I was that, which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly
Accepted the thought of eternal loneliness... should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging cold of fear;
And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's love.
I have cried, pained, and hoped... but most of all,
I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of
what I was... a soldier.