An ode to the USS Fitzgerald and the U.S. Navy

By Frederick Bedell

Time is passing

but I remember the sea

and the endless oceans

of my past.

Being on aircraft carriers

and tin cans

like the sailors of the past,

who traveled far and wide

to distant lands.

Both in peace and war

to defend our nation

for you and me,

from dangers and perils.

For it is these things

that are their stock and


For today’s Navy is poised

for more adversity.

For the risks ahead

for men and women

being readied

for the toils and troubles


And to fight for what is right.

For is the spirit don’t you see

the reason to be,

that stirs such as these

who are protecting you

and me !

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

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