Saturday, August 30, 2014

For Moose

Lt. Col. Morris 'Moose' Fontenot Jr.
United States Air Force (Read this link!)
We lost one of America's best this past week...

This is for you Sir.

Rest in peace. Vaya con Dios.

Prayers for his family and friends at this difficult time...

High Flight*
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds -
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of -
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God

Moose's old command, the 67th Fighter Squadron...

H/T to DKE

* Composed by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr. RCAF, died in his Spitfire in December 1941.


  1. I've been following this one. Not terribly far from here. Sad.

  2. We always seem to lose the great ones way too early. RIP.

  3. "Fontenot" --a good South Louisiana Cajun name--and ironically he was headed home, too..


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