by Cpl. Robert L. Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

Across this land
is scattered
remnants
of the many
who stood beside
each other
and fought
the enemy
to win
the victory.

Their number is 
decreasing
by thousands
every day,
these men who
stood before the
cannons that
roared away,
who sailed into
the maelstrom
of vessels fired
to sway the
storm of battle.

Their ranks thin
daily as time
does take its toll,
at gatherings of the many
crowns of grey unfold
to mark their presence 
in the ranks in which
they march so bold.

To those of us that gather
on auspicious occasions
to honor these warriors,
bear in mind that time
affords us all this
honorable occasion.

No matter
what the uniform
with pride and
care you wore,
you served
your country,
did your best.
We could not
ask for more.

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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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