by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

They came from all across the land
to fight a war that was not planned,
those soldiers, sailors and Marines
gave to all their best esteem,
they didn't ask
"What 's best for me?"
but only what's best for thee.

There was no place 
they did not go
from arctic ice 
to tropics glow,
they carried the flag
and held it high,
their mission: 
Do or die.

Name to me one war
that we've fought
that found our men
on courage short
of bravery 
and derring-do.
The guts to stand
behind their guns
till the enemy or
they were through.

Not till colors
then were flew
did we retire where
 skies were blue
and war clouds
no longer darkened
the land for
we had stood,
a stalwart force
that made the peace
on this our earth. 

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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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