by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

There has been many uniforms
seen throughout the world,
some of red with epaulets
and even some with pearls.
When it comes to uniforms
that stand for good and true,
there ain't no other uniform
like a set of Marine blues.

They stand out in color,
they stand out in form,
they stand out to challenge,
behavior that ain't norm.
Let no man wear them
who ain't willing to be true,
there is no other uniform
like a set of Marine blues.

You and I have worn them
on the land and sea,
on duty or presentations
with pride that you can see.
No matter what the occasion, 
no matter when the time,
our blues were spit and polish
and had a lot of shine.

Let no man put asunder
the finest of the lot,
if you are privileged
to wear them
take pride in 
what you've got. 
There is no finer service
represented by the blues,
there is no better uniform.

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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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