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So I've Written
by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

​I've written 10,000 words
about you and me 
and the Corps and
I hope to find
10,000 more

I’ve taken you from
Guadalcanal and
Tulagi’s sandy shore
and given you a good time
at New Zealand’s open door.

I’ve taken you aboard 
a troopship that
was a bloody boor
and then there was
Tarawa, the worst of all,
through the salty brine
that caused a lot to fall

Then there wer memories of
when we first shot the range:
how many "maggie’s drawers"
were raised when first
we fired a shot

Then there was a long patrol
through the jungle’s rain,
I wrote of my ol’ canteen
that served me well and
how I felt saddened 
when I turned it in, also
that time I stood watch
in jungle dark as sin

Oh yes, I’ve written
a mess of words
to tell a story plain,
no fancy phrases
did I write to
spark the refrain
so I’ll try my best 
to keep up the pace,
I hope the words
keep coming to
fill up the space.

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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Canteen from Guadalcanal
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