by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Once again
those staid Marines
have fought 
and have prevailed.
They pressed the foe,
did not let go and
won the victory.

Their path was rough,
they had it tough,
they carried the
heaviest mail.
No welcome banners 
did they see
'til they had won
the victory
and calmed
the furious gale.

Now the job
to hold the mob
And keep close
harmony will
fall on the Corps.
They are implored
to keep the nation
free.

The day will come
when they are done
and back among 
the free.
Will they be met
as heroes yet for
winning liberty?
Or just ignored
as a conquering 
horde and
just let 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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