by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

 Have you thought 
much about undies,
without a care of
what they do for you?

Keep your clothes
mostly like new,
won’t let the sweat
come  soakin’ thru.
Keep the smell
away from you
even if it is pee-hue.

On wintry days 
they keep you warm,
in summer you can
wear the top part
of your underwear
for a shirt of simple care:
three cheers for underwear!

We called ‘em “skivvies”
when in the Corps,
mostly brownish-green.
They did the trick
to shade our backs,
T’was hard to keep ‘em clean.

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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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