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

In every war that we've fought
we’ve been on every scene,
we've manned the vessels,
the skies and all between.

The nation thinks us ready
to challenge mighty foes,
they only need to
pass the word
and we're on the go.

We only heed the weather
to take the proper gear,
we take a trusty rifle,
a thing we hold dear.

Ain’t no mountains
high enough to
keep us from our task,
ain’t no desert broad or hot
enough to stop our advance.

We've fought the world over
on land, and air and seas;
we’ve brought our banners
home for all to see.

Though bloodied and tattered,
though stained with mud and gore,
no banner ever flew so high as
our red, white and blue.
Semper Fi!

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Regimental Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Tarawa and Guadalcanal during a 33-month overseas tour.

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