Friday, November 9, 2018

Always Remembered, Never Forgotten...

Captain Carroll "Lex" LeFon, U.S. Navy (Retired)
09 November 1960 - 06 March 2012
Happy birthday Lex.

We miss you, Sir...

O Captain! My Captain! 
by Walt Whitman

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
                         But O heart! heart! heart!
                            O the bleeding drops of red,
                               Where on the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
                         Here Captain! dear father!
                            This arm beneath your head!
                               It is some dream that on the deck,
                                 You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
                         Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
                            But I with mournful tread,
                               Walk the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.




7 comments:

  1. What a great smile!!

    Condolences to you and his family, sir.

    With you keeping this blog going, it helps to keep his memory fresh and green, and more of us learn about Lex then would ever have known him otherwise. Thank you.

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  2. I miss him. His wit and insight made reading his blog the highlight of my day.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

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  3. Badger Paw Salute, turn to Chris, Badger Paw Salute!

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  4. Finding Lex and his comentairat in 2004 literally saved my psyche at a very dark stage in my life. FINALLY a group of compatriots with which one could respectfully vent, exchange playful banter and share common experiences--all inspired by the imitable writing of Lex. God how I miss that man and the crew who gathered at his place! RIP my good man, RIP

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  5. Remember when Lex left the room and everybody hit the bar? He was an interesting man.

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