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October 7, 2016
This is a poem written by classmate Les McElroy, about his experiences during the Vietnam War years. Some of your classmates at this year’s 50th class reunion, Las Plumas High 1966, thought you might want to print the poem in your newspaper.
Sharon Anglin Landers


Tonight I stand vigil amidst the memory of Fifty-eight thousand and 44
My heart so heavy, my soul so sore, for the loss of you Fifty-eight Thousand and 44.
Cold in the night with scant starlight, humble in silence I walk, a survivor’s plight.
With emotion I’m torn - haunted by the never-ending war
And frustrated that I could do no more
For you heroes that number Fifty-eight thousand and 44.
Medals, ribbons, honors galore
All gave some and some so much more
You Fifty-eight Thousand and 44.
This night I wander with God, hand in hand,
Remembering his children in a faraway land.
They gave their all in air, land, and sea,
Oh, God, give me strength as I ponder why them and not me,
Our youth and innocence stolen as never before in faraway land, the horrors of war.
After 35 years, I still question why,
It’s futile, it’s senseless, I just start to cry.
From this great wall comes to me with a roar the voices of heroes,
All Fifty-eight thousand and 44.
Get on with your life, the war is no more.
It’s impossible to settle
The horrible score - Fifty-eight thousand and 44.
As dawn breaks the night,
I know they are right,
I’m condemned to my anguish, the survivor’s plight.
To death I’ll be haunted by this terrible war
Never forgetting that which I swore, to never forget
You Fifty-eight thousand and 44.

Les McElroy
Special dedication to Doc, Randell, Lil Big Man, Chippewa
And all who experienced Khe Sanh

Stu’s Notes:
Thank you for submitting the moving poem. I hope everyone has driven by the memorial. The Wall is going up and the plaques are being placed. Help us finish this project. The American Legion Post #95 Annual Tri-Tip Dinner & Dance on October 22, 2016 at the Oroville Veterans Memorial Hall 2374 Montgomery Street, Oroville Dinner 4:00 pm, Dance 7:30pm Full No Host Bar Tickets $20 each Sponsored by Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, Brews by Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Band starts at 7:30 DECADES will be playing songs from Chuck Berry to Katy Perry. The BBQ will be provided by the Native Sons of the Golden West. Tri-Tip, Looking Back on Oroville’s Heroes October 7, 2016 Baked Potato, Beans and Salad, Chicken While it lasts Take Out Available. Ticket outlets Modern Dry Cleaners 533-2733, Marcuzzi Jewelers 533-3811, Diamond Western 891-1650, Eagles FOE 196 533-9801, Huntingtons Sporting 534-8000 Oro Dam Cruisers Here to Support.