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CindyS (#18484625)
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Bio Photo I thought this poem would be great for this time of year. Published in Leatherneck Magazine in December 1991, this is the reproduced version written by Lance Corporal James M Schmidt. Verified from

"Merry Christmas, My Friend"

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,

In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.

I had come down the chimney, with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live

As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.

On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind, a sobering thought soon came to my mind.

For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen.

This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I'd heard stories about them, I had to see more, so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.

And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone, Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.

I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night, owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year, because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.

Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice, "Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps."

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep, I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill.

So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.

Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.

And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride, and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

I didn't want to leave him so quiet in the night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight.

But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure, said "Carry on, Santa, it's Christmas Day, all secure."

One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.
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Linda Claxton
RE: VC 12/20
Great bio photo !!!
Added by Linda Claxton on Dec 27, 2014 10:27 AM
Linda Claxton
RE: VC 12/20
All of the casualties of the Bennington were originally interred at Ft Rosecrans but the government decided they had the money to allow those who wished to be interred elsewhere could be disinterred and moved near family. Since he's not at Rosecrans and there is no marker should the record from Rosecrans be merged?
Added by Linda Claxton on Dec 27, 2014 10:19 AM
Linda Claxton
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Edwin Burton Robinson
All Bennington stones are posted to memorials. I've been looking for him - a memorial went up earlier this year Find A Grave Memorial# 125489482
Added by Linda Claxton on Dec 26, 2014 8:53 PM
Linda Claxton
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David Robinson OSA, 22 belongs to
Find A Grave Memorial# 3428716 and his wife Melda Find A Grave Memorial# 3428715.
Added by Linda Claxton on Dec 26, 2014 8:39 PM
Bryan Fields
RE: Corp Terrence Michael Lavelle
I was very glad the weather let me get the pictures of that young American hero's gravesite for you!
Best wishes for the New Year,
Added by Bryan Fields on Dec 26, 2014 12:13 PM
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Thanks Cindy
Added by searcher on Dec 26, 2014 7:06 AM
RE: Norman Burroughs
You are welcome. I have more than 200 memorials like this that need merging so when I find a known cemetery burial and an unknown burial for the same person I am letting the known cemetery burial contributors know in the hopes that they will respond like you.
Added by SLGMSD on Dec 25, 2014 5:31 PM
Dave Robinson
Merry Christmas
Have a great holdiay season, Dave
Added by Dave Robinson on Dec 25, 2014 10:15 AM
SFC USA RET Duffie & Kathy
Marry Christmas and Happy New Year
Marry Christmas to you and your's. D & K
Added by SFC USA RET Duffie & Kath... on Dec 24, 2014 6:14 PM
RE: Delores Ann Martin
Thank you so much, I do appreciate it!
Added by Renee on Dec 12, 2014 4:42 PM
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