I Knew Them All by Paul Stewart Dumsch - D Trp 17th Cav., 199th Lgt.  Inf.  Bde. Vietnam 1968-69
  

”Did you know anyone on this wall?” She asked

"I knew them all” I said

"The kid from Boise, whose helmet was too big

the guy whose pants didn't fit

and the one whose feet hurt

'cause his boots were too small

I knew the gunny guy from Cleveland

and the bouncer from Detroit

 "We had a guy we called 'Head'

he ate with his fingers

and had a head as big as a baskeball

"They weren't the Hollywood pretenders

like Charlie Sheen or Tom Cruise

These were men who had walked the walk

Some were heroes and some were cowards

but they were all there

 Some were wounded

and some died

Others were POW/MIA

and some came home

"They were from every walk of life

and every color

Some were bright

and some were dirt dumb 

"They worked in offices

on ships and firebaces

They fought from the Delta to the DMZ

"They were brave and scared

and they laughed and cried

 "They were nurses and doctors

who patched us up and we went out again

 "They were the best people I'd ever met in my life

"Did I know them all?

I knew they all

And so did you"

 

 

 

LOIS ELAINE PERRAULT REMEMBRANCE

February 20, 1942 – February 19, 2014

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She was an earthly angel – a patient, saintly, iconic woman,
Who laughed and cried because, after all, she was only human.

A loving wife, a treasured mom, a very involved grandmother;
A caring soul, who always did her best to help another.

She took the good with the bad, the hand that she was dealt;
Withstood pain, never complained, no matter how bad she felt.

When asked, “How are you, Lois”--even when it was not a good day--
“Oh, yeah,” “I’m alright,” “I’ll be okay,” were phrases she would say.

This reflected of her positive outlook, always upbeat and bright;
Whether facing chemo treatment or pain, she always kept it light.

Her quiet yet strong demeanor was a model to admire.
She persevered each challenge with the strength of a Xycom buyer!

From working mom to retiree - a sense of humor always there.
It took her through life’s ups and downs, when things got hard to bear.

A staunch supporter of George and all vets, showing concern for every friend.
“Never give up,” was how she lived, and she kept giving to the end.

Admired by all for who she was: understanding, honest and true;
May God watch over her family and friends – until we all join you.


Jane Kinzinger, February 20, 2014
Contributions from John Kinzinger, Bob and Sharon Kwiecinski