Tammie Mayes to cherish the memory, Veterans Day 1998 at the Wall)
My tearful kiss for you, my dearest daughter
A long time ago, you were two months old
Year 1966, March 28, KIA, Vietnam -- I was twenty
Earth, Heaven, black granite, green pastures unfold
Sweet girl, here is my life and yours; let's forever hold...
I am only a hobby
photographer. But each time I made my pilgrimage to The Wall, my camera
seems to become a walking soul. Its eyes become as pure as any
journalistic photographers on Earth. "The Boy in the Poem" and
"The Girl in the Wall" are the proof of my Viet Vet Daddy's spirit.
Each came out from a single frame that I took of each subject. Here,
"The Girl in the Wall", shows the soul of papa-san Richard L. Mayes:
His name "Mayes" lies on the lips of his daughter Tammie; I was
inspired to write the poem, "The Father's Kiss."
Saturday, January 9, 1999, Tammie and I were reunited, and I presented to her
the collage of her picture and poem.
For NBC's Dateline regarding its documentary "War and Remembrance" which
aired May 1, 2000. It's about Viet vet Richard Luttrell and his story on
page 52 in the book "Offerings at the Wall."
Vietnamese girl's Communist Father fought against Freedom
the American girl's Daddy fought for Liberty...
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