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Bill Faith: RIP

I just got word that Bill Faith of Old War Dogs and Bill's Bites died of a heart attack.

Update: Bill was an email friend as well as a fellow blogger and when I posted back in December 2006 about my husband's cousin, Sgt 1st Class James Priestap, being killed in Iraq, Bill offered a touching poem in tribute to Jim:

I mourn the loss of any soldier, and more so when it's a relative of someone in the blog family. Please forgive the lengthy comment but it's all I know to say:

THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

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The Exposer:

RIP.

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Mike:

Sorry to hear this. He was a regular reader and linker to lots of blogs, and a good blogger himself.




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