by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

When we arrived in Wellington
from the islands' shore,
I had money on the books
and even a little more.
I was the chief haircutter
I cut them all the same,
I even cut the general,
he had a heavy mane.

If I had done 
the proper thing
as I should, I know
I would have taken
a tour about instead
of wasting dough.

But no, I had to party
and chase the pretty skirts,
I drank and danced 
and played the field
until my head did hurt.

New Zealand was a paradise
after the islands' fare,   >>>
we took the place 
made it our own
we really didn't care.
For we were mighty warriors
on victory we were proud,
we had challenged 
a great enemy and
gave to him a shroud.

People there were wonderful,
they gave us every honor,
 we squired their girls
and drank their wine,
most everything
we did was fine.
They never ever seemed
to ever mind, if so
they never told us. 

Most of us old timers
remember it with fondness
and would say again aloud
how much we appreciate 
the kindness that we met
and will forever keep alive
a great and grateful debt.

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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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New Zealand
1942 Chronology
01 Feb —  Gilbert & Marshall Islands
24 Feb  —  Wake Island
04 Mar —  Marcus Island
18 Apr  —  Doolittle raid on Tokyo
4-6 Jun  —  Midway
07 Aug  —  Guadalcanal landings
24 Aug  —  Eastern Solomons
26 Oct   —  Santa Cruz
12-15 Nov  —  Naval battle of Guadalcanal
Click here to read
New Zealand chapter
from Robert Cook's
WWII memoir.
Click here to read
New Zealand chapter
from Dick Bailey's
WWII memoir.