by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

We won that battle fair and square
there was no doubt of that,
they told us we could have some time
and took us to a better clime
where we could eat and drink their wine
or anything else that we could find
and so we did.

Town they called Wellington
was on the island North,
we took that place almost by storm
it did not cause too much alarm
the people there were nice and warm
they greeted us with open arms
we were the heroes of the day
we hoped they'd let us stay
and so we did.

We ate and drank and danced
away and had a good old time.
We stole their girls, gave them a whirl,
they were a happy lot.
They asked if we liked them much,
we said, "Oh yes. We'll keep in touch."
And so we did.

The division left that all behind
to fight again another time
and I'm sure we won't forget
the friends made, loves lost
left standing on the cay
to fight again another day.
And so we did.

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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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