by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Our country is a melting pot
or so I’ve been told,
they come from all around the globe
these discontented souls,
they bring with them
their customs,
their strange and curious ways.

Their languages are foreign,
of course that is their way,
ee wish them all no harm
ss they have come to stay,
we hope their commitment
is to the American way.

If we had our wishes,
if we could guide their way,
we'd take them by the hand,
help them all
to understand
that this is America
for which you did aspire,
this is how we live it,
this is our desire.

To live in peace
with all of you,
let you do as you 
would do but
keep our land
all as one,
the way our nation 
was begun.
Amen.

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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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