by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

If I were a Marine's wife
and had to send him
to the strife,
I'd kiss him warm
and hold him tight
and let him know
without a doubt
what my love
was all about.

And when he 
was long gone
I'd let him know
I'd carry on,
I'd keep home fires
burning bright,
I'd pray for him
every night.
And in my dreams
I'd hold him tight,
I'd let him know
all was right.

He would never
have a doubt
about our love,
I would shout.
I'd let the world
know the fact
that my love
would bring
him back safely,
in my arms
he'd be,
ever loving:
he and me.

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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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If I Were a Marine's Wife