Sunday, May 18, 2008

Elegy


"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven."

Psalms, 107:23-30, KJV
One of the saddest duties is dealing with the death of a shipmate. The day after the Haas decision was announced, "Bluesman", who served gallantly in the Vietnam War on board the USS Camden AOE 2, took his own life. We do not presume to know why, but suggest that you draw your own conclusions. There are more than a few possibilities.

The fact remains that we are reduced in numbers by one more. We mourn his passing as he was our shipmate. But he has gone home now.

And so, we recall the good times, when the calm sea mirrored the many colors of the sky, the starlit night sky in warm waters, the sun that rose and set with such great speed, leaving a red-gold path between you and it.

Shakespeare talks of sailors in the Tempest:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell.
And so we offer a final "Hand Salute" to "Bluesman"! "Two"! Calm seas, shipmate, calm seas.

"Ding-dong...Ding-dong, bell."

VNVets

"It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield." -- VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." -- President Abraham Lincoln

"Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious." --President George Washington

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3 comments:

  1. joe moody10:49

    My prayers go out for the family and friends of Bluesman. For those Blue Water sailors who believe in God's grace and help, I appeal that we bind together in prayer that God would bring about justice in our cause. God can move upon congress and the president to pass legislation in our favor. Let's seek God's help in this matter. He is soverign and just and merciful and forgiving and answers the call of His people.

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  2. Anonymous20:18

    In reading the post about Bluesman my imediate thoughts were mixed between horribly sad & terribly angry at our government for betraying so many of our Veterans. I am sadly left with the hope that Bluesman is in a much better place & at peace.

    Please forward my hugz & prayers to Bluesman's family.

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  3. Anonymous11:01

    In memory to a fellow Bluesman Edward J Mimnaugh who served honorably for his country. RIP Doc from your beloved brothers, Fred,Ed,Wilfredo,Ray,Vince, Bob, and Chuck.

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