Matthew leggett

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett

  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: Ruskin, FL
  • Date of Birth: 10-13-1974
  • Date of Death: 08-20-2014
  • Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps
  • Port/Base: Fort Bragg, North Carolina

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    Halfway down the trail to Hell,
    In a shady meadow green
    Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
    Near a good old-time canteen.
    And this eternal resting place
    Is known as Fiddlers' Green.

    Marching past, straight through to Hell
    The Infantry are seen.
    Accompanied by the Engineers,
    Artillery and Marines,
    For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
    Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.

    Though some go curving down the trail
    To seek a warmer scene.
    No trooper ever gets to Hell
    Ere he's emptied his canteen.
    And so rides back to drink again
    With friends at Fiddlers' Green.

    And so when man and horse go down
    Beneath a saber keen,
    Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
    You stop a bullet clean,
    And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
    Just empty your canteen,
    And put your pistol to your head
    And go to Fiddlers' Green

    Ben Leggett, Sibling