by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

They say there's a war on,
I say that's true.
Ain't nothin like
the one we fought
way back in '42.
They say it's hard to tell
the enemy today,
they ain't got no uniforms
and no where do they stay.
No tellin' where you
will find them,
behind a rock or tree
or in some dank ol' cave
not fit for you or me.

I surely do not envy
the kids in rank today.
Yeah, we had it tough
but in a different way.
I knew who I was shootin' at,
'twernt no doubt of that.
I knew because they wore
a different kind of hat
and they was out 
in front of me and
I was glad for that.

I never fought
in no damn town
where I could not
move around,
I had the sky above me
and stood on solid ground.
I knew if I got wounded
likely I'd be found.
I'd be lost in
this damn war,
it's not for the likes of me.
I guess it's well I had my day
and came back whole and free.

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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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