Written in a Japanese POW camp in Mongolia at great peril to his life by a Bataan Death March survivor.
- A soldier is a nobody, we hear lots of people say.
He is the outcast of the world and always in the way.
- We admit there are bad ones from the Army to the Marines,
but the majority you will find, the most worthy ever seen.
- Most people condemn the soldier when he stops to take a drink or two,
but does a soldier condemn you, when you stop to take a few.
- Now don’t scorn the soldier but clasp him by the hand,
for the uniform he wears means protection to our land.
- The government picks its soldier from the million far and wide,
so please place him as your equal good buddies side by side.
- When a soldier goes to battle you cheer him on the way,
you say he is a hero when in the ground he lay.
- But the hardest battle of the soldier is in the time of peace,
when all mock and scorn him and treat him like a beast.
- With these few lines we close sir, we hope we don’t offend
but when you meet a soldier just treat him like a friend.
Obtained from and Thanks to:
D.M. Barger [ex-FTG-1[SS]] who obtained it in turn from
CMSC Brown, USAF Ret.
The youngest survivor of the Bataan Death March.