It was you and I

Category: Poetry

I wrote this as a song, but it works as a poem also. It was written a few years after I came back from Viet Nam when it seemed that all Nam vet were not all that well received, in fact, some thought we were all just crazy. At any rate, this is how I remember the media dealing with us.

Morning Glory

Category: Poetry

I love the United States of American and especially our flag and what it stands for!

The Wisdom That We Gained

Category: Music

Five years after the fall of Saigon I wrote "The Wisdom That We Gained". Those words, written so many years ago, have given me and many other Vietnam Vets a reason for our sacrifice and service to our country.

Navy Retiree's Restore Vintage Bomber

Category: Personal Experiences

An abandoned Douglas A-3D Skywarrior restored from airport eyesore to airport beauty

My America

Category: Poetry

I wrote this poem in March 2008 to honor all Veterans, especially those from WWII. The hallowed ground spoken of was visited during the year 1963 and later. These words are, quite simply, my feelings regarding my country and those who have served, and who continue to serve her.

The Gurney Race by Leonard Raines

Category: Poetry

This poem honors my fellow patients who struggled with me, in grim good humor, to recover at The Philadelphia Naval Hospital in 1968-69. The events are a true representation of the facts I witnessed.


Category: Books

You can achieve your life’s dream, if you commit your life to Jesus Christ, and be reborn in the Holy Spirit, and focus all of your energy on your goal. Dr. Rick Scarnati in SOUL EXPLOSION tells how he accomplished the impossible by giving his life to Jesus and becoming “SUPERCHARGED” by the Holy Spirit.

Given All

Category: Poetry

All gave some, some gave all!


Category: Poetry

World War II Veterans fought for the right reasons

Lieutenant Henry: Memoir of a Marine

Category: Books

1968 was a defining year in our country’s history - Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, free love, Vietnam protests, Black Power and the dawn of the drug culture were in full stride. It was also the year that a young college student decided to transfer from the Navy to the Marine Corps; The metamorphosis of a student to a combat officer. The odyssey takes you from training to Vietnam. There is never a dull moment. The journey is both fast paced and intense.