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The bombing of Pearl Harbour was the turning point for me That day I enlisted in the army, despite protests from my family I tried to reassure them by saying that everything would be fine And after six months of training I was destined for the front line. The guys that I was serving with came from all walks of life But we all looked out for each other in those days of strife One day we were heavily outnumbered so we prepared to retreat Close by me an artillery shell exploded, and blew me off my feet. I was conscious and saw many bodies lying dead all around Our unit were now in retreat and heading for higher ground I was injured and couldn't move and knew this was the end Then I heard a voice that said" you look like you need a friend ". I looked up and saw Chuck Jennings who was a giant of a man He picked me, up threw me over his shoulder and then he quickly ran Reinforcements soon arrived and managed to push the Germans back Our unit held their ground and then launched a counter attack. The odds were now heavily against them and we won the battle that day I looked down at where I'd been lying and it was completely blown away And if Chuck hadn't risked his life for me I would have surely been dead Two hours later I found myself lying on a field hospital bed. The war raged on for three more years, but it was over for me I had shrapnel in both my legs and I couldn't walk properly But I had the best of care because I came from a wealthy family My father was a Texas oilman and he owned a large refinery. Ten years later on thanksgiving, I was out with my family As we left a restaurant I noticed, a tall man walking towards me He had a long unkept beard and his clothes had seen better days But when he drew up along side us I couldn't help but gaze. I felt a chill and then it all came flooding back to me I pictured him in combat fatigues and thought no it cannot be I said " is that you Chuck?" and he looked straight at me "Yes that's my name" he said and looked at me intently. His eyes lit up and he gave a smile as he recognised me I leant forward to shake his hand and introduced him to my family I added "it was down to this brave man that I'm standing here Who risked his life to save mine and he showed no fear". I invited him up to our house so we could have a drink or two Chuck said he no longer drank but added "coffee will do" He told me when he got home after the war he struggled to cope Had health problems, hit the bottle and given up on hope. He added how he'd lost his house, his job and his wife And many times he'd considered ending his miserable life I told him "Chuck I'm going to help you in every way that I can I'll never forget how you picked me up, dodging bullets as you ran." "I'm only sitting here because of your extreme bravery And as I lay wounded on the ground you came back for me I have plenty rooms in this house and I'd like you to stay I'll give you a job in my company so you'll be paying your way". Chuck had tears in his eyes and said " you don't owe me anything" I said " it's not up for negotiation and I insist that you are staying Yes, I owe you my life and because of what you did I'm still alive I know I'm one of the lucky ones because many didn't survive". That night as I lay in bed I thought there must be many men like Chuck Who'd witnessed the horrors of war and now were down on their luck I had an idea to set up a charity that would offer help to every veteran I'd ask Chuck if he'd like to run it and I could think of no better man. Written 11th January 2022

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Date: 1/22/2022 3:19:00 PM
Hello Tom ... war is hell, but so many heroic stories come out of each war. This particular tale is so moving and well written in poetic style. It's a pity that those who sent citizens didn't look after them when they returned home - thank you Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 1/22/2022 3:40:00 PM
Thank you very much Lindsay, your right governments soon forget the sacrifices that many make on their behalf. Worse for those who suffer loss of Limbs or are disfigured, they seem to be shunned by society. Tom
Date: 1/17/2022 6:00:00 PM
Tom, so well written I don't have the words to give it justice. You are a word sculptor!
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Timothy McGuire
Date: 2/9/2022 10:27:00 PM
My father was a veteran of wwII was in North Africa, Anzio, all of Italy and France. Was wounded and saw my uncle killed at Anzio. He was one hell of a man. Your wonderful poem brought his memory back to me, Thank you for that.
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Date: 1/22/2022 3:37:00 PM
Thank you very much Timothy, it was a fictional write but inspired by stories I've read, even now though soldiers returning from conflict are often overlooked who have mental health problems. Tom
Date: 1/16/2022 11:10:00 AM
Another great write. You are amazing. You should publish your book. Will sell like crazy.
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Date: 1/16/2022 11:19:00 AM
Thank you very much Rama, I do enjoy writing narrative poems, I must give it serious thought. Tom
Date: 1/16/2022 6:48:00 AM
It's indeed such an honor to read a great compilation of heroism... Hats off... Silpika
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Date: 1/16/2022 6:52:00 AM
Thank you very much Silpika, Im pleased that you enjoyed it. It was inspired by the events that happened at Pearl Harbour. I hope that you are enjoying your weekend. Tom
Date: 1/15/2022 1:34:00 PM
It took you a week to post another amazing story but was well worth the wait. Fabulous detail, Tom.
