by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I have often heard this phrase,
while moving through the Corps:
"It wasn't till I'd left it,
I found 'twas evermore."

I tried to be a civilian
and do things as they do
but I found I was doing
much better than
I knew.

I was walking taller
my head held erect,
I kept my leather shining,
it had a good effect.

People with whom I worked
were looking from aside,
they could not understand
why I walked with pride.

They'd ask about my tattoos
and I tried to explain:
the Anchor, Globe, and Eagle
I'll always retain.

It's so much a part of me
those things that make Marines,
some times I'm stormy,
some times I'm serene. 

Things that make Marines,
I am proud to say,
have stayed with me
a lifetime, to
this very day.

Once a Marine,
always a Marine!

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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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