For Jimmy.

Wee Jimmy was always off territory.

He was the smallest and slightest of a bunch of roughty toughty guys, but each and every one of us knew he was the real dog’s bollocks. Once you’d ever seen him in action, you knew. Balls out fucker who didn’t have a reverse gear. That amount of courage needs a bit of looking after and when it came to him we always tended towards that thing. It’s the love that dare not speak its name. Man love, which has nothing to do with where you stick your dick.

A man’s man sort of guy. I’d seen him run through fields of fire to retrieve our friend who was down. I’d seen him then heft that half-dead man twice his weight over his shoulder while he struggled back through those very same fields of fire while every man Jack of us laid down the suppressive fire from Hell. The little fucker got him home alive too. Nobody, absolutely nobody on God’s good green Earth should be able to get through that situation.

Wee Jimmy did.


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4 Responses to “For Jimmy.”
  1. Pedro the Swift says:

    Thank you Pointy! This post explains so much. The nom-de-plume, your avatar and a previous life. I would never have been good enough to be there with Jimmy and yourself. The quote “Your a better man than I am Gunga Din” comes to mind. One question remains. This particular occupation generally doesn’t equip anyone with such writing skills as you possess. Where did you learn these?

    RIP Jimmy.


  2. Blackswan says:

    With respect … for all of them.


  3. rapscallion says:

    I often think that those you have never served in the Armed Forces have in many ways missed out on the gift that cameraderie bestows. You KNOW that whatever happens there will be your shipmates (or platoon. squad etc) to back you up, to do their duty whether they like you or not because you are just as much on their team and they are of yours. There simply aren’t the word to describe the utter trust that it engenders. It is quite humbling.


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