―In tribute to pilots
Keith Yoakum & Jason Defrenn
They flew for their country,
In the light of freedom's flame;
They flew in a distant land,
In flight, in freedom's name...
They flew up through the air,
Up where our flag doth wave;
They flew to defend from there,
And others from there to save...
But sadly so,
Their Apache aloft was hit,
And badly by foe,
Yet on they flew with it...
In a world torn to mend,
They fought unto the end...
And thus, these ones so brave,
Their valiant lives they gave...
Even if, in days that wait ahead,
Thine eye doth moisten to a tear...
Look up to our nation's honored thread:
Look up, and listen with thine ear...
When the wind doth the flag bestir,
Till it ruffles the stars and stripes we've known,
Remember Keith and Jason who were,
Flying yet, in our banner outblown... ―John Riedell
This poetic tribute was written in honor
of Apache pilot Chief
Warrant Officer Keith Yoakum of Coffee Springs, Alabama, and his pilot gunner, Chief Warrant Officer
Jason Defrenn of Barnwell, S.C., who courageously gave their lives for their country in Iraq,
on February 2nd, 2007.
Carbone and Keith Yoakum holding the flag. Normally, Carbone of
Palisade, Colorado, would have been Yoakum's pilot-gunner, but on that sad
day of February 2nd, 2007, Yoakum's pilot-gunner was CWO Jason Defrenn from
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