by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

These old hands
have gone the distance,
these old hands
have felt the pain.
They've borne the
heat of jungles,
they've caught 
the falling rain.

They've held 
an issued rifle
given to me by 
the Corps,
they've pushed
and pulled
and hoisted
and they seldom
ever complained.

They've built and
have destroyed,
they've worked
for war and peace
and when 'tis all
said and done
and they're laid away,
they have served me
and the nation.
What more
can I say?

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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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These Old Hands