An ode to the USS Fitzgerald and the U.S. Navy

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Time is passing

but I remember the sea

and the endless oceans

of my past.

Being on aircraft carriers

and tin cans

like the sailors of the past,

who traveled far and wide

to distant lands.

Both in peace and war

to defend our nation

for you and me,

from dangers and perils.

For it is these things

that are their stock and


For today’s Navy is poised

for more adversity.

For the risks ahead

for men and women

being readied

for the toils and troubles


And to fight for what is right.

For is the spirit don’t you see

the reason to be,

that stirs such as these

who are protecting you

and me !

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

Posted 12:00 am, June 24, 2017
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Reader feedback

Bob from Glen Oaks says:
Nice poem. The military is a great place for free education plus monthly payment with healthcare for life. Not bad, Fred.
June 24, 2017, 8:41 am
Yoohoo from Glen Oaks says:
Hello neighbor Fred,
Please stop hanging out in the court yard in your pajamas. Get a life.
June 25, 2017, 9:34 am
Helton from Flushing says:
Fred - I appreciate your devotion to the Navy and your service to our nation.
June 25, 2017, 8:39 pm
Una from Bellerose says:
Fred told me personally he was peeling potatoes in the military due to his lack of height and intelligence.
June 26, 2017, 8:50 am
Fred Bedell from Glen Oaks Village says:

Thank you for your kind words.
June 26, 2017, 10:09 am
Helton from Flushing says:
No prob, Fred. Thanks for your house stay last weekend for swapping our better halves. It was fun. Enjoy your July 4th.
June 26, 2017, 10:55 am
Fred from Glen oaks says:
You can't trust Fred. Dig deeper on him for surprises.
June 28, 2017, 8:39 am
Fred from Glen oaks says:
You can't trust Frederick. Dig deeper on him for shady past.
June 28, 2017, 8:40 am

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