"Taps" is a bugle call T- a signal, not a song. As such, there is no associated lyric. Many bugle calls had words associated with them as a mnemonic device but these are not lyrics.

Horace Lorenzo Trim wrote a set of words intended to accompany the music:

Day is done, gone the sun,
 From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
 All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
 And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
 From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
 'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky;
 As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,
 Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
 Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
 And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
 To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

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Taps part 11


He came this way but once. Yet, he touched our lives in many ways while he were here. We shall remain eternally grateful for he's friendship and for the influence he bestowed upon us.

It is with deep sadness that we report the news of the death of Durward "Butch" Waddill He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. We give thanks for Butch life.


Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.

Durward "Butch" Waddill, right, shakes hands with a member of the Bitterroot Detachment Marine Corps League after Waddill was presented with the Silver Star Medal for his actions during the Vietnam War on Friday in the Missoula City Council chambers. In 1967, Waddill led a rescue that saved members of his platoon who'd been ambushed by the enemy.

Ret Lt Col. Butch C. Waddill, 71, passed away due to cancer, in the morning, Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at his home in Florence with family and friends by his side.

Durward "Butch" Waddill - Delta Company Sept 69 - Feb 70

RIP Butch

Walter C. Hudson, 71, former U.S. postal worker


Walter C. Hudson, a former U.S. Marine and retired postal worker, died on Friday, June 14, 2019. He was 71.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1947, to the late Estelle and Kenneth Hudson. Baptized as a Catholic, he was educated in the Philadelphia Archdiocese Catholic school system.

In 1965, Hudson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He did a tour of duty in South Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969. He lived with survivor’s remorse after serving in the Vietnam War and was haunted by the memories of his fellow soldiers who never made it home.


Terry Joe Stapleton

Terry Joe Stapleton, age 70, of Joliet, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at home.

Born April 1, 1949 in Pekin, IL, he was the son of L. C. and Marietta "Jean" (nee Carter) Stapleton. Terry was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Lance corporal, and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He worked as a precision machinist and a manufacturing engineer for Caterpillar, Inc., Parker Hannifin Aerospace Group, and WALCO Tool and Engineering, retiring in 2011.

Terry was an avid NHRA drag racing enthusiast and served as a crew chief for one of his racing friends. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed deer hunting, and loved playing golf until he was no longer able to play. He will be remembered for being a nice person who took good care of his family.

Surviving are his beloved wife of over 48 years, Linda (nee Harris) Stapleton of Joliet; two sons, Brian Stapleton of Joliet, and Jeffrey (fianc e Heather Dorothy) Stapleton of Indiana; one very special granddaughter, Brianna Stapleton; one sister, Sandra (Jorge) Figueroa of Channahon; two nephews, Todd (Melinda) Lauster and Eric Lauster; a niece, Allison (Dave) Herring; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Melcher; and a brother-in-law, David (Mary Ellen) Harris.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his fathers-in-law, Fred Sackman and Arthur Melcher.

Funeral services for Terry Stapleton will be held Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery where military honors will be accorded under the auspices of the United States Marine Corps and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to meet at the Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com
Published in The Herald-News on May 1, 2019

2nd Platoon, Delta Company
First Reconnaissance Battalion
Just back from long range patrol.

Michael W. Sheridan

Time Line Photos

Danang Harbor
Capt. J.V. Jara & Sgt. Mike Sheridan 1968

Michael W. Sheridan