I took on wearing the Navy blue
before the end of World War Two.
Not long after I became a seaman
the war ceased
and there was peace.
I was soon released from duty.
But my reaction to it all
was supreme satisfaction in my nation.
I did so little that I tend to belittle
my service to our great country.
But I did what was asked for
so I’ll not ignore being honored —
though I do not deserve the praise.