May 28th, 2007

10-P, 10-E

Ten random things: Memorial Day 2007

Ten members of the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment on board the U.S.S. Arizona killed in action during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941:

  1. Corporal Edwin Charles Borusky, Langdon, N.D.
  2. Private David Delton Evans, New Orleans, La.
  3. Pvt. Harold Wyatt Hope, Borger, Texas.
  4. Private First Class William Joseph Lovshin, Ely, Minn.
  5. PFC. William Jacob Schneider, Chicago, Ill.
  6. PFC. Gilbert Henry Whisler, Bloomfield, Iowa
  7. Corp. Burnis Leroy Burns, Wiggins, Miss.
  8. PFC. Robert Charles Erskine, Siloam Springs, Ark.
  9. Master Gunnery Sergeant Walter Holzworth, Bergenfield, N.J.
  10. PFC. James Ernest Lindsay, Montrose, Calif.

Of the 88 Marines stationed on board the battleship Arizona, only fifteen survived. In total, 1,177 of the Arizona's crew perished in the attack, accounting for more than half the fatalities that day.


Poetry for Memorial Day


Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo,
Shovel them under and let me work—
       I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
       What place is this?
       Where are we now?

       I am the grass.
       Let me work.

Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967)