by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I hope our Marines today
have better things to do
than sit around barracks
and shine a shoe or two.

I could not count
the many hours
I've spent doing this
or the many gallons of
good old-fashioned spit.

But when I finished
with the task
and the shine was
comin' through,
you can bet
I felt my best,
my pride was
full and true.

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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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