Where has all the time gone, where the hell did it go, I was once looked up to, I was a man, I was a war hero. Now I’m ashamed of who I am, of whatever life I find, My face is so old and wrinkled; the years have not been kind.
A half century ago I served, when I was called to go, I was a combat soldier, proud and brave, at peace with my soul. My time at war in Vietnam, prepared me for the rest of my life, Drugs and booze became my strength, which led to my strife.
Today I eat whatever I can find, I sleep wherever I can, I am the veteran I hate so much; I am the veteran I can’t stand. The life I know of using drugs and becoming a boozer, Has almost, but not quite, helped make me a total loser.
Then one day it happened, I had not thought of Him in years, I fell to my knees in prayer and shed a half century of tears. God told me to rise up, go forth, and again become a man, Now today, I show others like me, what God will do and can.
LINEAGE BELOW SENT IN BY SFC AARON S. BOWEN (RETIRED)
The Thunderbolt is for the surprise and shock action of "Winged Assault". The blue is for the infantry carries and the sky from which the assault will come. The Bayonet is the emblem for Fort Benning where the battalion was activated as part of the 11th Aviation Group of the 11th Air Assault Division. The orange is the color of Army Aviation and it supports the winged spear also symbolic of "Winged Assault".