by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

In the fall of this year
let me make this event clear:
a most important happening
will occur.
On a plot of ground
near the center of
a Marine compound 
will be opened to us all
the most amazing museum
 I recall.

It will stand ever so tall
with very great walls
of everlasting
 stainless steel
like the Corps
it represents,
it resists the bangs
and dents
that is so like
our beloved 
Corps.

There will be for all to see
things that you and me
used in our time of war.
Hanging high
 above our heads
planes that helped us
in our stead
when the going got
a little tough.

Those who visit this great place
will both honor us and grace
us with their presence 
in this shrine of
heroes of our land.
Let no man depart
not feeling in his heart
that he had stood
among the best.

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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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A World Event Is Coming
National Museum
of the Marine Corps,
Quantico, VA