by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

My footsteps grow dimmer
but they go a long way back,
I've tread upon
shores and beaches
when they said "Attack!"
So all you young Marines
who follow in my wake,
keep faith in your Corps
for good Marines it makes.

I have faith in you,
I see the things 
that you do,
you bring out
all the pride I feel
in being a Marine
like you.

My days have come
and they have gone,
I leave you here
to carry on,
to keep the banner
of our Corps
forever waving
shore to shore.

Pick up your brass
and move along,
you've more to do
so carry on.
The flame of 
freedom is
yours to fan,
keep it burning
for every man.
Semper Fi!

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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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