by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

A banner hangs at my front door
it is the symbol of our Corps
above it hangs the nation's flag,
let nothing rise above it.

I've lived beneath them both 
and fought for each,
I carry scars from
one great war
as do we
who dared to cross
the battlements
and carry on the fight.

Let no man dare to desecrate
the flag that is our nation's
or scorn the banner
of our Corps
that has flown
in every war
since its creation.

Hold high your heads
and walk with pride
for America stands
tall and high
among the nations
of the world.
and our Corps
stands beside her!

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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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