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A Veteran Died Today

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around at Perkins,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke, 
But all his buddies listened  
For they knew where of he spoke.

We’ll hear his tales no longer,
For Joe has passed away, 
The world’s a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, 
And quiet sort of life.

Held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And  proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The  politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his land, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind  us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While around to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps a simple headline
In the paper that might say:


I fought so my country could do the right thing (Watertown Public Opinion 11/11/13)

Personal information for Frank Stupnik

Branch of Service: United  States Air Force (USAF)
Date of enlistment:  7/1967 – 7/1971
Occupation: Aircraft radio repairman
Basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas
Technical school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi
Major command: Air Training Command (ATC)
Stationed at Nellis AFB, Nevada 1968. Maintained F-105 Thunderchief fighter bombers. 
Major command: Tactical Air Command (TAC).
Stationed at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand in 1968-1969 in direct combat support of operations in South  Vietnam and support of aircraft flying photo-reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam.  Served in 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (TRW) and maintained the following aircraft:
F-4D and F-4E Phantom fighter-bombers. RF-4C Phantom reconnaissance fighter-bombers, RF-101 Voodoo reconnaissance fighters, C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, C-47 gunships, OV-10 Bronco, and the occasional transient aircraft such as the F-100 SuperSaber. 
Famous squadron assigned to Udorn RTAFB in 1968 was the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) known as Triple Nickel.  They were credited with 27 MIGkills with 7 of those while at Udorn.
Udorn was home to the 40thAerospace Rescue and Recovery Service (40th ARRS)  flying HH-53’s known as  Super Jolly Green Giants.
Udorn was also home to the CIA’s air force called Air Americawhich provided logistical support and resources to the “secret war in Laos”.
Major command: Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).
Stationed at Ellsworth AFB, South  Dakota1970 – 1971.  Maintained B-52D Stratofortresses, KC-135 Stratotankers, and Huey UH-1 helicopters for missile crews.
Major command: Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Rank: Staff sergeant
Honorable discharge
Date of enlistment: 3/1973 –6/1976
Occupation: Aircraft control and warning radar repairman
Technical school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi
Stationed at Kingsley Field, Oregon.  Serviced and maintained long range radar from 1973 to 1976.
Major command: Air Defense Command (ADC)
Rank: Staff sergeant
Honorable discharge
Medals/ribbons awarded:
National Defense medal
Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship medal
Air Force Longevity medal
Air Force Good Conduct medal
Vietnam Service medal
Vietnam Campaign medal

My thoughts and memories of Vietnam of 46 years ago.

Three Servicemen

Peace on Earth Goodwill Towards Men-1967