by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

I am old and I am gray,
can’t do much work
but I sure can’t play!
Guess I'm marking time
when I’ll be passing on.

Once I packed a rifle
and a loaded pack,
once I charged 
a sandy beach;
it is a bloody fact.

I wore the colors
of my Corps, both
greens, and blues
and khaki, so
if I live a 100 years,
I’m sure I’ll die happy.

So carry on, my buddies,
don’t let time
your lives obscure.
You are the best
they put together,
you are the men of
the Marine Corps.

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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