Topic: "Damn It To Hell" (5)
Frodo has never been to the State of Washington, most probably because he never really knew anybody there and it seems to be a little out-of-his-way. That will change.
Michael Dahl is one of the eight young men laid to rest in the cemetery in Fort Lewis this day. He is one of the twenty six members of the Fifth Striker Brigade who have fallen in combat since July. Speaking on his behalf was his Grandfather, Mr. Buddy Dahl, a former Marine and Vietnam-Era Veteran, who slumped slightly as he stared into the camera. It could have been a mirror for Frodo.
"I swore when I left Laos that I would never cry for a dead soldier again. It doesn't work."
Sam reached for Frodo's hand, as he sobbed openly for a boy he will never know, and a contemporary who thought that all the horror was behind him. What could be worse than those damn bagpipes playing a dirge for the little boy you once bounced on your knee? What else could make you question the very existence of a just and noble Maker? What will every night for the rest of your life be like, when all you can do is lie abed, with his face staring back at you? Damn it, damn it to Hell.
Buddy Dahl, once a Marine in Laos, amid the 56,000 who lie now with his Grandson, thought that Heaven was his due because of his time served in Hell. Frodo thinks he knows what is in that warrior's heart this night, and he weeps for he who suffers so.
Mr. President, then-Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in response to a question, once said that "the islands of Quemoy and Matsu are not worth the bleached bones of a single American soldier." Mr. President, eight boys were buried at Fort Lewis today, eight.
Mr. President, Frodo believes with every fiber of his being that you understand the depth of his heartbreak. Frodo believes that you will, too, look into the mirror that is the eyes of Mr. Buddy Dahl, once a Marine in Laos, and bring an end, by any available means, to this torment.
When Frodo visits the grave stone marked "Dahl," he imagines that a former Marine in Laos will probably be there on that day, like he will be on each and every day remaining to him. Damn it Sir, damn it.