The American Sailor


Hear my voice, America!
Though I speak through the mist of 200 years, my shout for freedom will echo through liberty's halls for many centuries to come.

Hear me speak, for my words are of truth and justice, and the rights of man.
For those ideals, I have spilled my blood upon the world's troubled waters.
Listen well, for my time is eternal ----- yours is but a moment.

I am the spirit of heros past and future.

I am the American Sailor.

I was born upon the icy shores at Plymouth, rocked upon the waves of the Atlantic, and nursed in the wilderness of Virginia.

I cut my teeth on New England Codfish, and I was clothed in southern cotton.

I built muscle at the halyards on New Bedford whalers, and I gained my sea legs high atop the mizzen of Yankee clipper ships.

Yes, I am the American Sailor,
one of the greatest seamen the world has ever known.

The sea is my home and my words are tempered by the sound of paddle wheels
on the Mississippi, and of the song of whales off Greenland's barren shore.
My eyes have grown dim from the glare of sunshine on blue water,
and my heart is full of star-strewn nights under the Southern Cross.

My hands are raw from winter storms while sailing down around the Horn,
and they are blistered from the heat of cannon broadsides
while defending our nation.

I am the American Sailor, and I have seen the sunset of a
thousand distant, lonely lands.

I am the American Sailor

It was I who stood tall beside John Paul Jones as he shouted,
"I have not yet begun to fight!"

I fought upon Lake Erie with Perry, and I rode with Stephen Decatur
into Tripoli Harbor to burn the Philadelphia.

I met Guerriere aboard Constitution, and I was lashed to the mast with
Admiral Farragut at Mobile Bay.

I have heard the clang of Confederate shot against the sides of Monitor.

I have suffered the cold with Peary at the North Pole, and I responded
when Dewey said, "You may fire when ready,Gridley," at Manila Bay.

It was I who transported supplies through submarine infested waters
when our soldiers were called,"Over There."

I was there when Admiral Byrd crossed the South Pole.

It was I who went down with the Arizona at Pearl Harbor,
who supported our troops at Inchon, and patroled the dark deadly
waters of the Mecong Delta.

I am the American Sailor
and I wear many faces.
I am a pilot soaring across God's blue canopy,
and I am a Seabee atop a dusty bulldozer in the South Pacific.

I am a Corpsman nursing the wounded in the jungle,
and I am a Torpedoman in the Nautilus deep beneth the North Pole.

I am hard and I am tough.

But it was my eyes that filled with tears when my brother
went down with the Thresher and the Squailus,
and it was my heart that rejoiced when Commander Shepherd
rocketed into orbit acove the earth.

It was I who languished in a Viet Cong prison camp,
and it was I who walked upon the moon.

It was I who saved the Stark and the Samuel B. Roberts
in the mine infested waters of the Persian Gulf.

It was I who pulled my brothers from the smoke filled compartments of the Bonefish, and wept when my shipmates died on the Iowa and the White Plains.

When called again, I was there on the tip of the spear for
Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

I am the American Sailor

I am woman, I am man.
I am white and black, yellow, red and brown.
I am Jew, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist.
I am Irish, Filipino, African, French, Chinese, Indian and
Australian Aboriginal.

And my standard is the outstreched hand of Liberty.

Today, I serve around the world;
on land, in air, on and under the sea.

I serve proudly, at peace once again, but with the fervent prayer
that I need not be called again.

Tell your children of me.
Tell them of my sacrifice,
and how my spirit soars above their country.

I have spread the mantle of my nation over the oceans,
and I will guard her forever.

I am her heritage, and yours.

I am the American Sailor.

Author Unknown