PIMENTAL, James A. Of Saugus, formerly of Malden, age 68, died unexpectedly August 7. Loving husband of Cherie (Butler) Pimental. Beloved father of Kerri Stone, Brian Pimental & his wife Kirstin. Cherished grandfather of Joshua, Cooper, Tyler & Brendan. Dear brother of Gloria Wilhelm, Fred, Tony, Arthur, Joseph, Manny & Roy Pimental. U.S. Navy Seabee Vietnam War veteran & member Local 103 IBEW. Relatives & friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., SAUGUS on Sunday, August 12, 2018, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Military honors following visitation at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to VFW Relief Fund, 190C Main St., Saugus, MA 01906. For directions & condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com.

The Vietnam Warrior’s Lament

 Was it a war or was it not, a time of flux for some of us 

 A tumultuous time, a time to pray, a time of conflict, we tucked away

 At times we share a look inside, a soul so numb, so vilified 

 We keep inside, those horrid thoughts, we brand ourselves a deadman’s walk

 In combat once, civilian now, a troubled soul which won’t resolve

 To we who know, a brotherhood, to others though, misunderstood

 Address us now, this emptiness, this fragile man, this hopelessness 

 Regarded us then how ere you must, so quick to judge with vile repress 

 Come back again and tell us now, how good we were, a hero child

 Once driven by uncertainty, a cost so high, a travesty 

 With dreams that steal our minds it seems, those wretched haunts we can’t redeem

 Until they’re gone we lack control, we live again each dreadful role

 Let’s lift our arms up to the sky and offer thanks, no withered cry

 To all I say, release your heart, unbind your mind, let fear depart

 And in the end, when all is done, look at the light where God is from

 And at your time when you go home, the words resound…’Come, Welcome Home’

 by: Gene Giunta; U.S. Navy Seabees; Vietnam 1968-1969

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