Sunday, August 19, 2018

Marine Ruled Dead After Overboard From USS Essex

The best way to keep the peace is to train for war
Military service is a dangerous occupation that is hard to ignore
A fact brought home in the waters off the Philippines
When on the USS Essex swept overboard was a U.S. Marine
Five days of desperate searching to no avail
No body found, declared dead and the search curtailed
Four times as many military personnel are killed in training than in combat
Sequestration of military budgets with aging equipment may be a cause of that
Trump has ended the starvation of the military so maintenance can increase
That and new equipment should mean that training deaths will decrease
One half of one percent of our population in the military serve
Willing to take personal risks to our freedoms preserve
While thugs in antifa attack a Marine Corps recruiting station
Impairing the support of the military of this great nation
© August 19, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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