Guest Writer – Emily Strange; RIP (Donut Dollie)














Donut Dollie


I flew to desolate fire bases
filled with the tools of war
and the men who used them.

It was my job to perform the miracle
of making the war disappear
(however briefly)
for boys who had been trained to kill.

It was my mission to raise the morale
of children who had grown old too soon
watching friends die.


It was my calling
to take away fear and replace it with hope;
to return sanity to a world gone insane.

I was the mistress of illusion
as I pulled smiles from the dust and heat,
the magical genie of “back-in-the-world”
as I created laughter in the mud.

But when the show was over
I crawled back into my bottle
and pulled the cork in tightly behind me.

~Emily Strange



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Joe Campolo Jr.

Joe Campolo, Jr. is an award winning author, poet and public speaker. A Vietnam War Veteran, Joe writes and speaks about the war, and is a Veteran's advocate. Some of Joe's stories are gripping, some humorous. Joe also writes about other experiences, many of which are also humorous. Joe enjoys fishing, traveling, writing and spending time with his family. Joe loves to hear from his readers, please send him a note on this page or the contact page! (and order one of Joe's popular books from the link on his author page)


  1. In October 2017 I will be at the Air Force Academy for the 50th reunion of me graduating class. The vast majority of us served in SEA. I intend to read this at my Squadron Dinner.

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