by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan. 1942-Sept. 1945

I know I’ve missed
a lot of things 
while traveling
along the way,
like someone's birthday
or graduation day.
I’ve missed the 
reunions
that kept us
all in touch.

Sometimes, when I look back
along the rocky way,
I think about the guys
I’ve met
and wonder 
 what fate they’ve met
upon this troubled earth.
Or have they gone
to their nirvana
smiling all the way 
knowing they have done
their best 
as citizen and Marine?

God, give them room
to spread their wings,
to spread their wings and fly,
they deserve the freedom
across the vaulted sky.
They have served the nation,
they have felt the pain
of being true to duty.
It was their might and main.
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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