit for being the author.

Once you do that, I would be very honored if you would give me permission to copy that to a number of my friends.

Thank you for writing something very beautiful.

The Weasel

Ray
2009-12-21, 21:20
Rock:

If you would PLEASE put a "(c) Sgt Rock's Hiking HQ" at the end of that (you can do the edit) that will be a sufficient copyright notice so that you get credit for being the author.

Once you do that, I would be very honored if you would give me permission to copy that to a number of my friends.

Thank you for writing something very beautiful.

The WeaselRock shared it but he never said he wrote it. (http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/soldier.asp) It's been around awhile.

SGT Rock
2009-12-21, 21:25
What he said. It's been passed around for years. I don't know who the original author was.

The Weasel
2009-12-21, 21:27
What he said. It's been passed around for years. I don't know who the original author was.

Then I'll pass it around further.

TW

dixicritter
2009-12-21, 21:32
Then I'll pass it around further.

TW

Please do!

Good to see you here, and please have a Merry Christmas.

Ray
2009-12-21, 21:43
According to Snopes the author was one Lance Cpl James M. Schmidt, USMC.

Also according to Snopes, the Corporal's life went downhill after he left the Corps. He's now a lawyer.

The Weasel
2009-12-21, 21:52
According to Snopes the author was one Lance Cpl James M. Schmidt, USMC.

Also according to Snopes, the Corporal's life went downhill after he left the Corps. He's now a lawyer.

I'm not sure I'd say that to his face, even at long distances. He reports that he was a sniper while in the USMC.

TW

Kanga
2009-12-21, 21:54
...sigh.

SGT Rock
2009-12-21, 21:58
Makes me think of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ervaMPt4Ha0

ervaMPt4Ha0

God bless ance Cpl James M. Schmidt.

The Weasel
2009-12-21, 22:00
Lawyers with sniper's qualification. Interesting concept.

TW

The Weasel
2009-12-21, 22:04
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God bless ance Cpl James M. Schmidt.

Great flick, Rock.

Mr. Schmidt currently lives in Sarasota.

TW

wakapak
2009-12-24, 16:39
Makes me think of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ervaMPt4Ha0

ervaMPt4Ha0

God bless ance Cpl James M. Schmidt.

Wow Rock....Thanks for sharing that, brought a few tears to my eyes.

Merry Christmas to you and Dixi, and thanks for all you guys do, here on the web and in life!

shadowmoss
2009-12-28, 17:17
Just today I passed guys in the hall who were headed out for their tour in the sandbox. Reminds me everytime I see guys heading towards that end of the hangar with their large boxes of stuff that I work with heros every day. Rock, you are one of the folks who by just knowing you I wanted to do what I could, and now I work with some of the best soldiers around as a civilian contractor. Thanks for being an example of what is best about the Army. May the new year be good to you and yours.

sheepdog
2009-12-28, 18:22
Merry Christmas All
Thanks Rock and Dixi

TOW
2009-12-29, 22:27
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Rock and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010.

Merry After Christmas Dixie and Rock and a Happy new Year!

Spogatz
2009-12-30, 10:01
I hope that everyone has a SAFE and Happy New Year....

Geo.
2010-01-02, 17:48
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Rock and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010.

Goodo. And all good stuff for 2010 from down under in 45 south too!
And as the Scots would say...Lang may yer lum reek! :beer: