By Gerald W. Deas. M.D.
In the year of our Lord, 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War. I was to graduate in June of that year from Brooklyn College but was drafted in April, three months prior to my graduation. After basic training, I was ultimately assigned to a Graves Registration Unit where my duties were identifying the fallen heroes of the war. From this experience, I became a dove—in other words, I hated war.
Over the years, I became identified with the great scientist, Linus Pauling, a chemist born in Portland, Ore., who was the only person to win two Nobel prizes. His second prize was based upon negotiating the Atmospheric Test Band Treaty and the Lenin Peace Prize in 1970. He was known to state often that he supported every peace movement that was brought to his attention. He further stated his deepest beliefs in the commandment “Thou shall not kill.”
Although he was deeply interested in his fellow Americans, he believed in morality and was a humanitarian. He felt strongly that the United States of America should take a lead in promoting peace. Dr. Pauling felt that scientists, economists, geographers and other experts should join together and find solutions to world problems. These ideas and thoughts were written by him in response to nations at war.
At the present time there are thousands of folks who are on waiting lists in need of organs for their survival. When you think about it, there are souls dying on the battlefields with perfect organs which are lost upon their death. You can say that war is the cause of robbing God-given precious organs and life. Nearly 100,000 individuals in total are on the list to receive life saving transplants. Those persons would benefit greatly from organ donors and are dependent upon living donors. To find out how to become an organ donor in your area, visit www.organdonor.gov for more information.
I have been so moved of how war robs lives that I penned the following poem and hope that it will encourage you to rally for peace!
Transplant Organs With A War-Ranty
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Perfect organs are available
For harvesting and transplanting
Accessible with a War-Ranty
Unfortunately, Brains are unavailable
The organs are fresh and unblemished
They have been removed
Without pain or refusal
From fallen soldiers and innocent casualties
Of many nations
There are fresh corneas
To restore lost vision
That enjoyed Technicolor flowers
And the rising and setting of Brother Sun
Plenty of healthy hearts
To replace broken hearts
Which were filled with forgotten
Memories of days gone by
Precious kidneys galore
Are salvageable to remove waste
To cleanse bodies and souls
To provide holy water for Baptism
Come one, come all
To the battlefields and bombed out cities
It’s harvest time for organs
To have a war-ranty not to fail
Even if we humans have failed God
The Creator of us all
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
For They Shall Be Called The Children of God