Thread: musicians that were veterans

Jerry - 5/26/2019 at 02:58 PM

We remember Lamar Williams, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Croce, but do you remember any other musicians that were veterans?

[Edited on 5/26/2019 by Jerry]


playallnite - 5/26/2019 at 04:10 PM

Joseph "Red Dog" Campbell, drummer for the Almost Brothers was a USMC Viet Nam vet.


BrerRabbit - 5/26/2019 at 04:44 PM

Toy Caldwell

Country Joe McDonald

Elvis Presley




pops42 - 5/26/2019 at 06:08 PM

John Fogerty, Artimus Pyle, Doug Gray.

[Edited on 5/26/2019 by pops42]


detterm - 5/26/2019 at 09:59 PM

Billy Cox. He met Hendrix while both were serving at Fort Campbell, Ky, in 1961.


Jerry - 5/27/2019 at 10:05 PM

Johnny Cash-USAF Intelligence Cold War
Gene Autry- Army Air Forces WWII
John Coltrane-Navy Vietnam
B.B. King-Army WWII
Howlin Wolf-Army WWII

And, one to shock you, but very true:

Told to enlist by the judge after he stole his mother's car, I give you

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Jerry Garcia-Army Vietnam


pops42 - 5/27/2019 at 10:39 PM

quote:
Johnny Cash-USAF Intelligence Cold War
Gene Autry- Army Air Forces WWII
John Coltrane-Navy Vietnam
B.B. King-Army WWII
Howlin Wolf-Army WWII

And, one to shock you, but very true:

Told to enlist by the judge after he stole his mother's car, I give you

Drum Roll

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Jerry Garcia-Army Vietnam
Garcia never set foot in Vietnam. He was in the army reserves in 1963.


BrerRabbit - 5/27/2019 at 10:50 PM

Not shocking at all, lots of hippies were vets. Look at Country Joe, flat out anti-war vet. How many people decided Vietnam was a sick joke because of Fixin To Die Rag? How many soldiers in Vietnam came back pissed off about that colossal c-f*ck? Reserves still qualifies garcia as a vet tho - in reserves your life belongs to Uncle Sam so it is a huge sacrifice to be there available for call up.

I had no idea Coltrane was in navy in Vietnam? really? During those years he was gigging constantly. That cant be right. Maybe earlier?


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Jerry - 5/27/2019 at 11:03 PM

quote:
quote:
Johnny Cash-USAF Intelligence Cold War
Gene Autry- Army Air Forces WWII
John Coltrane-Navy Vietnam
B.B. King-Army WWII
Howlin Wolf-Army WWII

And, one to shock you, but very true:

Told to enlist by the judge after he stole his mother's car, I give you

Drum Roll

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Jerry Garcia-Army Vietnam
Garcia never set foot in Vietnam. He was in the army reserves in 1963.


Didn't have to, he's still considered a Vietnam era vet, same as the guys in Quartermaster Corps that never went overseas.


Jerry - 5/27/2019 at 11:13 PM

quote:
Not shocking at all, lots of hippies were vets. Look at Country Joe, flat out anti-war vet. How many people decided Vietnam was a sick joke because of Fixin To Die Rag? How many soldiers in Vietnam came back pissed off about that colossal c-f*ck? Reserves still qualifies garcia as a vet tho - in reserves your life belongs to Uncle Sam so it is a huge sacrifice to be there available for call up.

I had no idea Coltrane was in navy in Vietnam? really? During those years he was gigging constantly. That cant be right. Maybe earlier?


[Edited on 5/27/2019 by BrerRabbit]


Grunts got tired of seeing troops getting killed to "take a hill/village" and then see the choppers come in and take everybody back.
Pilots got tired of being shot at and then told "let me check if you can return fire". My brother told me about how in the late 60's ( AF communications) that many times the request had to go to the State dept and several embassies before the order to release weapons came back-while the pilot was being shot at.
Too many times too many soldiers died to take back ground they had held and gave back.
Political considerations were more important than lives back then I guess. Big body counts were the thing.


BrerRabbit - 5/28/2019 at 01:04 AM

Ok, just checked on John Coltrane, Navy 1945, his first recordings were with the base jazz band, Pearl Harbor


BrerRabbit - 5/28/2019 at 01:24 AM

Mickey Hart, four years USAF 61-65 , taught martial arts to SAC units in Europe.




BrerRabbit - 5/28/2019 at 01:58 AM

Merl Saunders USAF 1953-1957


2112 - 5/29/2019 at 06:08 AM

Maynard James Keenan

Ice T

Tony Bennett

[Edited on 5/29/2019 by 2112]


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