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Date: 1/15/2022 2:27:00 PM
Thank you very much Jenna, just getting over another viral infection (it wasn't covid) still on antibiotics though, got the idea as I was reading about Pearl Harbour and how many rushed to join the army to defend their nation. Hope your weekend is going well and that you are too. Tom
Date: 1/15/2022 8:55:00 AM
You write in such a believable way that even though I thought this was fiction, you make it seem so real. I visited the USS Arizona Monument years ago in the Harbor. It was a humbling experience.
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Date: 1/15/2022 9:38:00 AM
Thank you very much Lin, im glad you enjoyed it. It must have been very interesting although humbling experience. I still can't work out why the Japanese bombed it in the first place. Enjoy your weekend.. Tom
Date: 1/15/2022 4:49:00 AM
What a heroic write Tom...Delice
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Date: 1/15/2022 4:50:00 AM
Thank you very much Delice, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Hope your weekend is going well. Tom
Date: 1/14/2022 11:36:00 AM
A wonderful story of bravery and compassion, and you as expected of kind Tom Cunningham, did so right by Chuck, and in the end it worked out well for both of you. The message you send out is so passionate. Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 1/14/2022 11:42:00 AM
Thank you very much Jennifer, thankfully today conditions for those returning from conflicts are better looked after unlike years ago when they were just expected to fit back in to civilian life and get on with it. Hope you're keeping well. Tom
Date: 1/14/2022 1:54:00 AM
A lovely narrative, Tom, was hooked from the beginning till the end, you have written a masterpiece:)
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Date: 1/14/2022 4:21:00 AM
Thank you very much Jo, im happy that you enjoyed it. Enjoy your weekend. Tom
Date: 1/13/2022 12:48:00 PM
wow, is this a true story about a man with that name of chuck Jennings? Such a great story, Tom
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Date: 1/13/2022 11:21:00 PM
Thank you very much Andrea, im pleased that you enjoyed it It's a fictional write, Was reading about Pearl Harbour and it went from there. Tom
Date: 1/13/2022 10:44:00 AM
Tom, what an amazing story of life and gratitude! I was hooked right away right through to the end! Loved it!! Happy Thursday !
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Date: 1/13/2022 11:19:00 PM
Thank you very much Mike, im happy you enjoyed it. Hope you're well, I've got a viral infection of some kind, not covid though, barking like a dog and lack of sleep, on antibiotics so hopefully they'll kick in soon. Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 1/13/2022 10:08:00 AM
Tom, you've transcended yourself once more with your writing! You constantly impart an astonishing tale to weave and a gorgeous piece of art to show off. The virtue of gratitude is compelling, and we owe it to those who have witnessed it to us by their kindness to return the favor. As a former army officer, I learned firsthand the importance of being loyal to one's unit. And the sense of camaraderie that can be fostered when troops provide a helping hand to one another.
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Date: 1/13/2022 11:15:00 PM
Thank you very much Lasaad, im pleased that you enjoyed it. All for one and one for all, they become a band of brothers. Its when they return to civilian life that many struggle to cope, things have improved over the years with regards aftercare for those who have issues with their mental health, no one wants war but sometimes it's the only option when evil rears its ugly head like ISIS in the middle east. Hope your keeping well, I've got a terrible cough and on antibiotics at the moment, thankfully it's not covid as I went for a test. Tom
Date: 1/13/2022 6:43:00 AM
Another great write from you, Tom! Well worth the read, thought-provoking in its loss through PTSD, loyalty to fellow soldiers (the one who was a hero yet vulnerable), and hope when soldiers help one another out.
