by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

There's a well-known saying
that Marines of old did say,
it was of leaves and liberties
I remember to this day.

It wasn't meant for tender ears
or for those who blush,
it was even raunchy
to a lot of us.

If you went out on liberty
and came back to the base
and had a new tattoo
you were no disgrace.

Then we knew that of we few,
you were the one that'd been
stewed, screwed, and tattoo'd.

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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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