China Marines
by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 42-Sep 45

You young'uns won't remember,
'twas a long, long time ago
before the time of Pearl,
 Guadalcanal or Tarawa
or places that we know.

Before the war broke out, you see,
we had men overseas at
places where we were needed
a Marine had to be.

The vastness of that country
was greater than we knew,
the people were so different
much more than me from you.

Our enemy was there in force,
it was their first foray. 
They killed and pillaged, 
robbed and raped
as we stood watching
out the gate.

 It troubled all the garrison
that we could not rush in,
we were not allowed 
to fight that crowd,
 as we anticipated.
They told us just
stand our ground so
we just stood and waited.

They pulled us out
of that dire place
just before they
bombed the Harbor.
They set us down
not far from town in
a place called Manila

The Fourth Brigade,
with Marine pride,
fought the fight
in the Philippines.
They stood their ground
and earned the crown of 
 Old China Marines.

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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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