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Date: 1/13/2022 7:38:00 AM
Thank you very much Kim, I know from the days of training together and eventually in combat they form an unbreakable bond with each other that stays with them for life, sadly some see asking for help a sign of weakness and it ends with tragic consequences. Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 5:45:00 PM
Tom, you always bring in an interesting story and come up with a great message. Yes, to be thankful is a great attitude and if we have received some kindness from another, we are bound to return it manifold. Enjoyed reading this tale of war and adventure
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Date: 1/13/2022 12:14:00 AM
Thank you very much Valsa, usually in war there are no winners. But sometimes they are necessary to fight evil regimes like ISIS or the Nazis. I think more should be done for those returning home who risked their physical and mental health. Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 10:43:00 AM
Just another poem to add to your long list of gems, Tom. Great story/write. Always a lesson to be learned...love it! Charlie
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Date: 1/12/2022 11:22:00 AM
Thank you very much Charlie, I know many vets bring the horrors of war home with them and they struggle in civilian life, only in recent times has PTSD been recognised but more needs to be done. Hope your day is going well Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 10:29:00 AM
Quite a good read, Tom! As a Vet, I have always complained government spend thousands training men to kill each other, but not one penny to re-train them how to live in peace with their neighbours when their tour of duty ends! Aloha!
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Rico Leffanta
Date: 1/13/2022 10:16:00 AM
As many wives learnt, sleeping with a Vet can be very traumatic! Hoping you are recovering quickly! Aloha!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 1/12/2022 10:33:00 AM
Thank you very much Rico, you raise a very good point. Even today many here that returned from the middle east were just expected to return to normal life, many have taken their own lives. Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 9:28:00 AM
Great narrative and so very touching, Tom. How many did we lose in so many wars and so many needing help. love your wall photo. Blessing to you thorough out your new year my friend.
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Date: 1/12/2022 9:52:00 AM
Thank you very much Eve, im happy that you enjoyed it. Even today many that need professional help slip through the net with tragic consequences. Hope you too have a wonderful new year. Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 7:56:00 AM
- I feel like I're repeating myself after reading your wonderful stories, Tom - The best of the best !!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 1/12/2022 8:18:00 AM
Thank you very much Anne, the idea came to me the other day after reading about Pearl Harbour. Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 3:06:00 AM
I enjoyed the story told within this poem. Now the military recognizes PTSD and helps the young men and women that come back from battle with this disorder. There are ways to test people before going over to fight to see if they are susceptible to the malady. Sara
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 1/12/2022 3:08:00 AM
Thank you very much Sara, I remember in ww1 they shot many for what they thought was cowardice, back then ptsd wasn't known about. Hope you're keeping well. Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 2:31:00 AM
Wonderful writing. I just love this! You should have a book or two out... do you? These poems you write would be amazing in a book where others could enjoy them. Much love and prayers for you Tom. Love, Gina
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Date: 1/12/2022 2:51:00 AM
Thank you very much Gina, im pleased that you enjoyed it. I'll give that some serious thought. Hope your new year is starting well. Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 12:48:00 AM
A masterpiece, my good friend, Tom! What a narration! Blessings.
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Date: 1/12/2022 2:49:00 AM
Thank you very much Demetrios, I was reading about Pearl Harbour and it grew from there. Tom
Date: 1/12/2022 12:21:00 AM
Tom, you are a master story teller. I notice all the details and the ending is a proof that one good deed deserves another. Well done.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 1/12/2022 2:48:00 AM
Thank you very much Victor, glad you enjoyed it, hope your Internet issues are sorted now. Tom
Date: 1/11/2022 7:09:00 PM
Heart-rending and heartwarming narrative, Tom. You do these so well. Every one of them s/b POTD, in my opinion -- if not POTYear! And it's amazing to me how you thrive in the American idiom as well. You must have some Yankee blood in you somewhere. Whaddya say?! ~ Gershon
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 1/12/2022 2:47:00 AM
Thank you very much Gershon, for some reason Pearl Harbour came to mind and the story came from there. Must do some more digging, so far there's Scottish and Irish in me. Tom
Date: 1/11/2022 5:13:00 PM
The rights and wrongs of any war are irrelevant. You may be on the right side or the wrong side but bravery is bravery no matter whose order you’re bound by. Great write, Tom… again! Terry
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 1/12/2022 2:43:00 AM
Thank you very much Terry, im pleased that you enjoyed it. Putting yourself in harms way to be honest takes real guts, I often wonder could I pull the trigger if I was in that situation. Tom
Date: 1/11/2022 3:42:00 PM
Thanks to you Thom for your bravery and your great sacrifice during the war. This beautiful story is going into my faves as it brought tears to my eyes. It’s wonderful that you were able to repay this wonderful man for saving your life. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story with us all. Blessings xxoo
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 1/12/2022 2:41:00 AM
Thank you very much Connie, I'm happy that you enjoyed it, its only a fictional write though. Thanks too for the fave. Hope your new year is off to a good start. Tom
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