Monday, June 8, 2015

Yogi Berra and a Congressional Medal of Freedom

Yogi Berra like most of the members of the Great Crusade
Is looking around and seeing his beloved vets drop out of their final parade
A great catcher who could handle the heat
A rifle arm to send stealing runners into defeat
Also was good as a naval gunner spitting out lead
Supporting the D-Day landings of many a GI who might otherwise would end up wounded or dead
Like a pitcher whom he never caught
When he spoke the rules of grammar were for naught
Unlike Vietnam or the Gulf Wars
500 Major Leaguers served in World War II, many on distant shores
 From Spahn pitching grenades on Remagen Bridge on the Rhine
To Feller demanding to combat in the Navy be reassigned
To two ball players one shot down and the other killed on Iwo Jima’s blood drenched sands
Players like most Americans the forces of evil sought to withstand
America’s Pastime coupled with the Great Crusade
Time for a Congressional Medal of Freedom to Yogi and not be further delayed © June 8, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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