by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Whenever I go traveling
over highway, hill and dale,
the Corps goes with me,
it’s presence does prevail.

I see the purple mountains,
the oceans topped with foam,
the deserts and the valleys
over which I roam.
It’s then that I remember
why I joined the Corps.

It was a great adventure
it was a mighty chore,
now I’m glad I did it
it brought me to the 
Corps.

Forever I will be
a part of its great courage,
its dedication and resolve.
Forever I will be a
member of the Corps!
If I live to be a hundred
it will be forevermore.
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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