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"Looking Into The Mirror of Death"
By
Captain Michael Davis O'Donnell,
170th AHC, 1 January 1970




If you are able,
save for them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.




In Memory.....


MICHAEL DAVIS O'DONNELL

MAJ - Army - Reserve
1st AVN BDE
25 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Aug 13, 1945
From SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
His tour of duty began on Oct 2, 1969
He was killed in action on Mar 24, 1970
Casualty was declared on Feb 07, 1978
in CAMBODIA
Hostile, died while missing
HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, EXPLOSION after takeoff - RPG
Body was not recovered
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