by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

We fall in line
one by one
yo climb the
golden stairs.
We sign in with 
the CQ
who is in charge 
there.

He assigns us all
to a place
where we will 
serve with care
for only we Marines 
will do
with no others
will we share.

We know the Lord
has chosen us to
guard his streets 
with care,
he placed those words
into our hymn
for all of us to
share.

You’ll find us at the 
Pearly Gates and
 on the Golden Stairs,
we’ll keep the Holy Orders,
they will not need repair.

 Let all who come to
share with us this
place of peace divine,
bring only faith
and honesty and
a heart of love
sublime.

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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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