eagle, globe & anchor
Since Last . . .
by Cpl. Robert L. Cook
Jan. 1942–Sept. 1945

​70 years have come & gone
since last I wore the
khaki, blue & green
but still I can’t rid myself
of being a Marine.

I wake up in the morning
with a drive to meet the day,
I conquer my misgivings
and face the daunting day.
I gather in the evening
around a cheery fire,
thankful for the lessons
that were my desire.

I keep myself in shape
by exercise and diet,
it really is good for you,
you all should try it.

I never slouch or drag about,
I keep me clean and tidy,
I keep my leather
shiny clean like
all good Marines and
never shout about it.

I guess the Corps
will ever be a
goodly part of ol’ me,
for that I’m thankful
and will forever be.
I’ll carry with me always
the teachings of the Corps,
until I lay me down
and breathe no more.
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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