Published: May 30, 2011 10:42 PM EDT
Updated: May 30, 2011 4:10 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Nancie Saxton of Port Charlotte has compiled a book that may be fitting for Memorial Day.   It's called:   "Poems by Marines in Combat."    It's 100 poems covering the wars from World War One through the Gulf War.

"The emotions are so deep and moving, I just had to put them in print," Saxton told WINK.

She is the daughter of a marine and she was the girlfriend of a marine who served in the Vietnam War.   That man sent her poems, and she decided years later to reach out through marine publications to get more material.   The result is the book.

"The themes are consistent over the wars, the loss of comrades, the hunger and tiredness of war, even questions about the enemy who were killed in fighting that day," she said.

84-year-old Bob Chester of Cape Coral agrees.  He contributed poems for the book.   He served in the marines in WWII and Korea.   "We all feel these things.  If you've been in combat, you will understand every word in the book.  If you have not been in combat, you will just have to guess," he said.

The book is available at, and at the websites: and   Saxton is selling a hardcover copy for about $30.

Saxton is not done.  Now, she is compiling a book of poems by Army soldiers in combat.