Russell G. Robison
DELTA BLUE: The Madness
A collections of poems about Vietnam – before, during, and after…
I was stationed at a naval support base in the Mekong Delta that worked with the Mobile Riverine Force (USN), and the 9th Infantry (US Army). Much like a mechanic working at a gas station near an expressway, we fixed the ships and watched the traffic go by. We saw the price the MRF paid in its battles with the enemy. The battle scarred ships bore silent testimony to the fierceness of their struggles. They were our heroes; we watched them take the fight to the enemy at a heavy price. These poems are about real people I met, each with their own story. From the cobra pilots who intervened one night in our defense (BIG MAN), to the nurse who couldn’t take any more (REGRETTABLE FLAW), to the loss of too many friends (IN MEMORIAM… VETERANS DAY), the Seal team member (MADDOG): My words can never express our awe of them; they were my hero’s and always will be.
Russell G. Robison was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, in 1946, and moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1958. After graduating from Richardson High School in 1964, he attended East Texas State University until joining the U.S. Navy in 1967. He served aboard the U.S.S. Lexington (CVS-16) where he volunteered for service in Vietnam, arriving “in country” during the Tet Offensive in 1968. He was assigned for duty at NSA Dong Tam, and served three tours of duty until discharged in 1970. He currently lives in Red Oak, Texas.