by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

No matter how you slice it
be it thick or thin,
the Corps is more than willing
to turn boys into men.

They take the young and rugged
or the ones that used to whine
and treat them not with velvet gloves
. . .they mostly come out fine.

They have a place called 'boot camp'
where all are hustled through,
it has a way of forging
men that are true blue.

When at last they pass the test
and stand up tall with pride,
they know they are the very best
the world can ever provide.

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The 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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