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Sgt Jerry Isham
5th BN 2nd Art
U.S. Army
Served from 1966 to 1968
Vietnam War
Sgt Jerry Isham Served in the U.S. Army 5th BN 2nd Artillery
from 1966 to 1968. During his tour of Vietnam he was wounded in
action which got him awarded the Purple Heart.
Sgt Isham was a Tank Commander of the M40 Tank.
He worked in various jobs, including a butcher at a
local Supermarket. He worked with the Army Corps.
of Engineers in Morgan City, LA Until his death in 2003.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita, Two daughters, Kim and
and Donna, and two sons, Kevin and Jerry.

Sgt Jerry Isham's tank crew. Jerry was tank
commander of the M40 Tank shown in the background.
This picture was taken during some downtime in Vietnam.


I could not think of a more suitable poem than this one
The poem's credit goes to an unknow author. I can imagine Jerry
standing at attention infront of God.

Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders
Said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked alot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Amoung the people here,
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needent be so grand,
I never expected or had too much
But if you don't I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne
Where saints had often trod
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgement of God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

-author unknown

I have been knowing Jerry for at least 30 years or so.
He watched me grow up. He was my neighbor and also he was
my friend. He was, like the good person he was always there when
I needed help, or anybody as far as that goes. He served in the U.S.
Army during the Vietnam Conflict where he was a tank commander.
This site is the very least I could do to help keep his memory alive,
and to recognize and honor the Service he did for our country during
the Vietnam War.

Thank you Sgt. Jerry Isham....Welcome Home
Sgt Isham, you were called to serve your Country in Vietnam,
You did not question or ask why...
You went and did your duty without hesitation...
You served with honor and never did once quiver,
at the sights most would have shivered.
Sgt Isham, You knew the meaning of God, Duty, Honor and Country..
You did not run from it, You tackled it head on.
You are missed, and though you are not here with us today,
Your sacrifices you did and all that you have done,
are not forgotten.
From the heart of a brother-in-arms,
Thank you and Welcome Home!!!

Dedicated to Sgt. Jerry Isham
5th BN 2nd Artillery
Served during Vietnam Conflict
1966 - 1968
Went Home 2003

We Miss You Jerry

Website designed by John Haglund