Submitted by: Jose Silva

Category: Poetry

I am a published author and poet. A couple of years ago I was asked by a Massachusetts's veteran's nonprofit organization to write a poem honoring 78 WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans who died from COVID-19 in a VA hospice. This is the poem I read during that gala night honoring those heroes, and also their families who were there that night.

About the author:

Command Sergeant Major (retired) Jose Luis Silva-Diaz was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 8, 1956. He joined the Army in 1982 as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division. After his fourth year of enlistment, he re-enlisted in the Army Quartermaster Corps as a petroleum supply specialist. CSM Silva deployed to Uzbekistan in support of OEF1, 07 Nov 01-26 Jul 02 as the 507th Logistics Task Force CSM. CSM Silva also served as the first camp sergeant major for Camp Stronghold Freedom, Karshi-Khanabad (Uzbekistan). His scope of responsibilities took him to Bagram, Mazar-E-Shariff and Kabul. Upon his re-deployment from Afghanistan, CSM Silva was assigned to Fort Drum, N.Y., as the 10th DISCOM CSM where he deployed in support OEF IV as the Joint Logistics Center command sergeant major. In April 2004, CSM(R) Silva was selected as the regimental command sergeant major for the Quartermaster Corps, a position he held until his retirement in 2008.