by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Two hundred twenty-seven
years have passed since
first 'twas born the Corps,
our battles when added up
are much more than a score.
Names have been emblazoned
on monuments and walls
and will forever more
be remembered by us all.

Would take a million words
to tell of deeds done
well by heroes,
we cherish every one.
There is no place on earth
we've not carried a gun,
Our blood has spilled
on foreign sand
and made life safe
in that fair land.

We have challenged tyrants
and others of that kin and
if the need should come
we'll do it all again.

For what the Corps
does stand for
let no one doubt
the words,
'Tis liberty and justice,
and freedom
for the world.

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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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