Brave soldier boy. Leaves from the vine Falling so slow Like fragile, tiny shells Drifting in the foam Little soldier boy Come marching home Brave soldier boy C
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Brave soldier boy

Brave soldier boy. Leaves from the vine Falling so slow Like fragile, tiny shells Drifting in the foam Little soldier boy Come marching home Brave soldier boy C

Leaves from the vine
Falling so slow
Like fragile, tiny shells
Drifting in the foam
Little soldier boy
Come marching home
Brave soldier boy
Comes marching home

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#69 - kumabear (09/08/2012) [-]
That terribly sad moment when I had just gotten back from my first patrol on my first tour and we had been ambushed. Out of my squad only I made it, half of our company was gone. I was sitting on my bunk in blood and dirt stained combat gear. A guy from second platoon came in with his new DVD player (portable) and he was watching the part of the episode where Iroh is singing leaves on the vine. I started crying so hard that he thought I was having a combat breakdown and called a psychologist. I couldn't stop for two hours because my squad mates were my best friends. We jumped from a helo feet first into hell, they stayed there. Marines don't die. They go to hell and regroup. Rest in peace Devil Dogs. Semper Fi
#262 to #69 - knowstoomuch (09/08/2012) [-]
My grandfather was a Ranger in WW2. He broke his foot during training and the rest of his troop wen to Italy without him for their first mission. None of them came back. My grandfather lived with survival guilt for the rest of his life. None of his kids knew that he was even in the Rangers until he died. Don't let the guilt consume you. Remember those lost and honor them. You keep them alive with their memory.
User avatar #263 to #262 - kumabear (09/08/2012) [-]
I've honestly had two cases of survivors guilt, the second is just more difficult for me to tell. It makes me feel weak honestly.
#264 to #263 - knowstoomuch (09/08/2012) [-]
You don't have to tell us, but a pain shared is a pain halved. I would suggest talking to someone about it if you haven't already.
User avatar #267 to #264 - kumabear (09/08/2012) [-]
It wasn't like I didn't try, there was just nothing I could do, the explosives went off and I was down for the count.
#271 to #267 - knowstoomuch (09/08/2012) [-]
It happens, man. If you weren't caught in the blast someone else would have. Sometimes all you can do is try. Try and survive, so you can learn and become stronger. If you were down and couldn't help, then there was nothing you could do. It's a terrible feeling being powerless, which is why you get better. I read that the marines suffered the most casualties of all the non-mercenary divisions because they are given the hardest missions.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, carry on. It gets better.
User avatar #274 to #271 - kumabear (09/08/2012) [-]
I could hear the firefight between my men and the fighters in the house, the only reason I survived is cause I looked dead.
#275 to #274 - knowstoomuch (09/08/2012) [-]
Did you report back? Get the word out before more were attacked?
User avatar #280 to #275 - kumabear (09/08/2012) [-]
I remember someone kicking me and pulling myself out of the house and into the street and sitting myself against a wall, they said when they found me I was covered in my own blood, the enemy had set up a grenade bouquet with a delayed fuse. I kicked the door which released the three M2 Fragmenting grenades. When we cleared the first floor they had finished tumbling down the stairs and were a few feet away from me, i didn't see or hear them because of shooting we had been involved in earlier, i was near deaf. I was leading the squad, my second in command shouted the all clear and i took a step towards the stairs, thats when i heard the boom and everything went black, i could hear my men dying and couldn't do a damn thing. The fighters left me cause i was bloodied and not moving, 300 pieces of shrapnel were pulled out of me in the first surgery, in the second through 5th one, another 800+ pieces were removed as well as three 5.56 rounds that someone had fired into the right side of my chest. I woke up in a hospital with some big breasted nurse standing over me to change my IV fluids out. She told me they found me at the side of the road and went into the house, pulled out all of my men and brought in two Abrams tanks to level the place. I asked how many made it out and she said "just you"
#366 to #280 - knowstoomuch (09/09/2012) [-]
Wow. That is a terrible experience. Thank you for telling me. I'm not surprised you looked dead with 1200+ bits of shrapnel in you. I'm surprised you survived that, actually. Thank you for sharing with me. i know I said that, but I need to say it twice. My father used to to say this to me all the time:

This too, shall pass.

