by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I wasn't there when bombs did fall,
they sent me south to do my all
I tromped through
Guadalcanal and Tarawa
and sampled Zealand's
fine viands.

They said I was no longer fit
to further fight the foe
and so they sent me packing,
I did not want to go.
They sent me to Pearl Harbor,
the queen of southern isles.

They put me first in Company C
and then in Company D.
Didn't make no difference,
'twas all the same to me.

As I had gained my second stripe
and some authority, they
made me Corporal of the Guard,
As exalted as could be.

And thus I roamed the yard
from one end to the other,
there was no place
I did not see
nor did I not discover.
I tread her darkened avenues
Her sunny docks and wharves,
I set up her protection
and kept her secrets well.

I still can feel the slap, slap, slap
of the pistol at my hip,
the long and weary treks I made
from Main Gate to Cincpac.
From dry docks to subs' base
where extra watch was set.

No guard can ever forget the hours
that stand from twelve to four
and how he falls into his sack
and takes up his best snore.
His mission is a bloody bore,
he'd rather be in the fight
than walkin' on his guard post
 throughout the dark of night.

So think ye about the soldiers
and the fine Marines who
keep the vigil through the night
to stand their watch.
It is their plight to
keep the ramparts
safe and sound
till dawn does rise
and all is calm.

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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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