The famous poet and perhaps the most famous casualty of the First World War wrote the poem Trees. “I think I shall never see/ a poem lovely as a tree.”
What few know or remember is that Kilmer graduated from Columbia College in the class of 1908 and before he died in battle wrote another poem in honor of 18 comrades who were buried alive when a German artillery shell landed on the roof of a trench killing other members of the Fighting 69th. In the woods of Rouge Bouquet he wrote:

And up to heaven’s doorway floats
From the wood called Rouge Bouquet
A delicate cloud of bugle notes
That softly say:
“Farewell!
Farewell!…”

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