THE COMMANDOS are OK and the Rangers pretty
“They'll keep sluggin’ night and day
and fight like triple hell.
"The Marines are plenty game and paratroops
“When it comes to bein’
rugged, those babies have the stuff.
‘The kids who fly our planes and the boys
who sail our ships
“Can dish it out or take it with a grim smile on their lips.
‘The hurrah of fame and glory rightly fall' around those guys
“For they daily risk death boldly on the
sea and in the skies
“Say, Joe, for just «n average guy, you're
shootin’ off your face.
‘‘Who are you? Seems I know you,
but I don't believe I place -.
“Yes, Buddy, yes, you know me, though
you generally forget,
You don’t see me pushin’
forward under all that dirt and sweat.
’I’ve stood and held
and suffered, for that's my only game,
‘To take whatever comes my way and then dish,
out the same;
“To move forward, always
punchin* and no matter what the cost;
‘To hang on to what
I’ve taken --- if I don't the battle’s lost
“Even though the circus aces and the reckless
“Have slashed at Fritz
and Tojo and generally played hob.
“Yes, Buddy, they forget
me but don’t think I give a damn
“When we’ve smashed the Japs and Germans they’ll remember
who I am.
“For when the whole
thing’s over, and only then---they'll see
That I’m the guy
who made it stick—the Goddamn Infantry.”
—O/C GORDON STRAUSS
Fort Benning, Ga.
[courtesy of Theodore R. Houghton estate]