Some memories I fear to recall,
Some memories I dread to put on paper,
The story revealed below must be told,
Perhaps, it will weaken war’s glamour.
I recall a narrow mountain road
With a foot of snow on the ground;
It was midwinter and twenty below.
Romero was cautious, he drove our ammo truck slow.
We struggled up and around a steep curve,
The sight revealed was hard to fathom.
Why were they stacking thse six foot logs
So neatly on the side of the mountain?
Then understanding, we felt crushed,
We became pale, we lost our last meal,
Devastated was the word, we could hardly contend
These six foot frozen logs were our buddies, our men.
Regardless of surprise, regardless of shock,
Duty must always prevail,
Every soldier must complete his mission
If this “police action” is not to fail.
(These words were written to honor the men of Easy and Fox companies in the winter of 1952 and 1953, 2nd Battalion, 5th Regimental Combat Team.)