Patrick Lynn Basile

United States Marine Corps
29 June 1949 - 11 July 1969
Fontana, California
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National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Patrick Lynn Basile

29 Apr 2006

06 May 2006

Take a man and put him alone,
put him twelve thousand miles from home...
Empty his heart of all but blood,
make him live in sweat and mud...
This is the life I have to live,
this soul to the Devil I give...
You have your parties and drink your beer,
while young men are dying over here...
Paint your signs on the White House lawn,
"Let's all get out of Vietnam"...
Use your signs and have your fun,
then you refuse to use a gun...
There is nothing else for you to do,
then I'm supposed to die for you...
There is one thing that you should know,
and that's where I think you should go...
I'm already here and it's too late,
I've traded all my love for hate...
I'll hate you till the day I die,
you made me hear my buddy cry...
I saw his leg and blood shed,
then I heard them say "this one's dead"
It was a large price for him to pay,
to let YOU live another day...
He had the guts to fight and die,
to keep the freedom YOU live by...
By his dying your life he buys,
but who gives a damn if a Marine dies?

From his best friend and "brother",
Steven M. Chagolla

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend - we joined the Corps together,
Steven M. Chagolla
29 Apr 2006

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 05/08/2006