by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

You remember
same as me
when standing 
in our skivvys,
we stood there by
our well-made sacks
as Doc came down
the line.

We stood abashed
and awaited our turn
keeping our eyes
to the fore,
no peeking to
the left or right
lest it give vent 
to untoward

The trusted corpsman
stood his ground
and followed Doc
up and down
making notes
where it was due,
hoping none was made
on you.

Then you heard
When he arrived
to check you out,
he spoke real low,
didn't shout
but here is 
what came out:
"Skin'er back, Mac!"

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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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Skin'er Back, Mac