Memorial Day 2012:
the 6th of September, 2007 just after 23:00 hours local time outside
the city of Mosul, in Northern Iraq, three soldiers of 2nd Platoon,
Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry were killed when
their vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb. They were brothers,
fathers, husbands and sons who signed up to ride with the Cavalry
knowing full well what lay ahead.
Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.
Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.
Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green.
And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers' Green.
Today, I remember
Sergeant Christian Wilson, Specialist Jason Hernandez and
Specialist Thomas Hilbert, U.S. Cavalry, KIA 06SEP07 while serving on
Gentlemen, I'll see you on the high ground.