by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

If you love your comfort
don't be a Marine,
comfort ain't on the menu
or nothin' in between.
They don't give you nothin'
to make your tour serene.

They keep you mad
and flustered,
they want you to be mean.
So when it comes
to fightin',
you'll be supreme.

There ain't none 
in a foxhole
where you'll
likely be,
there ain't none
on a battlefield
that you will 
ever see.

There ain't none
on a troop ship
when you are
far at sea,
there ain't none 
tiil you get
to home,
the only place
to be.

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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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If You Love Your Comfort