by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I served in
Weapons Company
2nd, 2nd USMC;
it was an
average company,
ss were you,
ss was me.

They were from
each walk in life,
some lived in ease
some lived in strife.

They all did their duty well,
some made it through
some others fell. 
I think of them
from time to time
and wonder who
of them survives.

Is ol' McCarthy
still around?
Did Palovino
hit the ground?
Did Captain Smith
stay in the Corps
or Sergeant Brown
make gunny?

I know that Kelvie
my ol' pal has
gone to his reward.
I haven't heard 
from Kirchoff or
Noble or McCord.
I wonder just
how many more
were taken by the tide.

Time is not gentle
with the likes of me,
my memory is fading
Few faces do I see.
But there remains
a choice: whoever
was with me will stay
until I answer to the call
and quietly fade away.

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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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My Ol' Company
20 Nov. 1943 — Marines land at Tarawa
(artist: Sgt. Tom Lovell, USMC, 1945)