by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Ol' Glory is the name
they call the
flag of our nation.
Do not tread her 
under foot or
burn in effigy. 
You and I have fought
to keep her flying high,
so all the world
could see.

Could see the symbol
of our land
that for Liberty
and justice stands
and for equality.
Let no man
put asunder
the rights that
we have gained
through blood and tears
through many years
of fighting tyranny.

 We have fought together
through mud and blood
and grime to
keep the thought
 of freedom
forever in our minds.
If they should call us
one more time to
stand before the foe,
I'd be the first to say
"Forward we must go!"

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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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