by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

You know the war is over
when they send the Marines home,
they were the first ones over
and will be the last to return.

It seems in every war we have
in every place and clime 
the Marines are first
and foremost to
form a battle line.

It was like that in the big one
they called it WWII,
I was there among 'em,
I can tell you that it’s true.

Before the enemy 
caught its breath,
before the day was through
we were right there on his butt
and then we followed through.

We left the field 
when all was done,
it was a bloody scene
we carried back
every rifle and
everything Marine.

We left no stone unturned
no doubts were ever shown
we were the victors
of the day,
our battle flags
well earned.

So when Marines
come marching home
you know that all is well,
they’ve spent their
time in battle,
they’ve spent their
time in hell.

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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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