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

Holidays are coming near
and our lads are over there
and we at home miss them much
and try to stay in close touch
though absence makes
the heart grow fonder,
'rather have them here
than yonder.

We remember the growing years
the times we kissed away their tears
and patched up a skinned knee,
the day he fell out of the tree.
We cannot help but shed a tear
and put away the nagging fear
that greets us on each morn
that lingers in a heart that’s torn.

So let us all give thanks in prayer
with hope that they return from there
before the year has turned around
that they are again on home ground.
Semper Fi and Amen!

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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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A Hopeful Holiday