174th Assault
Helicopter Company



By: An unknown American soldier
serving in Vietnam in 1966-67

Take a man, then put him alone
Put him 12,000 miles from home.
Empty his heart of all but blood,
Make him live in sweat and mud.
This is the life I have to live,
And why my soul, do the devil I give?

You "PEACE BOYS" rant from your easy chairs,
But your donít know what itís like "over here".
You have a ball without really trying
While over there, our boys are dying.

You burn your draft cards, march at dawn
Plant your signs on the White House lawn.
You all want to ban the bomb
Thereís no real war, you say, in Vietnam.
And Iím supposed to die for you?
Iíll hate you still till the day I die,
Which just might be in a little while.

You made me hear my buddy cry,
I saw his arm a bloody shred,
I heard them say, "This one is dead."
Itís quite a price he had to pay
Not to live another day.

He had the guts to fight and die
He paid the price but what did he buy?
He bought "Your" life, by losing his.
But who gives a DAMN what a soldier gives?
His wife does, and maybe his sons
But theyíre about the only ones!