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DIANE TRIBITT
Hillman, Minnesota
 

 

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American Hero

In February, 2006, Diane Tribitt wrote:  A lady sent me an email asking for a copy of one of my poems, "What's It Take," to give to her son-in-law, Braxton McCoy.  She said he was a real cowboy from Utah (not a "wannabe").  He married her daughter in October, 2005. Shortly thereafter he was deployed to Iraq, and three months later was wounded during a suicide bombing (including taking a stray bullet from an Iraqi guard's AK-47).

It sent my mind a-going.  How did a cowboy set down his boots, hat and buckle knowing it may be the last time he put them back on?  What went through his head?  How did it feel when combat boots, helmet and an ammo belt took the place of them? So, I asked her for some photos of Scipio, Utah, and a wedding picture and I wrote this poem, "American Hero."

His family is still in Utah, at the ranch, where he should be returning in a month or so. After the bombing, he was taken to a hospital in Germany, then transferred to Washington D.C., where is still recovering... They
are still removing shrapnel (some the size of 50 cent pieces) from his body. Both femur bones were busted up, as well as one wrist.  He had lost hearing in one ear, but that seems to be returning slowly.  He's a double hero to me, as both a cowboy and a soldier.  I will continue to pray for a speedy recovery... He is only 20 years old.  But he's cowboy tough!

Newspaper articles reported that "The wounded soldiers were providing protection for an Iraqi Ministry of Police recruitment effort in Ramadi when a suicide bomber approached a crowd of hundreds of applicants and detonated a bomb laden with ball bearings. The blast killed as many as 70 Iraqis, two U.S. service members and two U.S. service canines.. 

 

 

American Hero

At a quiet ranch in Utah
on a sultry July day
She held her baby to her breast
and she hung her head to pray

Place Your hand upon my child ‘Cause I’m not sure what to do
Lord, he’ll need Your strength and guidance and Your love to get him through
all his trials and tribulations, though I pray that there are few
Place Your hand upon my child so he’ll always trust in You

At a quiet ranch in Utah twenty years flew quickly by
She held her son against her breast so he wouldn’t see her cry
Then she turned to hug his new bride, but she didn’t know what to say
‘Cause the cowboy she just married would be leaving any day
with the Utah Field Artillery when the call came to deploy
their Special Forces Unit, and Corporal Braxton B. McCoy
Now his cowboy boots and Stetson grace the foot of their new bed
He wears combat boots and camo, and a helmet on his head

Place Your hand upon my child ‘Cause I’m not sure what to do
Lord, he’ll need Your strength and guidance and Your love to get him through
all his trials and tribulations, though I pray that there are few
Place Your hand upon my child so he’ll always trust in You

At a quiet ranch in Utah, Ramadi headlines filled the air
Dozens died, and dozens wounded in a bombing over there
As the prayers throughout the world traveled at the speed of love
The Lord placed his hand on Braxton sending comfort from Above
To the cowboy and the soldier who fought for justice ‘round the clock
From the rolling hills of Utah to the deserts of Iraq
He bravely faced each surgery and was thankful for his life,
But his prayers were for his comrades; for his mother, and his wife

Place Your hand upon Your children ‘Cause I’m not sure what to do
Lord, they’ll need Your strength and guidance and Your love to get them through
all their trials and tribulations, though I pray that there are few
Place Your hand upon Your children so they’ll always trust in You

From the echo of explosion
back to spurs and latigo
at a quiet ranch in Utah
in the hills of Scipio

© 2006, Diane Tribitt
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

 

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