The IRON MEN
It is said the IRON MEN are gone
And only in sentimental song live on
Soft living has taken its toll, they say
The IRON MEN belong to another day
But listen now, and I’ll tell you true.
That IRON MEN still wear the Navy blue;
For when the cry rises to succor and save,
The Navy Salvor’s - the first of the brave.
Steel ships on a coral reef
Need steel men to free from grief.
Ten fathoms below a Diver grows chill,
Works with his hands, his heart and his will.
"Bring back my son from his watery grave!
Raise that boat, a fortune to save!
Clear that wreck that blocks the port!"
"CAN DO" is the Sailors ready retort.
From the bitter freeze of Arctic cold,
To the heartless heat of the tropic fold,
Wherever tormenting wind and sea are met,
Fare forth the Salvors with no regret.
When at last the toilsome deed is done
And the fearful struggle with the sea is won,
The Salvor sighs a great. AMEN
And takes his place with the IRON MEN!
by J. F. Madeo, Jr.
Harbor Clearance Unit-1