Thursday, December 21, 2006
Marine died backing her beliefs - Los Angeles Times:
Marine died backing her beliefs
Maj. Megan McClung, proud to be in Iraq, was a public affairs officer known for her enthusiasm and athletic prowess. She was killed by a roadside bomb Dec. 6.
By Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
December 14, 2006 "
Not only was Major McClung the highest ranking female officer killed in Iraq, she was the first female Marine Officer killed in Iraq.
This is for you Major.
Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas
The Final Inspection
The Marine stood and faced her God
Which must always come to pass.
She hoped her shoes were shining
Just as brightly as her brass.
"Step forward now, oh, Devil-Dog,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The Jarhead squared her shoulders... said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
'cause those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
'cause the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unsightly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear."
"If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
So if you don't, I'll understand."
A silence fell all 'round the throne
Where Saints had often trod,
As the Marine awaited quietly,
The judgment of her God.
Step forward now, My Fine Marine,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk your post on Heaven's streets,
You've served your time in Hell.
Sleep in Peace, Sister.