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The PT 109

The movie called, The PT 109
Portrayed the war, and an uncle of mine.
The film was written, and was true at that
For all his shipmates, he would go to bat.

President Kennedy, was in command
My Uncle Lenny, was his right-hand man.
We were at war, with Japan in the past
Hoping it would end, not long would it last.

For dusk had set in, when their boat was hit
Fire had started, in half the boat split.
They gathered their friends, and swam to a shore
They gave their all, till they could give no more. 

Some shipmates were hurt, and needed to eat
Most didn’t have, any shoes on their feet.
Many days went by, and nobody came
Their moods were dampened, they just weren’t the same.

Scared and frightened, it was so hard to cope
Their rescuers came, before losing hope.
Excited and tired, to camp they went
When they recovered, to war they were sent.

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  1. Date: 5/16/2010 3:19:00 AM
    Wow! Your uncle served under President Kennedy? What a distinction in which your family can take pride, Kelly. This was an amazing test of courage. Congratulations on your success in the contest with this historical write! Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 10:54:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win with this entry. Good job. Joyce

  1. Date: 5/14/2010 8:00:00 AM
    Good luck in the contest, Kelly! A nice entry for the contest! .. ....Jimmy

  1. Date: 5/14/2010 7:40:00 AM
    Good historical poem here. Nice tribute to your Uncle and JFK. Chris.

  1. Date: 5/14/2010 6:25:00 AM
    Great write honoring your uncle and former President Kennedy...Keep the creative and historical pen flowing..Sara

  1. Date: 5/14/2010 5:39:00 AM
    Moods dampened, they weren't the same...will fit better for you...GREAT TALE!!! also nice can use slip or half rhyme and came with pain...nice write! Light & Love