Tribute to Combat Medics

October 24th, 2010  

Topic: Tribute to Combat Medics

from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's book, On Killing

Pg 61, On Killing:
Fear and Courage Among Medical Personnel:
“They Take Not Their Courage from Anger.”

In a vision of the night I saw them,
In the battles of the night.
'Mid the roar and the reeling shadows of blood
They were moving like light . . .

With scrutiny calm, and with fingers
Patient as swift
They bind up the hurts and the pain-writhen
Bodies uplift . . .

But they take not their courage from anger
That blinds the hot being;
They take not their pity from weakness;
Tender, yet seeing . . .

They endure to have eyes of the watcher
In hell and not swerve
For an hour from the faith that they follow,
The light that they serve.

Man true to man, to his kindness
That overflows all,
To his spirit erect in the thunder
When all his forts fall, -

This light, in the tiger-mad welter,
They serve and they save.
What song shall be worthy to sing them-
Braver than the brave?
-Laurence Binyon, World War I veteran
“The Healers”
October 24th, 2010  

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