Dee Eberhart--American

 

Dee Eberhart
(1924-    )

 

Dee Eberhart was born in Los Angeles, in 1924. He served in the military in the Army Specialized Training Program at UCLA, Air Corps Cadet processing at Buckley Field, Colorado, the 42nd Rainbow Division and in France and Germany as a first scout in a rifle company from the Ardennes-Alsace Campaign to the end of the war.  Following VE Day, he joined his division in Austria to participate in occupation duty. Eberhart has two collections of poetry, Relics of War, a depiction of a rifleman’s reflections on war, and Illusion: World War II Poems, dedicated to those who suffered prolonged torment in Nazi concentration camps, and “to the memory of those who did not survive.”

 

Rainbow in France
Meurcy Farm Plaque Dedication, May 27, 2001
 
After Lorraine and Champagne,
The Ourcq was next,
and worst of all for the Rainbow,
worst of all at midsummer time,
at that tragic time of reaping
before St. Mihiel and Meuse Argonne
 
Half of the Rainbow remains in France,
at the many battlefields—
La Croix Rouge and Meurcy Farms,
along the Ourcq, and in the woods,
and in the fields, and in Sergy and Seringes.
 
Half of our Rainbow and now
a tablet of bronze,
without special Rouge Bouquet,
and our Irish lyric poet,
remain in France forever and ever,
and in everlasting loving memory.

It is not adieu, but au revoir!

 

New Year's Eve Patrol: 1944-45

The cathedral's song
soared on high.
Midnight flares lit
up the sky.
Tracers probed
from across the Rhine,
And were answered in kind
all down our line.
It was not a glüchliches
neues Jahr
,
For our young men
who had come so far,
To freeze and die in
the icy blast,
Of the Nordwind attack,
Hitler's last!