|The James R. Barker, my home for 3 years|
The poem also reminded me of many of the stories I have encountered while reading military history. Most stories I have encountered have described how soldiers deployed try to make stuff as close to home as possible. Many times, their "home" is literally what they are carrying on them in their packs. I had a friend who served in Desert Storm, and he explained that his entire dining and living room sets made out of cardboard because "one, we were bored, and two, it made it seem more like home."
In both cases, home is ultimately what you make of it, whether its a filling station, a boat, or a trench somewhere in the desert.
|Marines on Guadalcanal Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images|