"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 12


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 Dwight "JD" Gibson. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. We give thanks for JD life.


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

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From Robert G. Eastman‎ facebook page: 

With regret, I have the unfortunate news that Jon K. Witherspoon, f/k/a SSGT Jon Dwight "JD" Gibson passed away this Friday evening in Ohio. He is survived by his twin sister Cindy Witherspoon Allen and his niece, Sara. JD served with the 82 Airborne Div., the US Army Special Forces and most USMC Recon units. A small service will be held this Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Palms Memorial Gardens, 5601 Greenwood Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407 and will be laid to rest in the Veterans Cemetery Section.

Brent Grove: RIP and prayers to the family.

John Miles: S/F and RIP Marine & All American.

Mike Gohlke: RIP.... Semper Fi

Ed Griffin Sr.: RIP MARINE

James E Delaney: RIP

Anthony Dennehy: Fair Winds...Semper Fi 

Anthony Dennehy: And Will play the Marine Hymn in his honor

Carlos Roman Jr: Rest at Ease my Brother 

Delfino Perez: FWFS, Semper Fi

Robert Dever: Semper fi

Harry Hayes: Fair winds and following seas


Mark Waeghe: Jon was a good man! RIP

David Hill: Rip sir godbless

Roger Zinkhon: 

John Collins: Until Valhalla Brother.

Arthur Bigger: Rest Easy Recondo

Evan Chang: Rest in Peace Marine. Thank you for your Service and your Friendship. I'm glad I got to serve with you. Fair Winds and Following Seas. Semper Fi.

Ernesto Cambron: Rest in Peace... SSgt Gibson... Your Friendship and Memories will never be forgotten.

Robert Vaughn: Rest in peace Marine!

Pep N Charity Tablada: Never forget

Dave James: Rest Easy Warrior 

James Runge: American Hero , bless you and yours!

Lawrence Young: Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Aeterni!
Fideli Certa Merces!

D.W. Luth: RIP brother 

Pedro Powers: That’s an impressive career. I have heard sea tales of guys like him.

Kevin DeSchuytner: Rip marine

Jeffrey Powers: Semper Fi and de Oppressor Liber brother Recon

Corn Horlio Bunghorlio: I will definitely attend Rest Easy JD

Michael Marzinsky: My roommate at 3rd Recon. Rest easy brother.

Kalani Matthews: RIP

Thomas E Williamson: RIP, brother Semper Fi

Richard Willard: Semper Fidelis brother. Your mission is complete. Til Valhalla!

David Carnes: RIP Jon Semper Fi brother

Julianz Page: Rest easy bro, ..Gone the sun..

Jon Couch: Was he by chance at 2d Recon circa 1985-88?

Robert G. Eastman: Charlie Co

Jon Dwight "JD" Gibson

Captain John F. Dunn, USMC (retired), 83, of Shore Road, Westerly, Rhode Island, died at home on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

John retired from the Marine Corps, then served as the State of Rhode Island's Director, U.S. Department of Labor for Veteran's Employment and Training. During his multiple tours of combat duty in Vietnam he earned the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with Combat V, and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry, and the Purple Heart.

He leaves three children, Dr. Dorothy J. Dunn of Flagstaff, AZ, Timothy P. Dunn of East Providence, R.I., Amy J. Silvia of Acton, CA, he was predeceased by his son, Kevin M. Dunn of FL. John is also survived by two siblings, Margaret. M. Chapman of Bristol, R.I. and Michael Dunn of Lincoln, R.I.; four grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by seven siblings.

Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Burial with Full Military Honors will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Donations in John's memory can be sent to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Wakefield, 143 Main St., Wakefield, R.I. 02879.

Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, is in charge of the arrangements.

For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Westerly Sun from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2018

Captain John F. Dunn, USMC (retired)

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The Mickelson Family,

In 1969, Colonel Mickelson commanded the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. He was an exemplary leader who left a lasting memory on his men and set the standard for reconnaissance battalion commanders.

On behalf of the Marines and Corpsmen of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association, I convey our condolences.
May Colonel "Mick" rest in peace.

Lt Col Charles Kershaw, USMC (Ret)
1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association

November 30, 2012

Our deepest condolences to Kit and all of Ret. Col. Mickelson's family. We are grateful for the legacy he left in depending our freedoms by his years of military service. We pray that wonderful memories, and comfort and peace from the heart and word of God will help you through your grieving.

Chaplain Stephen and Teresa Zachary

November 16, 2012