We’ll Say Goodbye Song from the Story of the “Long Rangers”
Overview by Major Joseph C. Standart in the begining of the book, We’ll Say Goodbye—Story of the “Long Rangers”-307th Bombardment Group (HV).
We’ll Say Goodbye—Story of the “Long Rangers”-307th Bombardment Group (HV). This book was written and illustrated by members of the 307th Bomb Group. “We’ll Say Goodbye” is the name of a song—The Song of the Long Rangers. Its verses sing of the missions and bases; they tell of take-offs way before dawn; of pitoe liners and jungle strips, of insects and mud, and (occasionally) leave. They record more than two years of Pacific warfare.
We’ll Say Goodbye is the name of a song. In the true tradition of an American folk song, nobody knows who began it, or where – its music is borrowed – its lyrics are doggerel contributed by names, some now long forgotten, but its theme is dear to the hearts of its singers. For that reason it lives, a memoriam to those we have lost, a memory of those who have gone home, and a heritage to those who carry on.
Its verses, singing of Guadalcanal, Munda, Truk, Bougainville, record the history of more than two long years of Pacific warfare, years which found this, the “Long Ranger,” Group constantly in the forward areas of the Allied effort. So when it came time to put on paper the glorious history of those years, no more fitting theme could be found for our story than the words of our song.
More verses will be written as the battle tide rolls on and new names are added to the rolls – new names to be rhymed with the same old longing. And so the song’s Topsy-like existence will continue as we move forward until the battle noises die out before a swelling chorus as we say goodbye to our job in the mud, heat, and jungles of the Pacific and turn our faces homeward.