by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

For four long years
we’ve fought the foe,
slugged it out
toe to toe but
like no other
fight we’ve fought
our efforts have 
been for naught.
Militarily we are strong,
where the hell
did we go wrong?

Perhaps the reason 
really lies in
trying to change
people's lives,
people who have no care
for lives like ours,
they cannot bear.

Democracy is not for all,
we fought for ours
you will recall.
It’s something that
you must hold dear,
be willing to fight
thru blood and tears.
For it is born
from tyrannies,
from death and pain
and being held
 in dire disdain
of being naught 
in a tyrant’s eyes,
a life that 
you must despise.

O Lord, 
make special a place
for those who have fallen
from the chase,
who gave their lives
with love and care
in hope that all would share
a life of hope and peace.
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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