Tribute to Dennis Soldner
by Gilbert Luke


Until the time when it looked like you where gonna take Denny, I hadn't prayed much because I never had much to say. You gave me a reason and I had a lot to say.
I wanted you to let my long lost buddy stay. I had lost him for thirty-one years. Don't get me wrong I'm grateful for the past four months
you shared him with me, you see Denny had always been a "Good Friend" to me.
So GOD you called another warrior to your door, you called the one who wrote, "When A Warrior Cries No More"

Well now Lord I know you understand, you've called to your side Dennis Soldner a 3rd Recon Man.
We all miss him down here. Its not odd that thoughts of him foster memorable cheer, just as thoughts of him there, and us here will bring a sorrowful but happy tear.
You see lord Denny fought faithful and fought hard even when it didn't involve leaving the joker card. His life was filled with people he loved, and was loved.
Denny was one of the Best of the Best, he fought hard not to go; but you knew he needed his rest.
Take care of him. Lord keep him close to thee, and when he gets curious and wants to take point, Lord let him be, he just wants to check on his family.
Yes we know this is not usual but please remember he's a 3rd Recon Marine.
It's him to be out front you see, he just wants to get SitReps on, Tom, George, Jim, Stan, and Me. He's got other 3rd Recon Brothers
he's going to want to look after too, we know he'll be at the hatchway when the next one comes through.
Semper Fi!
From Us, To You and Denny