“To My Family and Friends”

We would like to share with you a poem Chris forwarded to us before he left for Iraq…


If I ever go to war Mom, Please don’t be afraid.
There are some things I must do,
To keep the promise that I made.
I’m sure there will be some heartache,
And I know that you’ll cry tears,
But your son is a Marine now, Mom,
There is nothing you should fear.
If I ever go to war Dad,
I know that you’ll be strong.
But you won’t have to worry,
Cause you taught me right from wrong.
You kept me firmly on the ground,
yet still taught me how to fly.
Your son is a Marine now Dad,
I love you OORAAH, Even if I die.
If I ever go to war Bro,
There are some things I want to say.
You’ve always had my back,
and I know it’s my time to repay.
You’ll always be my daybreak,
through all of life’s dark clouds,
Your brother is a Marine now, Bro,
I promise I’ll make you proud.
If I ever go to war Sis, don’t you worry bout me,
I always looked out for you, but I can’t do that anymore,
Cause I’m a big bro to all in America.
I love you so much and you know that,
Your brother is a Marine now Sis,
So wipe your eyes, I’ll be fine even if I die.
If I ever go to war my Friends,
We’ll never be apart,
Though we may not meet again,
I’ll hold you in my heart.
Remember all the times we had,
Don’t let your memories cease,
Your friend is a Marine now,
Dear Friend, And I’ll die to bring you peace.
And when I go to heaven,
And see that pearly gate,
I’ll gladly decline entrance,
Then stand my post and wait.
I’m sorry Sir I can’t come in,
I’m sort of in a bind,
You see I’m still a Marine Sir,
So I can’t leave them behind.

The poem was written by…

PFC Jonathan W. Guffey – Alpha Company
101st Airborne 2/506th Infantry Air Assault
Iraq, 10 July 2006