Enough knowledge to cope and some plain common sense.
Be at our side on those nightly patrols;
And be merciful judging our vulnerable souls.
Make my hands steady and as sure as a rock;
when the others go
down with a wound or
Let me be close, when they bleed in the mud;
With a tourniquet handy to save precious blood.
Here in the jungle, the enemy near;
Even the corpsman can't offer much lightness and cheer.
Just help me, oh Lord,
to save lives when I can;
Because even out there
is merit in man.
If It's Your will, make
And don't let any die in the murderous night.
These are my friends I'm trying to save;
They are frightened at
times, but You know
they are brave.
Let me not fail when
they need so much;
But to help me serve
with a compassionate
Lord, I'm no hero -- my
job is to heal;
And I want You to know Just how helpless I feel.
Bring us back safely to camp with dawn;
For too many of us are already gone.
Lord bless my friends If that's part of your plan;
And go with us tonight, when we go out again.
I am writting to Honor our Corpsman
Ron Bobele "Doc Bo"
Echo 2/1 '69 - 70'
I was Doc Bo's first medevac. The day before Operation PipeStone Canyon (On Ganoi Island) we had just manuvered through a mine field.
The morning of May 25th, I was ordered to cross the river to scout the other side. As I had just finished crossing, and started to get out, I tripped a boobytrap grenade.
Doc Bo was fairly new in country, but did not hesitate one moment. Fearing he might trip another boobytrap, did not stop him from doing what he was trained for. He rushed across the river, with a few other Marines, picked me up and carried me back.
"His professionalism, and caring instinct, saved my life".
Ignoring his own safety and all the confusion around us Doc Bo imediately began to work on me. I was very fortunate to have him there at that time and very fortunate to hook up with him again at the 2001 reunion in California. Also, I have thanked Doc Bo many times for saving my life.
But, Wow This is great !!!!! I like what you are doing for our corpsman, and just wanted to let Doc Bo and the other Corpsman know, I am greatful.