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Camp Kilmer, Stelton, New Jersey

Camp Kilmer was completed on June 15, 1942, and named for Sergeant Joyce Kilmer. Sgt. Kilmer was killed in action on June 30, 1918. He served with the 42nd "Rainbow" Division during the Aisne-Marne offensive in France. He was a soldier and a poet. He was famous for his poem "Trees."

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
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A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
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A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
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A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
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Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
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Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

 


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