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“Make way, make way, the Scouts are moving in.” (Read 1959 times)
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“Make way, make way, the Scouts are moving in.”
May 02nd, 2006, 12:14pm
Col. Olson mentioned this tribute to the Scouts, written by the Bataan Poet,  Lt. Henry Lee,  in his history of the Scouts on this site.  I thought that there might be some interest in the full poem.  In his book of Bataan poems, “Nothing But Praise”, this poem is given an alternative title,  “Philippine Scouts--N. Luzon, S. Luzon, Abucay, Moran, The Points, Toul Pocket, Mt. Samat, Corregidor (December 8, 1941-May 8, 1942)” in the book’s table of contents.


The desperate fight is lost; the battle done.
The brown, lean ranks are scattered to the breeze
Their cherished weapons rusting in the sun
Their mouldering guidons hidden by the leaves.
No more the men who did not fear to die
Will plug the broken line while through the din
Their beaten comrades raise the welcome cry
“Make way, make way, the Scouts are moving in.”

The jungle takes the long-defended lines
The trench erodes; the wire rusts away
The lush lank grasses and the trailing vines
Soon hide the human remains of the fray.
The battle ended and the story told
The blood-smeared leaves of history begin
To open to the Scouts, as they unfold
The little tired soldiers enter in.

The men who were besieged on every side
Who knew the disillusion of retreat
And still retained their fierce exultant pride
And were soldiers---even in defeat,
Now meet the veterans of ten thousand years
Now find a welcome worthy of their trade
From men who fought with cross bows and with spears
With bullet and with arrow and with spade.

The grizzled veterans Rome was built upon
The Death-head horde of Attila the Hun
The “Yellow Horror” of the greatest Kahn
The guardsmen of the first Napoleon
And all the men in every nameless fight
Since man first strove with man to prove his worth
Shall greet the Scouts as is their right---
No finer soldiers ever walked the earth.

And then the Scouts will form to be reviewed
Each scattered unit now once more complete
Each weapon and each bright crisp flag renewed
And high above the cadence of their feet
Will come the loud clear virile welcoming shout
From many throats before the feasts begin
Their badge of honor mid their comrades rout---
“Make way, make way, the Scouts are moving in.”

by Henry G. Lee, 1st Lieutenant
Headquarters and Military Police Company
Philippine Division, U.S.A.

Submitted by
Tom Farrington

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