“I’ve Served My Time In Hell”


They were relieved on December 9. Shortly before their departure, they went to the cemeteries to clean up and mark the graves of their buddies. On one mound they laid out an inscription in broken bits of stick which read, in crude lettering, “A Great Guy.” Others read: “Our buddy,” “A Big Guy with a Bigger Heart,” “The harder the going the more cheerful he was.”

And there was some poetry:

And when he goes to Heaven To St. Peter he’ll tell: Another Marine reporting, sir, I’ve served my time in hell.