by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Way back yonder in forty one
when the big war had just begun
and I was just dry of ear,
I left home
without a tear,
signed up for the
Fightin' Marines,
thought I would
have some fun.
My big adventure 
had begun.

Well, they shipped me
off to 'Diego where
I passed the test
that they had there
and told me I
was a tough Marine,
one of the best 
they'd ever seen.
I really felt
that I was mean,
and ready to pick
the enemy clean.

It didn't take long
to prove to me 
that they were 
very wrong.
They put me where
I did not belong,
out in front where
the bullets flew
and you knew
each one was
meant for you.

I never was
so close to ground
when things were flyin'
all around,
I didn't have much,
choice you see,
it was either 
them or me and
I had things to
do back home.

So I hunkered down
as best I could,
stood my ground
as I should
and later on
beyond the fight
I found out I had
done it right.
I had killed
quite a few,
I thought it was the
thing to do.
I just shot at 
those I'd seen
that warn't wearin'
Marine green.
that was keen.

Well, we fought 
our way across
the sea to islands
that were tough
and finally got
the best of them
and left them
saying, "Never again"
for there were
many just like me
who gave them the 
best that we could be.

I wish that 
I could truly say
that the world 
is safe today
because of men
like me and thee
who fought for 
sweet liberty to
make the world
safe and free.

Well, that was that
as you can see,
the rest is just

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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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