German Sheppard Dog
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Blood trail with it’s finger

is pointing to the west.

The ambush lasted seconds

and we came out the best.

Charlie’s out there bleeding and

we want to count his hide.

Chopper out a sniffer dog.

On blood trail he is tried.

Through the crap we follow.

But blood trail disappears.

The dog is soon exhausted.

Dog’s life the handler fears.

The L.Z is now covered

and chopper lands by smoke.

Biggest worry is the dog

and it is not a joke.

And most of stare wonder

but little do we say.

They leave us in the jungle

and take the dog away.

(C) John Steinmeyer

More of John’s Poem from his collection titled The rain

  1. Other Side
  2. The Fish
  3. More to Come

John Steinmeyer served in Vietnam as an Infantry Sergeant with the 9th division in the Mekong Delta, then was transferred to the 25th Division and served the last half of his tour in a sniper team.

Thuy Smith’s father (Vietnam Veteran) and Vietnamese mother along with Thuy were friends of John and his family. This will be the first post of a collection of poems that John wrote of his many experiences during his time in Vietnam. The collection is titled – The Rain. Thuy Smith (TSOI) was given permission to share his poems on all of TSOI’s media platforms, etc.

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