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Very painful news. Rest in Peace Capt Jenson. I salute you.
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Sometimes words fail to express what I am feeling..

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When is the funeral? I might be able to send flowers.

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SOB............not one bit ashamed to be choking back tears........
the man said not hardly a word of being so ill.......type of MAN he was I guess...........unassuming.....a genuine HERO...........never bragged......honest............hard to find men like him..........

I am not that good with these things..............
I have some old clippings my father had collected over the years........one of them I also found here on the web..............I thought of it when learning of Kens passing.............

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

(A Soldier Died Today)

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt



He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.



And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,

All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,

And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.



He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.

Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,

And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.



When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,

But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.



Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land

A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,

Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?



A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives

Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.

While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.



It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,

That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know

It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.



Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,

Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?

Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend

His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?



He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part

Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.



If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,

Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,

Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.





1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt


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This is truly a sad day...

Ken will always live on in ACG through his stories and opinions he'd posted through the years. That is his gift to all of us.

RIP Ken!!!
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Ken, you lived three times longer than you reasonably should have lived. Those years were to the benefit of your family, community, and country, and your time on this site of benefit to us all. Lest we forget.
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It is a sad day. My best wishes go out to the family. To his kids - your dad set a fine example for you.

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Ken, I will miss you. You're one of the reasons I love this place. I thank my lucky stars and God above that I had the chance to converse with you; I'm a better man because of it.
Your posts will remain here for countless others to become acquainted with our Ken Jensen. Until we meet again Captain.



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