by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

My sergeant done told me
when I was in boot camp
my Sergeant told me, Son,
the Corps is a good thing
a very good thing,
it makes you become
a man number one,
a U.S. Marine.

You’ll go from this boot camp
to a place in the first ranks,
a place where you’ll stand tall.
You get no promotions
this side of the oceans
and that ain‘t all.
The Corps will adopt you,
 make you a Marine,
a wondrous thing,
It won’t be a ball.

Soon you’ll be a walkin’
even be a talkin’
like a Marine.
Though you are a youngin’
you’ll amount to somthin’
here in the Corps,
my sergeant was right,
I came out all right
while there in the Corps.

(You write the next stanza!)

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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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My Sergeant Done Told Me

Recited to the tune of "My Momma Done Told Me"