by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I've wrote a lot of pieces
about you tough Marines,
how you stand your duty
and keep your honor clean.
I almost forgot the other part
that makes the Corps so great,
so here is to the ladies
who are so first-rate.

I was there in 1944 when
they hit Hawaii's shore
and took over every
desk and wheel.
You could find them
in administration,
in CINCPAC
or other bases, any place
they were meant to be.
Every place that
they were stationed
raised the quality
of the nation and
sent a lot of gyrenes
overseas.

When you saw them
on the street
they were fine,
they were neat and
they wore their greens
in fine array.
They kept their powder dry
and every passer-by
knew that they were
United States Marines.

When it came to duty
they gave up being cuties
and did the job
they were sent to do.
They didn't think of hair
nor did they scare
when the going 
got so tough to do.
They stuck to their guns,
won their battles
one by one
and carried forth
the name of 
United States Marines.

So here is to the women,
the regulars and reserves
who have honored us
and held their banner high.
They are part and parcel,
a most important morsel,
every bit a
United States Marine.

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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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