Forgotten Men

In a camp of Nip a barracks lost deep in the Phillipines

Are a bunch of forgotten warriors with nothing left but dreams

We are fighting a greater battle than the one we fought and lost

It's a battle against the elements, a battle of life that cost

Some came through that awful torture of days and nights of hell

In the struggle for the "Rock" where many a brave man fell

But it's not how much you know or how quick you hit the ditch

It's not the rank that once you held or whether you're poor or rich

No one cares who you know back home or what kind of a life you led

It's just how long you can stick it out that governs your life instead

This battle we're fighting at present is against flies, mosquitoes and disease

But with decent living conditions we could win this fight with ease

It's rice for breakfast noon and night; it rains most every day

We sleep on bamboo slats at night; we've no better place to lay

We eat from any old tin can that we're lucky enough to get

And the medicine we should have we haven't seen as yet

We're forgotten men of Corregidor  fighting for bare existence

Through hunger, sickness and sweat

Those of us who do come through perhaps can prove our worth

When we tell the strangest tale yet told of a terrible Hell on earth


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