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

Those numbers
should be set in gold and
placed where all to behold:
they are the years
that men stood firm
and fought for freedom
against the storm
of tyranny
across the world.

They began when 
our world was young,
within a tavern
known as “Tun,”
where men gathered.
Men of note
who took upon themselves
and wrote
a declaration
whereupon was formed
a corps of dedicated men;
that was how it all began.

And from this intrepid force
came forth the beginning
of the Corps
whose dedication to the land
knew no boundaries 
and took the stand
that made them
what they are today:
the Marine Corps
the USA.
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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