A pain shared is a pain halved and I'm happy to carry this experience with you.
User avatar #70 to #69 - evebishop (09/08/2012) [-]
I don't have alot of friends in the military but I've never heard that line about Marines. I recall the old line "I'm ready to get into Heaven because I put my time in Hell" (I think I miss quoted that). For what it's worth, we appreciate those who defend us
User avatar #73 to #69 - freemanareso (09/08/2012) [-]
That's so sad no comment could ever be enough to convey what you're feeling.
User avatar #76 to #73 - kumabear (09/08/2012) [-]
i still cry whenever i hear it. Im currently stationed at Kaneohe MCB and some guys here thought it'd be funny to play a prank on the new gunny. They heard what happened and thought it was ******** , so they tried it out. I was reading a book in my quarters and they put speakers up to all the windows and barred the door. When it played I put my book down, sat on the side of my bed, put my head in my hands and cried. I locked the door and nothing calmed me down until they called my girlfriend to come in and talk to me, she spent the whole night with me in my quarters, i felt awful cause my dreams kept me waking up violently, which in turn shook her awake
User avatar #77 to #76 - freemanareso (09/08/2012) [-]
Wow those guys are assholes. Thanks for protecting our country good sir.
#189 - dwarfman (09/08/2012) [-]
Least he's with his son now.
#337 to #189 - johnnyferno (09/08/2012) [-]
Oh god dude please dont!
#217 to #189 - FillupMiCrevis (09/08/2012) [-]
The post made me teary eyed. You're comment made them fall.

I hate you.
#123 - MaggotDeath (09/08/2012) [-]
I did not ask for these feels.
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#91 - lexicals (09/08/2012) [-]
Why.. Why OP?
#94 - differentone (09/08/2012) [-]
**** you OP, today was nice
#28 - superunclesam (09/08/2012) [-]
Is this what its like to feel? Its 			*******		 terrible... It's like, in my heart
Is this what its like to feel? Its ******* terrible... It's like, in my heart
User avatar #310 to #28 - fffffffuuuuuuuuuuu (09/08/2012) [-]
In that scene... Will Smith is forced to kill his only friend, sam, a dog who has been loyal to him since a infection spreaded in NYC... I watched that movie yesterday and I still have feels..
User avatar #348 to #310 - superunclesam (09/08/2012) [-]
It was ruined for me in theaters though. Some bitch RIGHT BEHIND ME immediately went to tears. Not light sobbing, but full on crying. Every time I see this scene no matter how sad it makes me I remember that and it pisses me off.
#356 to #348 - fffffffuuuuuuuuuuu (09/08/2012) [-]
Next time you meet someone like that in theaters... take this.
#82 - beatmasterz (09/08/2012) [-]
mfw comment section.
#22 - lucidria (09/08/2012) [-]
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Iroh-ed a boat on a river made of my tears.
#185 - Dreadlord (09/08/2012) [-]
I don't want this feel...
I don't want this feel...
User avatar #102 - tankwipe (09/08/2012) [-]
The scene where iroh visits the tree and sings "brave little soldier boy", probably the saddest thing i've ever seen. So many feels.
#190 - dogwars (09/08/2012) [-]
Leaves from the vine....   
Falling so slow....
Leaves from the vine....
Falling so slow....
User avatar #203 to #190 - snaresinger (09/08/2012) [-]
Damn it don't make me laugh... when I laugh and cry at the same time I sound stupid...
#109 - larsadmeulen (09/08/2012) [-]
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#10 - deluxedaddyrg (09/07/2012) [-]
this post gave me that spine tingling, stomach twisting, colon clenching feel. Iroh was probably my greatest role model, even though he is a fictional character i still felt a bond that connected us.
#179 - zomgodness (09/08/2012) [-]
Dam you ninja onions
Dam you ninja onions
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