by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Philosophies are road maps
we use to guide our way,
whatever we're taught 
will always with us stay.
Whatever we believe in,
be it god
or a life force
or nothing at all,
we need a hand rail
to keep us off the wall.

To live life without guidance
is to wander thru the mist,
if we don’t know 
where we're going
the good life 
will be missed.

We must plan our journey,
know the rocks and shoals;
if we're to come to
safe harbor it
must be our goal.

Let nothing ever deter you
from your intended place,
let courage be your
watchword, keep a
smile upon you face.

You were taught
by men of honor
who believed 
in the Corps,
let us all remember
to be Marines
Semper Fi!

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

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