by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I have often wondered
as most of us do
who have gone to battle
and have come through,
for what purpose
was I saved?

Have I yet to find a place
where I was meant to be?
What deeds have I yet to do
that were meant for me?
Am I yet to save the world
or else some meager thing?

No hero was I in the Corps,
I followed the rules
and nothing more.
I went whenever I was told,
sometime frightened
sometimes bold.

Somehow I managed
 to survive,
kept my head down,
kept alive.
I marched with those
who had been brave,
some who had
my ass saved,
and never let on
that I was scared
when they were
being Marines.

I suppose someday
I will know
why I was kept alive
when better men
had to go.
Only God will ever say,
perhaps on
 my judgement day.

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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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