fallenbWhile taking a mandatory arts class at Saint Leo University, at Savannah Center, the class was assigned a final project. For the final project I had to sing a song, dance a dance, or write and recite a poem. I cannot sing or dance so tried to write a poem. The problem was I did not like poetry and surely could not write a poem. The next morning when I got to work I looked at my wall, where I kept pictures of all my fallen friends, and it hit me, write about them. I made a few notes and then went into my office and wrote this, my first, poem. It took me 10 minutes to write it and 8 weeks to edit it.

My Fallen Friends

By David K. Devaney


So far I have lost 58 (started at 27) of my friends,

I hope one day this all ends.

One tragedy after another,

Oh my God, another of my fallen brothers.


Right after September Eleventh I lost my first friend,

He was a good man and I know he went to Heaven in the end.

He was a Special Forces Sniper, from a good bunch,

I’m sure I will see him again; but that is just a hunch.


Two were Navy Corpsman, our battlefield savior,

You could tell, by their heroic behavior.

They loved their Marines, like their own brothers,

I pray for them both, I pray for their mothers.


Seven were from my Battalion,

They died while fighting like a majestic hellion.

Warriors were they all,

I think of them most often of all.


One was my Commanding Officer, until his end,

He was my commander, my peer and my friend.

He was evaporated by an Improvised Explosive Device,

I wrote his wife as I wept and it didn’t feel nice.


Forty-three were brother snipers of mine,

Now I weep when I hear a church bell chime.

Some were close friends, and others were not as close,

I loved them all the same, I keep their memory close.


Eleven were very close friends,

My heartbreaks and then it mends.

But all I think in my heart,

Is who will be next, it’s like throwing a dart.


One I had never met before,

I had to tell his mother he was no more.

But I knew him anyway,

I do not want to do that again, on any day.


Another I had never met, was a EOD tech.,

I told his pregnant wife; what the heck.

I told his wife he was a hero, but would not be coming home,

She said take his arms, take his legs, I don’t want to be alone.


I hate the TV, I hate the news,

My heart cannot handle, another bruise.

When will I lose my next friend,

I hope, very soon this will end!






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About The Author

David K. Devaney SgtMaj USMC Retired 2009 City of Hit Iraq with PTTDavid was born in Geneva New York and graduated from Geneva High School in 1980. He joined the Marine Corps on a guaranteed Infantry contract in April of 1983. After graduating boot camp he was stationed in Hawaii with 3rdBattalion 3rd Marines (3/3). While assigned to 3/3 he held billets as a rifleman, fire team leader, and squad leader. During 1986 Corporal (Cpl) Devaney was selected as a member of Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Platoon, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine. Upon graduation of Scout Sniper School he was assigned to the Scout Sniper Section of 3/3 STA Platoon. During his second deployment as a Scout Sniper with 3/3 he was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt). After a tour on the drill field from 1989-1991 Sgt Devaney returned to STA 3/3 were he deployed two more times. During 1994 Sgt Devaney was selected to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt) and ordered to III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Special Operation Training Group (SOTG); while at SOTG SSgt Devaney was assigned as a Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) and Urban Sniper Instructor and Chief Instructor. At the time III MEF SOTG Instructors were members of Joint Task Force 510 (JTF 510 CT); a Counter Terrorism Task Force. In 1998 he deployed to Operation Desert Fox with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/4 and was attached to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 572/594 as a sniper. SSgt Devaney deployed again, during 2000, with ODA 135/136/132 to Malaysia as member of JTF 510, working with the Malaysian National Police. After leaving SOTG Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Devaney was assigned to Company A 1st Battalion 7th Marine, and spent much of his time training the Scout Snipers of 1/7. Just before the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant (1stSgt) and led 270 Marines, sailors, and soldiers during combat – receiving a Bronze Star Medal for destroying the enemy and their will to fight. During 2004 1st Sgt Devaney was ordered to duty as the Inspector Instructor Staff 1st Sgt for 2nd Beach and Terminal Operations Company, Savannah, Georgia. During 2007 he was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) and received orders to Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 (VMAQ-4) stationed at Cherry Point, NC. There he trained a CADRE which in turn trained a massive Quick Reaction Force in combat operations. After two more deployments to Iraq SgtMaj Devaney received orders to Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, VA. SgtMaj Devaney retired from the Marine Corps on 31 December 20013. He now works as an adjunct combat instructor at the “Crucible’’ in Fredericksburg, VA. David is also on the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association. David’s published work: Books Devaney, D.K. (2007). Surviving combat: Mentally and physically (3rd edition). 29 Palms, CA: USMC. Devaney, D.K. (2015). They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major’s Tribute to Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. Articles Devaney, D.K. (2011) Enough Talk of Suicide, Already! Proceedings Magazine. Devaney, D.K. (2011) Can PTSD Be Prevented Through Education? Proceedings Magazine. Devaney, D.K. (2012) PTSD Is Not Cancer. The Marine Corps Gazette. Devaney, D.K. (2012) Women in Combat Arms Units. The Marine Corps Gazette.

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