The Lady Speaks

Friday Anti-War Song

Somebody’s Daddy
Songwriter: Jane Heald

He was somebody’s daddy, somebody’s dad
The only father that somebody had
He was one fine soldier. He knew what to do
But the enemy was somebody’s daddy too
And the blowing sand will cover their track
But somebodies’ daddies won’t ever come back

And both men were pawns in somebody’s game
Behind a gun, they both bled the same

They were somebodies’ daddies, somebodies’ dads
The only fathers those somebodies had
They were loyal soldiers. They knew what to do
But the enemy were loyal soldiers, too
And the blowing sand will cover their tracks
But somebodies’ daddies won’t ever come back

On November 7th, the daddy who died was someone I knew.

From The Daily Review, Towanda PA:

Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Priestner died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, according to an Army spokesman.

Priestner, 42, grew up in Pike Township and graduated from Northeast Bradford High School in 1982. Stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., he was a member of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 82nd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, according to GN4 Mark Dyment. Priestner’s home was in Sanford, N.C.

From the Associated Press:

“John had an awesome sense of humor. Very intense, dedicated. He was everything a hero would be,” his wife, Theresa Priestner, said in a statement released by his family late Thursday.

She said her husband referred to her and their two daughters – Breanne, 14, and Megan, 10 – as “Team Priestner,” and used the phrase when he last saw them this summer.

He also is survived by his mother Linnea Priestner of North Charleston, S.C., his father Richard Priestner of Leraysville, Pa., his sister Sue Drag, and his twin brother Roger, his family said.

Yesterday, John was laid to rest, amongst heroes, in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

November 17, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Pennsylvania, US Military, War, White House

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