September 24th, 2010  
craig butterworth

Topic: question...

iv been searching for the last few days for the poem thats called the soldier prayer. the one the ends with iv served my time in hell, but all i could find was the last part of it. so if any of you know the whole poem could u please send me it, because i want to get it as a tattoo on my back. thank you.
September 24th, 2010  
I haven't found the original poem, but I believe it was written during WW1

There is a famous epitaph on Pfc. Bill Cameron's grave on Guadalcanal from 1942:

"And When He Gets To Heaven,
To Saint Peter He Will Tell;
One More Marine Reporting Sir,
I've Served My Time In Hell"

Here's a re-written poem from the 70's, the original poem from WW1 was about soldiers, not Marines (of course)

You can have your army Kakhis,
And your navy blues,
Here's a different sort of fighting man,
I'll introduce to you.

His uniform is unlike
Any you've ever seen;
And the Germans called him Devil Dog,
But his real name is Marine!

He was born on Parris Island (San Diego or the Hills of Quantico)
The land that God forgot.
The sand was 14 inches deep,
the sun was blazing hot.

He'd get up every morning,
Way before the sun,
And he'd run a hundred miles or more,
Before the day was done.

He fought in the cold of Korea,
In the heat of Viet Nam.
When ever our country goes to war,
The Marines are first to land.

We'll fight them on the ground,
We'll fight them in the sky,
When the Army and Navy are heading home,
The Marines are standing by.

And when he gets to heaven,
To St. Peter he will tell,
"Another Marine reporting, Sir,
I've served my time in Hell!"
September 26th, 2010  
This one?

To all who Serve and have served

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