Forty years ago today,
sat a lonely soldier in a land far away.
Thinking that soon would come the day
When heíd get a card, from his bride that would
PLEASE BE MY VALENTINE!
No mortarsí blinding flash,
no brilliant glow from a midnight flare.
Can compare to the love that I feel,
when my heart goes to my throat and my head
begins to reel.
No words can express my love for you
as well as that one, ever simple, single line
CAN I BE YOUR VALENTINE?
Weíve grown old, itís true!
You loving me and me loving you.
Fate brought us together to set sail on lifeís
with a golden band to seal our bond.
So few ever find their lifeís soul mate,
the person that will walk with them to Heavens
I must admit, now let it be said
those wonderful words, that stay in my head.
Those childhood words that ring so true,
BE MY VALENTINE ĎCAUSE I LOVE YOU!
Time marches on, and the light grows dim.
We both may smile with a toothless grin,
But our loveís just as strong,
As the night is warm, and the day is long.
What would I be without you, my love?
Like a baseball player, without his glove?
Like the football player, without his ball?
Like the parson, without GODís call?
How can any man endure
the vast expanse of time?
Without a blond, blue eyed girl
to call his VALENTINE?
So cherubs rejoice, and adorn your cards.
Find your way to those little girlsí yards.
Shout those words to the Heavens above
about the little neighbor boys innocent love.
BE MY VALENTINE
are the words that last all year long.
Words that sing
but seldom used in a song.
So this year I ask of you all.
Send out those cards, answer this call.
Tell your soldiers of your true love,
sent to them from the LORD above.
ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE
CANDY IS SWEET, AND SO ARE YOU.
IíM SO HAPPY, BUT IíLL BE BLUE
IF I DONíT GET
A VALENTINE FROM YOU.
About the Author
Noah B. Dillion was drafted into the
United States Army in January 1968. His active service includes “13 months in IV Corps serving with
two historical aviation companies:As a school trained 67B20 Bird Dog Crew Chief for 9
months at Soc Trang Army Airfield, 221st Recon Airplane Company; and, having been promoted in July 1969 to SP-5 in an OJT
slot with the infamous 114th AHC located at Vinh Long Army Airfield as NCOIC of the Electrical hangar crew PMOS 68F20 until
In 1973, Noah B. Dillion “enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard in Sept
1973 and spent five days in the tornado zones around Frankfort in April 1974 earning an active duty ribbon.”
According to Dillion, he “proudly wear the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal,
Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/palm device and Kentucky
National Guard Active Duty Ribbon;. Air Crewman’s Badge, Expert Marksman’s Badge w/M-14 & M-16 bars, Presidential
Unit Citation and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation.” Noah B. Dillion is the author of Surviving
Viet Nam Tales of a Narcoleptic Hangar Rat.