This week we celebrate Veteran’s Day. Its a time to honor all those who have served our country. I thought that I would share some of my favorite tunes regarding Veteran’s, War and the Military.

SSgt. Barry Sadler – The Ballad of the Green Berets – 1966

Barry Sadler served as a Green Beret medic and a US Army staff sergeant during the Vietnam War, but he was forced to return home after being seriously wounded. Robin Moore, author of the bestselling book The Green Berets, encouraged Sadler to record his songs, often strongly patriotic ones, about being a soldier. This song became the biggest pop hit of 1966. It was revered by those in support of the Vietnam War and reviled by those in opposition.

“Put silver wings on my son’s chest
Make him one of America’s best
He’ll be a man they’ll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret”

Johnny Cash – Drive On

“Well, I got a friend named Whiskey Sam
He was my boonierat buddy for a year in Nam
He said I think my country got a little off track
Took ’em twenty-five years to welcome me back
But it’s better than not coming back at all
Many a good man I saw fall”

Johnny Cash – The Ballad of Ira Hayes

Ira Hamilton Hayes (January 12, 1923- January 24, 1955) was a Native American of the Pima Indian tribe, and an American Marine who was one of the six men immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II Source: Wikipedia Ira Hayes

Stan Ridgway – Camouflage

Stan Ridgway wrote some of the most catchy tunes in the 1980’s.  This is my favorite.

“I was a PFC on a searchpatrol, hunting Charlie down.
It was in the jungle, wars of ’65.
My weapon jammed and I got stuck way out and all alone
and I could hear the enemy moving in close outside.
Just then I heard a twig snap, and I grabbed my empty gun
and I dug it scared while I counted down my faith.
And then a big marine, a giant with a pair of friendly eyes
appeared there at my shoulder and said: “Wait”
When he came in close beside me, he said: “Don’t worry son, I’mhere..
if Charlie wants to tango, now he’ll have two to dodge.”

Toby Keith – Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue

This was written in response to 9/11.

Gene Simmons Military Tribute

The Army Goes Rolling Along
Anchors Aweigh
The U.S. Air Force (Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder) (The Air Corps had a contest for the song)
Marines’ Hymn (The Marines are Celebrating 235 Years this week)

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Julia Ward Howe wrote the famous lyrics were written in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. It became popular during the American Civil War. Since that time it has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.

I went to bed that night as usual, and slept, according to my wont, quite soundly. I awoke in the gray of the morning twilight; and as I lay waiting for the dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to twine themselves in my mind. Having thought out all the stanzas, I said to myself, ‘I must get up and write these verses down, lest I fall asleep again and forget them.’ So, with a sudden effort, I sprang out of bed, and found in the dimness an old stump of a pen which I remembered to have used the day before. I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.

In 1960 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir won the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus. The 45 rpm single record, which was arranged and edited by Columbia Records and Cleveland disk jockey Bill Randle, was an unlikely commercial success and reached #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 the previous autumn.