Colonel John O’Grady Part 6: Danny Boy

One of John O’Grady‘s favorite songs was, “O Danny Boy” Once he realized he would be going to war, he sang this special tune to his youngest child, my little brother, Danny O’Grady.  He would sit each night on 3 year old Danny’s bedside, singing with his heart and soul.  For years after my father went missing, Danny would plead for someone to sing “O Danny Boy” to him so he could fall asleep. So each night my mother or an older sibling would lull Danny into his slumber by singing that very special song~

The following are the lyrics to the song Danny Boy:

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side The summer’s gone, and all the flowers dying ‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow’ Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.But when you come and all the roses fallen And I am dead, as dead I well may be

Go out and find the place where I am lying And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me.And I will hear, tho’ soft your tread above me And then my grave will warm and sweeter be For you shall bend and tell me that you love me

And I will sleep in peace until you come to me.

About coloneljohnogrady

Colonel John F. O'Grady a United States Naval Academy graduate, and aeronautical engineer and fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force was shot down over Vietnam on April 10, 1967. Though he ejected from his crippled aircraft he was listed as Missing In Action. John O'Grady earned the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Two Bronze Medals and the Purple Heart. Read this heroes fascinating story and about the impact on his wife and seven children.
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