by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Way back there in '42
when the war was 
so brand new they
issued me a pack,
it was for my back
this pack.

This pack had really
been around, it was
from another town,
I think 'twas Paris
I'd been told.

It wasn't neat
or squared away
the way that
they are today.

It must have had
a dozen straps
and even more 
than that of flaps.

You tucked your gear
where ever you could
you tied it down
the way you should.

Your had your share
of Irish lace
that stuck out
from every place.

To make the thing
a bigger pain
it never turned
away the rain.

Oh well,
that was the Corps 
in 1942.

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Reg. Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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