by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I've tramped the whole world over,
my boondockers have gone far.
From the Halls of Montezuma
to the distance of a star.

I've splashed ashore on islands,
I've climbed the distance hills.
The sand I got from foreign lands
I carry with me still.

I treasure my tomorrows,
I know not when they'll end.
Perhaps upon a lonely beach,
or in a city's din.

The time I have to spend here
be it short or more,
for all goods and purposes
is dedicated to the Corps.

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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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