John Francis O'Grady
Colonel
357TH TAC FTR SQDN, 355TH TAC FTR WING, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
New Hyde Park, New York
August 31, 1929 to March 15, 1977
(Incident Date April 10, 1967)
JOHN F O'GRADY is on the Wall at Panel 18E, Line 12

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A poem written by Patty O'Grady about her father.
Peggy Menegakis submitted this poem to The Virtual Wall
based on Patty's permission to share it with others.


SOME CALL ME POW...
SOME CALL ME MIA
SOME SAY I CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN
SOME SAY I CHOOSE TO STAY

I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
WHO YOU REFUSE TO KNOW
I'M THE BROTHER AND THE FRIEND
YOU LEFT SO LONG AGO

I'M A FARMER FROM MISSOURI
I'M A SOLDIER FROM ST. PAUL
I'M A SISTER'S HERO
I'M A NAME ON THE WALL

I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
THE ONE YOU LEFT BEHIND
I'M THE COUNTRY BOY FROM TEXAS
WHO YOU NEVER TRIED TO FIND

I'M SOMEONE'S LONG LOST DADDY
I'M MY FATHER'S PRIDE AND JOY
I WAS SOMEONE'S GENTLE LOVER
AND SOMEONE'S LITTLE BOY

I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
WITH NO MORE TEARS TO SHED
I'M THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
I'M THE LIVING DEAD

I'M A SAILOR AND A SCHOLAR
I'M THE BOY WHO LIVED NEXT DOOR
I'M THE POET AND THE DROPOUT
YOU SENT TO FIGHT YOUR WAR

I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
WHO DREAMED YOU'D RESCUE ME
I'M THE MAN WHO UNDERSTANDS
ONLY DEATH WILL SET ME FREE

HOW COULD YOU JUST FORGET ME
SHOULD I FORGET YOU TOO?
YOU MUST TRY AND BRING ME HOME
FOR I BELONG TO YOU

I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
WHOSE CRIES ARE ALL IN VAIN
WOULD YOU FINALLY COME FOR ME
IF YOU COULD FEEL MY PAIN

MY COUNTRY HAS BETRAYED ME
BUT I'VE FORGIVEN YOU
AND EVERY NIGHT I PRAY TO GOD
THAT HE'LL FORGIVE YOU TOO

I'M TIRED AND I'M HUNGRY
I'M LONELY AND I'M COLD
I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
WHOSE BEEN BOUGHT AND SOLD

IF YOU WOULD LOOK AROUND YOU
YOU WOULD SEE MY FACE
THAT MAN STANDING NEXT TO YOU COULD
BE HERE IN MY PLACE

I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
THE ONE FOR WHO YOU CRIED
I'M THE ONE THAT YOU CAN'T FACE
THE ONE THEY TOLD YOU DIED

WE FOUGHT THAT WAR TOGETHER
AT MUGIA AND PLEIKU
HAD YOU BEEN THE ONE WE LEFT
I WOULD HAVE COME FOR YOU

I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
WHO LONGS TO BE FREE
WHEN I CALLED I ANSWERED
HOW WILL YOU ANSWER ME?

I WANT TO LIE DOWN BESIDE YOU
I WANT TO DIE IN YOUR ARMS
I JUST WANT YOU TO HOLD ME
AND HELP ME TO HANG ON

I'M THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
THE ONE YOU THREW AWAY
SOME CALL ME POW...
SOME CALL ME MIA

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