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Gathering of Eagles

The Eagles gather, once young, brave Eagles
that on wings of steel soared high and roamed wide in troubled skies,
now older and fewer with each passing year.

Where have the years gone?
Wasn't it just yesterday that they were mere boys
so proud in their Aviator's greens with wings of gold?

The years may have dimmed the eyes, but not the memories.

Memories of a time when living from day to day,
seemingly suspended infinitely between life and death,
time and time again hurtling skyward in machines
with engines throbbing to the beat of their pounding hearts,
a bond of camaraderie was welded never to be broken.

Once again together,
they relive the fleeting moments of glory.

Once again they hear the roar of engines,
the whirr of propellers,
and the creaking and groaning of lumbering giants
lifting off soggy coral runways.

The names of comrades fallen from the sky
are never mentioned, but not forgotten.
For though they are absent, they are forever bound to them.

Yes, the Eagles gather, no longer young but still proud,
fewer with each passing year.

Submitted by: Terry Dell

In Loving Memory:
Written by Ambrose G. Dell, Lt. U.S.N.R., Ret.
(WW II Aviator - Bombing Squadron 102 - Reluctant Dragons)

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Created by Terry A. Dell, White Knight Crewchief 69-70' Republic of Vietnam 
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 who served May 1963 to February 1972.

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