Taken from the USS PORTLAND before USS BENNION DD662 came alongside to assist & lend a doctor & Pharmacist mate to administer emergancy medical treatment.
SUNSET AND EVENING STAR, AND ONE CLEAR CALL FOR
MAY THERE BE NO MOANING OF THE BAR,
WHEN I PUT OUT TO SEA
The U.S.S. Zellars moving along its way
Brought pride , respect and freedom to the U.S.A.
On April 12, 1945
Three Kamikazes Jills did arrive
Two were gunned down as they flew that day,
The third caused the Zellars to falter and sway.
The torpedo carried on that plane
Caused masses of shrapnel to fall like rain.
As the shrapnel continued to fill the air
Smoke and confusion abounded everywhere.
Leaving some of our shipmates wounded or dead,
Brought within our heart moments of dread
The dead and wounded included those
officers and enlisted men God chose.
Constant firing continued to be
As smoke and fire engulfed the sea,
Loss of power. no water to fight
Left the U.S.S. Zellars in a battle plight.
Though many tears were shed that day
We must remember those lost on the way
We salute and praise that determined crew,
Our proud heroes of the red, white and blue.
Evening found the Zellars listing to port
To receive patch jobs of many sorts
She returned to the States
To be repaired like new
Then returned to the wavy sea of blue.
Oh, that we may always see
The freedom of America for you and me
We must continue to defend our land
Where everyone must take a stand
To guard our country and keep it strong
From those that choose to do it wrong.
L.D. (Bud) Franklin
September 26, 2004