|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1909|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1950|
During WWII John H. Haws served with the Army Air Corps in
China from July 1944 thru after July 1945. He was still
serveing with the Air National Guard in Mansfield, Ohio
at the time of his death having atained the rank of TSgt.
In 2nd photo standing is his father George Benjamin Haws,
seated in his grandfather, John Henry Haws.
THE FINAL INSPECTION
The Army Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because 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,
Because 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 got just 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 unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
George Benjamin Haws (1878 - 1941)
Mary Smutko Haws (1888 - 1918)
Created by: Bill Miller
Record added: Aug 30, 2007
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