Don’t Feel Pity For Me

Inspired by the courage of U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar of the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment from Lake Orion, Michigan, Chuck White, along with Morgan Cryar, an accomplished musician from Nashville, Tennessee, felt compelled to write this song.

With video assistance from Bruce Spike, Joseph Brancik, Bill Morgan, and everyone at Armstrong White, this piece of work serves as a testament that Raymond’s incessant fight for freedom will live on.

Dedication

It was a perfect summer’s Sunday afternoon. We just finished breakfast with the family dining in downtown Clarkston, Michigan when my wife showed me the newspaper article with Sgt. Raymond’s poem. A local Marine was killed. He lived in the next town over. I was so moved by his courage and life story I attempted to turn his poem into a song. Raymond, I can’t wait to meet you someday. You’re my hero.

Sincerely, Chuck

Don't Feel Pity For Me Lyrics

His mom and dad would watch him
Playing army in the yard
Everything’s a rifle
When you’re a soldier at heart
He was every ounce, a boy with dreams
At the ripe old age of twenty
He put on the uniform
Semper Fi and born to die,
tattooed on his arm
He was every ounce, a true marine
In a moments inspiration
He scribbled down a note
This is what he wrote

CHORUS:
This is me, it’s who I am
I’m a marine, to the very end
I will live, I will fight
I will love and I will die
And as long as you are free
Don’t feel pity for me

He got married to his sweetheart
And they had a couple kids
Wasn’t long till he was shipped out
To go do what he did
They were every ounce, part of his soul
He would savor every letter
Read them over and again
When he asked for grandpa’s bible
They sent it to him then

He was every ounce, ready to go
And in a moments inspiration
He wrote his wife a note
And this is what he wrote

CHORUS:
This is me, it’s who I am
I’m a marine, to the very end
I will live, I will fight
I love you, but if I die
As long as you are free
Don’t feel pity for me

You could hear a pin drop
As the bugle starts to sound
The flag was quickly folded
Every head was bowed
Then a woman stands
and reads to them a note
This is what he wrote

CHORUS:
This is me, it’s who I am
I’m a marine, to the very end
I will live, I will fight
I will love and I will die
And as long as you are free
I fought to keep you free
So as long as you are free
Don’t feel pity for me

Credits

Written by Chuck White & Morgan Cryar

Vocals by Morgan Cryar

Inspired by Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar

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