by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 42-Sep 45

Did you ever think
of your web belt and
how you used it
for yourself?

Of how it carries
all your gear
and keeps it safely,
front and rear.

How snug it feels
about your waist,
a trusted piece
held well in place.

It holds the stuff
that you must use,
from canteen to
cap and fuse.

A knife or pistol
or first-aid pack,
a souvenir
kept in a sack.

It was strong
and not too soft,
'twas good to take
the damn thing off!

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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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