This piece is from a Dec. 1944 issue of The Leatherneck which was a Marine magazine that ran from July 1944 to Dec. 1945. Article submitted by resident Wanda Kershner.
Verse by PFC Duane Decker
Art by Corp Fred Lasswell
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through SoPac,
Not a creature was stirring – too damn much ack-ack:
The dungarees hung by the M-1’s with care,
In case that the Shambos quite soon would be there:
Each private was nestled all snug in his sack,
Expecting not Santa but Japs on SoPac
The sergeant in scivvies. Machete in his lap
Had settled himself for a tropical nap.
The rats and the lizards were out on patrol,
For Christmas Eve visits to every foxhole.
No candy canes hung from the waving palm fronds,
Instead were signs saying: “Have you bought war bonds?”