by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sept 1945

I wonder —
Do these new Marines
wear the same as we?
Those skivvies with drawstrings,
oh no, that cannot be.

First ones were white cotton
and roomy in the seat so then
they made them muddy green
so all of us couldn't be seen
runnin' round bushes.

We washed 'em in the surf
and hung them out to dry,
you were lucky if not lost
to someone passing by.

Those good ol' skivvy T-shirts
were good when off your back
for cleaning your rifle
or straining raisin jack.

When Johnny caught a fragment
that tore right thru his arm,
my T-shirt and a dirty stick
was all we used to do the trick
to stem the flow and stop the hurt.
It was done with my T-shirt.

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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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No more drawstrings
on Marine skivvies?