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PFC Kenneth R. Elkins, USMC, KIA at the Battle of Peleliu - 1944

Since I Met You I'm Not Afraid To Die

by PFC Kenneth R. Elkins, USMC
Killed in Action at Peleliu Island - 1944

Look God, I have never spoken to You,
But now I wish to Say: "How do You do?"
See God, they told me You didn't exist,
And like a fool, I believed all this.

Last night from a foxhole, I saw Your Sky,
I Figured right then they had told me a lie;
Had I taken the time to see the Things You made,
I'd had known they weren't calling a Spade a Spade.

I Wonder God if you'd shake my hand?
Somehow I feel that You'd Understand.
Funny, I had to come to this Hellish Place
Before I had time to see Your Face.

Well, I guess there isn't much more to say,
But I'm sure glad God, I met You today.
I guess the Zero Hour will soon be here.
But I'm not afraid since I know You're near.

The signal! well, God, I guess I'll have to go,
I like you a lot, this I want You to know,
Look, now this will be a horrible fight,
Who knows, I may be at your House tonight.

Though I wasn't friendly to You before,
I wonder, God, if You'd wait at your door,
Look, I'm crying, Me! Shedding tears,
I wish I'd known you these many years.

Well, I have to go now,
God...Good-bye
Strange, since I met You,
I'm not afraid to die.

by PFC Kenneth R. Elkins, Killed in Battle 1944
Peleliu Island

This poem was actually written by Kenneth, not long before his death
and was provded by his niece,
Gloria Collins
and conveyed to Jake for Remembrance for Memorial and Veterans Day,
2012

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Battle of Peleliu, The Marianas

The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September–November 1944 on the island of Peleliu, present-day Palau. You can learn more about this famous Battle Here.

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