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May 31st, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Wounds From the Past...

A brother and sister find a very touching poem, presumably written by their father while he was serving in WWII. Sgt. James Lenihan came face to face with the enemy... a young German Soldier. Sgt. Lenihan shot and killed the soldier. The next day, he wrote his feelings in a poem. Lenihan talks about how he held the hand of the dying soldier as he drew his last breath... and the heartbreak it brought him.

The poem is published on the Defense Centers of Excellence website and has received dozens of blog responses from

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Carl

    War is for fools. Warriors are used as pawns to die for the elite who control, lie and steal for self benefit. If we could all stand together in common bond for peace and non violence the pawns would disappear and the elite would have to fight for themselves.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  2. Robert Smith

    If you have a burning desire to start a war then go fight it yourself, don’t be a coward and send your children! War is all about greed. I learned that when I was in Vietnam in 1969, why are you so slow to learn this?

    May 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  3. Steven

    This letter is very reminiscent of a similar passage in "All Quiet on the Western Front" in which the young German protagonist spends hours in a shell hole with the body of his French "opponent." I remember all the dead, the physically and psychologically maimed, and those made refugees in our perpetual wars, but I do not "celebrate" the madness that continually seeks to not only justify but glorify doing the absolutely horrible things to others that we would never want done to us or to our loved ones. The Golden Rule is not subject to despots' whims or majority rule.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  4. Jeryl D

    It has been truly said that old men start wars and young men die in them. There are many reasons for war and there will always be wars as long as there is greed and a hunger for power over others. However, that fact in no way lessens the courage and sacrifice of those young men who die in for their country. As a former brother at arms, I salute our warriors of today.

    May 31, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  5. john doe

    War is not for fool's!!! Warriors fight what is "RIGHT"!!! The Elite who do this for "self benefit and "LIE"!!! The elite will get there's, when the warriors realize what the "Elite" has done, the warriors will fight the "ELITE"!!! "PEACE" sounds good don't it!!! But what if you have fight to get to peace!!! USA is the way!!! ALWAY'S!!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:12 am |
  6. Dan

    War has been going on since the beginning of time, and will continue until JC returns to rule and reign.
    It started in heaven, when Satan rebelled against God, and continues to this day. War will not end until the second coming of JC.
    However, prior to that there will be a 7 year tribulation, and I am glad I will not be here for that.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:02 am |
  7. Wole King

    I strongly believe that this is one case where Commissioner Bud Selig should make an exception and overturn this decision. The young man clearly pitched a perfect game. Any other decision other than a perfect game in the books for this kid would attract insinuations of conspiracy theories... Even the umpire adimitted that it was a perfect game, so unless MLB wants to be accused of playing politics, this decision should be rescinded and the perfect game should be recognized

    June 3, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  8. Mae

    Give the guy his perfect game. It won't affect the game outcome. We have seen so many bad calls this season but this was the worst.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:48 am |