My cargo so
precious I carried with pride -
Brave men and
women who stood side by side;
The stars and
stripes waving so high up above -
my mission, any vessel would love.
all knew their assignment full well,
performed at top merit their Captains would tell;
As a unit
they stood all together as one,
of honor - America’s daughters and sons.
This wasn’t a
war...just a bright sunny day -
shudder tore my hull away;
A gaping hole
letting water inside -
And I knew
with that thunderous blast some had died.
were screaming - flames reaching high
moaning and....so was I!
Work hard men
and women! We must not fail!
Seal off the
compartments! It’s too much to bail!
medics were working at a feverish pace -
pure heroism all over the place!
were praying while their muscles of steel
any way they could see or feel.
darkness fell we scarcely noticed at all
hear every voice at roll call.
the moving memorial came -
of those heroes so brave...
My stars and
stripes, (lower), still flew just the same
beautiful children accounted for by name.
Now I stood
naked - before the whole world
feverishly where bombs had been hurled.
My heroes are
living.. and healing .. and dead;
And I will
come home just the way I am led.
welcome me home - as you always do -
will be heard by all of my crew.
wounded, still healing, but proud just the same-
And the U.S.S.
Cole will serve you again.
build back my hull with a star and a story
To the tip of
the flagpole raise high Old Glory
remember... FREEDOM’S NOT FREE!!!
never forget...HEROES LIKE THESE!
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