by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Have you forgot
what you were taught
while in the Corps?
Are you neat and 
squared away
when going out the door?
Do you daily change your sox,
your underwear as well?
Or do you wait for your wife
to raise a little hell?

Do you walk with pride
with head held high like
you know that you
 are the very best?
They taught you in the Corps
that you are evermore
a United States Marine.

Because you left the duty
that ain’t no excuse
to forget that you
still are a Marine.
You may not wear the khaki,
the blues or the greens but
underneath those civvies
you are still Marines.
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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