Veteran poet brings patriotic values to his community
Private 1st Class Frederick B. Talbot, Sr., served in France and Germany during World War II. For his service, he earned several honors including the American Campaign medal, the Efficient Fidelity Honor, the Sharpshooter Medal and the New York State Medal for Merit. Fred was honorably discharged on September 20, 1945.
His poem "Our Sworn Duty" is a popular piece of veteran literature. It is the preface to The Peacetime Draft During the Cold War, and it currently hangs on the walls of the Dewitt Rotary Club, the Syracuse Veteran's Hospital and the Clear Path for Veterans of Chittenango.
Watch a dedication ceremony for Fred's poem here.
"For those of us in service, we had a patriotic feeling," Fred says. "For those at home, it was their task to supply us with war material to get the job done on two fronts."
Fred composed various forms of similar veteran literature over the years. In 2007, he self-published Memories, Stories and Moments in 2007, then self-published Stories, Artwork and Poems in 2008. He said both volumes are now out of circulation, though he still has copies of each.
He and his wife Jane reside at Maple Downs, where they celebrated their 73rd anniversary on June 3, 2016.
"Maple Downs has become our new safety net in our time of need, giving us a warm communal home," he said. "The staff has been exceptional beyond expectation."
OUR SWORN DUTY
Whether the sky is dark or gloomy gray
Or blue and full of warming sun
The eagle soars not only for prey
But to protect its helpless young.
As faithful soldiers with steady nerve
We stand ready to shield our own
Our sworn duty is to protect and serve
Whenever seeds of hate are sewn
—Fred Talbot, WWII Veteran and Rotarian