Monday, May 28, 2012


public domain photo of the World War II Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, France.

The Last Casualty
 PSC / April 2010

He’s buried in Lorraine, France.
Imagine, if you will,
his mother’s pain
upon learning
her young soldier son
shot by a sniper unaware
peace had already been declared.

True story:  John Smyk, an uncle I never met, was shot by sniper fire several days after V-E Day (Victory in Europe) had been declared.  
He was barely 20 years old.  His body is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, Lorraine, France.  Rest in peace.  

photos by PSC

Photo credit:  Public domain photo from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) web site per their copyright info:

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  1. How sad, Pam. This poem is a tribute, for sure. So glad you shared this here. Take care.

    1. Thanks, Patricia. It IS sad, and all the more so, I think, for being true. Thanks for stopping by & commenting. :-)

  2. OH. My.Heart. Heavens, this packs a punch. Goodness. I feel as though the very wind has been knocked out of me. Can you imagine?
    Powerful stuff, Pamela.

    1. Thanks, De. It breaks my heart whenever I recall the story. I can't imagine -- and don't want to. Thanks for stopping by and reading.