Friday, March 7, 2008

Fiddler's Green

If you think and/or pray, please remember both 1LT David Schultz (1-31-08) and 2LT Mark Daily (1-15-07), who lost their lives in the Iraq War. I graduated with both of them from the Armor Officer Basic Course and the Scout Leaders Course in 2006. Both were capable officers and good men, who left behind young wives and loving families. 1LT Schultz left behind a baby son, as well.

Personal feelings about Christopher Hitchens aside, he wrote an excellent article about 2LT Daily here, at Vanity Fair.

If there is a more fitting tribute to Cavalrymen than the following poem, I am not familiar with it. Rest in peace, both of you, and see you on the other side.

Fiddler's Green

Halfway down the trail to hell
In a shady meadow green,
Are the souls of all dead troopers camped
Near a good old-time canteen
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddler’s Green.

Marching past, straight through to hell,
The infantry are seen,
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.

Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene,
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen,
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green.

And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge or fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers' Green.

-- Anonymous


Grandpa said...

I remember that column by Christopher Hitchens when it was first published. It brings home the meaning that “words have consequences”. As you say he is a hard man to agree with many times, but he is brilliant. I would recommend any of his books if for no other reason then he is thought provoking. His blindside is that he is more then an atheist he is an antitheist. He is the only person I know that has/had no good word for the likes of Mother Theresa and Bob hope. He is though an eloquent defender of the correctness in removing Sadam Hussein and his regime from power, and by use of force. There is an old Irish saying that “only the good die young, the old live on to have time to repent”. Lt. Shultz and his family will be added to my prayers. It also reminds us that the casualty rate is 100% when it is one of yours.

Anonymous said...

A subscriber to Vanity Fair, I to remember the article. Thank you for reminding us of these men.

Macy said...

God bless.

OldGrouchy said...

Thank you for telling us about your two friends. God bless them and you and your men too; all the soldiers over there too.

Your blog has the strong feel of humanity in your writings. Your writings remind me of Siegfried Sassoon's work and also of Eugene Sledge's writings too.

Keep your writing coming, it's a great expression of what you and your men experience.

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post - From the Front: 03/08/2008 - News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.

Anonymous said...

Hitch; Your call. Words do have consequences.
KIA's; Prayers and thoughts are most likely unnecessary, but, yes, of course.

re; You Dear John. Bad as it was, it could be worse. And on Prime Time . . .

Creativity, humor, and a dear John. At least it was Matt Damon.

Anonymous said...

All mankind is of one author, and is one volume, when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language, and each chapter must be so translated. John Donne
As an Army brat, now Army mom, I wear my love and prayers for you soldiers as a garment put on first each dawn, to be removed as sleep replaces thought. Lt. Schultz had been adopted by my care package support group, and his loss is greatly felt even here in the midwest. Be comforted, there are many who pray for you with deep and profound concern.

mrj said...

Mark Daily was also a good writer and searcher of truth. He epitomized the excellence of our officers today, and the pure decency of our people. We will remember...

membrain said...

I was made aware of the death of 2LT Daily from Blackfive who posted his remarkable MySpace piece on his reasons for joining knowing full well the possible consequences.

And now you have made us aware of the death of 1LT Shultz. Ther families are in my thoughts and prayers.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning will remember them"

Mjolnir said...

LT G, God Bless you intrepid Cavalrymen. I had the pleasure of serving with the CAV pre-9/11. Some of my best friends I have today are from my old troop.

You and your troops are greatly appreciated here in Southern AZ.

Godspeed to the fallen...

Scouts Out!

And may we meet again someday at Fiddler's Green.

Anonymous said...

hey lt, sorry to hear baout the losses. I was with 1-9 cav 4/1 cav a few months ago. we went to mosul in oct 06 and just got back a little bit ago. Scouts OUT!..hooah

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