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USS Cole Homage to 17 heroes, Our Navy Goes Sailing On

A connection was made, an individual involved in the USS Cole attack was involved in the air attack on the World Trade Center.


They Who Go Down To the Sea in Ships

What started as a song, with new lyrics sung to "When Johnny comes marching Home" Honoring my Father, Captain Harry Bleich, a Skipper in the Merchant Marine, Missing In Action in World War Two on the Lykes Brother ship the James Mc Cabe out of New Orleans has evolved into a never ending song honoring the cadre of American Heroes. My Father left the safety of a draft exempt status of a civil service Job in the Canal Zone as a canal pilot. He chose the dangers of North Atlantic to do his part to fight what he called the Axis. He received his Naval Commission posthumously. Some may recall The jet black horse, rider less following JFK’s caisson. The image of the returning five Flag draped coffins of the USS Cole’s crew, reflecting on the wet tarmac in Germany is etched in pain in my mind and the minds of many Americans. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. There are 12 more to be extricated from the compressed decks of the Cole. This song is for them and for the many American who made the supreme sacrifice and those in the future who will follows in the footsteps of the never ending cadre of American Heroes. The flame of Courage is the heartbeat of American Heroes!

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“America Goes Marching On"

When Johnny Comes marching home again Hurrah Hurrah
We'll give him a hearty welcome then Hurrah, Hurrah
The men will cheer, the Boys will shout, the ladies they will all turn out.
We will all be free when Johnny comes marching home

But John's not coming home again, He gone, He's gone.
He gave his life that freedom could live on, live on
The Torch of Freedom from young John's hand, is handed down to every man
That we'll all be free when Johnny goes marching home

Though John is dead and gone, He still lives on
On in the hearts of all men, The flame burns on
The torch of freedom from young John's hand is handed down to every man
That we'll all be free, when Johnny goes marching on.

The drums they tolled a mournful dirge when the caisson rolled that day,
followed by a Jet black Horse rider less that day.
Young John fought and young John died, that the cause of freedom could survive,
That we'll all be free when John goes marching on.

Now in the new millennium, It happened once again.
The sword of hate in the hands of fate, Scarred our hearts again
The torch of freedom from our sailors hands will be handed down to every man.
Out on every ocean, Keeping the seas free, Our Navy goes sailing on.

Out from a plane 5 coffins came, in the early mourning mist of pain
Flag draped coffins, damp with tears, our loss was heaven's gain,
Though they're gone they still sail on, Out on the evening tide.
Out on every ocean, Keeping the seas free, Our Navy goes sailing on!

The flags that flew at half mast, will fly high in the sky again,
Raised high by the hands of courage of our sailing women and men.
The torch of freedom from our sailors hands will be handed down to every man.
Out on every ocean, Keeping the seas free, Our Navy goes sailing on.

By George J. Bleich

My thoughts behind the freedom in the song extended also to the second set of freedoms, beyond the freedom to, insured by our Constitution to the compassionate side of freedom, freedom from, freedom from hunger and poverty; freedom from fear; violence and hate. American Heroes are as diverse as the wonderful make up of our Country. Freedom is more than a word. They died to preserve Freedom, Let us live our lives to extend Freedom.

If you have friends who sing or a choral group or choir, have them sing the song. I can send the chords by E-Mail that I used though they can do their own arrangement.

May I suggest that you click on the Orion link to evaluate a suggestion how we can more fully honor our heroes.

The flame of Courage is the heartbeat of Man, was inscribed on the work of art I created for a memorial service at the Carmel Mission in California for the crew of the Challenger.

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