My Second War
I am only an aging grandmother
My heart torn with grief and pain
When I think of another grim war
Coming so close to my home again
After my great loss in the last war
I had learned to hide my sorrows
And think of my many grandsons
To cheer and comfort my tomorrows.
But again, grim war, in more dealy and terrible might,
Has called my grandsons to fight for freedom and right
No difference how great my dread, I won’t ask them
to delay the call.
For someone must fight to end this terrible curse,
this time for all.
All I can ask is, they may fight
With valor, a lasting peace to gain.
And if they fall, may God grant the right
That this time, ‘twill not have been in vain.
Note: Four of Grandma Hill's grandsons enlisted during World War II - they were:
Charles Victor Hill - Corporal in Army
Robert Leroy Kern - Sr. Chief Boatswain's Mate in Navy
Donald Edward Ormsby - Airman 1st Class in Army Air Corps
Charles Victor Ormsby - Private in Army
In addition, two of her granddaughters' husbands served:
Donald Earl Vail - Sergeant in Marines
William H. Watkins - 3rd Class Petty Officer in Coast Guard
Thus, all branches of service were represented, and all her "boys" came home safely this time.
These are copyright 1996 and reprinted with permission.