The 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
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"The Mansions of the Lord"
To fallen soldiers let us sing
where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
to the mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
just divine embrace, eternal light
in the mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard tho the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep the mansions of the Lord
"Mansions of the Lord" is a hymn written by Randall Wallace and set to the music of Nick Glennie-Smith.
"Mansions" was originally written for the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, and was performed by the .
These are our honored dead, the men killed while serving in our unit in the Republic of Vietnam. Our friends and comrades.
People we may have loved or loathed, respected or tolerated... but all bound to us by blood, sweat and tears... theirs and ours.
Just about all of us who served were there when one or more of these men died. In some cases, we held them as their last breath escaped.
In other cases, we learned of their passing after the fact.
We learned how in war death happens but life goes on.
Lack of closure was a problem.
Some friends were med-evac'd and we'd hear later that they'd made it... or that they hadn't.
In many cases, we heard nothing once the dustoff lifted off.
What had become lifelong friendships could end abruptly, quickly and often inconclusively.
Are these men heroes?
If heroes are legendary figures or illustrious warriors, some probably weren't.
But each one showed true heroism, the courage to do a difficult job at great personal risk...
and each paid the greatest price that any hero has ever paid.
When all is said and done, Vietnam probably wasn't about heroism anyway.
More likely, it was about duty.
When our country called, each of these men answered... some voluntarily, some not... but each man went.
And each died doing his duty as he saw it.
Ray Sarlin, CPT, Armor. Company C & Company D, 1969-1970