by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

He stood beside the bar
his sleeves rolled up afar
and the arms of tan
stood out like
bands of steel.

You could see the pictures there
where his arms were bare
for they stood out strong
like they were worn with pride.

You could tell by his demeanor
that he'd never been a dreamer
and you knew just
 where he was comin' from.

He stood six feet two
had some gray and
a wrinkle too
but his shoulders 
still held their promise.

There was somethin' about the man
that was hard to understand
lest you've seen
his kind before.

He wore the 
anchor, globe and eagle
and to fill out the space
he had his old division patch
implanted in it's place.

He walked with pride
this old Marine,
he knew he'd been the best
and with the qualities
he had gained he
knew that he was blessed.

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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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