Have I Been Remiss?
by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

​Have I been remiss
in forgetting 911,
a day that equals
Pearl Harbor’s
“day of infamy”
  when it all began.

A day that wakened 
the nation to dangers
that were there,
a day that brought
the common man to
arms that he’d bear.

The tragedy of 911
did likewise stir our ire,
we pursued the enemy
with measures dire.
We left no stone unturned
to rout him from domain, 
the trouble we brought him
was often our gain.

So let’s not forget the day
that brought such grief
although it brings us despair
and loses us much sleep,
we’ll not cease our pursuit
till all is finally done.

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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